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It’s finally here…sandal season! Are your toes and heels worthy of being bared? Come on, we’ve all see “those feet”… on someone in the grocery store, in front of you on an escalator: hard, rough heels and polish grown halfway off. Pedicures are a great way to keep your tootsies looking great for warm weather footwear, but they’re also beneficial year-round in promoting health and wellness.

Pedicures And Posture

You might find it hard to believe that a simple pedicure can correct one’s posture, but it’s true. The removal of dead, toughened skin along with the softening and smoothing of the remaining skin can alter the distribution of body weight. Have you ever noticed after a pedicure walking a little easier? The comforting massage chair and warm water don’t hurt the relaxation process either.

Circulation

Our feet are home to an abundance of nerve endings, also known as sensory receptors, so it should come as no surprise that a good foot massage can promote circulation, which is beneficial to your health for number of reasons. For one, proper blood flow is important in the prevention of blood clots and varicose veins, an unsightly and sometimes dangerous symptom of poor circulation. A nutritional diet and regular exercise can also improve your circulation. Proper blood flow can also help you maintain good skin coloring and condition. Finally, good circulation is key in preventing swelling in the lower limbs.

Proactive & Regular Care Can Keep Your Feet From Screaming in Pain

There’s a lot of truth to pain begetting beauty. However, a lot of painful situations are anything but beautiful, especially when these afflictions are on the feet. Bunions, corns, and blisters can be prevented by wearing comfortable, properly-fitting shoes and removing any dry skin before they fully form. During a pedicure, the pedicurist will soften the skin of the feet with a combination of warm water, salts, and oils, and then remove the dead skin, revealing younger-looking, smoother skin beneath.

Moisturize For Your Health

As you may know, your skin is your body’s largest organ! The main job of the skin is to keep out infection. Skin that is dry is more likely to crack, which can lead to infection more easily. Keeping your feet smooth and moisturized not only makes you look and feel better about yourself, but you are also doing a small part to keeping your body healthy! It’s one of the easiest things you can do to promote health, so be sure to moisturize after each shower as well as getting bi-weekly pedicures with your favorite Health and Style Institute pedicurist at either of our two locations!

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You already know that a mani-pedi makes your nails look fantastic. What you may not know is that a professional nail treatment actually has long-term and health benefits as well!

Skin Care
Your hands are more exposed to daily dirt and weather than any part of your body, except maybe your face. That means that they accumulate grime easily, as well as constantly create new skin cells and slough off the old. Your feet are generally only exposed in the spring and summer times, but walking on them all day can create callouses and other uneven skin conditions.

A professional manicure includes a thorough cleaning and lotions designed to exfoliate your skin. Any grime will be removed, as will dead skin cells, keeping your hands smooth and reducing any appearance of wrinkles. A professional pedicure will also exfoliate your skin, as well as remove any callouses on the bottom of your feet. This not only makes your feet more attractive, it also helps you distribute your weight more evenly across your feet, which can reduce leg and back pain after standing for long periods.

Blood Flow
In addition to exfoliating, moisturizers and cuticle treatments are massaged into the skin in a professional mani-pedi. This massage action is not only incredibly relaxing, it also helps to improve blood circulation to your extremities. This can reduce pain and help your body distribute heat during cold months.
Fungal Infections
Fungi often grow on toe nails when your feet are exposed to excess moisture. Often, it takes a few weeks for the infection to become noticeable. However, a professional manicurist will be able to identify a fungal infection even in its early stages, when it is most easily treated. Getting regular pedicures is actually a great way to maintain the health of your toes.

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Mental Health
A mani-pedi is a great way to relax and be pampered. At The Health and Style Institute, with manicures starting at only $8.00, pedicures at $12.00, you can save money too, while getting your hands and feet pampered. After a stressful day or week, these can completely relieve your stress, and the benefits of having gorgeous nails can last for weeks. A great nail color is a perfect accessory to any outfit, so you can cross painting your nails off your list of things to do.

Both the physical and mental health benefits of getting a manicure and pedicure are incredible. Your feet and hands will both look and feel great, your stress will go down, and your circulation will increase. The whole procedure takes relatively little time, so contact the Health and Style Institute today to schedule your manicure and pedicure.