What Are the Advantages of a Waterless Pedicure?

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.

More Sanitary

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.

Greater Efficiency

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.

Environmentally Friendly

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.

More Accessible

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!

Picking the Right Shoes for Your Feet

We all have some idea of how important shoes are. But as any expert will tell you, any old shoe won’t do. Finding the right shoe for your foot can keep you comfortable and prevent several foot health-related problems, ranging from minor irritations to serious problems.

In other words, finding the right shoe may be even more important than you think. Here are a few common shoe problems, along with tips on finding a pair that works for your specific needs.

Podiatry Problems from Bad Shoes

There are a number of serious foot conditions that can result from wearing the wrong shoes. And these poor shoe choices are so common, that an American study found 90 percent of female participants wore shoes that were too small for their feet, and roughly 80 percent of the population suffer some sort of foot health issue.

Of course, wearing the wrong type of shoe isn’t the cause of all foot issues, but it does play a role in several podiatry problems people encounter. People who wear shoes that are too small for their feet can develop athlete’s foot, for instance. Meanwhile, shoes that are too narrow in the front can cause the wearer to develop painful bunions—a problem that can cause a need for surgery.

The age of your shoes can also cause serious issues. Old or inappropriate footwear is linked to plantar fasciitis, especially in athletes like runners and other people who spend a lot of time on their feet: retail workers and medical professionals, for instance.

Picking the Right Shoe

Obviously, the risk of these problems (Along with all the other issues the wrong shoe can cause!) make finding the right shoe very important. And though it’s ostensibly written for runners, one Runner’s World piece has great advice for anyone concerned about foot health to follow: By dumping a “thin layer of water into a shallow pan” and pressing your foot into it, the piece says, you can learn a lot about your foot, its arch and the type of shoe you need to support both.

However you decide to go about your shoe search, though, make sure you’re doing your due diligence. Foot health is an important topic for everyone to consider—and it’s easier to prevent many shoe-related problems than it is to deal with them after the fact!