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From Sock Feet To Sandals – The Big Reveal!

Sock Feet to Sandal Feet- The Big Reveal

Summertime is time for those sexy sandals and means an upswing in your pedicure and foot-targeted spa treatments. Here are some tips that you can use, and others to pass on to your clients while getting their feet ready for “The Big Reveal.”

Soak, Soothe, Soften Feet

To prepare feet for their summertime makeover, soak in Epsom salts and warm water. The added salts will reduce inflammation, soothe aches and pains and soften the skin. For your clients who spend a great deal of time indoors and on their feet, recommend a foot soak every night.

After 10 minutes of soaking, use an exfoliating scrub. Massage each foot with the scrub, which will loosen dead skin and soften rough patches. If you notice any areas that need more attention, carefully use a foot file on wet skin. Once the area has been trimmed, polish the skin in a circular motion with the buffer side of the file. Rinse and pat dry.

A quick daily touch up to maintain feet is to use a dry pumice stone in a light, circular motion,  just after showering.

Condition And Moisturize

Whether it’s with a paraffin dip or by massage, apply a conditioning moisturizer. Mancine’s Tea Tree lotion is a perfect, lightweight moisturizer to apply at home also, immediately after showering, This will lock in moisture and also aid in controlling foot fungus.

Trouble spots like cracked heels deserve special attention. Apply a body butter, like Mancine’s Naturals Body Butter, directly to the affected heel and allow to penetrate during the remaining pedicure or spa treatment.

Since clients will want to take these products home, make sure to have them stocked on your shelves for resale. If a client has cracked heels or other trouble spots, recommend applying body butter again just before bed and sleeping in socks- a sure way to lock in that needed moisture!

Addressing Foot Issues

What may at first appear to be a fungus problem may instead be an accumulation of dead skin cells caused by sweat. Feet are one of the primary areas that the body sweats, and with sweat comes toxins. Considering how we ignore our feet, it is no surprise that they may get a little flaky or peel between the toes. Now is the time to mention properly fitting shoes, and shoes made out of natural materials or with proper air circulation.

Nail Fungus Issues

If you do discover a fungus problem, we recommend Amoresse Thymol to specifically treat nails. Thymol works to kill bacteria and microbes. Apply two drops to the affected nail, then advise the client to follow up with continued at-home treatment each morning and evening. One drop on the cuticle and one under the nail if possible.As the nail grows out, it will be fungus free with proper use of Thymol.

Another nighttime treatment that you can recommend is to apply a product with menthol (like Vicks or Mentholatum,) or tea tree oil. Again, if they can stand to sleep in socks, at least part of the night, it will help lock in the treatment.

The Finishing Touch

Now we need a little pizazz. Nothing looks better than a fresh coat of paint in striking, modern colors! Pastels like Baby Blues and Watermelon are the rage, but there’s nothing the matter with the summertime classics like Crimson and Persian Plum. From Basecoat to Topcoat we have the products for you!

With continued pedicures and these home treatments, your client’s feet will be in great shape!

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Natural Oils And Botanicals – The Best Of The Best

Natural oils and botanical ingredients are in almost all our favorite products these days, from face wash to shampoo. But what do these oils do? Which botanicals should you choose and why? More importantly, what can you tell your clients about these ingredients? When planning your retail stock, what products can you stand behind as effective and worth the cost?

Here is a rundown of some of the best ingredients and the products that contain these ingredients. All the products listed are from our reputable manufacturers and are products that we can easily recommend.

Lavender oil

More than just a pleasant and relaxing fragrance, Lavender has restorative properties, and is a gentle anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This oil also works as an antioxidant, refreshing the skin from everyday pollutants. Antioxidants contained in Lavender “prevent and counteract the irritating effects of pollutants on the skin,” explains Claude Saliou, Ph.D., director of research and development for Johnson & Johnson, as quoted in Everyday Health magazine. “Plus, studies have shown that elevated stress results in rough skin, so lavender can improve skin by acting as a mentally calming agent.”

Recommend your clients prepare for their wax treatment by using  Mancine Hot Salt Scrub-lavender witchhazelMancine Hot Salt Body Scrub in Lavender and Witch Hazel ($14.95) followed with the matching Body Lotion. ($7.95, 250 ml)

Your client’s skin will now be in great shape for waxing. The very popular Lycojet Lavender Hard Wax ($34.95, 2.2lbs) or Harley Lavender Hard Wax ($29.95, 2.4lbs) and finish with Lycon Perfect Finish ($17.95) will ensure that your client has a pleasant experience with satisfying results!

Tea tree oil

When bacteria get trapped under the skin, inside a pore, the skin’s defense system kicks in. Encircling the bacteria, white blood cells fight the bacteria at a cellular level. Localized inflammation is the first reaction to the war. As they kill off the bacteria, the dead cells collect inside the pore, resulting in a breakout.

Tea tree oil helps zap that bacteria. A study found that tea tree oil was as effective as benzoyl peroxide, according to an Everyday Health article.

