Hands are soaked in herbal salts. Cuticles and nails are shaped. Hands are exfoliated and massaged. Polish is applied if the client wishes. Cuticle oil is also applied.
All utensils used for manicure are sterilized with steam to ensure your safety. Steam used in sterilization is hot enough that when it comes into contact with a colder object and condenses, it transfers enough heat energy to kill all the bacteria on the load. This is one reason why steam is such an effective agent for sterilization.