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FACIAL TREATMENTS OFFERED AT ROSE OF BULGARIA BEAUTY THERAPY

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At Rose Of Bulgaria Beauty Therapy before each facial treatment you will undergo a thorough analysis of the type and the condition of your skin. The gathered information is much needed to achieve the best results possible. That is how we could choose the most suitable therapy for mature, damaged, dehydrated, oily, blemished, or sensitive skin; and the best cosmetic products for you (exfoliants, masks, serums, etc.) Especially, when the products in the chosen therapy have to be replaced by other products, that could be more beneficial for you. It is possible, that some skins could be much damaged. In cases like this we might have to work in a few fields, starting from the major problem (working on it for a week, or two). Afterwards we could create a treatment plan for long term. Your participation is important for us. You could help a lot by having a healthy life style and by always giving feedback on how your skin is feeling after each treatment, what is the effect of the products, etc.

Note, that when adding serum on your chosen treatment, the cost of service increases by $ 10

 

HYDRATING THERAPY "WATER MAGNET"

Universal therapy, suitable for all skin types. Also suitable for dehydrated and sensitive skin. Refreshes and smoothes tired skin. Tightens the facial contour. Restores the water balance of the skin after sun exposure. Moisturizes deeper with long lasting effect. Retains its activity even in dry weather.

 

• Cleansing with “Silky refreshing cleansing milk”;

• Analysis of the type and condition of the skin;

• Second skin cleansing;

• Vaporizer;

• Lymphatic drainage massage;

• Toning with “Silky refreshing toner”;

• Exfoliation with “Diamond dermabrasion peel with pearls”, optional “Enzyme peeling”, or bio-peeling with “Gel № 1”;

• Modeling and facial massage with “HydroGel Collagen” and “Natural olive balm”;

optional “DNA Lifting Serum”, “Active Lifting Serum”, “Oxygenating Serum”, or “Purifying Ampoule”

• Mask with “HydraDerm Water Magnet Mask”;

• Toning with Rose water;

• Eye contour cream “Diamond Eye cream”;

• Moisturizing (décolletage, neck, face) with “HydraDerm Water Magnet Cream” – optional “Beauty Care BB+CC Cream” – beauty blemish color correct cream

60 min. duration time

Recommended products for home care: Silky refreshing cleansing milk, Silky refreshing toner, HydroGel Collagen, HydraDerm Water Magnet Cream, Diamond Eye cream.

 

THERAPY "DIAMOND WITH LIQUID SILVER"

Acts against all signs of skin aging. Smooths wrinkles and improves the elasticity of the tissues. Restores density and elasticity of the skin. Reshapes the facial contour. Nourishes and regenerates.

 

• Cleansing with “Silky refreshing cleansing milk”;

• Analysis of the type and condition of the skin;

• Second skin cleansing;

• Vaporizer;

• Lymphatic drainage massage;

• Toning with “Silky refreshing toner”;

• Exfoliation with “Diamond dermabrasion peel with pearls”, optional “Enzyme peeling”, or bio-peeling with “Gel № 1”;

• Modeling and facial massage with “Natural olive balm”;

optional “DNA Lifting Serum”, “Active Lifting Serum”, or “Oxygenating Serum”

• Mask with “Silver Diamond Cristal Cool Powder Mask”;

• Eye contour cream “Diamond Eye cream”;

• Moisturizing (décolletage, neck, face) with “Active Lifting Cream” – optional “Beauty Care BB+CC Cream”

60 min. duration time

Recommended products for home care: Silky refreshing cleansing milk, Silky refreshing toner, Active Lifting Cream, Diamond Eye cream, Beauty Care BB+CC Cream.

 

THREATMENT "DIAMOND PEEL" -  The same effect, but a less invasive alternative to microdermabrasion.

Combines the luxury and glamour of the precious crystal. An extreme facial care for an overall anti-aging effect. The treatment combats all signs of skin aging. The results are: less wrinkles, reduced skin roughness, restored skin elasticity and firmness. Significantly reduces pores, and provides cellular renewal.

 

• Cleansing with “Silky refreshing cleansing milk”;

• Vaporizer;

• Lymphatic drainage massage;

• Toning with “Silky refreshing toner”;

• Bio peeling with “Gel № 1”; optional Massage with “Gel № 1”;

• Diamond peel with “Diamond dermabrasion peel with pearls”

• EMS Ion Peel with “Silky Tonic”,

Optional “Oxygen Serum”, “Purifying Ampoule”, or “Calming Serum”;

• Nano-like activation and hydration with “Silky Tonic”, and some of the chosen serums from the previous step;

• EMS Ion activation;

• Mask with “Cristal Cool Powder Mask”;

• Eye contour cream “Diamond Eye cream”;

• Moisturizing (décolletage, neck, face) with “Diamond Lifting Face cream”

60 min. duration time

Recommended products for home care: Silky refreshing cleansing milk, Silky refreshing toner, Diamond Eye cream, Diamond Lifting Face cream”.

