Showing posts with label facial treatment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label facial treatment. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Popular Esthetic Treatments Explained: High Frequency

The most popular and common esthetic treatment our clients provide is high frequency treatments. But what exactly is high frequency, what is the best way to perform these treatments, and why add these treatments to your spa menu?


High Frequency is used to enhance circulation,
increase collagen and elastin production, and
eliminate toxins and bacteria from the skin surface.
High frequency is used to kick-start the skin rejuvenation process. It has been shown to enhance circulation, increase production of collagen and elastin, eliminate toxins and acne-causing bacteria, encourage lymphatic drainage, exfoliate dead skin cells, and assist with absorption of skin care products.

High frequency current stimulation forces an infusion of oxygen-rich molecules into the skin, which cleanses, massages, stimulates blood flow, and dilates superficial blood vessels. Because of the increased blood flow, high frequency tones the skin (similar to muscle toning). Application of high frequency current promotes a cleansing antibacterial action, and the skin is left feeling energized, rosy, firm, refreshed, and noticeably softer. The dilation of blood vessels pushes toxins away from the skin’s surface, and allows the skin cells to feast on increased nutrients and hydration.

How Does it Work?
With high frequency skin treatment, a chemical reaction causes the emission of ozone into the air. Ozone is a form of oxygen that has germicidal properties and is extremely beneficial for treating acneic skin. The more oxygen that surrounds the electrode, the more ozone is formed and the greater the effect. When the electrode is lifted away from the skin surface, more oxygen surrounds it, a more intense drying and healing action occurs. This method is called “Sparking”.

High frequency facial machines include glass electrodes which come in different shapes and sizes to treat various contours of the face and body. When applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the neon or argon gas filled glass electrode causing it to emit a subtle glow. The electrodes produce varying intensities of infrared light and a pleasant, therapeutic tingling sensation which may be adjusted via a power control dial. High Frequency Electrodes produce either a neon orange or violet colored glow depending upon the inert gas that they are filled with. We have found that both colors produce equally effective results.


High frequency units come
with a variety of electrodes.
General Instructions for Usage
1. The esthetician holds the electrode and works in circular motions for 3-5 minutes.
2. Can be used directly on dry skin or lay dry gauze over the face. (The current has a more stimulating effect when applied over a dry cloth.)
3. All treatments should be started with a mild current, and gradually increase intensity.
4. “Sparking” is a technique used on acne blemishes and lesions. Sparking is accomplished by placing layers of dry cotton gauze over the skin, creating a gap between the skin and electrode. Upon treatment, the “spark gap” releases ozone from the electrode to destroy bacteria and aid in drying pustular infections. IMPORTANT: Never create a gap of more than ¼”, as tissue destruction can occur and the skin will heal leaving brownish marks.

Basic High Frequency Step-by-Step Instructions
1. Insert the chosen glass electrode into the high frequency machine; it should just snap in to place.
2. Turn the high frequency machine down to a zero level and turn it on. Wrap the cord around your arm once to keep the cord from dragging across the client's skin.
3. Hold the handle of the high frequency electrode in the hand that you normally work with. Place your index finger on the glass electrode. Do not remove your finger until the electrode is in contact with the client's skin. Removing the finger too early creates an uncomfortable spark effect on the client's skin.
4. Place the electrode on the client's skin and remove your finger. Increase the intensity to a comfortable setting. Glide the electrode over the face in a circular motion. Maintain continual contact, not pulling away more than ¼ inch. Start with the forehead, then move to the nose, cheeks and chin.
5. Treat problem areas such as individual blemishes by "sparking" the spot with the edge of the electrode. Place your finger on the electrode, touch the electrode to the spot and remove your finger. Quickly replace your finger on the electrode, remove the electrode from the face and repeat in another area.
6. Place your finger back on the electrode and remove it from the client's skin. Turn off the high frequency machine and sterilize the electrode.

