How often do you treat your feet to a pedicure? For many people, trips to the salon are a common occurrence, not to mention a way to get a little bit of comfort during a hectic daily routine. And while a standard pedicure can be a great way to indulge yourself, a waterless pedicure has all the same benefits—plus some perks a standard treatment can’t offer. Here are five reasons to consider waterless treatment the next time you go for a pedicure.
According to Nails Magazine, waterless pedicure techniques came about as a response to “widespread problems surrounding unsanitary foot services in the early 2000s.” While the publication is quick to point out that better regulation has curbed many of the sanitation complaints, waterless treatment still reduces risk of several sanitary and foot-health related issues “wet” treatment can cause: Athlete’s foot, for instance, can be a concern in even the cleanest of salons, given its resiliency and need for moisture.
Nails Magazine also points out that polish lasts longer when it’s applied to drier nails. If you’re more concerned with good-looking feet than the comforting, pampered feeling a pedicure can bring, this means fewer trips to the salon—saving you money, time and effort in the process. Moreover, since a waterless pedicure requires less in the way of specialized (and often expensive) treatment, its price could very well be lower than a standard treatment, depending on the salon you visit and their pricing structure. Finally, waterless treatment is generally faster than the alternative.
A Sign of Quality
While it’s safe to assume most pedicure providers care about what they do, waterless treatment generally means your provider wants to provide the best possible service to their clientele. Though you should always do your research when choosing a waterless pedi provider, the fact that the provider offers one is at least one good sign.
Ever wondered how much water your pedicure requires? According to one Spafinder story, the answer is somewhere between 12 and 15 gallons per treatment. Though water is still a part of the waterless process—it’s still needed to steam and wash towels before and after use, for instance—a waterless pedicure will naturally use far less H20 than the alternative. The same Spafinder piece notes that waterless providers require fewer harmful cleaning chemicals, since they don’t need to clean and disinfect the basins standard pedi providers use.
Numerous health conditions make soaking your feet in water unadvisable. Diabetics and people suffering lymphedema, for instance, may need to avoid a dip just to keep their conditions in check. Though you should check with your usual healthcare provider before undergoing any sort of pedicure treatment if you suffer from these conditions or others, there’s little question a waterless pedicure is more accessible for people who must avoid the soak: Once your doc gives you the all-clear, you can enjoy a little pampering!