You will find effective amounts of Tea Tree Oil In Lycon’s Anti Bump Foaming Gel, ($13.95) a great retail product for you to keep on the shelves for your clients. After the shower, your clients may want an everyday moisturizer that helps fight inflammation while soothing the skin. We recommend Mancine Tea Tree Body Lotion and Lycon Tea Tree Soothe Lotion.

You will also find Tea Tree Oil in several post wax treatments such as Lycon Perfect Finish ($17.95)  and Harley After Care Waxing Oil ($13.95) Mancine Ingrown Zone ($9.95.)

Chamomile oil

Lycon Soothing Cream

Chamomile is  more than a tea that soothes your little one’s upset tummy, or encourages relaxation and sleep. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties helps prevent irritation from wax treatments. This oil is added to waxes to provide that calming touch for clients prone to redness or skin irritation. Try Lycon Soothing Cream ($17.95) with Chamomile, Rose and Shea Butter for a soothing experience!

 

Rosehip oil

Vitamin A is necessary and helpful in rejuvenating skin cells. Age spots, scars and stretch marks can be lessened by using a retinol (containing vitamin A) based product. An easy way to help overall skin condition is to use a bodywash or body lotion with Rosehip oil, which is naturally rich in in Vitamin A.

Olive and Avocado oils

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Here is a tip from our friends at Everyday Health- Got thin or brittle nails? Use a little olive or avocado oil on them before bed. The oils will soak in overnight and nourish with good-for-you fatty acids. Or, you might like to keep ‘on hand’ (excuse the pun,) our  Renew and Repair Cuticle Oil by en Vogue. A blend of sunflower, grape seed, jojoba and Vitamin E oils along with essential oils of bergamot, black pepper, Roman chamomile, eucalyptus and lavender. ($2.95 for 3ml. Larger sizes available.) Send some home with your client as a little gift- a sure way to increase repeat customers!

Additionally, rich oils like avacado and olive are used to re-condition skin after a waxing treatment. Since waxing removes all the surface oils and exfoliates the skin, moisture needs to be replenished afterwards.  Mancine Olive Oil Strip or Hard Wax contains olive oil to soothe and replenish the skin. These waxes are especially perfect for sensitive areas.

Shopping tips

You can share this helpful tip with your clients- a product advertised as “natural’ or claiming to have certain natural ingredients, may contain too little of the substance listed to be fully effective. Many over-the-counter products that claim to contain Vitamin C or E will not have a high enough concentration of these antioxidants to prove effective at reducing wrinkles or sagging skin. For the best results, look for products that a dermatologist carries or recommends as effective.

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Why use pre and post wax products

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There are many reasons why you should use pre and post wax products for every waxing application.

We talk a lot about how to get repeat business by creating a lasting impression on your client. So again, we will stress that- 1) taking the extra steps needed to set you apart from other salons, 2) skilled treatments with high-quality products and 3) making the client feel special- will go much farther to ensure repeat business than trying to compete by cutting your fees.

Using pre and post waxing products answer each of those points. So, let’s consider each of the steps in pre and post waxing.

Pre Wax Treatment:

Even if your client has followed your pre wax  instructions at home, you will still want to ensure that the skin is clean of trapped oils and perspiration or makeup and moisturizing creams. Your client’s skin should be a clean slate, prepared to take the wax and release the hair.

Cleanse

Before applying the wax, prepare your client’s skin with a cleanser. Try Lycon’s  Lycotane to gently remove surface oils, perspiration, pollution, make-up and any other lotions. Lycotane can also be used after waxing, to cleanse the skin and to help close the hair follicles.

Mancine’s Pre-Wax Lotion removes moisturizing creams, surface bacteria and perspiration. Pre wax lotion also prevents the wax from becoming tacky. This lotion has a pleasant fragrance and dries fast.

Harley Pre Wax Cleanser does more than just cleanse the skin. It also re-balances the PH level of the skin, tightening pores to maximize your waxing results. See all of Harley Waxing products here.

Moisturize:

Once the skin has been cleansed, add a small amount of a pre wax moisturizer that is specifically designed to prepare the skin for waxing. Just be sure the moisturizer you use absorbs into the skin and does not leave a residue.

Mancine pre wax oil softens and prepares the skin prior to waxing. The treatment prevents wax from sticking to the skin, minimizing skin drag and making waxing comfortable, clean and efficient. Also available are Harley Pre Care Oil and Lycon Pre Wax Oil, designed protect and pamper the skin.

Post Wax Treatment

After the treatment, you want your client to walk away feeling pampered, with glowing, soft skin. You want to minimize any chances of breakout or ingrown hairs, and create a pleasant memory of the experience. Post wax products are designed to do all of that- return the proper moisture balance and also soothe and calm the skin.

Rehydrate

Clear away any wax residue with Mancine Ultimate Finish, which is suitable for use on both face and body. Leaves your client feeling wonderfully relaxed and calm with skin feeling silky smooth. Lycon Perfect Finish can be mixed with Tea-Tree Soothe for a lighter, less oily finish.

A side note here, Tea Tree oil acts as an anti-bacterial agent and cleanses any remaining dead skin cells. It can reduce skin irritation, redness and the possibility of any ingrowing hairs. Harley Waxing  After Care Oil contains Tea Tree oil and will condition the skin and leave a silky smooth finish.

