Most men believe that manicure and pedicure is for the ladies and so they do their best to avoid the nail salons. What they focus on is their couture, which is to get a nice shirt and tie, trousers and a pair of shoes. However, this is rapidly changing as many men a slowly gravitating towards manicures and pedicures for men, especially they are noticing that many of the popular figures such as politicians, musicians, athletes and other celebrities take the time to maintain neat and healthy nails. It really does not cost that much and to add more confidence in your total look, why not get a nice treatment on your nails. You can imagine meeting a smartly dressed guy with a nice haircut, offering a hand shake with some very raggedy and unkempt nails. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s no wonder many are considering going to the salons to add manicure and pedicure treatments to their repertoire as well.
Pedicures aren’t about getting a splash of cute colors on your toes—but you can do that if you fancy it. They’re about having healthy feet, which is an area most of us could improve. Think of how often your feet are exhausted, sweaty, rough, scaly, and stinky, or how often your toenails are either overgrown or over-clipped. If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you agree with the sentiment tenfold.
Why You Should Get a Pedicure
Be honest with yourself: When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned the area underneath your toenails? When did you last scrub the bottom of your feet to get rid of any dead skin or callouses? It’s easy to think of pedicures as a floofy spa activity—they are definitely relaxing!—you should also take into account the hygienic benefits of actually paying close attention to your feet.
If general cleanliness is not enough of a sell, maybe you fancy indulgence. Male pedicures have range. You can go in for what amounts to a basic cleaning, or you can spring for a higher-tier pedicure, and introduce your legs to milk-based creams or green tea-scented lotions. After all, you’re a working man. Don’t your poor feet, the ones that help you hustle to work, pump iron in the gym and cheat death at your standing desk—your very damn foundation—deserve the same occasional deluxe care as the rest of your body?
The Benefits of Pedicures
- Healthy nails, trimmed properly
The best part of the hired-out pedicure is the attention your nails receive. Think of how hard it is to cut your nails neatly and safely, without risking ingrowns. The pedicurist will also trim back all the excess dead skin and remove any gunk, all of which would otherwise lead to fungal buildup. Over the next month, your nails will grow out nice and shapely, and you’ll probably go out of your way to wear sandals, too. Why not show them off?
- Smooth skin
The other best part of a pedicure is when they buff away all the dead, dry, peely skin from your feet. Calluses are ground down, and after all the exfoliating, you get a soothing, tingling lotion application that restores moisture and keeps skin smooth. No more razor-sharp cracked heels or unsightly yellow patches on your soles.
- Better-smelling feet
After all this dead skin and gunk is polished off your peds, the result is a healthier canvas, and thus a decreased likelihood for odor and bacterial + fungal buildup. Pair this with a good powder and moisture-wicking socks, and you’ll never fear removing your shoes in front of friends.
- Increased circulation
OK, the other other great pedicure benefit is the massage and the hot water soak. This improves circulation in your feet and stimulates the joints, not unlike a regular massage rejuvenates your entire body. With your new nimbleness and smooth soles, you’ll want to lace up a pair of running shoes and take advantage of the fresh start. Just remember to use shoe insoles to minimize pressure, and to buff away + lotion up any calluses as they form.