5 Pre-Summer Pedicures
Pamper your feet with these luxurious treatments.
With Memorial Day fast approaching, it's time to jumpstart your summer prep list. First up? Your feet. After spending months inside boots and thick socks, they’re definitely not prepped for their close-up. Get your feet summer ready by pampering them with the help of these five luxurious pedicures. We're highlighting the top pedi treatments that go above-and-beyond in Miami, Chicago, and other major cities—because as advanced nail technician Marcela Correa, owner of Medical Pedicure in New York City, says, “Healthy feet are beautiful.”
Medical Pedicure at Marcela Correa, NYC
The two locations of Medical Pedicure don’t look like your typical nail salon—and that’s exactly how owner Marcela Correa likes it. “The first thing that surprises people is when they realize we are in a medical office,” she says. The second surprise? How dramatic the results are. Each service, which lasts 30 to 60 minutes, starts with a thorough foot evaluation, followed by extensive cleaning and buffing to get rid of dead skin, all done without the use of water, a trend Correa is seeing more of. Calluses, blisters, cracked heels and corns are dealt with by the foot-care experts with specialty tools and equipment. And despite what its name might lead you to believe, “A medical pedicure is pain-free,” says Correa. The spa doesn’t stock nail polish—Correa thinks buffed nails are perfect on their own—but bring your own and they’re happy to apply it for you.
The Alice Pedicure at Olive and June, Los Angeles
Owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle, named this salon after her great-grandmother and grandmother, respectively. Of the nine signature manicures and pedicures, it’s The Alice that seems to be the most popular. The luxe service features extras like the addition of paraffin, a detoxifying foot bath and a 15-minute massage with Tata Harper Revitalizing body oil (Tuttle’s favorite part). You can opt to finish with a bright color from more than 10 brands of polishes or opt for nude, a trend Tuttle is seeing a lot of.
Caviar & Pearl Pedicure at Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago
Before you sit down for your 50-minute waterless pedi in a zero-gravity chair—it takes the pressure off guests’ backs, says William Meyer, spa director—be sure to take advantage of the relaxing tri-bathing ritual, which begins with two different saunas and ends with an aromatherapy full-body shower. The Caviar & Pearl Pedicure starts with wrapping the feet in a warm towel infused with Chuan signature essential oils. Next, feet are exfoliated with a mineral scrub and then massaged with an aromatic herbal balm. From there, caviar age-defense serum is massaged into calves and feet, which promotes circulation, reduces inflammation and helps with fine lines, says Meyer. Once your nails are filed and shaped, opt for a buff or polish.
Waterless Nourish Pedicure at Nusta Spa, Washington, DC
This 5,000-square-foot LEED-certified spa is known for its Waterless Nourish Pedicure. “This ocean-based organic and vegan nail therapy uses warm cream instead of the traditional water soak to soothe and soften the skin,” says Monika Szewczulak, spa manager, which is especially therapeutic to those with extremely dry skin. From there, the 50-minute treatment incorporates sea salts, a white algae foot mask, algae oil and an anti-aging balm, which help to nourish and hydrate the skin.
Espa Luxury Advanced Pedicure at Acqualina Spa by Espa, Miami
No, it’s not your imagination—nail services are beginning to look a lot more like facials, says Jocelyn Farmer, spa director at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. And that goes for the Luxury Advanced Pedicure the resort spa offers, which includes a gentle skin-softening exfoliation and a relaxing acupressure point massage with personalized aromatherapy oils. Following that, feet are wrapped in warm paraffin wax to condition the skin, leaving them smooth and soft. That sit-back-and-relax vibe is furthered by views of the resort’s tranquility pool from the multi-functional treatment bed. Extend the mood with a visit to the spa’s recently added Himalayan Salt Wall in the men’s and women’s relaxation lounges. The 84 trace minerals in the salt fill with the room with detoxifying negative ions.