Top Reasons To Get A Pedicure
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street or racing in the street or hanging on the beach. Whichever activity floats your particular boat it will be an outdoor activity and that means sandals or bare feet. Our poor feet spend half the year bundled up out of sight. When summer comes they deserve to see the light of day. But parading along South Beach with the top down is not the only reason to get a pedicure. Below we’ve compiled the definitive list of reasons why – whether you’re a man or a woman – a pedicure should be on your to-do list.
1. You’ll Look And Feel Better
Millions of times a day in countless places all over the world people slip on their sandals, flip flops or slides, take a look at their feet and get a slight feeling of discomfort in their gut. Being wrapped up all winter has done a number on their feet. They’re pale and a bit shriveled, with nails that are too long and have turned into dirt magnets. A pedicure can take your tired, neglected feet and turn them into your pride and joy. You’ll be confident instead of self-conscious and look healthy instead of run down.
2. You’ll Prevent Infection
Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, can pop up when you least expect it and turn your once bright shiny toenail into a brittle, yellow slab. Regular pedicures will prevent harmful bacteria from taking hold in the base of your nails and keep them healthy and happy all year long. A pedicure gets right down into the darkest corners of the nail and removes any nasty microbes lurking there before they can set up shop and breed reinforcements.
3. It Will Enhance Circulation
A pedicure involves more than just cleaning up your nails and (if you so choose) polishing them. It’s total foot care that also includes filing down calluses, exfoliating dry skin and, in most cases, applying lotion to the feet while giving them a good rub down. This last aspect of the pedicure is important because it helps to restore proper circulation to the feet, which are often wrongfully ignored during massages.
4. You’ll Rid Your Feet Of Legacy Skin
Our skin provides an invaluable service to us throughout our entire lives but skin cells don’t last a lifetime. They’re constantly dying off and being replaced by new ones. It’s important that those new skin cells have a clean, clear foundation to take root in and exfoliating the feet during a pedicure is how you ensure that. Exfoliation can make a noticeable difference in the appearance of your feet and will pave the way for healthy, happy feet going forward.
5. It Helps Prevent The Growth Of Abnormal Nails
Have you ever glanced at someone’s feet and noticed that their toenails seem a bit, let’s say, imperfect? Maybe they’re thick and curled. Or maybe they have creases down the center or they’re shooting off to the side. “Pretty weird” you think. But while you’re assessing these poor toenails you should keep one thing in mind: they didn’t start out that way. They got that way through years of neglect and the same thing could very well happen to you. Regular pedicures will save your toenails from the dreaded downward spiral into unsightliness.
6. No More Hangnails
When people cut their own nails they tend to get overzealous and clip deep down into the cuticle. You may think you’re just being thorough when you do this but in reality you’re setting the table for the appearance of painful hangnails. The technician performing your pedicure knows exactly how far it’s safe to cut and how deep. They’ll also clean away any debris along the edge of the nail that could contribute to hangnail creation over time.
7. The Skin On Your Feet Will Thank You
A first class pedicure as we mentioned typically involves the application of a moisturizer to your feet following exfoliation. The massage-like application of moisturizer not only feels great when it’s in progress but makes the skin on your feet feel great for days afterward. And you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel overall when you have happy feet.
8. Helps Get Rid Of Foot Odor
So you meet that special someone and you are nestling in on the couch getting comfortable. You take off your shoes and wham! It smells like there’s a dead rat under the sofa. Foot odor is extremely unpleasant but it’s not inevitable. It stems mostly from bacteria that has accumulated in the nooks and crannies of your feet. Bacteria that can and will be removed during a pedicure. Going back for regular pedicures will prevent bacteria from regaining a beachhead on your feet and will prevent stinky feet in the future.
9. You’ll Be More Comfortable In Your Shoes
Calluses, corns, misshapen toenails and more can make the wearing of any type of footwear an uncomfortable experience. Regular pedicures will remove these obstacles to comfort and prevent them from reoccurring in the future. The next time you slip on your dress shoes, running shoes or even your sandals you’ll feel the difference and wonder why you put up with years of discomfort.
10. You’re Worth It
This may be the best reason of all to go get yourself regular pedicures. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself who will? A lot of people, guys especially, hesitate because they think they’ve got more important things to spend their money on. But is that really the case? Your feet are the vehicle that enables virtually every aspect of your life. They are the unsung heroes of existence that go about their job without any fanfare while we lavish untold riches upon our face, hair and upper body. Taking proper care of your feet will pay dividends you can’t imagine until you actually do it. Because you spend so much time on your feet without even realizing it you’ll be amazed at the degree to which your quality of life improves as a result of regular pedicures. So go ahead. Have one. You’re worth it.