What is a Pedicure?

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A pedicurist removes dead skin, softens your hard skin and shapes and treats your toenails.

A pedicure isn’t the same as chiropody. A chiropodist is a medically trained professional who can treat diagnosed problems such as corns and calluses and carry out preventative care on your feet. This may involve minor surgical procedures such as cutting off dead skin, and treating in-growing toenails and related infections. A pedicurist is not a chiropodist. However, a regular pedicure can support any work you’re having done by a chiropodist, and may prevent you from needing further treatment.

A pedicure can help your posture by enabling you to walk more comfortably. Combined with massage, hot stones, a herbal or aromatic rub or a soak in scented oils, a pedicure can also soothe and relax you generally. Once your therapist has massaged several softening and soothing creams into your feet, you may feel you are walking on air.

What to expect from a pedicure

A pedicure often begins with a therapeutic foot bath or spa, with your feet are soaked and cleansed in warm, scented water to soften the skin.

You will then have an exfoliating rub with salts or minerals to slough off dead skin and your therapist will remove your cuticles, and cut and shape your toenails, using oils to soften them beforehand. Your therapist will then massage creams and aromatherapy oils into your feet to refresh and soften your skin.

Your pedicure will usually close with a massage of your feet and lower legs before a good quality polish is applied to your nails. Many pedicurists will also give you an acupressure or reflexology-based foot massage to relax you.

A good pedicure will leave you feeling fresh, light and relaxed. Your feet will look and feel better. You’ll want to look at them, show them off, and will make rash promises to yourself about how much better care you’ll take of those tootsies in future. (Start by wearing some comfortable shoes!)

If you have any fungal or other foot infections, it is better for your feet and, frankly, for your therapist, if you get those treated medically first.

Different kinds of pedicure

Many and varied foot treatments are available in spas. Usually, the difference between them is the type of products used and the treatment elements. You can usually tell what you’re in for from a spa’s description of the treatment.

French: this classic pedicure includes long-lasting nail varnish, whitens the tip and squares off the nail

Intensive paraffin wax: this pedicure includes warm wax rubbed into your nails, feet, and lower legs to moisturise and soften

Gel pedicure: this treatment uses clear or coloured gel, bonded to your nails with UV light for a long-lasting glossy finish

Luxury pedicure: this whole-foot treatment usually includes massage, softening paraffin wax and heated towels or a wrap which warms and soothes your feet, and softens and hydrates your nails.

Hot tip!

Your choice of footwear is crucial when you go for a pedicure. Shop-bought nail polish usually dries completely within five minutes or so; spa-standard nail polish may take up to 12 hours to dry completely. You don’t want to have to push those high-gloss finishes into socks and trainers for your cycle home. Whatever you arrive in, make sure that you have flip-flops or open sandals to wear when you leave (unless you’re having a pedicure that involves gel polish, which is cured under UV light and dries instantly).