As a woman, taking good care of your feet should never be considered an indulgence as your feet are critical in aiding mobility and it doesn’t hurt to keep them beautiful as well.
It’s always nice to receive compliments on how beautiful your feet look, especially on holidays. Even when taking a break from the cold for some winter sunshine, there's no need not to have your feet looking their best. For many people, pedicures are also key to maintaining foot health, encouraging circulation and joint mobility (with a good massage). It also keeps your feet in shape such that your shoes fit all the time.
Now, let’s dive deeper into the importance of pedicure and its hygienic benefits.
Why is pedicure important for women?
Pedicures provide the basic care for your toes and nails to ensure that they are healthy and clean.
Pedicure improves feet health
- Reduces chances of infection: Pedicures moisturize your feet to prevent cracks from appearing and causing infections. They also remove bacteria and dirt from your feet to eliminate fungi growth.
- Controls calluses: Pedicures provide the needed moisture to help prevent calluses from forming on your foot and helps remove already formed ones before they cause damages. Calluses are thickened and hardened skin on your foot that forms when you expose it to hard surfaces. If calluses remain for a long time, the skin can become sore
- Improves joint health: Foot massage during pedicure promotes joint movement thereby reducing stiffness. It helps to relieve stress on your joints and eliminate pain.
- Promotes blood circulation: The warm water and massage which your technician applies during a pedicure helps to promote blood circulation in your feet, reduce pain and distribute heat around the feet.
Pedicures keep the feet beautiful
No woman likes dry and rough skin or untidy nails when in a nice pair of sandals – and for good reason too.
- Moisturized feet: Pedicure keeps the skin of the feet moisturized thereby revitalizing it to make it look impeccable. It also prevents the skin from forming cracks and blisters.
- Healthy nails: Pedicure helps to prevent ingrown toenails which is a painful condition which can be caused or made worse by wearing improper footwear and can get infected if not treated properly. With a pedicure, you get your toenails trimmed expertly and your cuticles well taken care of too.
Where to get a pedicure
Depending on the time you have available, here are the options to explore when you decide to get a pedicure:
Nail Salon or Spa: This is a good option because you leave your feet in the safe hands of professionals who are trained to handle and pamper your feet to perfection. You must, however, ensure to opt for salons with good reviews if you’ve never used them before or get a recommendation from a friend.
D-I-Y: If you decide to do-it-yourself, here are the steps to take:
- Cut your toenails straight across with a nail clipper then shape with a cushion file.
- Refresh your feet with a 10-minute foot soak using an inflatable pedi bath or large bowl.
- Smooth away dry skin and calluses with a foot file or pumice stone.
- Moisturize feet with a foot moisturizer.
- Rinse and dry your feet, then massage with a foot lotion or oil.
- If you wish to polish your toenails, use a cotton swab soaked in polish remover to remove all traces of lotion or oil.
Mobile pedicure technicians: This option is for busy women who may not have the time to visit a nail salon. All you have to do is search for mobile pedicure technicians who will come to you for your pedicure session.
How often should you get a pedicure?
The basic rule of thumb is a two to four-week interval in between getting your pedicures.
Now that we’ve shown you how beneficial pedicures can be for you, it’s time to give your feet the TLC they deserve. Here’s a cheer to beautiful and healthy feet!