- 1. What Should You Take into Account?
Regular foot care is the key to healthy and beautiful feet and is treated as both a hygienic and esthetic procedure. How often should you get pedicures? What is the perfect interval between pedicures? Should you get them in winter and how often? Keep reading to find out.
What Should You Take into Account?
Beauty experts recommend getting a pedicure done at least once a month. However, it’s not that simple — there is no definitive rule that can be applied to everyone. The ideal interval between pedicures depends on many individual aspects and varies from person to person.
The frequency of pedicures depends on the state of your feet, your skin type, the type of pedicure and nail polish, footwear, your at-home foot care routine, and even the season of the year.
First, let’s look at what problems professional pedicures help to deal with:
- remove dead skin
- smoothe the skin and prevent cracks
- get rid of corns and calluses
- adjust the shape of the nails
- remove cuticles
- treat nail folds
- help prevent foot problems
- nourish and moisturize the skin
- strengthen the nails.
After the procedure, you can also ask the nail tech to apply nail polish.
Let’s look at what to consider to figure out how often you should get a pedicure.
Dry skin requires more attentive care as it is prone to developing corns and calluses, which is why people with dry skin have to get pedicures more often. The speed of growth of nails and epidermis also varies from person to person and should also be taken into account. On average, it takes from 28 to 35 days for the skin on the feet of an adult to renew.
Physical exercise also influences your foot care routine. Active people who do sports need to get pedicures more often. Plus, they shouldn’t forget to pamper their feet with relaxing procedures, for example, foot spa and massage.
Type of Pedicure
Every pedicure type uses a different procedure to treat your feet, so the duration of the effect differs.
- Classic. In a classic pedicure, the feet are soaked in warm water and dead skin is removed with the help of cutting tools. This method is considered unsafe. Plus, cutting dead skin provokes active cell regeneration and your skin gets coarse faster, making you go to a salon again sooner.
- E-file. Dead skin is removed with the help of an e-file with replaceable bits. This is faster, safer, and more effective for problematic feet. This pedicure type is great for thoroughly treating all areas, including hard-to-reach ones and produces a longer effect. Experienced nail technicians recommend doing such pedicures every four-five weeks.
- European. In this pedicure type, dead skin is treated with special softening products: fruit acids, removers, or keratolytics. This method is considered the gentlest one. To achieve a lasting effect, you’ll have to get several procedures and frequent touch-ups.
Apart from these basic pedicure types, there are two others that call for more frequent appointments with a nail tech.
- Mini. Mini pedicures can be done every week to treat the cuticles, file the nails, buff the soles, and change the nail design.
- Medical. This pedicure is for people who suffer from deep corns, ingrown toenails, or fungal infections. As a rule, such procedures are performed by certified podologists.
Read more about types of pedicure here.
Type of Nail Polish
The longevity of your nail polish also affects the frequency of pedicures. Regular nail polish lasts for only about a week and a half. Gel nails are more durable.
How often can you get gel nails? Thanks to higher durability and stronger adhesion to the nail plate, gel polish remains intact and looks pretty for more than a month.
Once the nails grow out enough — it’s time to book your pedicure appointment. Grown out gel nails press on the nail plate, twisting it, which can lead to splitting.
Ill-fitting uncomfortable shoes affect the distribution of pressure on different parts of the foot. Apart from corns and calluses, beautiful, yet uncomfortable shoes may cause foot deformities. Tight footwear hinders normal blood circulation, which results in swelling, thrombosis, and varicose veins.
Should you get pedicures in winter? How often? Many of us visit a nail salon only in spring and summer. True, in summer, we should take extra care of our feet as they are exposed to moisture, dirt, and ultraviolet light.
Do we need to get pedicures in autumn and winter when our feet are safely protected by warm footwear? According to specialists, we do. Your feet get sweaty in tight winter footwear, which can lead to calluses and corns and even ingrown toenails. This is why getting pedicures in winter is all about taking care of your health. As for the interval between the procedures, do it at least once every two months.
At-Home Foot Care
Don’t leave foot care to nail technicians alone. You should maintain the health and beauty of your feet at home between visits to a nail salon. Thanks to this, you won’t need to get professional pedicures as often.
Here’s how to take care of your feet at home:
- regularly do salt soaks
- treat your cuticles and file your nails
- use foot scrubs and peels
- use nourishing and moisturizing foot creams, masks, and other products
- do everyday foot massages before bed.
- Specialists recommend going to a nail tech once a month. If you are too busy to do pedicures at home, have problematic feet, or do sports, you should get pedicures every two-three weeks. This is also the desirable interval between pedicures in the hot season.
- If you include foot care in your everyday beauty routine, wear comfortable shoes, and don’t wear nail polish for too long, you can get pedicures every five weeks. In winter, the interval can be even longer, especially if you don’t have any foot problems.
Don’t put off a visit to a nail salon: nails that are too long become fragile and can break, chip, or get ingrown. If you don’t remove dead skin in time, it starts cracking, letting in bacteria. This is why the health of your feet is so important. So don’t forget to book your next nail salon appointment!