Going to the salon to get a manicure or pedicure isn't the only way to make your fingernails and toenails look beautiful, Dr. Oz says. In fact, it may even be safer to groom them at home, as not all salons properly sterilize instruments, he says. If you want to keep your hands and feet feeling good and looking beautiful, try these tips:
- Bring your own nailcare instruments to a salon: "If you can bring your own instruments, invest in the $30—that is all it costs for your own instruments—so you are not sharing the viruses others have," Dr. Perry says.
- Get rid of toenail fungus: About 15 percent of people have problems with their toenails, including fungal infections, Dr. Oz says. Once you have a fungal infection in your toenail, Dr. Perry says it is difficult to get rid of. There are some topical and oral medications that can be prescribed to get rid of the fungus, but Dr. Perry says he prefers to remove the toenail instead. "Some people think it is radical, but if we can numb up the toenail and remove it, we can get rid of the fungus," Dr. Perry says. It can take six to 12 months for the toenail to grow back.
- Try reflexology on your feet: "There are parts of brain that are influenced when you massage the foot on somebody that are right next to the erogenous centers of the brain," Dr. Oz says. Your spine, internal organs, sinus and shoulders can all benefit from a great foot massage, and Dr. Oz says it is good foreplay to sex.