What is a Natural Pedicure?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
A woman getting a natural pedicure.
A woman getting a natural pedicure.

A natural pedicure is a beauty treatment that uses natural or organic products and tools instead of products made with chemicals or synthetic materials. This kind of spa treatment is well suited to people who try to use only natural products on their bodies as well as those who have allergies to numerous products. This is because many of the products made with all-natural ingredients are often hypoallergenic.

A pumice stone, which can be used to remove calluses.
A pumice stone, which can be used to remove calluses.

Like many foot treatments, a natural pedicure usually begins with the sloughing off of dead skin cells. Instead of using a file, it is likely that a pumice stone will be used. This part of the pedicure focuses particularly on the heels, the balls of the feet, and any other areas where callouses may have built up. It is common for the feet to be soaked in warm water prior to the buffing procedure as this softens the skin and makes it easier for the dead skin to come away.

Lavender is a favorite additive in aromatherapy due its pleasant and relaxing scent.
Lavender is a favorite additive in aromatherapy due its pleasant and relaxing scent.

Sometimes dead sea salts or essential oils are added to the warm pedicure water. The dead sea salts help to detoxify the skin. Essential oils that may be used in the water include lavender oil, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil — which is also sometimes referred to as melaleuca oil. Lavender is an aromatherapeutic oil that helps the person receiving the pedicure to relax. Tea tree oil is a natural product that has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, while jojoba oil is used simply to help moisturize the skin.

Natural pedicures only use organic materials.
Natural pedicures only use organic materials.

Once the feet have been buffed, the toenails are clipped and shaped into uniform shapes. The ends of the toenails may be rounded or squared off according to the preferences of the person receiving the pedicure. After this has been done, the feet, ankles, and sometimes even the lower legs are scrubbed with a natural exfoliating cleanser, rinsed again with warm water, and then moisturized. The moisturizer that is used is an organic product made with natural ingredients such as aloe, olive oil, or beeswax.

A natural pedicure may or may not end with an application of polish to the nails. If the natural pedicure does include polish, a non-toxic polish is used. Some people, however, enjoy getting a natural pedicure because it is both healthy and makes their feet look very nice without adding any gloss or color to their toenails. Not all spas offer this kind of pedicure, but the treatment can easily be performed at home by following the steps outlined above.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Scrbblchick

I know that going to a salon where only natural methods were used would be expensive, I'd still like to do it. I know that it would be a wonderful experience and it's one I'd like to have.

I think the next time I do a pedicure, I'm going to ask that only a pumice stone be used and not one of those cheese grater looking things. I'm a little afraid it will cut my foot, and I do not want that to happen. I'm diabetic and very careful about my feet, so that would not be something I want to deal with.

I was pleased overall with my last pedicure and I'll probably go back to that salon, but I'd like to try one of the ritzy places, just once.

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    • A woman getting a natural pedicure.
      A woman getting a natural pedicure.
    • A pumice stone, which can be used to remove calluses.
      A pumice stone, which can be used to remove calluses.
    • Lavender is a favorite additive in aromatherapy due its pleasant and relaxing scent.
      Lavender is a favorite additive in aromatherapy due its pleasant and relaxing scent.
    • Natural pedicures only use organic materials.
      Natural pedicures only use organic materials.