Benefits
• Gentle, non-invasive alternative to plastic surgery
• Immediate (temporary) lifting effect
• Soften and smoothes away fine lines and wrinkles
• Reduces large pores
• Effective acne treatment
• Reduces dark circles around eyes
• Stimulates healthy hair growth (comb attachment)
• Decongest puffy eyes

Further Details on Benefits
1. Acne: Sometimes the body can become immune to certain acne medications if used over an extended period of time. When combined with an effective acne treatment lotion, regular application of high frequency keeps the acne away long after other expensive medications and treatments can fail. High frequency gently cleanses the skin of acne-causing bacteria and unwanted toxins while making the skin more receptive to acne lotions, creams and other skin treatment products. The results can be extremely dramatic - even after only a few treatments!
2. Enlarged Pores: With regular use, high frequency skin care treatment can be very effective at reducing the size of enlarged pores, softening skin and controlling excess sebum production. The gentle spray of oxygen molecules produced by the high frequency current diminish enlarged pores by penetrating deep down into the root of the affected area and cleaning out unwanted debris and toxins allowing the pore to quickly regain its natural size once again.
3. Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Sagging Skin: The oscillating action of high frequency can increase blood circulation, which in turn nourishes the skin's surface and renews underlying cells. It also produces an enriched form of oxygen, which can provide the skin with a firm, youthful, vibrant glow. It can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten double chins and jowls and improve overall skin texture and tone by promoting increased collagen production.
4. Puffy Eyes: The pulsating "oxygenation" action produced by high frequency current aids in lymphatic drainage and disperses excess fluid while increasing blood circulation. The result is a reduction in the appearance of congested, tired, puffy eyes. High frequency also helps the skin more efficiently absorb skin care products thereby extending their effectiveness.
5. Dark Eye Circles: New scientific research has shown the cause of severe dark eye circles to be broken capillaries that have leaked hemoglobin, creating a red-blue pigment deposit under the eyes. High frequency creates a circulation rush in the area and helps your current under eye product penetrate deeper into the skin tissue. The application of high frequency can be very effective at fading dark under eye circles resulting in a fresher, brighter, more youthful looking appearance.
6. Cellulite: With regular use, high frequency treatment can be very effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite when used in conjunction with a quality cellulite product. For years, the skin care industry has relied on this same high frequency, oxygen molecule producing technology to aid in lymphatic drainage, gently exfoliate the skin, increase blood circulation, assist in the production of collagen and elastin and promote healthy cell metabolism. The result: smoother, firmer, more refined skin.
7. Thinning Hair: Through its rapid oscillation, high frequency current improves the process of nourishment, gently exfoliates the skin, promotes local blood circulation, stimulates local glandular activity, supplies heat to the area which is soothing to the nervous system and significantly improves the scalp's receptiveness to and the overall effectiveness of post-treatment hair growth formulas. For many years, hairdressers have used high frequency current technology to revitalize scalp conditions which can aid in promoting healthier hair growth.

Safety Precautions
1. Avoid using AHA or Glycolic Acid products with high frequency machines. 
2. Avoid contact with broken capillaries, spider veins and areas of rosacea. 
3. Do not use high frequency during pregnancy (although there is NO clear evidence stating side effects). 
4. Do not use if your client has a pacemaker, heart disease history, or epilepsy. 
5. Avoid wearing metal jewelry while using high frequency. Avoid use on clients with braces.
6. Never operate a high frequency machine with a broken bulb. 
7. Do not use outdoors, near water or around combustible substances.

Are you currently offering high frequency with your facials? If not, what are you waiting for? Check out Pure Spa Direct for our wide range of high frequency units, and offer this amazing service to your clients right away!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Simple Ways to Increase Profits: Add-On Spa Services Under $10


In this time of financial uncertainty, clients are holding on tighter than ever to their money. That is not to say they won't spend it, they are just more cautious about how they spend it. It has been said in recent years that the most popular spa services are basic facials and massage. Why? Clients see/feel immediate results, at the lowest cost.


