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Have a cleaner mani-pedi

Expert insight:

These instruments may be teeming with the previous clients’ germs if they’re not properly cleaned before your appointment, Gilmore says. When they come into contact with your skin, they can expose you to bacteria such as MRSA (causing redness and swelling), fungi (which often leads to nail discoloration), or viruses (that result in warts).

Since there’s no way to be sure whether your salon is doing its due diligence, Gilmore suggests bringing your own kit. Plus, porous tools like pumice stones can’t be sanitized.

The bottom line:

Always show up to your manicure or pedicure with your own trimmer, cuticle pusher, pumice stone, and nail file to protect yourself from infection, Gilmore says. Consider these kits from Margaret Dabbs London and Barneys.