NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF PEDICURES
It’s that time of year again, ladies! Summer is upon us and our feet are out and about! Are your feet summer ready?? A pedicure is a great way to not only indulge yourself for an hour, but to get your feet into barefoot sandal condition! As an avid pedicure attendee, I have some tips as to how to navigate the world of pedicures.
When choosing a nail salon, do some research first; there are many websites with reviews to see what other people are saying about the salons in your area. Upon visiting a spa or salon, take a walk around and even ask a representative how they clean their foot spas and instruments. At the salon I go to regularly, they insert plastic coverings around their foot spas and the water that is dispensed into the spa is circulated within itself (so no sharing of water that is recirculated). Speaking of instruments- metal sterilized instruments are safest- if they are being reused, they should be coming out of personal packages that have been safely sterilized in between patrons or brand new. Feeling comfortable with your pedicurist is a must! Choose someone who you feel you can convey your opinion of what you’re really looking for during your pedicure experience, especially when they’re cutting your nails! It’s suggested that nails be cut straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Beware of the “cheese grater” device- they can cause more harm than good. Bath salts, foot scrubs or masks, and ”purple pads” (which are called pumice stones are very common at spas and salons) are more effective for softening skin and callous prevention. Oddly enough, wait a couple days after shaving before heading to the salon! When shaving, micro cuts can occur in the skin and leave it vulnerable to any bacteria that could be present. If you make pedicures an indulgence, like I do, and regularly head to the salon, it is nice to form a relationship with your pedicurist. This way, you can tell them the do’s and don’ts of YOUR feet; everyone is different!
If heading to the salon is not your thing, try a pedicure at home! Many of the same ideas apply for at home pedicures including cutting nails straight across. Soaking your feet in a warm bathtub for at least 10 minutes will soften up the skin on the bottom of your feet. Treat yourself to a nice foot scrub or mask to exfoliate dead or dry skin. Those purple pumice stones are also available to purchase. Lastly, after drying feet, apply a moisture rich foot lotion or an oil to lock in all your hard work!
There are so many benefits of pedicures in addition to having beautiful and attractive summer ready feet! Frequently trimming toenails can prevent ingrown nails or painful re-growth. The relaxation foot massage portion of the pedicure not only induces tranquility and calming, but also increases circulation to calf muscles and feet. Oils, masks, salt scrubs and lotions all help to promote healthy, moisturized skin on your lower legs and feet. Lastly, having that go-to pedicurist who knows your feet almost better than you do can be a great benefit. Often times, pedicurists can recognize changes to your feet or can earlier detect problems you may not even have noticed.
Whether you choose to do some research and venture out in the world of pedicures for the first time or rethink your current approach as to how you get your pedicure, or even attempt a personalized at home spa day, taking care of your feet is a total necessity. Pedicures can be beneficial not only for health and hygiene but you need to keep your feet on point for your Bec’s Beach Feet this summer!
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6/15/2016 09:25:59 am
I do my pedicures at home as I'm on a tight budget.....only indulge in a salon pedicure once or twice a year. :-)
6/15/2016 09:32:20 am
This write up was very interesting to me. I have been to salons that use a razor and when I saw that come out I immediately said "oh no, put that away!" But I thought the "cheese grater" was ok, I will pass on that now too! Maybe do my own pedi's at home and let the salon do the nail trim and polish. Thanks for the info :-)
6/15/2016 09:33:28 am
Great Suggestions for do it yourself, I love being able to pamper myself at home! Great blog and advice when looking for a good foot spa, so many horror stories.
6/15/2016 09:45:10 am
These are great! A little "fun" on the feet....they deserve it! 😀
6/15/2016 09:52:29 am
I nice pedi to go with Bec's Beach Feet - perfect!
6/15/2016 09:55:22 am
What a great post on getting those feet summer time ready ! Will look into some oils now.
6/15/2016 10:15:49 am
loved your blog and m looking forward to read some more posts
6/15/2016 10:19:45 am
My mother gives me my pedicures. I live on the beach, so I am always ready!