What does this mean for the spa owner? Offering a great facial at a great price will bring in more business. But how can you increase profits (after all, this is business!)? Low-cost add-ons are a great way to increase profit, as well as client satisfaction. Add-ons under $10 are a great sell, and if you can add them to every facial you give, your profits will see a healthy boost!


One of our favorite add-ons are collagen under-eye patches.
Clients often come to the spa looking tired and run down. Adding on collagen under-eye patches will reduce puffiness, making clients look younger and refreshed: exactly as they want to look when they leave your treatment room!


Pure Spa Direct recently added the 24 Carat Gold Crystal Under Eye Patches. Gold has been used for thousands of years to rejuvenate skin; in fact, it was Cleopatra's secret to looking young, firm and beautiful! Nano-sized gold particles are small enough to penetrate the skin, fight free-radicals, and boost natural collagen production for firmer, plumper skin.


This is a great add-on for facials, body wraps, or lash services. At $3.65 per pair, you have the opportunity to make up to 173% profit, while keeping the add-on under $10!

What profitable add-ons do you offer in your spa?


Friday, October 17, 2014

Not Offering "Lunchtime Facelifts"? Maybe This Will Change Your Mind...

The ever-popular "Lunchtime Facelift" just got a little sweeter for spas! Pure Spa Direct is now offering the amazing Dara 5-in-1 Multifunction unit, including microcurrent and "magic gloves" for only $699!

This is the perfect piece of equipment to really set your facials apart from the your competition. Featuring Microcurrent, "Magic Gloves" Non-Surgical Facial Lifting, Skin Scrubber, Ultrasonic, and Galvanic, this unit will allow you to diversify your treatment menu and offer your clients facials that really produce results! Combined with our best-selling ampoules and facial masks, and your clients will be knocking down your door!

Check out the video below about the "Lunchtime Facelift":



Features:

  1. Traditional Microcurrent:The micro current function sends low frequency micro currents to stimulate muscle tissues underneath the skin. The unit has pre-set programs that massage and tone the muscle during treatment. The unit exercises the muscle fibers with light electro pulses thereby lifting and toning the jaw, neck, and facial tissues. The skin tone of the face will improve proportionately as the muscles are exercised and tightened and restore the skins natural elasticity and texture.
  2. Magic Gloves Non-Surgical Facial Lifting:The Magic Gloves perform a type of microcurrent treatment. This function uses a special pair of gloves knitted with silver-bonded fiber. The silver gloves serve as the conductor of micro-current for the skin care treatment. The fiber used for the silver gloves uses pure silver to eliminate any allergic reaction of the skin. Furthermore, it has antimicrobial properties and has many benefits conducive to skin care such as eliminating a high percentage of bacteria, which cause many skin problems.
  3. Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber:It comes with spatula shaped applicator. The Skin Scrubbing function is the ultimate skin-resurfacing tool and can be used on all skin types. It is as effective as microdermabrasion without the associated disposal issues of getting rid of used crystals. In addition, the Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber is not abrasive and does not harm live skin cells. It uses 28,000 pulses of ultrasound per second to deep cleanse, exfoliate, massage, lift, and infuse water soluble products such as Vitamin C deep into the skin. It gets rid of waste materials that accumulate on the skin while promoting metabolism by increasing blood circulation.
  4. Ultrasonic:This function is specially designed with both a medium-size stainless steel probe and a small-size stainless steel probe apply to face and eye or a small area of the body. Different kinds of waves that can be chosen depending on the treatment to be done. It uses ultrasound technology to balance the skin cycle, increase cell metabolism, soften sebum (making extractions easier), and stimulate the development of collagen and elastin. Use with a conductor gel.

