Saturday 24 June 2017

Treatment Trial: The three week terrific tootsie pedicure

Library Image. Photo: Getty Images
Library Image. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Each week, we, at Independent Woman, investigate what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful. This week, in a bid to tidy our tiresom trotters we sampled the Nails Inc Three Week Terrific Tootise Pedicure.

What is it?

Arriving at the rather chic surroundings of BT2 Dundrum you're shopping bags are taken from your ever lengthening arms and your derrière is placed on a special pedicure throne. Once you've chosen a shade from the Nails Inc collection, feet are sprayed with a sanitiser before a cuticle softener and a callus peel is applied. Skin is then left to soften before being scrubbed with geranium oil and soaked in a solution of ginger and sandalwood. When feet are finally ready, a whopping 4 coats of polish are applied and set under UV light before cuticles are enriched with vitamin E oil and soothed with a cooling cucumber balm.



How does it work?

The natural fruit acids in the callus peel gently eat away dead skin while the oils in the sugar scrub hydrate and condition. The polish formula is protein based which, unlike most three week formulas, works to encourage healthy nails and cuticles. As the formula is polymer based, it's much more flexible and resistant to chips.



Really?

Yes. But who cares? The end result leaves feet feeling like they're walking on pillows.



What are the benefits?

Forget going to market. This particular peddi leaves perfectly preened piggies that last well past the sell by date. As toenails tend to grow at a slower rate than fingernails, getting longer than three weeks out of the treatment is not unusual.



How long does it take?

The treatment is relatively bespoke, so for the most part it depends on what needs doing. Between 1 and 2 hours is the norm, although choosing your perfect colour can add longer than you think.



The best bit?

The colour selection! There are over 200 shades in the range and French tips are standard. Should none of the colours take your fancy, the team at Nails Inc are able to mix and match custom shades to suit your mood. Perfect for coordinating toes to match your new shoes!



Any downsides?

Unfortunately the treatment doesn't end at the salon. As the paint is hardened under UV lights you will need to return to the salon to have the polish removed. This also leaves you more than tempted to get the whole thing done again.



I'm in ... where to next?

The Nails Inc Three Week Terrific Tootise Pedicure is priced at from €100 and is available from BT2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14. For more information telephone 012968441.

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