Pedicures are cosmetic treatments for your feet and toenails. They often include pretty nail polish and you leave the salon feeling great. The word pedicure comes from Latin, ‘pedis’ means foot and ‘cura’ means cure, so in essence a pedicure is a ‘foot cure’ and the method has been around for centuries.
There is evidence that pedicures have been around for over 4000 years. The ancient Egyptians were huge fans of their feet and caring for their feet and legs was something they did throughout the social classes. In ancient China, 3000 BC to be exact, nail colour was a popular thing and it symbolized where you fell on the social scale. Royals for example would paint their nails red and black.
There is even evidence that Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti painted their nails and we even know that both of them favoured red, though in different shades. Pedicures and caring for your feet in ancient times wasn’t just for women, as there is also evidence that military commanders painted their nails to match their lips before a battle in ancient Egypt.
Today, pedicures are for anyone, and they can be either cosmetic, therapeutic or medial in nature. They start with a foot soak and usual entail a massage of the feet and the calf muscles before the pumice stone is used to take off all the dead skin cells from the feet, particularly in the heel region. Granular exfoliation, moisturizing treatments, and even paraffin treatments can also be part of the pedicure procedure. Some salons also have mud and masks available in all different types and scents to further pamper those tootsies.
Also included in most procedures is nail clipping and shaping and of course the application of nail polish. Having a professional pedicure on a regular basis can in fact help to prevent nail disease and disorders, but you do have to be careful that you go to a reputable salon or spa and that the tools are fully sanitized after each client so that germs and diseases don’t spread from one client to the next.
Because this procedure includes a massage most of the time, it helps the blood flow and circulation and is particularly good for people with diabetes who may have problems with their feet. It’s pampering, but it also makes your feet and calves feel better and of course, look better too. What are you waiting for?