The cold temperatures have hit, and as much as we miss the warm beach days there's an upside to winter for busy women. We don't have to shave our legs as often (lol) or tend to our feet as much as we did with the hotter temperatures, because we all know the percentage of people who will see our feet in the next four months is small.
But here's the problem with that way of thinking. Pedicures do way more than keep our toenails looking polished and pretty with shades of fire engine red or deep sapphire blues; they nourish our poor overworked feet -- which take an even more brutal beating during the winter months.
Here's five reasons why you need pedicures during winter:
You're feet are enclosed in heavier shoes and boots during the winter months, and are more prone to accumulating calluses and corns. These not only look unattractive but they can be quite painful and develop more problems for your feet. One important factor to keep calluses and corns at bay is exfoliation. A good pedicure includes the removal of hard skin on your feet and leaves them feeling silky smooth and less like sandpaper.
Regular trimming and filing will ensure strong healthy nails and will also help your technician be able to keep a regular health check on your nails. If you maintain at least a monthly pedicure routine your nail technician will be better able to detect if there are any problems with your feet; including any fungal infections. A pedicure doesn't take the place of a certified podiatrist obviously, but your nail tech can alert you to get your feet checked by a health professional.
Pedicures promote healthier skin and joints. Here at Digits And Spikes Nail Studio in Charlotte, NC our pedicures always begin with a spa foot soak to soften the skin and promote circulation in your lower leg, ankle and foot while disinfecting your feet. This will increase circulation and reduce pain and possibly swelling in your feet that was a result from sitting, standing and walking all day. Our pedicures will get your blood flowing. Think about it this way, with the cold temperature threatening to freeze our bodies, we can all use a circulation boost. Does anything sound more amazing than the thought of soaking your feet in a warm whirlpool bath fragrance with a relaxing oil?
Pedicures relax and relieve stress. Massaging your feet and lower legs loosens the muscles and helps with joint performance. Getting a massage after a pedicure also helps with circulation of the foot and lower leg, which helps us relax and ease tight muscles, reduce swelling, and aids in improved joint mobility. The increased blood flow that comes with receiving a massage brings oxygen to the tissue in the feet and legs. Our certified nail technicians can stroke sections of your feet in such a way that some experts believe can help relieve physical pain, anxiety, and in some cases, even promote better sleep.
Lastly, you're the most important person. Take care of yourself! Pedicures give you that added boost of confidence. It’s also incredibly sexy to take care of your body solely for your own enjoyment and pleasure. For the occasional, but always appreciated, 65 - 70 degree weather that sprouts up in the winter, rest assured you'll be ready to throw on a pair of open toed shoes. Plus when spring comes you can be sure that your feet will be healthy and beautiful.