 

THERAPY “ANTI-ACNE"

Deep cleansing treatment for sensitive, problematic and oily skin, prone to acne. The skin is left feeling rejuvenated and radiant.

 

• Cleansing with “Silky refreshing cleansing milk”;

• Analysis of the type and condition of the skin;

• Vaporizer;

• Lymphatic drainage massage;

• Second skin cleansing with “Washing and cleansing foam ProfiDerm”;

• Exfoliation with “Diamond dermabrasion peel with pearls”, optional “Enzyme peeling”, or bio-peeling with “Gel № 1”;

• Facial massage with “Acne Out Concentrate” ampoule;

• Mask with “Purifying mask № 3”;

• Toning with “Acne Out Concentrate” ampoule on the problematic areas;

• Moisturizing (décolletage, neck, face) with “Matting fluid № 4” – optional “Beauty Care BB+CC Cream” – beauty blemish color correct cream.

60 min. duration time

Recommended products for home care: Washing and cleansing foam ProfiDerm, Facial Polishing Gel, Purifying mask № 3, Acne Out Concentrate ampoules, Matting fluid № 4.

 

THERAPY "OXYWHITE" WITH VITAMIN “C”

Suitable for sun-damaged skin. Reduces the appearance of dark spots on the skin - freckles, age spots, etc. Evens skin tone, enriches it with oxygen, gently exfoliates and nourishes.

 

• Cleansing with “Silky refreshing cleansing milk”;

• Analysis of the type and condition of the skin;

• Second skin cleansing;

• Vaporizer;

• Lymphatic drainage massage;

• Toning with “Silky refreshing toner”;

• Exfoliation with “Diamond dermabrasion peel with pearls”, optional “Enzyme peeling”, or bio-peeling with “Gel № 1”;

• Modeling and facial massage with “Natural olive balm”;

optional “Oxygenatic Serum”

• Mask with “Oxygenating Collagen Sheet Mask”;

• Eye contour cream “Diamond Eye cream”;

• Moisturizing (décolletage, neck, face) with “OxyWhite Cream C” – optional “Beauty Care BB+CC Cream” – beauty blemish color correct cream

60 min. duration time

Recommended products for home care: Silky refreshing cleansing milk, Silky refreshing toner, Diamond dermabrasion peel with pearls, Oxygenatic Serum, OxyWhite Cream C, Beauty Care BB+CC Cream.

 

 

 

PRODUCTS USED FOR FACIAL TREATMENTS AT ROSE OF BULGARIA BEAUTY THERAPY

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Selective high class professional cosmetics, created by a team of professionals with over 30 years experience in cosmetics.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Higher class beauty products;

Hypoallergenic formulas;

Zero parabens, alcohol and GMO;

Modern textures;

Clinically tested innovative ingredients;

Visible results;

Specially designed protocols;

Selected range of products for home care.

 

CONCEPTION

 

The compositions include nontraditional active ingredients to increase cell immunity, cellular respiration, and active hydration with three types of Hyaluronic acid (“hormone regulating”), and other components, for visible and sustainable results.

 

Patented Active ingredients:

 

AQUAXYL® - Increases the dermal water tanks and epidermal water content. It improves barrier function and ceramides’ synthesis; normalizes exfoliation and smoothing the microrelief.

 

AC.NET® - Has anti-inflammatory effects, inactivates bacterials and regulates sebum.

 

EVERMAT® - Reduces and controls oiliness. Reduces pore size.

 

SEPITONIC M3® - Chronologically releases energy and biological mediators. Increases the DNA synthesis and protects against free radicals.

 

PENTAVITIN® - Functionally reaches the driest skin places, where the traditional moisturizing agents cannot reach.

 

AQUAXYL® - A new generation of active ingredient for harmonization of water flow in the skin – increases water depots. Improves barrier function. Stimulates the synthesis of ceramides. Reduces transepidermal loss of water.

 


BODY TREATMENTS OFFERED AT ROSE OF BULGARIA BEAUTY THERAPY

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SPA Ritual – Rose blossom and bouquet of essential oils.

 

• Cleansing and peeling with Tonic Water Rose Blossom and Herbal mixture.

• Aroma massage with 3D Massage Gel with Rose and Honey and Aroma Massage Oil.

• Body wrapping with Cream Mask Rose Blossom.

• Moisturising.