    The application of ultrasonic frequency is commonly used by spa professionals to increase cellular turnover, plump up and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, relieve puffy eyes, reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve acne, tighten enlarged pores, fade dark eye circles, freckles and old age spots and even repair scar damage. The process is safe, painless and gentle and is can even be used by sensitive skin types such as those with Rosacea. The sound waves produced by the ultrasound facial machine resonate well above our hearing level and move too quickly for our nerve endings to register. The intensive rejuvenating cyclic sound waves penetrate below the skin reaching the dermis and will not cause the user any discomfort or unusual side effects.
  5. Galavanic:The Galvanic function is a versatile tool for an esthetician. Its' primary uses are to introduce water-soluble materials into the skin and disincrustation. The galvanic unit takes the alternating current it receives from an electrical outlet and converts it into a direct current (the electrons flow continuously in one direction only) that has been modified to a safe level. The current creates chemical changes as it passes through the tissues of the body. 
And don't forget - Pure Spa Direct offers more than just equipment - we have everything you need to perform facials that produce outstanding results! From supplies such as brushes, bowls and cotton squares, to products including conductor gel, ampoules, and masks, quite simply - we have it all!

Contact our friendly Customer Service team at 800-434-0018 today for suggestions to spice up your treatment menu!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Enliven Your Spa Menu With The French Wine Exotic Peel Off Mask!

If you are looking for something new and exciting to add to your facial menu, the Pourelle Cosmetics French Wine Exotic Peel Off Mask is a great choice! This mask instantly leaves your client's skin feeling refreshed and looking firm and bright. I decided to go ahead and see what this mask was all about, and after removing it, I immediately saw a difference. My skin looked great the next morning too!

How to use:
  • For a face treatment, mix 30 grams of powder and 90 grams of water at room temperature (20°C).
  • Mix vigorously for about 1 minute until you obtain a smooth and even paste.
  • Apply the treatment immediately in a semi-thick layer to clean skin, taking care to avoid the eye contour. (This masks dries quickly, so be sure to apply before it hardens!)
  • The mask will dry within 6 minutes.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes; the mask can then be removed easily in one movement without leaving any trace.
The French Wine Exotic Peel Off Mask contains beneficial grape tannins. Tannins are known to regulate the formation of collagen and restructure the skin, clearing the complexion and brightening the skin. Tannins contained in grape marc are involved in collagen synthesis by helping restructure the skin. In the end, the complexion looks clearer and the appearance of visible signs of ageing has diminished!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Give Your Clients Instant Gratification With Collagen Eye Pads


Want to know a great way to increase profits without spending additional time in a treatment AND give your clients INSTANT gratification at the same time? ...Collagen Eye Pads! This small add on treatment will greatly increase your profits and client satisfaction. It's quick, easy, and takes up hardly any space in your treatment rooms! These collagen eye pads are 100% pure collagen and completely free of preservatives and perfumes. They fight against fine lines and hydrate the skin, while instantly brightening and tightening!

Using The Collagen Eye Pads:
  • Thoroughly cleanse the skin.
  • Moisten the under eye area with water or Rosewater, using a cotton ball or swab.
  • Place the Eye Pad directly under the eye and use a cotton swab to moisten until saturated. (Steam may be used instead of cotton swab.)
  • For best results, let the collagen penetrate for no less than 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove eye pads and blot area with tissue paper.
  • Apply a protective cream/eye cream
When I tried these out, I immediately saw a huge difference and I guarantee these will become a huge favorite among your clients.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Soothing Masque for Harsh Facial Treatments


 Some facial treatments tend to be aggressive and harsh on the skin. It is important to always treat the skin with a soothing product after such a treatment. The Cucumber Masque by Amber Products is a great masque to apply after an harsh skin treatment like extractions, microdermabrasion,  or aggressive peels. Even just the word "cucumber" makes you think of a cooling and refreshing feeling. This gel masque has the ability to enhance water retention in tissue allowing the epidermis to achieve greater suppleness. It is very effective in soothing irritated skin using a combination of cucumber extract, allantoin, and aloe vera. The Cucumber Masque by Amber Products can be used in place of any facial masque for dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin, not just for irritation caused by a treatment.



