The Spa Spy blog

Spa on a budget? Ready, Pedi, Go!

Sarah Brown discovered last week the perils of being seen out and about without perfectly pedicured feet. Thankfully, most of us don't have to expose our toes to the scrutiny of the world's media, but it is coming up to that time of year when we have to fling off our socks, wriggle into sandals or flip-flops, and allow our poor pale toes to be judged by a cruel world. So what to do?

Pedicure skin buffing

For any Spa Spy, a pedicure is a good bet for a spa treatment which has instant visible results, which can often last for up to a month. If that's not enough to tempt you, the good news is that a pedicure is usually less expensive than a facial or massage.

We're big fans of treatments that give you a little extra, such as any body wraps which incorporate a scalp or hand massage, or a facial with a foot rub thrown in. So, the all-singing, all-dancing spa pedicure can be the best of all worlds. That un-loved wintery area from the tips of your toes to below your knees will be transformed. You'll be exfoliated, massaged, moisturised, and finally painted. If you're lucky, you'll get a hand massage while the nail varnish dries.

Look on a pedicure as a kick-start into a spring for your feet. You'll be so impressed with how kitten-soft and pretty your feet look afterwards, you'll be able to commit to a maintenance routine for, ooh, well, at least until it's time to slip those socks back on again!

So book in a pedicure towards the end of your spa day, after you've finished trying out any thermal experiences or venturing into the gym. Be sure to leave at least an hour for the varnish on your toes to properly dry. Trust us -- we've rushed and it's absolutely ruined the effect!

The golden rule for any manicure or pedicure is to really leave it till you think it's ok. Then leave it at least 20 minutes more! Your patience will be rewarded with a hard-set polish that can last for weeks and leave you with, ahem, toe-tally gorgeous feet!

Thanks to Karla at Champneys Town & City Spa, Brighton!