 

60 min duration time with wrapping

Smoothes, refreshes, detoxifies and nourishes the skin. Acts anti – inflammatory, gives purity and aroma scent to the skin.

 

 

Relaxing gourmet therapy “Au Chocolat”.

 

• Cleansing and exfoliation with Herbal mixture.

• Massage with Biphasic chocolate oil.

• Body wrapping with Chocolate Mousse.

• Moisturising.

60 min duration time with wrapping

Deep nourishing treatment with a relaxing and rejuvenating effect. It has an anti-stress effect and fills you with positive energy. Stimulates regenerative processes and glossy appearance of the skin.

 

 

Rejuvenating therapy „Bulgarian Yoghurt“.

 

• Cleansing and exfoliation with Lizing gel “Bulgarian Yoghurt”.

• Massage with Massaging CreamYoghurt .

• Body wrapping with Cream-gel Yoghurt.

• Moisturising.

60 min duration time with wrapping

Hydrating therapy with regenerating and rejuvenating effect due to the Bulgarian yogurt extract, milk proteins, and whey and starter extracts. Special cosmetic line based on world famous Bulgarian Yoghurt, intended both for

face and body. It`s formula contains special milk ferments and proteins, lactic acids, combined with lyophilized Bulgarian Bacteria Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which is rejuvenating. Tested and proven over time. The effectiveness of the bacterium is maintained by lyophilizing in a special technology, used for the first time in the world.

 

 

Hot Slavic anti-cellulite therapy.

 

• Cleansing and peeling with Tonic Water Rose Blossom .

• Anti-cellulite massage with 4D Мodeling and Ultrasonic Gel and Hot Anti-cellulite and slimming oil.

• Body wrapping with Modeling and anti-cellulite oil.

• Moisturising.

60 min duration time with wrapping

Anti-cellulite treatment with patented anti-cellulite ingredients: PHYTOSONIC®, ADIPOSLIM® and ADIPOLES® and Cinnamon extracts, Caffeine and hot Bulgarian peppers. Provides full detox. Enhances relaxing and draining processes, and smoothes the skin. It contains ADIPOSLIM и ADIPOLES – ingredients with powerful anti-cellulite and slimming effect, acting in depth, breaks down fatty deposits and smoothes.

 

 

Back treatment.

 

• Cleansing and exfoliation with products of your choice.

• Massage with products of your choice.

• Back wrapping with products of your choice.

• Moisturising.

40 min duration time with wrapping

 

 

PRODUCTS USED FOR BODY TREATMENTS AT ROSE OF BULGARIA BEAUTY THERAPY

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Philosophy of EcoSpa:

EcoSpa is a new generation cosmetic line. There

creation was inspired by Bulgarian traditions,

combined with modern technological advancements

of the 21st century.

100% natural base oils, produced only by cold pressing;

eco-labeling products;

without synthetic and mineral oils;

without parabens, fragrances and GMOs;

no animal tests;

eco certified active ingredients

EcoSpa is using high quality cold pressed oils with zero synthetic fragrances, colors and preservatives. All ingredients are Eco certified, guaranteed quality and have a high level of active ingredients. The products contain extracts of healing and aromatic Bulgarian herbs, developed based on unique traditions.

 

Bulgarian Yoghurt Line – conception of efficiency

(Winner in SPA Nominations:

„Balkan SPA Treatment 2010“

„Balkan SPA Product 2012“

World Spa & Wellness Awards, London 2014

Special cosmetic line, based on world famous Bulgarian Yoghurt, intended both for face and body. It`s formula contains special milk ferments and proteins, lactic acids, combined with lyophilized Bulgarian Bacteria Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which is rejuvenating. Tested and proven over time. The effectiveness of the bacterium is maintained by lyophilizing in a special technology, which is used for the first time in the world.

Rose blossom (Rosa Damascena)

 

Rich in essential oils with known high biological activity and complex compound, Tannins, Wax and Carbohydrates. Smoothes, refreshes and nourishes the skin. Acts anti – inflammatory, gives purity and aroma scent to the skin.

 

Anti-cellulite products

 

With patented anti-cellulite ingredients: PHYTOSONIC®, ADIPOSLIM® and ADIPOLES® and Cinnamon extracts, Caffeine and hot Bulgarian peppers.

 

Bulgarian Honey Extract

 

An important ingredient in the EcoSpa cosmetic products due to its hydrating and softening effect, in combination with its purifying and detoxifying properties.

 

Products for gourmet therapy Au Chocolat

 

Used for a deep nourishing treatment with a relaxing and rejuvenating and anti-stress effect, which stimulates regenerative processes and glossy appearance of

the skin.