The Key Ingredients:

  • Cucumber Extract: Binds. Tightens. Moisturizes. Refreshes.
  • Allantoin: Promotes skins renewal process. Anti-irritant.
  • Aloe Vera: Hydrates. Softens. Anti-microbial. Anti-irritant.
  • Glycerin: Seals moisture in skin.
  • Panthenol: Aids in skin renewal process. Moisturizes. Soothes.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Retains water. Moisturizes.
  • Diazolidninyl Urea: Enhances water retention in tissue. Anti-septic.
  • T.E.A.: PH Adjuster.

Your clients will love the feeling of this soothing masque if they are experiencing skin irritation. This product comes in a convenient, professional 32 oz. size and also in a 50 mL. size, which is great for retailing!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rice For Hair And Skin Beauty!

Rice Bran Oil is becoming more and more popular in the skin and hair care industry.  Use of Rice Bran Oil originated in Japan and today the highest compliment a Japanese woman can receive is "nika bijin" which means "a rice bran beauty".  Japanese woman have used it for centuries to help smooth out wrinkles as well as provide a slight amount of sunscreen protection.  So why not start taking some of their secrets and use it on your clients?

Oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice, Rice Bran Oil is considered to be hypoallergenic.  It protects collagen and elastin which plays a large part in maintaining the suppleness of your skin.  Just like our skin, our hair can be damaged by ultraviolet rays.  The sun's rays can oxidize hair and cause dryness and color damage. The oryzanol in rice bran oil blocks ultraviolet rays and protects it from free radicals.  Another major part of rice bran oil is the high amount of Vitamen E.   It can help seal dry ends and prevent hair loss from breakage.

This oil is perfect for any service you offer at your spa or salon.  It is a great oil to use for massages, post facials or hair treatments.  Because of its small molecule structure it is faster and easier penetration without the oil being greasy.  Here at Pure Spa Direct we have both Rice Bran Oil and Rice Bran Powder for you to use as a massage lotion, direct facial or hair treatments or to include in your own homemade creams, lotions or other beauty concoctions.  The cosmetic companies are starting to include this oil in their products, so why not include it in your services?

         

Sunday, April 8, 2012

ACID & It's Many Benefits!


Acid can be found in many places all around us. Of course you have the acid in fruit we eat every day - like citric acid, and we all wear our acid washed jeans, but more importantly acid is also commonly found in the "Spa World," because of the many benefits it has for our skin!

Want an acid-washed face?  Sounds scary to me. Just the thought of having "ACID" applied to my skin makes me cringe.  However, in living and breathing in the spa world, I have actually grown to understand how powerful and effective certain types of acid can be in treating different skin flaws and imperfections.

There are 3 types of acids that are most commonly used via Facial Chemical Peels to enhance the appearance of the skin: Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids.

Each having their own purpose and benefit to the skin:
  • Glycolic Acid Peel- Exfoliates the skin, improves texture and tone, & is a great for anti-aging treatment.
  • Salicylic Wash - Improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and scarring. 
  • Lactic Acid Peel - Friendly acid recommended for peels on first timers, or people with sensitive skin.



Monday, October 3, 2011

Spice Up Your Spa Menu with Keyano’s Pumpkin Products!

Fall is in the air. The leaves are changing. Pumpkins are everywhere... from pumpkin lattes to pumpkin pie, to pumpkin picking, to costumes and decorations. So why not bring the theme of the season to your spa, by offering Keyano Pumpkin Spice treatments?

Keyano products use the power of aromatic essences to enhance any spa service. The pumpkin scent is soft, sugared, sweet, and yummy! For all pumpkin haters out there, I even urge you to give it a try, I bet it will change your perception! ;-) Aside from smelling delicious, the products contain great ingre
dients, with major benefits for the skin!

For ides to expand your Spa menu, check out some examples of Keyano Pumpkin Spice 'Treatment Recipes' using the below links:

*Pumpkin Spice Spa Pedicure
*Pumpkin Spice Facial Treatment Procedure

*Pumpkin Spice Body Wrap Procedure
*Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub Procedure

Another suggestion? Retail the products.
All Keyano
products in the line are also available in retail size. Your clients will fall so in love with th

e product during their treatment, they will want to purchase it, to take it home with them.

