Last Saturday morning, I treated myself to a pedicure. And I didn’t feel one bit of guilt about the splurge because I understand that taking proper care of my feet is an important part of my overall wellness.
A pedicure is the most efficient way to maintain healthy feet and good hygiene. A professional pedicurist who works with feet daily can easily identify serious issues much better than you can.
A top-of-the-line pedicure involves soaking your feet in a warm whirlpool, exfoliating the dead skin – especially around the soles, moisturizing massage, and then cleaning, shaping, and polishing the toenails.
For any gender – a regular pedicure is a great idea, as there are many more benefits to a pedicure beyond beautifying your feet and toes.
Top 4 Pedicure Benefits
Moisturizing massage feels amazing, but it also helps prevent dry feet and sole cracks that you might be developing. This is especially important if you like wearing open shoes or often walking barefoot. In those cases, you need to moisturize more since your feet are exposed to the elements. Moisturizing also helps prevent your toenails from splitting, which can be a nasty task to attend to and leaves you open to infections.
When you exfoliate your face, doesn’t it feel brighter, softer, and brand new? Why not give your feet that same feeling. 😊 Getting a pedicure exfoliates your feet, making the skin feel smooth and free of dead skin. Exfoliating promotes new cell growth, leaving your feet nice and soft and looking even better.
A regular pedicure is one of the best preventions of infections invading your body through your toes and cracked soles. Pedicures remove any nasty bacteria lurking around the nooks and crannies of the toenail area and clean out dirt so infections can’t take hold. Pedicures also help prevent fungal nail diseases and unpleasant foot odor.
Pedicures often come with complimentary foot massage. Foot massage helps ease tension in your feet and relieves minor pain in your feet. Pedicures undoubtedly feel amazing. Sitting back and enjoying the pedi-attention makes a great reason to treat yourself to a pedicure.
Additionally, the combination of getting your feet exfoliated, cleaned, and massaged relaxes you from your toes to the top of your head. A good pedicure makes you feel like it’s your first time walking on brand-new feet.
How often should you get a pedicure?
Generally, a pedicure every 4-6 weeks or at least once a month is best. If you have cracked soles, particularly dry feet, or tend to get ingrown toenails, consider increasing your visit to the salon every 3-4 weeks on the recommendation of your podiatrist or primary doctor.
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