With summer here, it’s time to get your feet ready for sandal season!
Any sandal season calls for some tender loving care. If you ask us, prepping your feet for sandals is really just another form of self-care. If you spend time taking care of your face and hair, why not your feet? Visiting a salon and leaving with attractive, clean, and freshly polished fingernails and toenails can be a great way to kick off vacation, to celebrate a special event, or just to make you feel good. Here at our professional nail salon, we want people to feel proud of their feet.
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With sandal season finally upon us the instinct to pretty up your cracked heels, leathery soles and unpainted toes is a natural one. And with the proliferation of inexpensive nail bars in recent years, pedicures are within reach, pricewise, for a lot of people.
So, how to care for your feet and keep them looking good all summer long?
- Tip 1:
Let the professionals help you out. If you aren’t sure where to start with your feet or if you’d rather leave them in the hands of professionals, getting a pedicure is perhaps the most obvious solution for bringing your winter-afflicted feet into summer. We suggest a salon pedicure every two to three weeks. One thing to note is that if you’re someone who often goes to the beach and spends time in the sun, your feet might get a little drier. In that case, getting pedicure treatments that offer deep hydration to repair the skin is highly recommended.
- Tip 2:
If you are in the camp of people who rarely get a pedicure, there are some things you can do at home to maintain your feet all year round. A go-to method is to soak your feet at home using a combination of warm water and various essential oils, such as peppermint or lavender, to soften the skin and to promote relaxation. You can also use some sort of scrub or file to get rid of dead skin on your own. You should also be moisturizing your feet, just as you would the rest of your body after a bath or shower.
- Tip 3:
Give your toenails a breather. Nail polish should be removed at least every two to three weeks. Otherwise the nails get dehydrated.
- Tip 4:
Time your pedicure strategically. There is a risk that when a salon is really busy, instruments and foot baths won’t get properly cleaned between clients. So, it’s best to get a pedicure early in the day on a weekday.
Unluckily, there are definitely risks to a salon manicure or pedicure, especially during the pandemic. Below are some steps you can take to help make your toenails beautiful and healthy while enjoying a salon.
- Step 1: Avoid shaving your legs for at least 24 hours prior to getting a pedicure.
- Step 2: Do not get a manicure or pedicure if you have any open sores, including hangnails, blisters, warts that are being treated, nails that are painful or lifting off of the nail bed, or bug bites on your hands, feet or legs.
- Step 3: Ask the nail technician to skip cuticle trimming.
- Step 4: Also skip the razor blade/sharp pumice stone to the feet during a pedicure.
- Step 5: Consider bringing your own tools to the salon with you.
- Step 6: Be ultra cautious if you are diabetic.
- Step 7: Wear your face mask!
All states require that nail salons put their current licenses on display. Whirlpool foot baths need to be thoroughly cleaned between uses, including drains where sloughed-off skin can get trapped. Look for the license, ask your technician about her or his own licensing and training, and ask about the salon’s cleaning practices. Remember, you’re paying for the service and you have every right to understand and feel comfortable with each step.
Keeping in mind the above tips will help you enjoy a summer filled with sandals and healthy skin and nails.