It’s the first day of summer, but don’t fret if your feet aren’t sandal-ready because you’re going to want to swap your typical pedicure for the Yuzu Pedicure.
For a limited time, New York’s Eve Salon (55 West 8th Street), which has been serving the West Village for 30 years, is offering the Yuzu Pedicure ($35).
So what is yuzu and what’s so special about it?
Yuzu is an East Asian citrus fruit that resembles a bumpy lemon, and is sometimes called the Japanese grapefruit. It’s believed to be a hybrid of sour Mandarin and Ichang papeda. But appearances aren’t everything. Yuzu also has health benefits. It is intensely moisturizing and leaves skin smooth and silky.
Like most citrus fruits, yuzu contains vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. It heals chapped winter skin, making it the perfect addition to pedicures. In fact, regular use leaves skin not only smooth and silky, but also fragrant as a result of essential oils.
Eve Salon incorporates a yuzu sugar scrub and moisturizer into the Yuzu Pedicure. First, feet are soaked in a relaxing yuzu bath. Then, the nail technician performs the usual pedicure steps — cutting cuticles, buffing nails, shaping nails, etc. The next step is applying the yuzu scrub to exfoliate feet and legs. Then, the technician applies a yuzu cream while massaging all stress from the feet. Finally, she applies the nail lacquer.
If you’re not in the New York City area, you can still get your hands on some yuzu. Bella Lucce has a Cranberry-Yuzu Sugar Scrub that sounds divine.