Consider the mani/pedi. What may seem like an indulgence to some really is just part of good health maintenance inside and out.
Women want to look beautiful and men well-groomed, and both want to feel good. Manicures and/or pedicures help with:
The skin on our overworked hands and feet need to be properly exfoliated to remove all dirt and grime and moisturized for softness.
The massages that come with these treatments help improve blood circulation. They can reduce pain and help our bodies distribute heat during cold months.
Our feet sweat and excess moisture promotes fungal growth. Maintain those toes with a pedicure.
Pedicures help level out the surface of your feet allowing your weight to be distributed more evenly, which aids in good posture.
These can be painful; a nail technician can remove them.
The act alone of getting a mani and/or pedi means you are taking time out of your day to do something for you. Taking breaks promotes productivity.
During this time you are away from your phone. Enough said.
Choosing colors, designs, length and shape shows off your style and personality, and shaking hands becomes a pleasure.
This self-care (whether done at home or in a salon) is you investing in yourself be it time or money. You are showing the world that you matter. And the compliments you’ll get are an added bonus.
As with all endeavors, though, be wise. Avoid nail salons where:
- Nail technicians don’t have the necessary experience and/or license, if required.
- Stations aren’t clean.
- Nail technicians aren’t washing their hands between clients.
- Dirty tools are lying around (if you get a lot of mani/pedis consider bringing your own tools).
- Pedicure foot-baths and filters aren’t thoroughly disinfected between uses.
Be wary. You don’t want a rough technician clipping nails, cutting cuticles and filing your nails causing lesions that could get infected. You don’t want to shave your legs ahead of time to avoid any bacteria from a footbath finding its way into a wound. Reconsider using a UV light dryer, which comes with the possibility of causing skin cancer and aging your skin. And, do not wear artificial nails to cover up nail problems as they may exacerbate them.
Remember, it’s not pampering if it makes good sense!