Every Mom needs a little down time. A time to take off the Mom hat and focus her attention on the Woman side of herself. Many times, this hat gets neglected in the day to day schedule that consumes their lives. I know in my case the KIDS always come first. I make sure they have lunch (whereas I may starve!), I make sure they take breaks in work to include a bit of play (whereas I would work straight through) and I remind them to take care of themselves to the best of their abilities (whereas I wonder if I have shaved my legs this year or not!). Putting the kids first makes you a great mother, EXCEPT it can drain the Mom battery very fast. Every once in awhile its important for Moms everywhere to step back and take of the Mom hat for awhile while indulging in a bit fun and self care.
One treat that I like to indulge in when I put my woman hat on is a pedicure. There is something so relaxing, so refreshing, so sexy about having your feet massaged, your callouses scrubbed and your nails painted a bright, fantastic colour! It is the ultimate Mom pick-me-up that can be done in a matter of hours!
If you enjoy going to the salon, like me, to get a pedicure, you should know how to choose a hygienic spa. Soft music, comfortable seats and relaxing aromas may make the spa look appealing, but if it has not been properly disinfected then you are at risk for picking up an infection, fungus or worse (my aunt almost had to amputate her toe!). From a cuticle nixing during the service to callus being shaved too short to small abrasions left behind by your recently shaved legs, the teeniest tiny abrasions or open wounds can pose a risk of infection.
When looking for in an amazing spa here are somethings to keep in mind:
- Non jetted foot baths. The jetted foot baths may feel amazing on your tired feet, but the jets can harbor bacteria and fungus from past clients that can be transferred on to your feet. The MINIMUM sanitization cycle for one of these baths is 10 minutes of jets on in between each client.
- non-metal tools should be used on you and only you
- A blue liquid disinfectant (a common brand is Barbicide) for metal tools. This effectively kills most microbial life that can be left on metals tools that can cause foot fungus and other nasty infections.
- Ensure that your pedicurist cuts your toe nails correctly. The best way to cut a toe nail is in a straight line. Cutting too deep into the corners can cause ingrown toenails and open wounds suseptable to infection.
- Try to avoid sales and crowded spas. You may think you are saving a buck and joining the popular crowd, but busy spas often skimp on proper cleaning and hygiene care leaving you more like to contract something.
On #MomsUnpluggedca’s recent trip to Kingston, we were treated to amazing pedicures at Diva Salon and Day Spa.
The spa was tastefully decorated in modern tones and the facilities were very clean. They took every precaution in the book and no red flags were raised at all.
Modern Housewife and I were treated to a luxurious experience in a private room, where we were pampered and rejuvenated. It was one of the best spa experiences I have had in a long time.