The Polished & Practical Pedicure

By Kathy Pape – June 9, 2011

Taking Care of Yourself from Head to Toe

Did you know that the average woman takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, and that each of those steps add up to approximately 115,000 miles over the course a lifetime – and that doesn’t even take in account additional exercise. Now consider the types of shoes we subject our feet to…  It’s no wonder why so many women are addicted to getting their monthly pedicure!

If you’re like me, your painted toes act as the ultimate Fab & Fru accessory to all your summer outfits.  But when I do the job myself,  my feet just don’t look or feel, well…’polished’!  Read on to see why spending a few bucks on an in-spa pedi may be well worth the splurge to look and FEEL your best all summer long!

Get Your Toenails Trimmed Correctly

Let’s face it – it’s just not that easy to trim your own toenails.  If you’ve ever given yourself a pedicure you know you have to be a bit of a contortionist to get the job done right.  It can hurt your back, but it can also hurt your toes.  A lot of people trim their nails too short, cut them at an angle or rip and tear them because they’re hard to reach.  That can set you up for ingrown toenails!  Cutting and clipping properly can prevent toenails from growing inward which may lead to infection.  So having an expert cut them for you can save yourself a lot of pain in the long run.  Good manicurists can also spot problem areas that you may not even know about.

Be Sure to Get Rid of Dirt & Bacteria

Yes, feet can be gross!  A lot of people have aversions to feet because they can be smelly and look filthy.  When you get regular pedicures, not only does it look nice, but you are cleaning places you don’t normally maintain – like under your nail and around the cuticle where fungus can grow.  And fungus can cause foot odor, discoloration and can cause the nail bed to lift.  YUCK. And, if you leave it untreated for too long it will cause permanent damage!

Exfoliate & Moisturize

Exfoliation for your feet is just as important as your face, but most of us rarely do it.  Sloughing off of dead skin prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be painful and have a serious impact on the way you walk. Removing dead skin also encourages new skin to grow which makes your heels look smoother and a lot prettier!

A pedicure also moisturizes your feet because it typically involves a soak in soapy water and a rubdown with oil or lotion. It’s so important to keep feet moisturized because moisture helps to prevent getting blisters and cracks on your feet.   It’s also important to keep your cuticles moisturized because it can damage the matrix of the nail, which is at the very base.  Damage to the matrix will cause the nail to grow out with ridges, split ends (just like your hair), and in the worst case scenario, it could completely cause the nail to lift out of the nail bed.  Again, YUCK.

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