A pedicure is both a therapeutic and a cosmetic procedure for the toenails and the skin of the feet. Not only are the toenails trimmed and shaped, but the skin of the foot is exfoliated (often all the way up to the knee) and moisturized. Like manicures, pedicures have been around for thousands of years; there is evidence that shows nail care going all the way back to the Ming Dynasty in China!
Why should I get a pedicure?
There are many benefits to getting a pedicure. One very important benefit is nail care. When you get a pedicure, a trained professional is attending to your nails and skin. Often, a pedicurist is the first to notice if there is a potential health issue with your nail or skin health on your feet. In addition, a pedicurist has the training to trim and shape your toenails in order to minimize or eliminate problems like ingrown toenails.
The second benefit of pedicures is addressing dry and cracked skin. One of the first things your pedicurist does is exfoliate your skin, paying particular attention to the heels and balls of your feet – places that tend to have the driest skin.
The third benefit of pedicures is the pure relaxation that you feel. A pedicure most often begins with your feet soaking in a warm whirlpool of water. A foot massage might also be part of your pedicure, which is a nice way to release tension.
Are there different types of pedicures?
There are many different types of pedicures. A classic pedicure involves soaking your feet in warm water, then your pedicurist exfoliates your feet, trims and files your toenails, and hydrates your feet with lotion. Finally, you may opt to have your toenails polished.
A spa pedicure is a very high-quality version of the classic pedicure. You will have the same foot soak and scrub, and trimming, filing, and painting of your toenails. However, there are extras, like essential oils in the water, a lengthy foot or leg massage, a hot towel wrap of your lower legs and feet, and luxury lotion.
A paraffin pedicure involves the application of warm paraffin wax after your pedicurist has exfoliated your feet and trimmed and filed your toenails. During this pedicure, your feet will be dipped in warm paraffin wax; after it cools, it is peeled away to reveal softened and moisturized feet.
How long does a pedicure take?
You can expect to spend approximately an hour for a classic pedicure appointment. A typical pedicure involves a soothing warm water soak for your feet, exfoliation using a scrub that contains salt or minerals, nail trimming and shaping, and nail polish.
How much do pedicures cost?
Pedicures vary widely in cost; they may range from $25 to more than $100. Many factors influence the cost of pedicures. The first is location, location, location. Pedicures in salons in the downtown area of large cities will cost more than those in smaller towns. Likewise, the type of salon influences the cost. A luxury salon will cost significantly more than a budget salon.
Finally, the type of pedicure you choose impacts what you will pay. Classic pedicures are the least expensive, and spa pedicures can be significantly more, depending on the services you request.
How often should you get a pedicure?
You should get a pedicure as often as you like! Some people get pedicures weekly, or bi-weekly and other people get a pedicure as an occasional treat. A good “rule of thumb” for pedicure frequency is every 4-6 weeks or so.
The best time to go and get a pedicure is NOW! Pedicures are a way to keep your feet smooth and strong, so make an appointment to take care of your feet and relax.