A pedicure is a therapeutic treatment for the feet that removes dead skin, softens hard skin, and shapes and treats the toenails. think of it like a manicure for the feet! A good foot treatment is heaven, but pedicure techniques can vary depending on the type of polish and massage, so it’s important to find the pedicure that’s right for you.
what is a pedicure for?
Pedicures are a great way to make sure you take care of your feet!
- A regular pedicure can help chiropody if you suffer from foot problems such as calluses, corns and cracked soles. this may prevent you from needing more treatment.
- A pedicure can also improve your posture: naturally, you will walk more comfortably with well-groomed feet.
- Pedicures can also calm and relax when combined with other treatments. once your pedicurist has applied various soothing and soothing creams to your feet, you may feel like you’re walking on air!
- French pedicure: a classic that uses long-lasting polish, whitens the tip and squares the toenails
- intensive paraffin wax pedicure: warm wax is rubbed on the nails, feet and lower legs to moisturize and soften them
- gel or shellac pedicure: clear or colored gel adheres to nails under ultraviolet light for a long-lasting glossy finish
- Deluxe Pedicure: A whole foot treatment that usually includes massage, softened paraffin wax and hot towels, or a wrap that warms and soothes the feet, in addition to softening and moisturizing your nails.
what to expect from a pedicure
A traditional pedicure begins with a therapeutic foot bath or spa. your feet are soaked and cleansed with warm, scented water to soften the skin, like a mini-jacuzzi for your feet.
an exfoliating massage will remove dead skin with salts or minerals. Your pedicure will also remove your cuticles and cut and shape your toenails.
Aromatherapy creams and oils are massaged into the feet to cool and soften the skin. Many pedicurists will also massage your lower legs and perhaps give you an acupressure or reflexology-based foot massage to help you relax. some pedicures will include the use of hot stones. others use mud, wraps, and even seaweed. high quality nail polish will be applied at the end of the pedicure.
A good pedicure will make your feet look and feel great. you should want to show off your toes and make rash promises to yourself about how much better you’ll take care of your feet in the future.
A pedicure usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the techniques involved. Give time afterwards to get back on your feet!
different types of pedicure
Pedicures vary by spa and pedicurist, but you can usually find the perfect one for you based on the description on the spa menu.
pedicure at home
If you want to try your hand at a home pedicure, it’s worth investing in all the essential foot care and beauty treatments. A decent pedicure at a home spa requires a foot file and scrub, a luxurious foot mask, and a good quality foot cream or lotion. start with a relaxing foot bath in warm water and take the time to enjoy a mindful foot massage.
To have beautiful toenails you will need: nail polish remover, a nail file, toe separators, nail buffer, nail clippers and the most popular nail polish color this season. you might even want to try your hand at nail art! Finish with a nourishing cuticle oil to work into the nail bed.
hot pedicure tips!
Pick a qualified nail technician who obviously has high hygiene standards. Likewise, if you have any foot infections, fungal or otherwise, it’s best to get medical treatment first.
The choice of footwear is crucial. you don’t want to have to shove your newly finished high gloss nails into socks and shoes for your ride home. Standard spa nail polish can take up to 12 hours to fully dry (unless you’re getting a pedicure with gel polish, which dries instantly). Whatever your feet, we recommend that you have flip-flops or open sandals to wear afterwards.
This article was updated in November 2018