If I’m honest, I generally do my own pedicures at home or visit my local strip mall for the $20 standard pedicure. I never get the add-ons –no sea salts or flower decals for me. When it comes to pedicures, I just never really thought there were that many benefits of a spa deluxe pedicure that would make it worth the high price tag. In my one experience with a high-end spa pedicure, I absolutely think it has its benefits.
Last month, I was selected to be part of The Red Door Spa’s #GalSquad. As an ambassador, I get a free treatment at my local spa each month. In June, they featured their Watermelon Basiltini pedicure. When I heard about the treatment, I was skeptical, as I really wasn’t sure there would be any benefits of a spa deluxe pedicure over my usual strip mall trips. But this was a comped service, so I was game for trying out a true spa pedicure.
When I arrived, I was greeted with a glass of iced tea, my chair was ready and waiting for me, and the receptionist directed me to the slew of Essie polishes to choose my favorite shade. Soon after, my aesthetician arrived and directed me to sit in the chair and submerge my feet in the bubbly warm water.
The pedicure began as most do — removing the old polish, cleaning and shaping the nails, and exfoliating the heels and other rough spots. But there was one obvious and immediate difference—every, single, item she used was 100% brand new. I actually saw her remove new pieces from the original packaging and she put together the pieces of a new emery board and the heel scrubber right in front of me. Unlike some of those strip mall joints, there was no question that the instruments being used and the space around me were clean and sanitary.
Benefit 2: Quality Ingredients
As the pedicure progressed, she used a watermelon-basil sugar scrub, with fresh watermelon, basil and cilantro essential oils to lock in moisture. She also used a scented shea and cocoa butter (that smelled like cupcakes!) rich in vitamins A & E. The quality of ingredients she used during my spa pedicure were vastly better than what you find at your standard strip mall nail salon, and my skin showed the benefits almost instantly.
Rather than have to add-on an extra scrub, or massage, everything was included in the watermelon basiltini. My absolutely favorite part about the spa pedicure was the paraffin treatment. If you’ve never had one, they heat up wax in a plastic bag and then stick your feet in the bags. The hot wax surrounds and sticks to your feet. Then she wrapped a towel around my feet, so both feet were swaddled in wax and a warm towel. It was so relaxing and soothing! My aesthetician told me the paraffin was great for moisturizing, but I also learned it is good for aches and pains. Once she removed the wax, she finally finished my pedicure with a pretty pink Essie polish (called Mod Squad) and top coat.
When I left the salon, I was shocked by just how soft my feet and legs felt. I seriously can’t remember the last time my skin felt so well moisturized. My toes themselves also looked great. The polish was perfectly done, and as I’m writing this, it has been more than 10 days since my pedicure, and it looks just as good as the first day.
I’ll admit I was really skeptical of the benefits of a spa deluxe pedicure, but my first experience at the Wigwam Red Door Spa made me a believer.
What is your experience like with spa pedicures?