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WAXING

I have read many postings on Facebook expressing concerns about the sanitation of eyebrow waxing. I feel the need to clear up any public misconceptions about this service. To begin with, there are two temporary methods of hair removal: depilation and epilation. Depilation includes your shaving and chemical removals, such as Nair. This would be the least preferred method of hair removal by most estheticians. Why? Because the hair is removed up to the skin’s surface only. This is why most people see hair growth within a couple of days upon removal. Epilation is the more common method that removes the hair bulb from the follicle. This can be accomplished with waxing, tweezing, and threading.
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal that has become more popular in the United States. It is a skill that requires specialized training.
Tweezing is a method used to pull hair out by the root one at a time. This can be a more time-consuming method, yet it is more precise when shaping and contouring eyebrows. Tweezers should be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
Waxing is a common form of hair removal used by most estheticians. It is quick and allows for larger areas to be removed in a single pull. For those of you concerned with contracting diseases or infections during waxing services, you should look for at least three key things while the service is performed. First, ensure the area is cleansed of oil, makeup, dirt, debris, or any other environmental factors that may be lying on the skin. Second, during the waxing application ensure that the technician uses a different stick and does not participate in an unwanted act commonly known as “Double-Dipping”. Third, ensure the area is treated by applying a soothing antiseptic lotion to the area.
While all of these are great methods of hair removal, Universal Precautions should be followed at all times. Additionally, it is also important to know which method best suits your skin! That’s why your skin is always a priority at Columbus Skin Care Salon.

 

EYELASH EXTENSIONS

Last month I had a very challenging experience as a skin therapist. I had the experience of removing artificial lashes from an older woman who had them adhered with hair bonding glue from a local nail salon. Yes, I said hair bonding glue!
Did you know that most hair bonding glue contains rubber latex that can cause an allergic reaction to some clients? Most importantly, it is not made for eyelash adherence! It took me 1 hour and 30 minutes to remove the lashes with minimal lash loss. Therapists, please take the time out to perform consultations on your clients to find out any known allergies or contraindications that may prevent them from receiving this service. Clients, please take the time out to ask questions and explain to the therapists what you expect upon completion of the service.  If this had taken place on both ends, the client would not have left out 15 minutes later looking like Elsie the Cow, with hair bonding glue attaching the lashes to her own. And by the way, “Elsie the Cow” was her verbal description of how she felt she looked!
There are three different eyelash types on the market. First, we have eyelash strips. Eyelash strips are designed to be removed daily. They require a specific type of glue that allows them to be easily removed, stored, and reused. They come in several styles, lengths, and designs. For example, if you want to enhance your eyelashes for your next photo shoot, this is an excellent method to use.  Next, there is eyelash tabbing, the most popular of the three. Using this method requires adherence of a cluster of artificial lashes to the base of your natural lashes with glue designed for use in the eye area. These lashes, along with lash strips, should not be treated like you would your own lashes. They are designed to last two to three weeks, depending on the type of glue used. However, some may get a shorter or longer wear depending on their skin type and home care maintenance. The third type of lashes, Individual lash extensions, is more expensive and more time-consuming; but, you get what you pay for. They can be treated like your own lashes as far as showering, swimming or any other leisure activities where you may come in contact with water.  Medical-grade glue is used making them semi-permanent. When your natural lash prepares to shed, the individual lash attached to it, will shed with it. Although there are several different medical-grade glues on the market, currently NovaLash is the only company that has FDA approved glue. Regardless of the type of eyelash glue used, these lashes should be applied and removed by a trained esthetician or cosmetologist.
Due to the loss of lashes that a client can experience if the wrong type of glue is used or the lashes are adhered incorrectly, it is imperative to seek a trained professional.  At Columbus Skin Care Salon, we conduct a consultation for every service we provide.  As it is important for you to get what you want, it is equally as important for us to give you what you need! At a minimum, consultations should be performed to check for allergies, desired outcome, and customization.

SUDATONIC INFRARED BODY WRAP SYSTEM
HOW SUDATONIC WORKS:

This is the most intense and purifying of all infrared treatments.
Infrared energy is not only beneficial to our health, but very safe to use. Far Infrared lamps are used to aid in the relief of arthritis, joint pain, stiff muscles, injuries to tendons and ligaments and to promote a faster overall “self-body” healing effect. By forcing the body to burn stored fat, Sudatonic breaks down fat reserves, thereby eliminating excess fat.

