Hey guys! Guess what? Your feet, in general, are not so nice to look at! Not because they are big burly “man feet”, but because you haven’t looked after them all winter, or ever, and now summer is here and you’re showing them in public on a fairly regular basis.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that we love you any less. It just means that we’d like to stage a mild intervention on behalf of your feet. Think about it for a minute. Your feet support all those muscles you carry around each day, they take you to and from your job, they run you around the sports field and they are the first things you kick up when you’ve got a cold beverage in hand. Don’t you think they deserve a little extra attention?
Now I know that the majority of guys will never admit in public to enjoying a spa treatment that they’ve had, aside from getting a basic massage, and that’s okay. What I’ve got are a few suggestions for ways you can take care of your feet at home in private. And if you should you find yourself in the very “unlucky” situation of having to go to a spa for a treatment, we have some great places for you to check out.
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I once heard the results of a survey that said that the majority of people polled did not actually wash their feet in the shower, assuming that because their feet were already in water, they would get cleaned without any further effort. I don’t know how clean your feet do or don’t get just from being in water, but a little extra soap probably won’t hurt.
Take your shower as the first opportunity to treat your feet and after letting them soak for a few minutes in the water, you can use what’s called a pumice stone stick to remove dead skin, rough patches and calluses. Not only will this eliminate dead skin that may cause an odor, it will help to prevent the build-up of further calluses.
When you’ve gotten out of the shower, it’s a great time to trim those toenails because the nail should be soft and fairly easy to cut. Be sure to cut your nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails, which happens when the side or corners of your toenails grow down into the skin.
Foot and calf massages are often part of a pedicure at a spa and while I don’t imagine that you will give yourself an intense foot massage after you shower, you can quickly apply a lotion, such as the Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion for a shot of moisture and cooling sensation, all in one.
If you do feel inclined to venture to a spa, you can rest assured that no nail polish will ever be used on you, unless you ask for it. Some treatment rooms are communal while others are not, so don’t be afraid to inquire prior to booking an appointment if privacy is a concern.
Mackie Naturals in Mission provides the His Bliss Pedicure for 45 minutes at a cost of $58. This pedicure includes extra attention to callus removal including foot filing and a clean-up of the nails and toes, as well as the usual care.
The Wild Orange Spa in Abbotsford offers The Men’s Sports Pedicure for 55 minutes at a cost of $65. Sounds manly, doesn’t it? Not only do they have specific treatments for men, but they have a men’s lounge area and steam room to enjoy and use prior to and after any treatments you receive.
If you want a spa experience, but would prefer to enjoy it in the comfort of your own home, there are many mobile spa services now available, including Simply Indulge. They offer a Pure Bliss Pedicure for 45 minutes at a cost of $50.
Now there is no excuse not to make your feet, and those who see them, happy this summer.