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The reality of pedicures

Pedicures– most of us have had at least one in our life. For me, my first real pedicure was over the summer. It was one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve ever had. Before that time, I had always just removed polish that had been there for months, then painted on a fresh new coat of color. I never treated it as anything calming or soothing, I simply did it to improve the appearance of my feet; only after I took a shower to wash all the excess polish I had applied on the rest of my toes.

Pedicures aren’t just for cosmetic beauty. Pedicures can detect problems early. Your manicurist has seen a decent amount of feet and toes and will know when something isn’t right. Regular pedicures can help recognize early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections, which are easier to treat when they are identified in their early stages.

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These relaxing treatments increase the overall health of your nails and feet. Buffing your nails increases blood flow to the region, which supplies nutrients that would otherwise be inaccessible. Exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells, encourages new cell growth, and prevents the cells from amassing and creating bunions or corns. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, cracks or other foot complications. It is also vital to keep your cuticles moisturized to keep nails from developing ridges or split ends.

Pedicures have proven to be very therapeutic. Stress can worsen and accelerates the symptoms of certain diseases, such as cancer, heart problems and hypertension. Massaging helps promote circulation and aids in relieving tension in the calves and feet. Stimulated blood flow aids tired feet while promoting health. Massage therapy diminishes pain and decreases the chances of developing varicose veins.

The proper way to cut your toenails is to have them cut straight across with square edges. Cutting into the corners will make the nail to grow into the skin and cause ingrown toenails. If left unchecked they can become so bad that you will need minor surgery to remove the nail. Cutting and cleaning your 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 foot odors.

Despite of the health benefits, salons are not impeccably sterile environments, and can be detrimental to your health as well. Know the ways to protect yourself before making your way to the nail salon.

Don’t shave or wax before a pedicure. Removing hair in any way creates very small cuts on your skin that germs and microbes can enter, causing serious infections, like cellulitis. To be safe, wait at least two days after shaving before going in for a pedicure.

If you are healthy and complication free, getting a pedicure doesn’t pose a serious threat. But if you have an infection, ulcer, or a cut, don’t make an appointment

Have your cuticles pushed back instead of clipped off. Cuticles shield your nail bed from bacteria and are crucial for your nail health.

Never let your manicurist turn on the bubbles while you soak your feet. The jets in the whirlpool bath can have bacteria and fungus buildup, which can make you can develop warts and athlete’s foot.

Make sure the metal tools are sterilized after every customer. The tools should never be used for more than one client. To be safe, you can bring your own tools and sterilize them at home.

Most importantly, make sure you know salons are clean and have been accredited by the health department.

Pedicures are good to get at least once a month to guarantee your feet stay in good condition. Just be careful and wary of where you go and how clean the salon is you’re going to.