Untrained ears might think asking how often to get a manicure is like asking how many weekends you should go on a mini-break (or as often as you have the time, financial resources, and desire for a nice treat).
It’s fun to go to the salon and make your pedicure dreams a reality. This treatment is great for your feet, but there’s another reason you should be on top of your foot care. Elegant Touch nail technician Sara Sordillo says that pedicures are great for feet. “Broken, cracked, or dry feet are difficult to walk on, put on socks, or touch blankets. Pedicures can help to minimize these problems. We don’t even have to get into the fun stuff, like corns, callouses or teeth-clenchingly painful Ingrown Toenails.”
Regular visits to a nail specialist will keep your nails in top condition. They can also provide cute nail designs for you. How often? We asked a podiatrist and a nail technician as well as a nail health expert for their opinions on how often a pedicure should be done.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD IT BE?
Lynn Gray, Mavala’s nail care expert and in-house Nail Care Expert says that a pedicure should be done once per month. This is to keep your feet healthy and not over-treat them. Sordillo concurs, saying that he recommends changing the polish every three weeks. You won’t have to change the polish as often as you like, but it won’t cause any damage and there won’t be too much maintenance required for your cuticles.
Intensity of the treatment is another factor that will determine how often you should have a pedicure. Anyone who has ever done a home pedicure knows that a pedis can be as simple as a quick coat of nail varnish or as complex as a lengthy battle with more tools than Edward Scissorhands. Every week, a simple file and polish will suffice. For specific issues, a more intense but less frequent pedicure might be necessary.
“Common foot problems include calluses, fungal infection, ingrown toenails and cracked heels known as fissures or verrucas,” says Dina Gohil, expert podiatrist. She offers in-clinic medical pedicures to address all of these issues. How often should you have a pedicure? The professionals can help you make that decision. Sordillo agrees that a medical pedicure is recommended for ingrown nails. Then, follow the treatment plan.
CAN A PEDICURE BE TOO OFTEN?
Yes. Particularly if the pedicure involves cuticle or skin removal. Gray says it is possible to book too many appointments. Over-exfoliation can lead to skin irritations, and this is easily caused by pedicures.
Sordillo says, “Removing skin that isn’t dead is good for your feet and skin regeneration. However, too often can lead to healthy skin being accidentally removed.” This can be avoided by taking breaks of between 3-4 weeks. The next layer of skin will have formed.
There is no limit on how many times you can get a pedi. You can moisturize your feet or use cuticle oils. You can swap colors if you have polish chips or just want a change between full pedicures.
Are pedicures good for your feet?
Yes, provided you don’t get too extravagant. Pedicures are great for feet. Gray confirms that pedicures are great for your feet because they exfoliate dead skin cells and soften the cuticles.
Foot care enthusiasts rejoice! Many of the benefits of a professional pedicure can and should be done at home. This is especially true for those with sensitive feet. Between appointments, Gohil will provide a checklist for foot MOT.
- Wash your feet daily with warm soapy water and make sure you dry them between your toes. This is an ideal place for fungal infections.
- Moisturize with a specially formulated cream for feet (not your best body moisturizer!) Every day. Apply it to your feet and massage it gently.
Our beauty editor recommends:
- Mavala Concentrated Footbath
This soothing herbal foot soak will bring Alpine spa vibes into your bathroom. It contains citrus and eucalyptus oils that leave your skin super soft and clear.
- CCS Foot Care cream
The more practical a foot cream looks, the better it will work. This simple-looking tube contains glycerin and urea, as well as lactic acid, for smoothing and softening effects.
- To gently remove any dead skin cells, use a pumice or foot file for a week. Followed by a good cream with urea.
- Check your toenails every week and make sure your nails are well-trimmed with nail clippers.
- Remember to leave a little white edge when cutting your nails. You should ensure that the tools used to cut your nails are not shared.
Our beauty editor recommends:
- Tweezerman Pedicure Rasp Callus Remover
It’s a strangely scary-looking tool that is actually quite gentle. To remove stubbornly hard skin, lightly sweep it across and catch any crumbs in the storage cap.
- Elegant touch Premium Pedicure Scissor Price: $17.90/PS12.95
These pedi-specific scissors are ultra-sharp, robust and easy to use. They can be used to cut toenails across the entire length of your foot. This will help you avoid hanging nails and jaggy edges.