What is a Pedicure?
A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, analogous to a manicure. Pedicures are done for cosmetic, therapeutic, and medical purposes and can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders. They are popular throughout the world, especially among women.
Pedicures include care not only for toenails; dead skin cells are rubbed off the bottom of the feet, using a rough stone (often a pumice stone) or other material. Skin care is often provided up to the knee, including granular exfoliation, moisturizing, and massage.
The word pedicure is derived from the Latin words pedis, which means “of the foot”, and cura, which means “care”.
A pedicure is a therapeutic treatment for your feet that removes dead skin, softens hard skin and shapes and treats your toenails. A good foot treatment is heaven, but pedicure techniques can vary from type of polish to massage so it’s important to find the right pedicure for you.
What is a Medical Pedicure?
A medical pedicure is a non-invasive, dry procedure performed by highly skilled foot care specialists who combine podiatry with nail care. Guaranteed to be safe and hygienic, it addresses issues such as: Athlete’s foot. Corns. Calluses.
A medical pedicure focuses on the hygienic and aesthetics care of the toenails and the soles of the feet. This service is offered in a private setting, which helps promote safety and relaxation.
A medical pedicure adheres to the highest levels of sanitation. Standards should exceed OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards for maintaining a clean environment and preventing the spread of germs, fungus and diseases.
What is a pedicure good for?
Pedicures are a great way to ensure you look after your feet!
- A regular pedicure can support chiropody if you suffer from foot problems. This may prevent you from needing further treatment.
- A pedicure can also help your posture — you naturally walk more comfortably on cared-for feet.
- Pedicures can also soothe and relax you when combined with other treatments. Once your pedicurist has massaged several softening and soothing creams into your feet, you may feel you are walking on air!
What to expect from a pedicure
A traditional pedicure begins with a therapeutic foot bath or spa. Your feet are soaked and cleansed in warm, scented water to soften the skin — like a mini-Jacuzzi for your feet.
An exfoliating rub will slough off dead skin with salts or minerals. Your pedicurist will also remove your cuticles and cut and shape your toenails.
Creams and aromatherapy oils are massaged into your feet to refresh and soften your skin. Many pedicurists will also massage your lower legs and maybe give an acupressure or reflexology-based foot massage to help relax you. Some pedicures will include the use of hot stones. Others use mud, wraps and even algae. High quality toenail polish will be applied at the end of your pedicure.
A good pedicure will result in your feet looking as well as feeling fantastic. You should want to show off your tootsies and make rash promises to yourself about how much better you’ll take care of your feet in future!
A pedicure will usually last between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the techniques involved. Allow time afterwards to ease yourself back into standing up!
Different kinds of pedicure
Pedicures vary depending on the spa and pedicurist, but you can usually find one perfect for you by the description on a spa 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: clear or coloured gel is bonded to your nails with UV light for a long-lasting glossy finish
- Luxury pedicure: a whole-foot treatment usually including massage, softened paraffin wax and heated towels, or a wrap which warms and soothes your feet as well as softening and hydrating your nails.