 



 


THE BEAUTY BENEFITS OF BODY TREATMENTS

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Does your body feel relaxed?

Is your skin smooth and firm?

Does it give off a healthy glow?

If the answer to any of those questions is no, maybe it's time to consider a body treatment.

Whether you’re being wrapped in seaweed or massaged with an energizing scrub, these soothing treatments simply feel good. What's more, they offer health and beauty benefits and give you a chance to let out a much-needed “me time of pampering”—something we all need from time to time.

Once you’ve chosen a therapy, that appeals to you (you'll find there's no shortage of options), talk to your therapist before your treatment to share any physical body issues or discomfort you're experiencing. This will help her avoid using ingredients that you might be sensitive to. And if something doesn’t feel right during your treatment, don’t hesitate to speak up.

BODY SCRUB

This treatment is all about exfoliation. Your therapist will vigorously rub you from your shoulders down to your feet (speak up if you’d like her to skip a certain area, like your stomach) with a grainy mixture, often including ingredients like sugar, salt, coffee grounds, etc., which slough off dead skin. The friction helps improve circulation and leaves you feeling energized. Most body scrubs end with a short massage that includes moisturizing oils, butters or creams that can penetrate more deeply after the exfoliation has done its work.

Tip: Consider forgoing shaving before a scrub as it can irritate freshly shaved skin.

BODY MASK

Just like a facial mask, a body mask is a thick paste or cream made from minerals, plants, fruits and other natural elements (think: clay or mud) that detoxifies and firms your skin by drawing out impurities and absorbing excess oil. It's generously applied all over your body and left to dry for about 20 to 30 minutes. The mask you choose may feature ingredients designed to address specific concerns; for instance, caffeine, which can increase circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite, may be added to a body mask. Or a treatment might include alpha hydroxy acids, which aid in repairing sun damage and combatting the signs of aging.

Tip: Consider these other Natural Solutions for Clean Skin, like oatmeal baths and mineral soaks, to rid skin of impurities.

BODY WRAP

This treatment is similar to a body mask, with the added step of having your body wrapped in sheets, seaweed, or another "cocooning" material after a mask is applied. The idea is to raise your body temperature, which boosts circulation, opens pores and helps the mask to better absorb into your skin.

Tip: If you're claustrophobic you may want to skip this treatment as it doesn't allow you to move freely.

DRY BRUSHING

This ancient technique involves brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush (synthetic materials can be too harsh) without any moisture or water. The brushing removes dead skin, boosts circulation, flushes out toxins and even improves the appearance of cellulite. Your therapist will start at your feet, working up your body and brushing in circular motions towards your heart, which encourages natural lymphatic flow, the body's system for boosting immunity and keeping fluids in balance. If you’re receiving another treatment that includes water or products—like a body mask, wrap or massage—expect your dry brushing session to come first.

Tip: Learn how to use a dry brush and other devices, like a bath mitt and brush, at home.

MASSAGE

The health benefits of massage are many, from improving circulation and lymphatic drainage to easing pain and reducing stress. You're likely to find that a massage will enable you to relax and let go as your therapist works to soothe your muscles and address any specific concerns you've shared. There's no shortage of different types of massage: Opt for a deep tissue or sports massage if you want to ease muscle stiffness and joint pain; a shiatsu massage, which focuses on pressure points, helps bring your body back into balance; a reflexology massage may reduce headache pain and other aches; and a traditional Swedish massage boosts circulation.

Tip: Gather some recommendations and follow the tips in our article on Choosing a Qualified Massage Therapist.

Could you do something at home?

Of course! It is easy!

The easiest treatments to do at home are body scrubs. While a body wrap would be challenging to do on your own, you can apply a store-bought or homemade mask once or twice a week before running the water in the shower. Try this body mask recipe:

Mix 1 tablespoon of ground dry oatmeal with 1 tablespoon honey and ½ teaspoon olive oil. Apply to your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.

Head-to-toe therapies will leave every inch of you feeling pampered, glowing, and rejuvenated, so don’t you hesitate and try it, your body and soul will be thankful!

