For those not in the know, manicures and pedicures often fall into the category of ‘pampering.’ Although it’s often very enjoyable to have your nails done there are some good reasons why this should be more than just the occasional luxury experience. There are actually a number of benefits to regularly investing in manicures and pedicures and they go much further than just aesthetics.
1. Ongoing nail health
A manicure or pedicure provides a deep clean for your nails, as well as ensuring that they look great. This is an important part of positive nail health, as both our hands and feet go through a lot on a daily basis. Regular manicures and pedicures ensure the removal of dead skill cells, which is an essential part of encouraging new skin cell growth. New skin cells are key for nails that are strong and healthy. Regular manicures and pedicures also help to make sure that your nails don’t get into a poor condition, for example being plagued by fungal infections. If you’re keen to protect your nail health on an ongoing basis, manicures and pedicures have an important role to play.
2. A circulation boost
The process of having a manicure or pedicure usually involves a massage, either to the hands or feet (or both). Massage is a fast and effective way to boost circulation, which can be especially slow and sluggish during the winter months. Poor circulation can result in cold or numbness in hands or feet, as well as swelling or joint pain. The effect of the massage is to increase blood flow around the body to improve joint mobility and help to reduce swelling and pain.
3. Ensuring good condition
Our hands and feet can be exposed to some fairly harsh environments and experiences. Whether it’s walking long distances in uncomfortable shoes or withstanding extreme weather conditions, such as snow and ice, it’s easy to forget that these parts of our bodies need some care and attention too. Regularly scheduling manicures and pedicures will ensure that nails are in good condition and the skin on hands and feet is well cared for and soft. This can help to avoid a number of issues, from cracked hands through to painful calluses on feet.
4. The de-stress element
Manicures and pedicures are incredibly relaxing. Aside from the blissful effects of the massage, this is also a great way to set aside time that is just for you. Whether you need time to think, want to read or just sit with a coffee while your nails are done, the experience provides plenty of opportunity to take a few minutes out from a busy life, sit back and relax. Plus, the impact of taking care of your nails, both in terms of aesthetics and contentment, can make you feel good long after you finish the appointment.
These are just some of the benefits of having regular manicures and pedicures – there is a lot more to the experience than just a great finish.