What is a Pedicure and why should you choose it?
So, you’ve got the perfect manicure in front of you, your hands look great, you’re loving life, but what about your feet? Pedicures have been around a crazy amount of time, but in the last twenty years especially, caring for your feet is something that has risen massively in popularity yet still half of us don’t even know what a pedicure really is, or don’t bother getting them. And why should we, right? Who even see’s our feet apart from in the summer, where a slap of polish will sort them out? Wrong! There are so many benefits to a pedicure that people overlook, although they make our toes look great, there are huge health and skin benefits that run alongside too. But if you didn’t know that, we’re here to educate you in our little Trieu guide all about pedicures.
What is a pedicure?
So, first things first, the facts. A pedicure is a beauty treatment of the feet and toenails. Although there are several types of pedicures that range in method, a regular or classic pedicure usually takes place in a nail salon over a spa. Being a customer, it’s a very luxurious treatment, once welcomed in, most of the time offered a drink, you’ll sit in a comfortable chair and likely receive the following:
- A nice warm foot soak to soften and help relax the skin and toenails.
- A foot scrub that will remove any flaky dry foot skin, and any calluses. This is usually done with a pumice stone/foot file or other tool.
- Moisturiser applied and a short foot and lower leg massage.
- Trimming and filing of the toenails. (This is a careful procedure of course, trust your technician!)
- A nail cuticle treatment (cuticles pushed back, and a nourishing cuticle oil is applied).
- Finally, an application of a base-coat nail polish, toenail polish and topcoat – then under a nail dryer. This is optional but very popular.
Pedicures usually last between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the techniques involved! So, sit back and relax!
Why do people choose it?
Pedicures are an extremely relaxing and pampering experience, people enjoy the time out, but also the physical benefits of being confident with their own feet (which are now groomed and healthy!) Most people usually feel quite insecure about their feet/toes, so this is a perfect confidence boosting experience. There are several other benefits too, which leads us into…
What are the actual benefits to a pedicure?
Firstly, a pedicure is great for getting your blood flowing. Especially in colder weather (aka most of time in the UK). We can all do with a circulation boost when our bodies get cold. Plus having your feet soaking in a luscious warm bath fragranced with oils just sounds divine. Not convinced? Read on!
2. Pedicures can heal you. Okay, so not literally, but reflexology massages alongside your pedicures is quite popular within salons, and you should jump on them if they’re offered. A certified massage therapist will stroke sections of your feet in a way that some believe can help relieve anxiety or physical pain and can even promote better sleep.
3. You won’t rip your tights! A funny one but every woman who has gone a little too long between pedicures or self-grooming knows that feeling of pulling on a pair of stockings or tights and watching them shred slightly from your unfiled, blade of a toenail. So, in a way, regular pedicures will save you money in the long run!
4. Impress yourself! It’s satisfying to take care of yourself, and makes you feel good. Even if only a few people see your feet, looking down at them and being happy with how they look is more than enough!
5. No more sandpaper feet! Calluses are inevitable if you’re not having regular pedicures or giving your feet a lot of attention. Which is fine but can be a little annoying slipping into bed every night and suddenly realising you have spiky skin!? A good pedicure includes the removal of this hard skin and leaves you with baby soft feet.
6. Detects problems early. Regular pedicures mean your therapist can keep you up to date with any potential problems they see with your feet, anything from fungal infections and corns. Obviously this isn’t the time or place to treat them, but making any issues known to you means you can seek out a professional asap!
How often should you do it?
If we could, we’d get our tips and toes pampered weekly, but then again our bank account may cry at the thought of that! But how often do we really need to have our nails done to avoid dry or chipped nails or damaged cuticles? The answer generally is dependant on the condition of your nails, how fast they go and what you tend to do in the day. You can get a mani or pedi done anywhere from one to four times a month. But once every month for a pedicure is enough to keep everything tip top and looking pretty.
Are there different types of pedicure?
Yes! Just like a manicure, there are many different types of pedicure depending on the spa or salon, and the pedicurist. There will always be a type perfect for you by looking at the descriptions in the salon’s ‘menu’!
French pedicure: A classic which uses long-lasting nail varnish, whitens the tip and squares off your toenails.
Intensive paraffin wax pedicure: Warm wax is rubbed into your nails, feet, and lower legs to moisturise and soften them
Gel pedicure: A clear or coloured gel is bonded to your nails with UV light for a long-lasting glossy finish. (Equivalent to a gel manicure, just on your feet!)
Luxury pedicure:This is a whole-foot treatment which usually includes a massage, softened paraffin wax and heated towels, or a wrap which warms and soothes your feet as well as softening and hydrating your nails.
Pedicure hot tips!
Make sure you research into qualified and experienced nail technicians who have high standards of hygiene. Likewise, if you have any known foot infections – get these treated medically first!
It’s a good idea to note your choice of footwear, if you’re getting a high-gloss finish to your pedicure, you probably don’t want to bung on socks and shoes for your travel home, some polishes take up to 12 hours to fully dry! Flip flops or open sandals are your best bet for once you’re finished.
In London and fancy having your own pedicure? Hit up Trieu Nails or take a look at our Instagram gallery for some pedi-inspo!