Pedicure: A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, analogous to a manicure. Pedicures are done for cosmetic, therapeutic, and medical purposes and can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders.They are popular throughout the world, especially among women. The word pedicure is derived from the Latin words pedis, which means “of the foot”, and cura, which means “care”.
As people we all have to deal with a lot of things, sometimes it’s not even the task but the actual mental preparation of it all that exhausts us. It is why I am a firm believer in taking the time for a pick me up every now and then. It has given me a new appreciation for the word “all things in moderation” because you have a lot more gratitude for the occasion as opposed to something that is so familiar. My favourite “me time” activity is getting a pedicure, it is so worth it. You see, our feet always get taken for granted and sometimes even a little bit of TLC on them can go a long way. The best thing about them is that literally ANYONE can get one – so there’s no shame in men getting pedicures!
Here’s a little overview of the benefits of pedicures:
1. Promotes circulation – Since pedicures include a massage for your feet, it helps promote circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and not just the feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.
2. Deterrent – Receiving a regular pedicure can help the pedicurist detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections. As gross as that sounds it is better to avoid these conditions because they are easier to treat when they are identified in their earlier stages.
3. Brings out a new you – so exfoliation takes place during the pedicure and if you’re lucky it is usually the best smelling exfoliate out there! The removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother and more attractive feet.
4. Moisture – the most crucial aspect to skin maintenance, regardless of what weather season you live in, is having hydrated skin. A pedicure includes regular soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet.
5. De-stress – A good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic.
Feet get little care compared to other parts of your body such as your hands and face. Healthy feet are vital to our overall health so don’t neglect them! Whether you go to a salon or you do your own pedicure, make sure to get one at least once a month to help your feet stay in good condition because no one wants to look or deal with crusty feet!
Where to get the best pedicures? Well, there are some places whereby massage therapists feel the need to rip off layers of your epithelial and there are others that literally do the BARE minimum. It is really important to get a good therapist, for example, when I was living in England I went to get a spa pedicure thinking it would be extremely relaxing because the actual spa was so professional with amazing products. However, during the pedicure I felt so anxious as the therapist barely did anything and what was meant to be an hour of relaxation turned into thirty minutes of anxiety. After that overpriced mess I vowed never to return there and waste my time. Thankfully, I have found my “go to place” for three years now and I encourage you all to pedicures here because it has been worth every cent.
I’m talking about the Camelot Spa; as one of the best spas in Southern Africa without a doubt, I have experienced the best treatment. I always get the Spa Pedicure which includes; a spa prep of the feet, soak, exfoliate, massage, paraffin dip (which allows the wax to soften the tough skin) and finally polish and shine or in my case just buff and shine! It is truly a treat for everyone and there is only one other place that I have had the opportunity to travel to that provides this sort of care; that is the Alun Alun Spa in Langkawi, Malaysia. My experience at these spas have been nothing short of spectacular as I always walk out feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Of course, if you’re in Botswana, I would definitely recommend Kelly from the Camelot team. She goes above and beyond to make sure your treatment is as relaxing as possible – even my parents adore her to the point where we fight over having her. If you ever decide to go there you know who to call – not Ghostbusters! Oh and be sure to grab a mini apple on your way out they’re the cutest and healthiest “thank you” I have ever had.
So there you have it, my favourite pick-me-up, what’s yours? Share, like and comment your thoughts on your favourite pedicure.