6/15/2016 10:40:23 am
6/15/2016 10:50:01 am
Some great tips here! I usually do my own pedicures at home but I would love, at least once, to get it done professionally. The most interesting thing I learned from reading this was about the micro cuts that can occur after shaving that leave your skin more vulnerable to bacteria. Sacry thought! I'd LOVE to win a set of Bec's Beach Feet. I absolutely adore them!
6/15/2016 11:04:29 am
Love the article, worth while reading!
6/15/2016 11:09:35 am
I love having pedicures.....but sadly cannot indulge too often
6/15/2016 11:11:28 am
Summer feet deserve Bec's beach feet!!
6/15/2016 11:17:37 am
Thank you for the information but I take my tools to get a pedicure and they would look very nice on my feet
6/15/2016 11:27:42 am
I do at home pedicures. My daughter also will treat me with doing it for me. I don't like the salons doing them as they have hurt me several times.
6/15/2016 11:28:23 am
Great read. Always take care of your feet and decorate them with Becs beach feet jewelry to make them look even more fab!!
6/15/2016 11:49:16 am
Love getting my feet and hands done, feel more like a lady :D pretty
6/15/2016 11:50:54 am
Yes, good points. Gotta be careful with your feet...especially toenails
6/15/2016 11:53:55 am
My favorite pedicure is a week's worth of walking a sandy beach. My feet always looks great with a "beachicure" FB~Arr Smith
6/15/2016 11:59:19 am
Thanks for the info getting ready for a mother daughter day doing this and shopping.
6/15/2016 12:04:51 pm
What a great blog, and this post is especially timely with so many of us heading to the beach for our Summer vacations. I usually do my own pedicures, but I may get a professional one so that my feet look extra pretty in my Bec's Beach Feet!
6/15/2016 12:06:57 pm
Love the tips. Thanks for sharing them.❤💚
6/15/2016 03:18:44 pm
Wonderful tips will have to try at home with my daughters :)
6/15/2016 05:12:00 pm
Love getting a pedicure. Thanks for the safety tips.
6/15/2016 08:48:51 pm
I have heard some spa horror stories. I have had great luck at beauty schools as a supervisor is always checking. The spas are a nice treat if you find one you enjoy. Most of the time I do my own.
6/15/2016 10:12:55 pm
Hopefully my wife will find this useful
6/16/2016 12:18:11 am
I have my pedicure every 2 weeks. This was very informative and taught me things I didn't know and will certainly use. Thanks for sharing😊
6/16/2016 06:10:15 am
Maybe I will give a pedicure to my wife.
6/16/2016 08:16:58 am
I do my pedis at home, my feet are not the best looking after having a toe that was broke at one time, it seems the nail has never grown back right and looks kind of ugly and don't want others in salons to see that so prefer to do mine at home. I am not the best at it but can't afford the high price of the salons either. Would love to own some stacker's from Bec's Beach Feet.
6/16/2016 10:34:08 am
Thanks for the info...some if that was scary - like freaky foot funk!
6/16/2016 10:42:36 pm
I started doing pedicures after being gifted a spa voucher. The technician explained the importance of proper care of the feet. I have taken her advice and my feet have improved tremendously. Certainly a very informative piece though.
6/17/2016 01:14:00 pm
Love the new ankle designs. Got my pedi for next week at the beach.
6/17/2016 04:56:45 pm
I love pedicures..they are a must. Always make sure the shop is clean and following protocol for sterilizing their instruments. It is so important for your protection. Love the beautiful foot jewelry too. Perfect accent for after pedicure..:)
6/17/2016 06:30:57 pm
I know of one salon in my town, there absolutely may be more, that use a basin liner. No way I'd go somewhere that they did not. Honestly though...I'm an at-home kinda gal. (Budget)
6/18/2016 07:44:22 am
Going and getting a pedicure is one of my favorites things to do. Whether I take my daughter with me or friends or just go alone it's truly one of the most relaxing things ever and you get to walk out with pretty toes :)
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