Pedicures! Exactly what women look forward to when they spend all hours on their feet and finally earned themselves a treatment day. Not only women find themselves in spas or nail salons in need of a pedicure; Yes! Men also realize the importance of having pedicures.
The average person can take up to 10,000 steps a day(imagine those who exercise regularly). With all of this movement most of us aren’t aware of the damages we’re doing to our feet by not pampering them every once in a while. It’s just like going to the salon for our hair, our air is exposed to everything in the air everyday just imagine if we never did any with it and it was just there!..That would not be a pretty sight. Everything need to be properly groomed every now and then just to remain in good condition.
Walking on the beach in the sand(especially if the sand is coarse) can give you the same effects of a pedicure because it can remove callus and exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin.
Benefits of Pedicures:
Having a pedicure can detect early signs of fungal infections, bunions and, the most common, corns. Having pedicures also decreases your chances of infections by the processes of clipping and cleaning the toe nails. By doing so this prevents ingrown toe nails and beats any bacteria. One of the most important things our feet need are to be kept moisturized, during a pedicure your feet are soaking in soothing warm water, and massaged in oils or lotions. Your cuticles are also massages in a pedicure. Keeping your feet moisturized prevents feet from cracking and blistering, which can be painful. Massages increase blood circulation, which can decrease pain and relieves tension, this will relax the body and relieve stress. Pedicures exfoliate the feet and will remove dead skin from building up into corns or bunions, removing this dead skin brings out softer and smoother skin, your feet may also appear to be lighter.
You should make sure you have all supplies; Which should be a file, buffer, clippers, sanitize, polish remover, cotton balls, cuticle remover, cuticle pusher, cuticle trimmer, cuticle oil, exfoliating scrub, callus remover, pumice stone, foot bath, bath salts, anti-bacterial soap, massage lotion, base coat, polish, clear coat, hardener(if it does not come within the clear coat) and a toe divider.
First you will set the foot bath with your anti-bacterial soap and bath salts.
You will then begin removing polish from toe nails. It is also good to use polish remover on nails without polish because it rids the nail of dirt or oil.
Use your clippers to clip the toe nail (only if needed to clip).
File it smoother to ensure a perfect squared tip.
I use this time to now file the top of the nail if I need to make it smoother and file in the sides for a more squared appearance.
I then apply cuticle remover and soak it in the warm water bath as I address the other foot.
When I’m done with the other foot and place it in the bath I would take out the first foot and use my cuticle pusher to push back the cuticle, as the cuticle pusher also removes some cuticle.
When you have done this to all toes you can use your cuticle trimmer to trim away any cuticles that stick up.
At this time I would rub the callus remover to the bottom of the feet therefore callus would be soft when I would need to scrub them.
Buff the nail then apply cuticle oil.
Rub on your exfoliating scrub.
I would dip the foot back into the water only to wet it then begin to scrub with the pumice stone.
Place foot back into water and wash off all products and flaking callus.
Place foot into towel and repeat the above steps on the other foot.
When this is done you can remove the foot from the towel wrap and begin your deep massage.
After your massage use your toe dividers then apply your base coat. (I personally use toilet paper instead of toe dividers because it is more hygienic for clients).
Apply your polish then apply your clear top coat. Some top coats are hardeners, but I use an enamel hardening spray.