3 Things To Know Before You Go For Your Next Pedicure Because It's Almost Sandal Season

It’s getting to be that time again.

First open toes start appearing everywhere.

Then comes the parade of various sandals and flip flops.

And the last thing you want to wake up to on the next 65 or 70 degree day?

Feet badly in need of a spa pedicure.

With this in mind I made my way over to Garden City, to the MiniLuxe beauty studio there, in search of help for my less-than-presentable feet. Thankfully they jumped right in, making them over while I sipped on some lemon water and caught up on the latest celeb stories by way of the glossy mags.

Now I can also be a complete germaphobe, meaning that as a rule whenever I get my feet and hands done, I tend to be preoccupied the entire time with the possibility of picking up a fungus or something else equally icky. Not at ML, though. Like me, they are obsessive when it comes to cleanliness and related stuff. Here then are a few key things they do for you to keep in mind before going for your next pedi (or mani) this season.


1. During my pedicures at ML, they use still water in the tub, as opposed to the bubbling H2O from those jets that you see at so many places. As I understad it, the jets are extremely difficult to clean and can be an issue when it comes to keeping the tubs truly sanitized and keeping your toes fungus free. Pro Tip: If you get your feet pedicured elsewhere, it's perfectly ok to say that you don't want the jets on and to also ask for a liner for the basin.


2. In their signature Clean Lab, the team at ML sterilize all their tools in a multi-step process, thus insuring you aren't being worked on with anything grotty. As a matter of fact, you will see your manicurist break open the sealed blue bag (containing the sanitized clippers, as well as those thingies that push back your cuticles) right before your eyes. Yes, transparency is a beautiful thing! Pro Tip: If you're not at ML, it's ok to bring your own tools from home for the manicurist to use.


3. The Dazzle Dry polish. It's a few dollars extra, but lasts longer than traditional formulas and mimics the durability of a gel manicure/pedicure without your having to sit with your nails under that light for what feels like hours. Fantastic for anyone who's tough on their hands and feet and has zero patience for extended beauty treatments. DD polish dries in around 5 mins! Pro Tip: If you want to copycat the gel mani at home, there are several kits on the market now, including one from Essie.

Photo Credits: MiniLuxe Cranston (at Garden City Center) photos courtesy of PattyJ.com

***This post has been updated and revised from one that appeared on the site last Spring.