What is a pedicure exactly?

You’ve heard about this thing and weren’t sure what it really was. If you’re anything like I was, you might think a pedicure is just painting your nails! Well, this may or may not be part of the pedicure package you choose, but it’s not a pedicure in and of itself. In fact, unless you choose this option, it may not be part of your pedicure at all. A pedicure should be part of your comprehensive foot care regimen. In fact, they are probably the most important parts of a foot care program!

A typical pedicure, depending on the shape of your feet, consists of a number of things. The first thing you can expect from your pedicure is to soak your feet in a cleansing and softening solution. This is done for several reasons. First, it feels good and gives you that spa feel. second, it cleans your feet; You won’t want to work on dirty, smelly feet and so will your manicurist. Third, it softens your cuticles and nails in preparation for the rest of the pedicure.

Usually after you’ve soaked and cleaned your feet, your pedicurist will begin your manicure by removing any existing polish from your toenails. Your nails will be trimmed if necessary. It will be positioned to remove any sharp edges and to form an attractive curve. If the tops of the nails need it, they are buffed to give them a natural shine. Your skin will be trimmed if necessary and lubricated. Your nails will then be cleaned of any debris that is underneath. This will be the extent of your nail maintenance unless you opt for buffing, wrapping, or other upgrades.

If this is your first time, you likely have a lot of skin on the bottoms of your feet that will need to be removed. This is done with a pumice stone or a cleansing lotion/solution. This is often referred to as “polishing”. Depending on how much skin you have built up on the bottom of your feet will determine how long this process takes. Often, after buffing your feet, your manicurist will follow up with a lotion and massage of the foot, ankle, and shin area. Don’t expect a full massage, just a short relaxing lower leg and foot massage. This will get your blood flow moving and re-energize you.

Your pedicure may also be finished with some oil for your nails or if you wear nail polish or nail art if you wear open-toed shoes. Nail polish and nail art will be an additional charge and may also include the use of jewelry. Having attractive looking feet is a must for the summer or if you live in a warm climate. Remember, if you plan to go to the beach, you will need to freshen your nails afterwards because the sand will act as sandpaper on your feet and toenails.

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