What is a pedicure ?

By: Vu bui - October 4, 2016

What is a pedicure?
A foot pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, analogous to a manicure. Spa Pedicures foot spa 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 womenBenefit?Summer is right around the corner and first of all of course that comes with a change in wardrobes. People will switch from wearing heavy sweaters and , boots and thick socks to short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals. Are your feet healthy and ready to come out of hiding rather have them out?The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.Foot pedicures are a great way to provide basic care for your feet therefore. Here are the top six benefits of regularly getting pedicures.Early Detection of ProblemsReceiving a regular pedicure can help the pedicurist detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections. These conditions are easier to treat when they are identified in its earlier stages.Decreases Chances of Infections

Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toe nails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases and disorders (fungi) and foot odors. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma therefore keep them protected.

Preserves Skin’s Moisture

A Spa pedicure includes soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, crakes or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.

Exfoliates the Feet

Exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother and more attractive feet.

Promotes Circulation

The most enjoyable part of the salon pedicure is the massage. Massaging helps promotes circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.

Relaxes the Body

A good pedicure set can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic. According to the British NHS information, massage therapy eases tension, stiffness and enhances well-being”.

Feet get little care compared to other parts of your body such as your hands and face. Healthy feet are vital to our overall health so don’t neglect them! Whether you go to a salon or you do your own pedicure, make sure to get one at least once a month to health your feet stay in good condition.

Pedicure designs

Planning on getting a toenail art for you? You can paint your toenails just as much as you can paint your nails on your hands. Painting your toenails is simply much easier than painting your nails on the hands since you can use both your hands when painting the nail art. So how can you begin to create your toenail art masterpiece?

If you have an existing polish, make sure that you clean it out because, The price of being lazy and painting over your old pedicure can simply result to uneven colors as well as edges with another polish color on them. You would want your nails to look as clean and even when you apply the base coating.

Make sure that your toenails are just about the right length. Unlike the nails on your hands, the toenails can’t be grown as long since it can rub against your socks or shoes and might even cause infections. That is why you should buff the top of your nails right after cutting them to avoid grazing your socks and protect your toenails. Buffing can also help get rid of residues from your old polish and helps the nails to start soaking up the base coat so that it can avoid staining.

After making sure that your nails are in the right length and look clean, it’s time to wash up. Use your nail polish removers to even out the nails and get rid of residues that you might have not reached in the prior steps. You should also start using your cuticle stick to cut back the cuticles on your toenail. There are available cuticle creams that you can use to make the cuticles o your toes easier to trim.
With all the cleaning done, it is time for you to begin with the polishing and designing.

Things you will need for your toenail art design:

·         – Clear nail polish

·         – Colored nail polish for your base coat and designs

·         – Cotton (to separate your toes when applying the coats)

·         – Small and big brushes (depending on the design)

·         – Clean towels

·         – Reference design (when you are planning on following a toenail art design)

How to Do a Spa Pedicure

Whether you need to soften up your callused feet or you are looking for a day of pampering, giving yourself a pedicure is the perfect solution. With a bit of time and a little effort, you’ll have silky feet and perfectly polished tootsies that will leave everyone envious.

Pedicure Steps


Pick up your supplies. Grab a tub and water for soaking, nail clippers, a nail file, a cuticle stick/orange stick, a nail buffer, a pumice stone or scrubbing brush, a clear top and base coat, and a polish color of choice. Optional additional supplies include bath salts for soaking your feet, cuticle trimmers, cuticle oil, and lotion for a massage afterwards.[1]


Remove any pre-existing nail polish.


Start your soak.


Cut and file your nails. Start by trimming your nails down to size; use a pair of nail clippers to cut your toenails to be just short enough to see a bit of white at the tips. The shape of the nail should be slightly squared, following the natural topline of your toes. Use your nail file to buff down the sharp edges of nail the clippers might have left, and to do any further shaping you would like.


Prepare your cuticles. Although this step is optional, it can go a long way in making your toes better prepared for painting. Use your orange stick/cuticle stick to gently push back the cuticle around each nail. If you have cuticle trimmers, gently cut away the excess cuticle skin that builds up over time. Rub on a little cuticle oil when you’re finished to supplement the sensitive skin with a bit of added moisture.


Smooth out the tops of your nails and then. Use your buffing pad to file down the ridges and rough edges on the tops of your nails. Pay particular attention to the edges that you’ve just trimmed or filed, as this area typically needs to be beveled a bit to create a level plane, so to speak. Use your buffing pad in the same direction and tilt the angle of it to reach the entirety of each toenail.


Clean up and soften your skin. Now it’s time to move onto your actual feet therefore. Use your pumice stone to scrub down the calluses on the heel and ball of your foot. You shouldn’t scrub too roughly in these areas because too much irritation causes the skin to respond by thickening to protect the delicate tissue underneath, and that becomes an endless cycle so gentle buffing on the surface with little or no pressure is best. When you’ve removed any dried skin or calluses, you can use a scrubbing brush to clean up your entire foot. Use the brush between your toes and all over the bridge of your foot, adding soap if you’d like a bit of an extra clean.

·         Be sure to rinse off your feet with a bit of water after scrubbing.

·         Avoid using a ‘cheese grater’ type tool on your calluses, as these have proven to be dangerous and can cause fungal infections.


Finish preparing for polish and then. Remove your feet from the soaking tub completely and empty it out. Dry your feet off, and if you’d like, massage on a layer of lotion into your skin. If you choose to do this, use a bit of nail polish remover to clean up your nails again (the lotion can keep polish from sticking).[2]


Add your base coat. Use a clear nail polish as a protective base coat on all your toenails. This will prevent your nail polish from yellowing your toenails maybe, as well as give your lacquer a solid base to stick to.


Apply your color of choice then. Select a nail polish color, and paint each of your toenails. Start in the center of the nail near the cuticle, and use long brushstrokes towards the tip of each nail to fill in the color. Work from the center outwards until all your nails are filled in, using a fingernail or the edge of an orange stick to wipe off any polish that might have mistakenly gotten on your skin. You may need to add two coats of polish in order to get an opaque layer of color.
Pedicure prices

  • At spas or salons (mid range), manicures cost $25- $30 (standard) and $30-$45 (deluxe); pedicures cost $35-$40 (standard) or $45-$60 (deluxe). Acrylic nails range $35-$45 (standard) or $45-$50 (pink and white).
  • At hotel or resort spas (high range), manicures are $25-$45 (standard) and $50-$75 (deluxe); pedicures range $45-$50 (standard) and $75-$135 (deluxe). Acrylic nails cost $50-$70(stan.dard) and $75-$85 (pink and white).

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