Hair pulling, skin picking, and knuckle cracking are just a few examples of pesky habits many of us just can't resist. Here are 10 tips to stop the snap, crackle, and pop of your body-focused nervous habits.
The word “pedicure” comes from the Latin words “pedis,” meaning foot, and “cura,” which means care. Pedicures are among the most popular modern day nail treatments for both men and women and it has been that way for thousands of years. Although it is traditionally used as a method of beautifying nails and feet, it does bring with it the medical benefits of preventing nail diseases and disorders, too.
This not to say that gel manicures are entirely without risk — they’re unquestionably hard on your nails, especially if you pick them off — but probably, the health risk they pose is no greater than their radiation-less sister, the normal manicure.
Is there anything easier to sell than a pedicure to a sweaty New Yorker? Plop down, let someone soak and exfoliate and massage and moisturize your feet, and all that is asked of you is to stare into space, read that week’s tabloid or, in my case, gently stalk your high school crush’s wife on Instagram. It’s a respite, a meditation, a way for me to incorporate some color into my wardrobe.
Of her own decisions to forgo the polish, Vogue.com Fashion News Editor Alessandra Codinha says this: “Buff nails feel fresh. Less uptight. It’s just the right amount of natural. And if you have a nice bit of shine to your nail, it’s kind of the dressiest way to do nothing.”
Far more than a nervous habit, body-focused repetitive behaviors may be a response to boredom and frustration.
Once they get past the initial awkward feeling, men discover the rewards of this pampering treatment. Hey, LeBron James does it!
When you walk into a salon, look for tools soaking in that blue liquid disinfectant (a common brand is Barbicide). This effectively kills most microbial life that can lead to infection, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines. Of course, some salons are better than others about cleaning, so make sure your pedicurist is using freshly sanitized metal tools on you.
Whether or not you’re grappling with guilt after reading recent articles in The New York Times on labor practices and working conditions at nail salons, knowing how to do your own manicure and pedicure is a useful skill.
As relaxing as it can be to escape real life (and screaming 2-year-olds, in my case) to head to the nail salon, that hour can be very hard to find each week. Over the years, I’ve found a lot of great manicure and pedicure tips that have made the process faster and easier, and the results look more professional. I’ve also asked a few of my favorite beauty bloggers for their best tips!
I look forward to my Saturday afternoons in the pedicure chair. However, an unforeseeable prick with cuticle clippers or bruising from a foot file can turn my relaxing moment into a beauty nightmare. And there’s only so much antibiotic ointment and designer Band-Aids a girl can cover up with.
Besides the questionable labor practices that surround the shops, glues, lacquers and dust in the workplace create their own risks for nail technicians.
There shouldn’t be too much of a need to convince anyone to get a pedicure, we all know they feel great! However it’s way more than just a nice day at the salon treating yourself.
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