BEAUTY & CARE

Happy Feet

images.jpegWhen I first arrived in Paris (it now feels like ages ago), it was just starting to get warm, and all the ladies were swapping their boots for sandals and flip-flops. To blend in as a real Parisienne, I decided that I was going to do the same. But first and foremost I needed to get a cheeky little pedicure! When I turned up to my appointment in the local beauty parlour I found out that in France pedicures were not at all pedicures! Apparently beauty parlours in this country are not allowed to work on your feet, they are only allowed to shape and polish your nails (which for me is simply not good enough)! Here, the young and old go directly to a “Podologue”. Glamorous it is not — you feel like you are going to the dentist — but the results are phenomenal! The lady I went to see had drill bits and files, scissors and pliers all for the purpose of making my feet feel and look better. So whenever one of you girls comes to visit, I am going to drag you to a Podologue; there seems to be one on every corner here in Paris… Forget about aromatherapy and flower petal foot soaks, this is the way to beautiful feet!

-Emilie


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March 15, 2008

This reminds me of my first pedicure EVER – at the Gellert Hotel in Budapest. The women used little scalpels to shave off every bit of dried out skin on your feet. Afterward, my feet were as smooth as a baby’s tush. My friend and fellow backpacker was so jealous, he returned for his own pedicure the next day. And at the time, I think it cost something like 50 cents!


Courtney
March 15, 2008

How funny. I think (and I could be wrong here) that it differs state by state in the U.S. I went to school in Chicago and they also used the things that scrape off the dead skin from your feet. When I moved to L.A. after college, they only just exfoliated the feet, and when I asked them if they could do more, they said they weren’t allowed to.

Pedicures are so expensive here in London that it is a rare occasion that I get one now. But every time I’m back in the states, it’s one of the first places I go!


Esther
March 16, 2008

In the Netherlands, it’s the same. You can only get a ‘medical’ pedicure (I guess comparable to a ‘Podologue’), which is great. But a lot of beauty specialists nowadays are schooled this way, so you can have a good pedicure in a spa. And I wish it was as cheap as in Budapest!!!


March 16, 2008

Love the story. it is fun to here what the norm is in other countries. My feet definitely need some pampering and now that the weather is warming up in Texas I think it is time to make a trip to my local nail salon or spa.


Michela
March 16, 2008

in italy you’ve got 3 choices.
You can go to the beauty parlour and get either an aesthetic pedicure or a curative one (both involve nail shaping and polishing but the with the latter you get more scraping….).
or if your feet are seriously killing you you should go to a podologue, no polish… but you’ll feel so much better afterwards that you’ll be able to apply it yourself!


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Emilie
March 17, 2008

In view of our “having babies” week, I just wanted to add the following warning! In France you are not allowed to paint your finger- or toe nails before delivery, I have just found out. It has something to do with the doctors being able to observe the blood flow beneath your nail bed…


Michela
March 17, 2008

yes, it’s in case you need a c-section.
They also need to measure your oxygen level from your finger and the polish may be of obstacle.


Katie
March 20, 2008

I think a podologue is going to be high on my itinerary next time I travel abroad!


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