Benefits:

  • Weight loss (not just water weight)
  • Increases metabolism
  • Burns calories
  • Reduces cellulite/stretch marks
  • Decreases body fat
  • Detoxification

Health Benefits Of Sudatonic’s
Infrared System

REDUCES STRESS AND FATIGUE

Perhaps the most immediate relief that SUDATONIC™ Infrared System offers, is simple relaxation as it melts away the stresses and tension of “modern” life. Just a few minutes in the warmth of the Sudatonic™ blanket, and you begin to have an an overall massaging effect, soothing nerves and muscles. You’ll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.

REMOVES WASTES AND TOXINS

Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing stored toxins and wastes. Daily sweating will help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of highly toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other compounds.

IMPROVES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The SUDATONIC™ Infrared System’s deep heat raises your inner body temperature, inducing an artificial fever (mild hyperthermia). Fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.

RELIEVES PAIN AND JOINT STIFFNESS

The deep heat of the SUDATONIC™ Infrared System helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. In Europe, radiant heat is widely used to help those with many forms of arthritis. It has been proven effective in the easing of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments. For athletes who push their bodies to the limit, creating lactic acid build-up, which often results in stiffness and pain, the SUDATONIC™ Infrared System offers sweet relief as it metabolizes and disperses the lactic acid. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, promoting greater flexibility and range of motion. Much of the stiffness aches and soreness that come with aging are reduced or eliminated.

BURNS CALORIES. CONTROLS WEIGHT AND REDUCES CELLULITE

As you relax in the SUDATONIC™ Infrared blanket, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. Referring to “old fashioned, traditional saunas”, The Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes”. Saunas have traditionally been used by European beauticians to help eliminate cellulite. Since the radiant heat of the SUDATONIC™ Infrared System warms many times more deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite.

IMPROVES SKIN

The profuse sweating achieved in the SUDATONIC™ Infrared System carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulationdraws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface. You will see improved tone, elasticity, texture, and fresh color. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.

INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION AND STRENGTHENS THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation,providing the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops.

Contraindications

Prescription Drugs: If you are using prescription drugs, check with your physician or pharmacist for possible changes in the drug’s effect due to an interaction with infrared energy.

Certain Ailments: According to some authorities, it is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature of someone with adrenal suppression, systemic lupus erythematosus, or multiple sclerosis.

Joint Problems: If a person has a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.

Pregnancy: In pregnancy or the suspicion of pregnancy, discontinuation of sauna use is recommended. Finnish women use traditional saunas that don’t heat the body as deeply as an infrared sauna for only six to twelve minutes and reportedly leave at that time due to perceived discomfort. Their usage of traditional saunas at this low level of intensity is not linked to birth defects. Infrared sauna use may be two to three times more intense due to deep tissue penetration, and comparatively shorter two to six minute sessions hardly seem worth any minimal risk they may present.

Surgical Implants: Surgical Implants: Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and are not heated by an infrared heat system. Nevertheless, a person should consult his or her surgeon before making a Sudatonic™ appointment. Discontinue if a person experiences pain near any implants.

Silicone: Silicone does absorb infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by infrared rays. Since silicone melts at over 200 degrees Celsius, it should not be adversely effected by an infrared heat system. However, it is still advised that a person checks with his or her surgeon, and possibly a representative of the product manufacturer, to be certain.

Menstruation: Heating of the low-back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. Once a woman is aware that this is occurring, she can choose to allow herself to experience this short-term effect without worry. Or she may simply avoid using an infrared heat source at that time in her cycle.

Hemorrhage: Hemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage should avoid infrared usage or any type of heating that would induce vasodilation that can lead to the tendency to bleed.

Worsened Condition: Should any condition worsen with the use of an infrared heat system, the use of the system should be discontinued.

Pain: Pain should not be experienced when using an infrared heat system. If one does, the use of radiant heat is clearly inappropriate for the person at that time.

 

WHOLE BODY VIBRATION MACHINE

The vibration plate creates a high frequency vibration which causes a stretch reflex within the body. This means that the muscles contract involuntarily so creating the effects of exercise without the exertion of conventional exercises. The Power Plus Vibration Plate is fitted with yoga straps to enhance its potential for improving the upper body and arms. Extending the straps in different positions works different muscle groups, pulling against the resistance of the straps further the muscle fibers for growth and toning. Just 10 minutes on the Power Plus Vibration Plate is equivalent to 60 minutes of conventional exercise. You can begin to see results using for 10 minutes 2-3 times a week as part of a low fat and low calorie diet. Maximum user weight: 300 lbs.

If you suffer from joint problems, have a heart condition or use a pacemaker, we recommend seeking medical advice before using a vibration trainer.

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