The 5 Essentials of any Pedicure
If you have never experienced one before you should get one from Sue. (Yes! It’s a shameless plug that will keep you from being traumatized) That’s how much we care. (wink)
A pedicure is marketed as a therapeutic treatment for your feet, but in reality, it serves a way greater purpose. Quick question; when you bathe, do you scrub under your feet? If the answer to this is yes, then i am sending my future children by you to learn how to bathe.
For the other majority of us, that are so exhausted that using a scrubber or a rag is a big achievement, we are totally forgetting the dead skin cells that are compiling under our feet. This then turns into a food for the bacteria in your shoes, which is why the scent keeps getting so much in there. You are providing the best environment for a “bacteria house party”. Bacteria are simple, all they need is some heat (courtesy your body) and moisture (also courtesy your body, in the form of sweat). The dead skin cells are like food in a house lime, not necessary but makes it so much better.
So, how do you get rid of it???? We got the sauce!!!!!
Sanitation, a major function of a pedicure. So let’s get down to the basics, in case you end up in the back of someones house, with your foot in an enamel (silver) bowl, this is the basic checklist.
Note: The order of the steps may vary depending on where you get your pedicure done.
- Step 1: Remove polish, trim & file nails
It might seem obvious to remove your current nail polish before starting your pedicure right? (Duhhhhh) *chuckles*…..After removing your polish with a cotton ball and nail polish remover proceed to clip your toes nails with a large nail clipper. An important fact to remember is when clipping your toe nails do so straight across and use your file to achieve the desired shape. Also, when you file, try to go for a square shape with round edges rather than an oval shape which can lead to ingrown nails.
- Step 2: Soak feet
Fill your basin or whatever you so desire with warm water. Ensure it can accommodate both feet at the same time; who wants to be switching feet constantly…Bleeh! The ingredients for your foot soak are endless! (We are dropping Sue’s secret recipe soon.). A basic soak can comprise of Epsom salt, baking soda, antibacterial soap and a few drops of any essential oil of your choice (lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus etc). You can also consider using a commercial foot soak as well. Mix all ingredients in the water, submerge both feet, soak and relax for 10 minutes or so. This helps to soften your cuticles and make them easier to remove.
- Step 3: Remove cuticles
This step would require a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick which can be bought at any beauty supply store. Remove and dry one of your feet, apply cuticle softener and gently massage on the cuticle area of your toenails. Remove and dry your second foot and repeat. Using your cuticle pusher or orangewood stick carefully push back your dead cuticles. At this point your cuticles would be cut and removed by your pedicurist, but for an at home pedi you can skip the cutting if you’re not quite sure as to what and how to cut. Instead, you can use a nail buffer and just gently buff the nail plate. This removes any excess cuticle left and leaves the nail plate with a smooth and polished finish.
- Step 4: Remove calluses and exfoliate
Now it’s time to make those heels smooth once again! Calluses can be removed using a pumice stone or a foot file. Scrub or file the bottom of your feet where the skin seems to be the hardest and thickest. Bear in mind that the aim is to smooth out the skin and not necessarily remove all of your calluses. Calluses protect our feet and their removal can lead to painful blistering and infections.
After removing your calluses, proceed to exfoliate your feet using a foot scrub. There are plenty of exfoliating foot scrubs that can be purchased or you can experiment and create your own. Exfoliating helps get rid of the dead skin cells on your feet, revealing healthier and new skin(remember that bacteria party mentioned before, yea, you shut it down!). Take your scrub and massage one of your feet for 2- 3 minutes, place it back into the water and repeat with the other foot. Rinse off all the excess foot scrub and dry feet with a clean towel.
- Step 5: Moisturize & massage feet
This is the BEST part of your pedi experience!! The Massage!!! (Which is why you should highly reconsider doing it yourself. It’s like giving yourself a back massage, you’ll be even more exhausted when you are done) Using your favourite moisturizer massage your feet from your heels all the way to the tip of your toes. This helps to restore the moisture back into your feet, as well as help with the circulation ( this is another function of a pedi, to stimulate blood flow!). You can apply a base coat and polish of your choice if you so desire or leave your nails bare.
and Voila! You are finished. We both know that applying polish yourself is a nightmare. Between keeping polish off your skin and discoloration of the nails because you forgot to use a base coat (talking from experience), you will surely value the effort of a pedicurist, who does this service over and over each day.
If there is anything you want to know about a pedicure, ask us in the comments below and we will have Sue answer you in a jiffy. If you are over trying it yourself, trust me love, Sue can do it better. She takes care of all of us at the loft.