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When Pedicures Go Wrong

29 Oct

Whereever you get your pedicures done, please be attentive to your health and safety. If your pedicurist does not follow appropriate practices in terms of ensuring the cleanliness of her tools and her own personal hygiene, you run the risk of infection and other problems.

The purpose of a pedicure is to make your feet feel good but also attend to the health of your feet. The last thing you want is for something to go wrong.

These are graphic pictures of what can happen when things go awry. Because of their graphic nature we provide links to them rather than just display them.

Athlete’s Foot

Skin Sores Caused by Bacterial Infection

Planter’s Wart

Nail Mold

For your safety, pedicure bowls should be sanitized by running a hospital grade cleanser through the jets for at least 10 minutes between each client and then also sprayed down with a hospital grade sanitizer which kills Hep C, Hep B, bacteria, HIV and strepticoccal viruses.

Tools must be soaked for at least 10 minutes in a hospital grade sanitizer between each and every client. Spritzing the tip with alchohol does NOT kill most of the funguses, viruses or bacteria which can cause athletes foot, planters warts, nail fungus and molds, HIV, Hep B and C, strepp infections and nasty bacterial infections. At Off Whyte we used disposable sanitized  liners in our pedicure bowls, which are thrown away after use.

NOTE: It is not recomended you shave your legs prior to getting a pedicure.

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Skin Care Tips

6 Aug

While we can help you take care of your skin and address skin problems, you can do a lot for yourself.
No matter what type of skin you have, keeping it clean goes a long way toward ensuring your skin feels and looks beautiful.

Be careful not to use products with harsh chemicals and too many soaps on the market often work against you. It is better to use gentle soaps and cleansers. There are cleansers especially formulated for various skin types. Ask us to help you figure out what to purchase.

Typically you should use lukewarm temperatures when cleaning your skin. Use clean, cotton cloths when cleansing, but avoid scrubbing or rubbing too hard. That way you can avoid irritating your skin. Use a towel of natural fiber to dry your skin.
Cleansing twice per day is recommended for dry and normal skin. For oily skin or skin with an acne condition, three times per day is best. You can use a toner or astringent to deep cleanse oily skin or skin with acne after your normal cleansing routine. This will help remove oils trapped deeper in your skin.

If you have oily skin, a steaming facial over hot water can help to unclog the pores without stripping your skin of essential oils, as cleansing with hot water itself would.

Of course, there is more you can do than keep your skin clean. Drinking a sufficient amount of water (e.g. 8 glasses per day), and eating the right foods and ensuring your body is getting the vitamins it needs will help you with your skin care goals. And your whole body will benefit as well!

Anti-Aging Tips

6 Aug

How do you replace dying cells with stronger cells? By eating a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and keeping active.

Anti-Aging Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are natural anti-aging products. They are nutrient packed and provide most of the necessary nutrients required by your dull and dry skin to retain its radiance and firmness. They contain many of the essential vitamins and minerals that help maintain and repair the skin and cells.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks, instead of over-processed manufactured “fast foods”. Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables are some of your best sources of antioxidants.

Just as beta-carotene protects fruits and vegetables from sun damage, it can do the same for you. That’s why the National Institutes of Health recommends eating nine daily servings of brightly colored fruits and vegetables – peaches, strawberries, broccoli, etc.

If you are serious about keeping your youthful appearance, eliminate sweets and other processed carbohydrates and add more whole grains and carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.

Supplements
The amount one needs of nutritional supplements, like vitamins and minerals, differs very much according to a person’s health condition, work load and exposure to environmental stress. Antioxidants are one supplement that can help a great deal to help your body replace dying cells with healthy cells.

Herbs
Avoid adding salt to improve flavor; instead, use herbs and spices. Numerous clinical studies have shown and are still discovering the wide-ranging health benefits of many herbs.

Skin and your diet

6 Aug

Severe diets that skimp on calories and on one or more nutrients are detrimental to your skin, and so are eating habits that include plenty of complexion-spoiling fast food. Heres a rundown of common nutrient deficiencies and how they affect your complexion:

A lack of protein can lead to a dull, dry complexion and poor wound-healing.

A shortage of iron can result in a pale complexion.

A lack of vitamin A can produce dry skin or unexplained breakouts.

A deficiency in vitamin B Complex can result in cracks at the corners of the mouth, unexplained breakouts, impaired wound-healing, and pallor.

A lack of vitamin C can cause poor wound-healing, dullness, and easy bruising.

A shortage of vitamin E can lead to poor wound-healing and dry skin.

A lack of vitamin K can result in weak, broken, or distended facial capillaries.