 

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO BODY TREATMENTS

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• Bacterial, fungal, or viral infection

• Contagious and non contagious skin diseases and disorders

• Cardiac Infraction or Weakness

• Marked High or Low Blood Pressure (not under control)

• Pregnancy

• Constricted Coronary Blood Vessels

• Overactive Thyroid

• Blood Disorders such as Hemophilia

• Severe General Infection or Fever

• Disturbances to Kidneys and Associated Organs

• Diabetes Requiring Insulin

• Open Wounds

• Skin Diseases

• Severe Varicose Veins

• Implanted Pacemaker

• Acute Joint Injury (1st 48 hours)

• Lupus Erythematosus

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Adrenal Suppression

• Enclosed Infection (dental/joint)

• Epilepsy

• Respiratory conditions

• Arthritis

• Asthma

• Swollen inflamed areas

• Burns, including sunburn and windburn

• Dilated capillaries

• Cuts, Bruises, Trauma to the skin

• Recent chemical peels, dermabrasion, intense pulsed light, laser treatments

• Allergic reaction

• Skin cancer

• Fragile skin

SPECIFIC CONTRAINDICATIONS TO ELECTRICAL BODY TREATMENTS:

 

Pregnancy Pacemaker Nausea Influence of alcohol and illegal drugs

Broken bones or muscle damage

Active phase of inflammatory disease

Metal pins, plates, dental bridges

Epilepsy (written medical permission)

Diabetic (written medical permission) Heart disease (written medical permission)

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR BODY TREATMENT

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Body wraps are treatments, designed to tighten your skin, eliminate toxins, help with temporary inch loss and/or soothe tired muscles. There are different wraps available tailored to different needs, so some will be slimming and detoxifying, some may be a specific inch loss wrap, whereas others will be relaxing and revitalising.

The beauty therapist will ask you to change into some paper knickers and then you’ll lie down on the treatment table, ready for the process to begin. In preparation for the wrap your skin will need to be exfoliated to remove all the dead skin cells and help improve your circulation. This part of the treatment is perhaps the most important as your pores will have a better chance of soaking in the treatment if the layer of dead skin has been removed. If you’ve chosen an inch loss wrap treatment the therapist will then take the measurements from various parts of your body so you’ll be able to compare the before and after results and see whether you have managed to lose inches from different areas of your body.

The chosen solution will then be applied to your entire body. The solutions used for body wraps can be anything from mud to seaweed to oils to clay – it’s completely up to you to choose the one you think is best for your needs. All will have different qualities so it’s worth taking some time to talk to your beauty therapist about which is right for you. Many spas or salons will have their own signature wraps so it’s also worth looking around to see what’s available.

Once the solution has been applied, the beauty therapist will wrap you tightly from head to toe in a plastic sheet, a foil wrap, or a bandage – a bit like mummification, but far less scary! The heat from the wrap will encourage your pores to open and you’ll begin to sweat out any toxins. You’ll be left to relax for about 20 – 60 minutes and if you’re comfortable to do so you can even drift off for a short nap! When it’s time to remove the sheet it may feel slightly cold and soggy so this part of the treatment is usually done as quickly as possible. Any excess solution will be wiped away and you should be left feeling refreshed and detoxed. The treatment is sometimes finished off with a mask, massage, some moisturising lotion, or cream. Your measurements will be taken again if you opted for the inch-loss wrap and you’ll find out exactly how many inches you lost!

Obviously body wraps can vary enormously depending on the spa, therapist etc. and some may prefer to use bandages instead of plastic wraps, or completely different solutions or methods but the outcome should be the same. Body wraps can also be combined with other treatments such as Vichy showers, massages and facials.

Remember that if you are aiming to lose inches, and the salon expects you to lose around six inches, this will be over your entire body not in one area. So as an example, you may lose one inch from each thigh, two inches from your belly and one inch from each of your arms.

For many people the idea of getting an inch loss wrap where you can lose weight fast with no effort is just too good to be true, but how effective are these wraps and are they an easy weight loss method?

Well, an inch or weight loss wrap is generally a wrap which has a traditional detoxing effect such as a mud or clay wrap. The wrap works by detoxifying your body and drawing out toxins, reducing fluid retention in the skin which can help you to lose inches and be used as a fast or easy weight loss method. However, the weight you are losing is through fluids and this should not be used as an effective long term weight loss plan, but works really well as a temporary inch loss aid.

This is a great way to lose inches, but it must be remembered that this is a temporary measure and is designed to be used in situations where you need to see temporary results, or are aiming to lose weight fast, such as fitting into a dress for a special night out.

Generally, body wraps are offered on a one off basis, and also as a course of a few treatments so that you can maintain the effects of your weight loss wrap. If you are thinking about having a course of treatments to try and achieve an easy weight loss then it is worth asking your beauty therapist if they will offer a reduced price for this.

 

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO MASSAGE AND SPECIFIC CONTRAINDICATIONS TO HOT STONE MASSAGE

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What are the contraindications to massage?

Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindications: TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all; LOCAL, when massage can be performed, but not over the contraindicated areas; and MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

Total Contraindications:

When you have any of these conditions, the therapist should not massage:

 

* Fever

* Contagious or infectious diseases

* Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

* Recent operations

* Neuritis

* Skin diseases

Local Contreindications:

The therapist can massage, but not over any areas affected by:

 

* Varicose veins

* Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

* Pregnancy (only qualified massage therapist)

* Bruising

* Cuts

* Abrasions

* Sunburn/Windburn

* Undiagnosed pain

* Inflammation

Medical Contraindications:

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved by a Physician.

 

* Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)

* Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner

* Oedema

* Psoriasis or eczema

* High blood pressure

* Osteoporosis

* Cancer

* Nervous or psychotic conditions

* Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers

* Epilepsy

* Diabetes

* Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves

* Gynecological infections

Specific Contraindications to Hot Stone Massage:

Hot stone massage is not suitable for everyone. Please review the list of contraindications below. If any of these conditions apply to you, then you should not receive hot stone massage.

 

*Blood clots / prone to blood clots

*Bruise easily

*Cancer, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments

*Depressed immune system (lupus, HIV/AIDS, cancer, Epstein Barr, mononucleosis, etc.)

*Diabetes

*Fever

*Heart problems

*Heat Sensitivity

*High Blood Pressure

*Inflamed Skin Conditions

*Nerve Trauma

*Neuropathy

*Open wounds or sores

*Peripheral vascular disorder

*Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is increased which lengthens and softens the tissue of the body and prepares it for birth. The increased heat from the stones and the deep tissue work can further lengthen these tissues making it problematic for after birth when the tissues are trying to shorten.

*Recent Surgery

*Taking medications that have side effects to heat

(Please check with your pharmacist if you are not certain.)

*Varicose veins

*If you have any doubt that hot stone massage is safe for you, please check with your doctor before receiving this modality.

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases and whenever you or your therapist are unsure whether it is safe to proceed, it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, should not attempt to diagnose a condition.

Care should be taken with the following conditions:

• Stroke or heart conditions (written medical permission)

• Multiple Sclerosis (written medical permission)

• Hyper mobile joints and joint replacements (written medical permission)

• Pacemaker (written medical permission)

• Low blood pressure

• Metal implants (written medical permission)

• Epilepsy (written medical permission)

• Diabetic (written medical permission)

• Heart disease (written medical permission)

• Blood clots (written medical permission)

• Heat sensitivity

• Respiratory problems

• Peripheral vascular disorder

• Neuropathy, which is numbness and tingling of the peripherals (written medical permission).

 

PRODUCTS USED FOR LASH AND BROW TREATMENTS AT ROSE OF BULGARIA BEAUTY THERAPY

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WHAT ARE THE DYES MADE OF?

 

You simply cannot expect chemicals not to be involved in dyes!

I’d often heard eyelash tints are “vegetable” dyes, but “that is a marketing legend,” says Michael Ferro, head of sales brands for GW Cosmetics, the manufacturer of RefectoCil, Austria. Ferro says RefectoCil has a coal tar base. “Estheticians mix the colour paste with a peroxide solution to start the chemical process.” The peroxide is what makes the molecules “chain” to the hair.

Of course these products are safe to use, however there are some risks, but they could be avoided before and during the process. The use of perming solutions, although chemically based, is far less damaging than regular use of eyelash curlers. Allergic reactions can be avoided by doing a patch test on the forearm, or behind the ear 24 to 48 hours before the treatment. Always choose a qualified Beauty Therapist before commencing the treatment! Keep your Beauty Therapist informed about your sensations during the service. Never proceed to the treatment if there are contraindications to it!

WHY REFECTOCIL?

In fact Refectocil is a world leading brand, which today is prominently represented in more than 50 countries. Many people are using their products as a routine and they are extremely happy with the results. Personally, I love the fact, that Refectocil gives you so much choice in colours! You could always meet the expectations and requirements of your clients, by mixing the colours to achieve the best results possible.

Refectocil eyelash and eyebrow tints have been proven and recognised due to millions of successful applications as the leading product for more than 60 years. The wide assortment covers 10 colours as well as many practical accessories for the user, thereby making the Refectocil product range the perfect system for Professional eyelash and eyebrow tinting. The best results are achieved when applying the tint regularly, because with each tint application the colour will penetrate deeper into the eyelashes, leaving them more intensely and durably coloured.

Liquid peroxide for RefectoCil eyelash and eyebrow tints! RefectoCil Oxidant 3% liquid is a stabilised developer especially formulated to be used with RefectoCil eyelash and eyebrow tints. Only the use of RefectoCil Oxidant guarantees the widely known perfect tinting results with RefectoCil tints. Therefore it is necessary to use RefectoCil eyelash and eyebrow tints always with RefectoCil Oxidant 3% liquid or cream.

