You walk into the spa, pick a new nail polish color, and then make your way to the welcoming massage chair to enjoy some well-deserved pampering. Getting a pedicure may seem like a treat, but this relaxing and professional foot care practice has many surprising benefits. Besides beautiful toes that make your open-toed shoes “pop,” of course. Let’s explore some of these benefits.
Types of Pedicures
Depending on where you go, you’re bound to find different types of pedicure options. Some are quick with a nice scrub, moisturizer, and toenail polish. Others are more involved with a foot massage, hot towel massage, callous removal, and even a paraffin heel wrap. You can get pedicures with gel nails or choose a regular polish. You may also be interested in pedicures with a hot stone massage or even reflexology components.
Typically, all pedicures involve washing the feet with an exfoliating cleanser. Then your technician will work to remove dead skin from your feet. Toenails are trimmed and filed to your liking. You may also have your cuticles adjusted to promote new nail growth. Afterward, your technician will apply polish to your toes and send you to the dryer.
Basically, pedicures are just comprehensive treatments for your feet that are for both men and women.
Benefits of Pedicures
Individuals choose to get pedicures for a variety of reasons. For some, it is a regular part of their foot hygiene and maintenance. For others, a pedicure is a great way to prepare for a special occasion. Here are some of the surprising benefits of pedicures.
Whether your pedicure comes with a foot massage, cleansing your feet and moisturizing them with lotion is enough to get the blood flowing. When you improve circulation in your feet, you help get essential vitamins and nutrients to the skin and surrounding tissues. This can reduce foot pain and enhance the look and feel of the skin on your feet. A foot massage helps cleanse the lymphatic system, which is essential for immunity and overall health.
Can Reduce Back Pain
As the blood flows freely through the foot, circulation combats inflammation. If you have lower back pain, your feet could be to blame. Pedicures ease foot pain and can indirectly provide acupuncture-like benefits. The sole of your foot is connected to many different body parts. Therefore, stimulating and massaging various locations on the foot can benefit ailments in other parts of your body, such as your back.
Detects Nail Fungus
Chances are, you probably only look at your feet when bathing or putting on your shoes. When you don’t monitor your foot health regularly, it can be easy to develop a nail fungus or infection. Pedicures are great for the early detection of foot problems, including nail fungus. Your technician can also recommend treatment options to make your nails look shiny and new.
May Prevent Infection
Along the same lines, regular pedicures are great for preventing infections. This is because the cleansing and exfoliation of the feet are very thorough. Technicians typically clean under the nail and around the cuticles as well. Cuticle maintenance can prevent ingrown toenails, and this meticulous cleaning prevents dirt and debris from penetrating the nail bed and causing infection and discomfort.
Reduces Foot Odor
Feet can sweat; therefore, feet can smell, especially if your precious feet are trapped in boots or sneakers all day long. A daily shower or foot scrub can go a long way to prevent foot odors. However, pedicures also leave your feet smelling like roses, or lavender or a Bahama Breeze scented candle. Options depend on the spa of choice, but with all the gentle products used in pedicures, you can bet your feet will smell lovely once you leave the spa.
Pedicures are great for exfoliation and moisturizing. By scraping off dead skin, your feet become baby soft once more. Pedicures also moisturize your foot from your toes to your heel. This keeps your feet soft long after your pedicure and helps improve your feet’s skin health. We spend a lot of time ensuring our facial skin is moisturized and well taken care of, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your feet?
Supports Nail Health
Regular pedicures encourage healthy growth of your toenails. By keeping your toenails at the proper length and having them professionally cared for, you can expect even growth and healthy, strong nails. After all, good nail growth is a telltale sign of good health.
This one may not come as a surprise, but regular pedicures are great for relieving stress. When you look and feel your best, you are better prepared to tackle your work and life. Spending quality time on yourself allows you to restore energy and calm your mind. Pedicures are meant to be relaxing and soothing, making them great for mental health.
Things to Know for your Next Pedicure
When you go to the spa to treat your feet, remember these tips:
- Don’t be afraid to speak up. Pedicures shouldn’t feel painful. Let your technician know if you feel any discomfort.
- You don’t need nail polish to get a pedicure. You can opt for a clear glossy coat or go polish-free and enjoy the rest of the pedicure benefits.
- Don’t be embarrassed by your feet. Nail technicians have seen it all and want you to look and feel your best.
- Ask about ways you can prolong your pedicure benefits. Some options include limiting your time walking barefoot, enjoying a foot mask after a shower, and keeping your feet moisturized at night when you sleep.
Book an Appointment Today
At ZaZa Salon and Spa, you can enjoy all the benefits our pedicures have to offer. Choose from an express pedicure if you are short on time. Or stay awhile and enjoy our spa pedicure with all the relaxing bells and whistles, including a delightful 15-minute foot soak. Ask about our hands or feet paraffin treatment as well. Your feet get you where you need to go. Show them some love and get a pedicure today.