Nail care services – like manicures and pedicures, often fall into the pampering category. While a visit to the nail salon is certainly a treat, the benefits extend further than just a little “me time.” So wondering why nail care services are important for the health of your nails? Let’s discuss.
Firstly, What Are Nail Care Services?
If you’ve never had the luxury of having a mani or pedi, let me walk you through the process. A nail salon offers nail care treatments like manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, and nail art carried out by nail technicians. Manicures and pedicures being the most popular treatments at the salon.
What Does a Manicure Involve?
A manicure involves cutting, filing, and shaping your fingernails to your liking. Your cuticles are (painlessly) trimmed and pushed back to tidy them up. Then, a hand lotion is applied, accompanied by a relaxing hand massage. And lastly, your nails are painted with a color of your choosing.
What Does a Pedicure Involve?
A pedicure involves a relaxing foot soak in warm water followed by a foot scrub with pumice to remove dead skin. Your toenails are cut, filed, tidied up, and shaped. Then, the nail technician moisturizes and massages your feet and lower legs. Lastly, your toenails are painted with the nail polish of your choice.
Why Nail Care Services Are Important For Healthy Nails
You Get a Deep Clean
Regular visits to the nail salon not only make us look and feel great, but they also keep our nails clean and healthy. The removal of dead skin cells on our hands and feet promote new cell growth to ensure our nails are healthy and strong.
Plus, regular cleaning and maintenance help prevent painful ingrown nails and fungal infections. Two things I’m sure we ALL want to avoid!
Nail Services Boost Circulation
A wonderful benefit of your mani or pedi is the relaxing massage you receive as part of your treatment. And while it feels great, it’s also helping boost circulation, promoting good blood flow – a bonus for those who love to rock high heels.
On top of that, the massage can alleviate swelling from fluid retention in the feet. And it can soothe and relax sore hands that type all day!
Manicures and Pedicures Promote Smooth, Healthy Skin
Our hands and feet go through a lot on a day-to-day basis. And to be honest, it can be hard to remember to show them the TLC they deserve. And that is why nail care services are so important.
Hands can become dry, and feet can become calloused and cracked. By scheduling regular visits to your nail salon, you’re treating these problems before they get out of hand. Plus, you’ll always leave the salon with soft, smooth, deeply moisturized skin!
How to do Your Own Mani-Pedi at Home
By this point, we all know why nail care services are important for the health of our nails! But what if you don’t have a nail salon nearby? Or what if you want to have a DIY pampering, self-care night?
Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing your manicure and pedicure at home.
1. Clean and Soak
The first step to your mani-pedi is to soak your nails and remove any old nail polish with a good nail polish remover. Soaking your feet in a heated acupressure foot spa is absolutely recommended for the best luxury home-salon experience.
2. Exfoliate Your Hands and Feet
The next step to your at-home mani-pedi is to exfoliate your hands and feet! Use a pumice stone for your feet to remove any dead skin cells. Then, use this delicious body exfoliator by Shea Moisture for your hands and lower legs. It smells amazing. Seriously.
3. Trim, File, and Push Back Cuticles
Now it’s time to tidy up your nails. Not sure if you have the necessary supplies? We’ve got you. This pretty rose gold manicure set has absolutely everything you need to groom your nails at home.
Grab your nail cutters from your kit and trim them to your desired length. Then, use your nail file to shape your nails – maybe you’d like a pointed tip? Lastly, use your cuticle tool to push back your cuticles.
4. Prep Your Nails for Polish
Let’s prep your nails for polish! Before we apply nail polish, the nails must be clean of any dust or debris. Apply a small amount of nail cleanser onto a lint-free nail wipe and gently apply to your fingernails and toenails. Make sure you wait for the product to dry before applying your color.
5. Apply Nail Polish
Now’s the fun part! Before applying your color, use a base coat to protect your nails from any damaging effects of the nail polish. Then pick your color – perhaps a pretty pink? Or a trendy green? And apply two to three thin coats.
Then, use your new favorite gadget, a professional nail drier, to speed up the drying process, so you don’t smudge your perfectly applied polish! (I know, it’s a game-changer.) Finish with your top coat polish to extend the wear of your color.
6. Finish With a Cuticle Oil
The last step to your at-home mani-pedi is to hydrate your hands and feet with cuticle oil! To use your cuticle oil, apply it to the cuticles on your hands and feet and gently massage it using your fingers.
The cuticle oil hydrates and moisturizes the cuticles helping to keep them supple. And it promotes nail growth while keeping them strong and resilient.
Viola! After your at-home mani-pedi, your hands and feet should be looking and feeling incredible!
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