To moisturize again after waxing- send client home with sample of Lycon Aloe Vera Soothing Gel. The gel moisturizer provides immediate, soothing hydration for the face and body. Your client will notice a reduction in any skin irritation or redness, if their skin type is sensitive.

 

Here are some tips that you can pass along to your clients.

WAIT

Waxing isn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. To achieve the best results, you will need some time to prepare the area to be waxed.  It is an especially bad idea to wax for the first time just before a sunny or active vacation or a special occasion. Try out waxing at least 6 weeks before the big day to make sure of your skin’s reaction and experience.

CHECK

Check carefully for and inflammation, sunburn (ouch!) or cuts and bruises before your appointment. You should postpone your treatment until you have healed completely. Also,  moles should be marked and pointed out to the therapist so that the proper protection can be used.

STOP

Certain medications can sensitize skin to waxing. Products containing retinol that are used in an area that you want to wax must be stopped for two weeks before waxing. Also, some antibiotics and prescriptions like Accutane can cause skin sensitivity. Don’t stop your prescriptions without the advice of your doctor.

Some report that they experience more skin sensitivity if waxing during the week of menstruation. Plan ahead, book your appointment a week later.

PREPARE

Keep the skin moisturized up to your appointment. Don’t moisturize on the day of- your wax treatment includes pre and post wax moisturizing.

A regular routine of exfoliation is essential. But don’t exfoliate the area to be waxed the day of your waxing appointment.

Waxes can effectively remove hairs as short as 1mm. But for the best results, a week or two worth of grow-out is ideal. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to grip it, but short enough that it doesn’t lessen adhesion. Your therapist can trim too-long hair to the appropriate length if needed.

DRINK!

Hydrate. When you don’t drink enough water, your skin is the first to show it. The pull when removing the wax may cause more discomfort and leave the skin irritated. Drink water; beverages with caffeine or alcohol  dehydrate!

after waxing tips:

Stay hydrated! Again, water, water, WATER!

Avoid heat- No soaking in the tub, sun tanning, saunas or steam rooms for 48 hours.

Avoid strenuous workouts the day of treatment.

No deodorant for underarm waxing

No tight clothing that to rub or irritate the waxed area.

Fight bumps by using Lycon’s Ingrown X-It. It effectively reduces the potential and any discomfort of ingrown hairs.

Use Ingrown Zone hair retardant a product that actually slows and softens future hair growth so waxing becomes easier and more comfortable. you’ll find that it will take longer for the hair to start growing back.

 

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Improving feet- foot care, step by step!

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FEET- overlooked and overworked, sometimes they get a little rough around the edges. To get feet looking great, and then help keep them that way, recommend to your clients the proper foot care at home, in between their pedicure visits. Here is what to do to give feet a little appreciation for all they do!

 

First of all, recommend that your clients go buy new shoes- they will love the suggestion! There is more to it than just the satisfaction found in shoe-shopping. It is important to wear proper fitting shoes with good support. Shoes with poor support or that fit the foot poorly cause blisters, calluses, bunions and other foot woes.

Summertime vs. Wintertime foot treatment

Summertime brings sandals and even bare feet. For summer foot care, recommend a refreshing soak in Epsom salts and warm water. The added salts will reduce inflammation, soothe aches and pains and soften the skin.

Once the feet have soaked 10 minutes, pat dry and use an exfoliating scrub, loofah or pumice stone in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry. Then apply a conditioning treatment. Mancine’s Tea Tree lotion is a perfect, lightweight moisturizer for feet. The lotion has a mild pH, and the added benefit of Tea Tree oil for preventing foot fungus. (Read more on treating this condition below.)

This treatment is best performed just before bed, when feet can soak up this pampering and get their well deserved rest.

Wintertime is a great time to work on the trouble spots on feet. Your clients who suffer from dry, cracked heels will find relief when they apply body butter directly to the affected heel, and then pop on a sock! The sock will help lock in the moisture all day.

You can recommend that, in the evening the client follow the daytime softening treatment with a 10 minute soak and an exfoliating scrub. If the heel is too tender, using a wet washcloth in a circular motion will also prove effective over time.

Nighttime foot care

Nighttime treatment is the best time to address any bacteria or fungus issues. Advise the client to apply a product with menthol (like Vicks or Mentholatum,) or tea tree oil or thymol. Again, if they can stand to sleep in socks, at least part of the night, it will help lock in the treatment.

While menthol products can be applied to the heel or nails, we recommend Amoresse Thymol to specifically treat nails. Thymol works to kill bacteria and microbes. Two drops in the evening to the affected nail, at the cuticle and under the nail if possible. Repeat in the morning, on a thoroughly dried foot. Continue use every day, until the nail has grown out. It is okay to polish the affected nail, but leave the cuticle area exposed so that the thymol treatment can penetrate.

With continued pedicures and these home treatments, your client’s feet will be in great shape!

Don’t forget to check out our Gelish and Lac It polishes for a pedicure with a professional finish. You will enjoy the wide variety of colors.

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