Refectocil Eyelash Perm with collagen and cysteine gives your lashes a wonderful curl, letting the eyes appear larger and more expressive. At the same time the eyelashes are nourished. Unlike mechanical lash curlers Refectocil Eyelash Perm gently forms the eyelashes with the curl lasting up to 6 weeks. Collagen is one of the commonly occurring structural proteins in the human body. Together with the amino acid cysteine, proved to contribute to hair development, these active ingredients nourish and protect the eyelashes during treatment, allowing them to appear groomed and fuller. The application is simple, safe and takes about 45 minutes. With the choice of 4 different roller sizes you can achieve the perfect eyelash curvature for each customer - independent of eyelash length or eyelash form. Refectocil Eyelash Perm provides a service that clients will be enthusiastic about.

 

 

EYE AND BROW TREATMENTS. WHAT TO EXPECT.

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WHAT IS IT?

Eye treatments are a quick, easy and effective way to change or enhance your appearance and flatter your facial features. Eye treatments include eyebrow shaping, eyelash and eyebrow tinting and eyelash perming.

Eyelash and eyebrow tinting will enhance the general appearance of your eyes and is particularly beneficial for people who participate in sporting activities, especially swimming. Unlike mascara the effect is very natural! Eyelash tinting involves carefully dying the lashes with safe, natural tints, to give them a natural, luscious, darker appearance. Many different eyelash tint colours (including blues, browns, blacks and greys) are available to complement your skin and hair colouring perfectly. Eyebrow tinting involves carefully dying the eyebrows with safe, natural tints. The dye will be left on the brows for a much shorter time than an eyelash tint as the colour will develop much quicker. A patch test is required at least 24 hours prior to treatment. The test involves putting a tiny amount of the mixed dye onto the skin, either on the inside of the elbow or out of sight behind the ear. This is to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the products. If you have had a patch test at another salon you will still need a repeat test, as different brands may cause different reactions.

Eyebrow shaping. The normal eyebrow should look like the wings of a bird in flight: thicker at the inner corner of the eye, tapering to an arch and narrowing at the end of the brow. As the eyebrows frame the face, they should be in balance with the rest of the facial features.

Eyelash perm. Eyelash permanent wave, is a cosmetic procedure performed only by a licensed Beauty Therapist to flip up eyelashes using hair perming technology. Eyelash perming is recommended to emphasise the eyelashes, making the eye look larger and to give more definition. For clients who wear contact lenses or glasses. For mature clients with sagging eyelids. For clients who do not wish to wear mascara. For holidays or for sports women. For clients living or working in hot environments. For clients who have short straight lashes. For special occasions.

UNDERSTANDING THE TREATMENTS.

Eyelash Tinting.

Eyelash tinting creates more definition and appearance of longer, thicker lashes. It is a fantastic treatment to have before you go on holiday and for those who cannot wear mascara. Using specially formulated and safe permanent hair tints, a natural look is achieved. A range of colours and shades are available to cater for all skin types and colour. An increasing number of men find this a subtle way to enhance their appearance. This service dramatically enhances one's look without being overly conspicuous.

 

The eyelash tinting procedure involves:

• Any contact lenses are removed;

• Cleansing eyelashes of makeup with oil-free remover;

• Small amount of Vaseline is applied to the upper and lower eyelids;

• Cosmetic pad applied to lower lid;

• Permanent tint is carefully applied to the lashes for 5 to 10 minutes;

• Tint is then removed, and eyes wiped down with cosmetic pads;

• Client is then free to wear additional makeup, if desired

The life cycle of the eyelash hair is approximately four to six weeks therefore after this period of time the hair will have returned to its original colour. The treatment however, can be repeated on a regular basis.

Eyebrow Tinting.

This treatment makes your eye brow more noticeable and is great for covering greys. Eyebrow tinting will enhance the general appearance of your eyes and is particularly beneficial for people who have very fair eyebrows and for people who normally use eyebrow pencils. The colours can be chosen from blue, blue/black, black, dark brown, light brown, etc.

 

The eyebrow tinting procedure involves:

• Any contact lenses are removed;

• Cleansing eyebrows of makeup with oil-free remover;

• Small amount of Vaseline is applied around the eyebrows;

• Permanent tint is carefully applied to the eyebrows for 1 to 2 minutes;

• Tint is then removed, and eyebrows wiped down with cosmetic pads and cleanser;

• Client is then free to wear additional makeup, if desired.

The life cycle of the eyebrow hair is approximately four to six weeks therefore after this period of time the hair will have returned to its original colour. The treatment however, can be repeated on a regular basis.

Eyebrow Shaping.

