Are Dry Pedicures Better Than Water Pedicures?

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 15:45

In short, dry pedicures are better than traditional water pedicures because dry pedicures are more sanitary and have better nail polish adhesion. If the cosmetic reason of longer lasting nail polish isn’t enough of a reason to like waterless pedicures, understanding the sanitary worries behind a foot spa pedicure just might make you squirm and swear off all foot spas.

Traditionally, the mention of a pedicure conjures images of a tub jetting bubbles in front of massage chair. Some might think that taking the tub out of a pedicure is almost the equivalent of losing the “pedi.”

But in reality, losing the tub keeps your feet healthier and happier.

Water Pedicures vs. Dry Pedicures
Simply put, a traditional water pedicure hardly differs from a dry pedicure. The main difference is the use of a foot spa. Both pedicures have the same results.

Water Pedicures
Although traditionally popular, wet pedicures have been under the magnifying glass recently for the many microorganisms that lurk in the hard-to-sterilize places of the tub. Due to the heat of the water, the foot spa provides the perfect breeding ground for different types of bacteria, specifically Mycobacterium fortuitum. Nothing can replace a foot soak, but you don’t want to replace a foot because some nasty organism took up residence under a toenail. 

For non-biologists, Mycobacterium fortuitum is a microorganism found most often in water and soil. It is a fast growing bacteria that causes infections, such as local skin disease and osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone).

Of course, pedicure tubs are often sanitized. However, these tiny organisms set up house in the intake screens and tubes of foot spas. Bacteria collects and grows in these hard-to-reach areas and form thick layers of cells and proteins that become very difficult to remove. 

They can be so hard to remove, in fact, that a study from the year 2000 examined 30 different foot spa intake screens and discovered visible slime and pathogenic mycrobacteria in 29 of the 30 foot spas.

That one tub that tested negative for mycrobacteria? It was only 11 days old.

Dry Pedicures
To combat the unsterile environment of pedicure foot spas, the dry pedicure method is the natural solution and the pedicure method of choice for professional spas in the know. To ensure a sterile treatment, fresh hot steam towels, and fully sterilized equipment in used on customers. 

In the past, diabetics often had trouble participating in the full experience of a pedicure due to the foot spa. A dry pedicure is a luxurious and clean procedure for every client, making it a great choice for diabetic clients.

At Cloud 9, the dry pedicure takes place while you fully recline in a zero-gravity massage chair. No luxury lost. The benefits of a dry pedicure just might make up for not having a foot spa full of jetted bubbles and bacteria.

Dry Pedicure Benefits

1. No reused water: Although a spa might claim to change out the water in a pedicure tub between clients, some water may linger in the tub and contaminate the clean water.

2. Nail polish lasts longer: During a traditional pedicure with a foot spa, the nail absorbs water, expanding and changing shape. Sometime after the polish has been applied, the nail returns to its original shape and weakens the newly applied nail polish. A dry pedicure places polish on a nail not misshapen by the absorption of water.

3. Cuticles are less likely to peel: Cuticles soaked in water also absorb water. Plumped up in size, the cuticle trim sometimes results in peeling skin a few days later.

4. Dry pedicures are more sanitary: Complete sterilization of a foot tub is impossible. But, with a dry pedicure, nail technicians use new, clean towels for every client. Every item used for a dry pedicure is easily sanitized, ensuring the health of every client.

5. Best option for diabetics: Diabetics are particularly vulnerable to infection. Therefore, soaking feet in a tub of water could dry out the skin of the feet and cause cracking, which might lead to infection. A dry pedicure skips the foot soaking, making it the go-to for every diabetic.

6, Fits better into a busy schedule: In today’s society, every minute is a precious commodity. Without the foot spa soak, a nail technician can give a client a faster pedicure if needed.

A dry pedicure, even without the foot spa, can be a luxurious and relaxing experience. With a cleaner reputation and better health benefits, a dry pedicure keeps your feet happy and your toenails perfect for longer.