When my now-husband and I first met some 25 years ago, he told me he was smitten with every part of me. He later clarified that by saying he loved every part of me – except for my feet.

And I have to admit, my feet were a wreck. Dry, peeling, itchy, I had no idea how to take care of them. Fortunately, a dear friend of mine treated me to my first professional pedicure – and I was sold.

Since then, I have indulged in an expert pedicure every 4 to 6 weeks, but truth be told, it’s not an indulgence so much as a necessity. I would never trust myself to cut my own hair – so why leave my feet in my own amateur hands?

What made me fall in love with the Fantasia Nail Care Team was their specialized training in treating those with special foot care needs – including those with diabetes, sensitive skin, neuropathy, or those with compromised immune systems. Marni heads up the Fantasia Nail Care Team, and is one of Minnesota’s leading certified OPI educators. Her team receives training in customized pedicures, and will formulate a nail care plan just for you – and me!

One key ingredient to a Fantasia Specialized Pedicure is the professional products and instruments that customers simply cannot get on their own. The Fantasia Hair Salon & Hair Restoration Center Salon is not only state-compliant with all regulations, it goes above and beyond with OPI’s Standard of Excellence guidelines, which include: professional-quality products and tools, and maintaining state board sanitation measures, like disinfecting tools, spas, and tubs.

Now there’s even a bigger reason to visit my Fantasia Nail Care Specialist – it’s the new luxury UREA pedicure and it is 90 minutes of pure heaven, and better-than-ever foot care.

I can easily see why it’s the ultimate in professional pedicures. Urea is a natural component of our skin’s tissues and makes up 7% of our natural moisturizing factor, which automatically decreases with age.It is formed from ammonia and carbon dioxide, and can be produced in either a solid or liquid form.

While applications of emollient ingredients coat the skin’s surface creating instant moisture, it is only a temporary fix, and won’t improve the skin’s ability to create and hold water, like urea does.

Your Fantasia Luxury Urea Pedicure starts with a Foot Bath that uses 15% urea, plus essential oils from orange, pine needles, and mountain pine. The Urea Foot Bath works like a hydrating massage for stressed feet. It leaves the skin feeling silky and smooth.

The new callous softener Urea Soak Spray with 17% Urea and lactose, prepares your feet for professional care. It protects the skin while ingredients like allantoin and panthenol calm the skin, providing the ultimate of care at the same time.

If your schedule simply won’t accommodate the full 90-minute Urea pedicure, your Fantasia Nail Specialist will recommend the 10% Express Foot Spray, which is ideal for a quick pick-me-up in between visit, or to round off your total foot care treatment. The 10% Foot Spray, combined with super-moisturizing ingredients, allows the skin to become soft and deeply supple almost instantly. It increases the water-binding capacity, even for extremely dry skin.

Your professional pedicure continues with a Urea Exfoliating Foot Cream that is ultra-safe for thin or sensitive places. Your skin is at its very thinnest around your ankles, and is often prone to eczema, psoriasis, and sensitivity. The Urea Foot Cream controls the risk of sharp edges that come with super-dry skin, and for some individuals, works better than sugar or salt-based products, which can sting or gloss over those drier corners.

For intensive foot care, your Fantasia Luxury Urea pedicure includes a 10% Foot Mask, that includes almond oil, vitamins A and E, shea better (a personal favorite), plus pantheon, allantoin, and bisabolol to relax and calm the skin. This unique formulation works to help the skin regenerate faster, while revitalizing and nurturing your skin. The Foot Mask is your skin’s go-to staple for radiant, refreshed feet.

I always used to think that Foot Cream is foot cream is foot cream – but I quickly changed my mind once my feet were treated to the 10% Urea Foot Cream at Fantasia. This one-of-a-kind professional skin complex provides intense moisture while providing an anti-inflammatory, calming effect to stressed and strained feet. There’s glycerin and jojoba oil to regulate the moisture content, as it is absorbed quickly, making the skin smooth and limber almost immediately.

Dry skin is the result of a lack of oil and water in the outer layer of skin (the epidermis), when skin becomes scaly, cracked, and itchy.
As a high-end product line, the Luxury Urea pedicure penetrates 7 layers of the epidermis, for the ultimate in hydration and suppleness.

Marni is quick to point out that Fantasia Hair Salon & Hair Restoration Center also offers the regular 60-minute Spa Pedicure, with indulgent nail and cuticle care, an exfoliating sugar scrub, a hydrating foot mask with hot towels, and a nice relaxing massage. Add on a nice moisturizing paraffin dip with warm booties, or hot stones, for an extra treat.

I top off my Fantasia pedicure with some show-it-off nail color, and even one-of-a-kind nail art. Fantasia offers OPI’s GelColor, as well as CND’s Shellac, the latest in beautiful, shiny wear. Using a “cure/dry” method, using an LED or UV light source, such “curing” allows your polish to completely dry, and can last 10-14 days.

You can even bring a photo of the nail art you like, and Marni can replicate it. You can jazz up one, or all of your nails, with a hand-painted design, a glitter/hombre look, rhinestones, shiny foil flecks, an iridescent chrome wash, or the ever-popular rubber stamp method.

For me, a pedicure – whether it’s a Spa Pedicure, a specialized one, or the new Luxury Urea pedicure – is necessary for optimal wellness. Unless you regularly visit a podiatrist, a professional pedicure may be the only treatment your feet ever get. And let’s face it – when you know your feet look, feel, and act their best, you feel better – whether it’s the dead of winter or the height of summer. Fantasia Hair Salon & Hair Restoration Center makes me feel pampered – and yes, I’m worth it!

Colleen Szot is a Minneapolis-based writer for over 40 years and a passionate client of Fantasia Salon. Colleen’s credits include TV, radio, and magazines. Her website is www.wonderfulwriter.com