Why Regular Manicures and Pedicures Should Be Part of Your Self-Care
Self-care is a term we hear a lot, but what does it actually mean? Self-care means taking the time to do things that support your physical and mental health. How can taking care of your hands and feet be good self-care?
If you enjoy giving yourself manicures and pedicures, then you should by all means do them yourself. However, for many of us, trying to make our fingernails and toenails look nice, caring for our cuticles, and smoothing out rough skin isn’t an enjoyable task. We may think of manicures and pedicures as an unnecessary luxury, but in reality, caring for ourselves in small ways like these pays big dividends in our physical and emotional health. Having a manicure and pedicure gives you an opportunity to care for yourself, relax, and take a break from everyday stress.
Having well-groomed nails is, for many of us, a reflection of our personal grooming standards. They are part of how we present ourselves to the world. The color, shape, or artistry involved in how our nails look are all part of our image and have an influence on how others see us.
A manicure is not only an aesthetic service but also a hygienic one. Cleaning your fingernails thoroughly prevents the growth of bacteria. Also, caring for your cuticles can prevent infection. Regular manicures and pedicures reduce the chances of your nails developing fungi and other infections. The exfoliation involved also removes dead skin cells and encourages new cell growth, resulting in stronger and healthier nails over time.
Stonebriar Spa’s skilled nail technicians use only the highest quality products with ingredients like shea butter, bamboo, and natural botanicals. Stonebriar Spa’s experienced nail technicians clean and disinfect their tools after every client to meet our high standards for a healthy, sanitized service. Our technicians are not only skilled, but gentle, and will avoid cuts, clipping your skin, or causing any pain. Pedicure toenail trims are performed in such a way as to avoid promoting the growth of ingrown toenails. Our talented staff takes the time to get to know our clients and listen to their concerns. You can enjoy some much-needed pampering in a beautiful, relaxing spa environment with no children or loud music to distract you.
Pedicures do more than make your toenails look pretty! The skin on the balls of the foot and the heels can be rough and callused. Calluses are the result of repetitive pressure or friction. Ill-fitting footwear, going barefoot, or simply walking for long periods of time causes calluses to develop on your feet. These have the potential to become painful, but they can be buffed off or scrubbed away by your nail technician if treated early in their development. Exfoliating, buffing, and moisturizing the feet on a regular basis helps remove dry, hardened skin, and prevent cracks that can bleed or lead to infection.
In the summer, a pedicure is almost a necessity! Sandals, flip-flops, and slides leave our toenails open to full display. Cutting your toenails improperly can lead to the ingrowth of the nail into the skin, necessitating a trip to a podiatrist for treatment. Regular pedicures help keep the toenails short and hygienic. In addition, having well-groomed feet means you can slip on any of these shoes and go about your business with confidence.
You’re Worth It
Beautiful nails and toenails can help you feel more attractive. Caring for your hands and feet can make both look and feel younger, as they improve blood flow, which is important in reducing cellulite, tightening your skin, and strengthening your muscles. Increased blood circulation is also beneficial for your heart. As your heart pumps blood through your body, healthy blood circulation distributes nutrients and oxygen to your body’s cells and carries away waste.
Manicures and pedicures also indicate that you prioritize yourself and are investing in your own self-care. Especially if you’ve been dealing with high levels of stress, taking the time to pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure can significantly lower your stress levels! The massage, relaxing experience, and pampering will help reduce tension and help you relax, boosting your mental health.
Practicing self-care also boosts your self-esteem. You are investing time and money in yourself. By doing this, you’re letting your subconscious mind know that you matter and that you are worth investing in. Self-esteem influences the decisions you make and how well you take care of yourself physically and mentally, leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.