Do have your own special pumpkin spa recipe you would like to share?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Amber Skin Care Program Part 2: Cleanse with Amber Facial Cleanser in the Spa OR at Home!

In my last Amber Skin Care blog, I introduced you to the easy and effective Amber ProductsSkin Care Program. Today, I want to discuss the first step in this program, Cleanse.

Amber Facial Cleanser is one of the most gentle yet effective facial cleanser I have ever tried. This unique herbal formula is gentle enough for use on aging skin, but is equally as effective on acneic skin. As an adult STILL battling acne, I often have to change cleansers as my face seems to become "immune" to them quickly. All of that changed when I came across the Amber Facial Cleanser with White Oak Bark and Yucca! Amber brought together 2 very effective, yet gentle ingredients to create a natural herbal cleanser formula to gently remove impurities without stripping away moisture.

White Oak Bark is a known antibacterial and anti-acne agent. White Oak Bark extract is rich in zinc, calcium, iron and Vitamin B12. Zinc is incredibly soothing, and both zinc and Vitamin B12 helps decrease inflammation while toning the skin. Yucca has natural lathering, cleansing, and detoxifying properties. In addition, Yucca works to support the health of skin cells and promote new skin cell growth, increasing cell turnover for healthier, younger looking skin. With ingredients like this, why try anything else?

Some of the Key Ingredients in this Gentle yet Potent Formula include:
  • Vitamin B: Stimulator for cell proliferation.
  • Vitamin C: Astringent. Anti-oxidant.
  • White Oak Bark Extract: Anti-inflammatory. Astringent. Source of calcium and zinc.
  • Yucca Extract: Natural sudsing surfactant. Anti-bacterial agent.
  • Allantoin: Heals, soothes, and stimulates new tissue growth.
  • Deionized Water: Processed to be free of impurities and chemcials
  • Panthenol: Stimulator for cell proliferation. Repairs tissue.
  • Propylene Glycol: Water absorbent. Anti-bacterial. Anti-fungal.
  • Citric Acid: Astringent. Anti-oxidant
This cleanser is available in a 32 oz back bar size for use in your facials, as well as 200 mL size, perfect for you to retail to your clients! Your clients will feel so luxuriant using the same cleanser you pamper them with during their facials, and they will continue to experience clear, beautiful skin in between visits to your spa!

I love the white oak bark in this cleanser, as it leaves my normally oily skin under control without stripping the moisture. What products have you tried with this unique ingredient?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clients and Allergies: Being Aware and Proactive

One of the scariest moments of my life was when I found out that I am allergic to shellfish. I had managed to live for 20 years without ever consuming any variety of shellfish, until, on a whim, I tried some raw craw fish. The end result was me collapsing in a food store with my throat closing due to an unknown and potentially lethal allergy to shellfish.
The reason that I am telling this story is not to instill fear, but rather to help you become more aware of your clients. The majority of slimming treatments on the market contain seaweed and/or marine fango mud. Many collagen treatments use marine collagen as the main source of collagen. How are those related to shellfish? Both contain iodine, which is the root cause of the allergic reaction.

Seaweed wraps are one of the most luxurious and effective treatments, however, they can cause skin reactions on those who are allergic to iodine. I recommend doing to following so as to protect your clients and yourself:
  1. Have every single client fill out an Individual Treat Profile Card. These will help you in finding out what their sensitivities are etc.
  2. Be open with your clients about the products and ingredients that you are using. If there is any concern regarding any of the products, do not use them.
  3. Offer substitutes! Sedona Mud, Coffee and Chocolate are fantastic substitutes for seaweed.

Other types of products that I advise being aware of are Massage Oils, Lotions and Creams. The majority of massage supplies on the market contain nut oils, which many people have sensitivities and/or allergies to. While many massage therapists prefer the nut oils due to their excellent slip, it is important to have nut-free options as well. Both Soothing Touch and Pure-Ssage offer nut-free versions of their products.

What other products can you think of that would be good to have substitutes for?