Eyebrow shaping is the removal of superfluous hair to enhance the shape of the natural brow. Rose Of Bulgaria Beauty Therapy can shape your eyebrows with an eyebrow wax and/or tweezing. Choosing of the method it is up to you. However, we recommend tweezing in facial area, to avoid overstretching the skin, and to prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles. This service is always done after tinting, to avoid open pores to be clogged with tint (as the follicles will be open and infection may occur).

Eyelash perming. This treatment is a semi-permanent way of curling the upper lashes and the result will last from 4-6 weeks. Lashes are treated with a special solution, and then wrapped around a mini sponge or roller. The perming solution is applied to the upturned lash, and then it is left to set.The chemical reaction breaks and reform the bonds of the hair. This reaction, softening the lash's inner structure between the protein chains of the hair. The hair swells, stretches and softens, then is molded around the shape of the perm rod to from a curl. As the old hairs are lost and replaced with new hairs the curl diminishes. The use of perming solutions, although chemically based, is far less damaging than regular use of eyelash curlers.

The eyelash perming procedure involves:

• Any contact lenses are removed;

• Cleansing eyelashes and eyelids of makeup with oil-free remover for optimum adhesion of the eyelash rollers;

• Pat drying with a cosmetic cloth. Briefly brushing the eyelashes to separate them.

• The lower eyelashes are covered with pads to assure that you affix only the upper eyelashes to the eyelash rollers;

• Selecting and applying the eyelash rollers. The shorter the eyelashes and the more curl the customer desires, the smaller the roller;

• Applying lash perm. Application time: 15 minutes (approximately) for normal/thin eyelashes, 25 - 30 minutes for thick/strong eyelashes;

• At the end of the application time Lash Perm is removed with a dry cotton swab;

• Applying neutralizer. Application time: 10 minutes for normal/thin eyelashes, 15 - 20 minutes for thick/strong eyelashes.

• At the end of the application time Neutraliser is removed with a dry cotton swab;

• Removing eyelash rollers with a moist cotton pad. Drying the eye area with a cosmetic cloth.

IMMEDIATE AFTERCARE ADVICE:

-Do not touch or rub the area immediately after treatment.

-Cooling mild antiseptic products, e.g. witch hazel, should be applied to the area.

-No make-up should be applied to the area for 12 hours, as the follicles are open and infection may occur.

-If redness or irritation occurs apply damp cotton wool pad to the area.

-The effects will last approximately 4-6 weeks depending on how quickly the hairs grow out.

-Stray re-growth hairs can be removed at intervals to prolong the effect of eyebrow shaping.

-Strong sunlight will make the results fade faster.

EYE TREATMENTS FAQs.

How long do your eye treatments take?

 

All our treatments have approximate times as a guide, but treatments may overrun, until the procedure is complete, and the client is happy with the results. Approximate times for our eye treatments are shown below:

• Eyelash tinting 30 minutes;

• Eyebrow tinting 15 minutes;

• Eyebrow shaping 15 minutes;

• Eyelash perming – about 45 minutes.

How do I know if tinting is a safe treatment?

 

Eyelash hair is particularly fine, and therefore the chemicals used in these treatments only needs to be very weak, unlike the chemicals used in scalp hair. Most treatments consist of a gel rather than a liquid thus enabling greater control. Please note that a free test must be carried out 24 hours before tinting, as an added precaution.

 

I still need more information about eye treatments, what should I do?

 

If you still have questions about eye treatments, then we are always happy to discuss the treatments with you, either by phone, message, email, or in person.

 

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR LASH AND BROW TRETMENTS

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We aim to ensure clients have the best possible advice both prior to and post-treatment. Please, read the following information prior to booking an appointment in the salon.

• Consultation Information: to ensure you are not contraindicated to any treatment.

• Pretreatment Advice: should be read prior to attending an appointment.

• Aftercare Advice: to be read following your appointment for best results.

 

CONSULTATION:

• Local Contraindications: treatments cannot be performed over contraindicated areas.

• Medical Contraindications: please seek medical advice prior to booking. In circumstances where medical permission cannot be obtained, clients must give their informed consent in writing.

• Total Contraindications: prohibits a treatment from taking place.

 

Local Contraindications:

• Cuts/Abrasions

• Scar tissue (6 months minor operation, 2 years major operation)

• Bruising/Swelling

• Sunburn/Windburn

• Undiagnosed Lumps/Bumps

• Cuts, abrasions, skin lesions in the area

 

Medical Contraindications:

• Check any condition that is already being treated by a GP or another practitioner.

 

Total Contraindications:

• Hypersensitive skin

• Scabies

• Psoriasis in the area

• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid).

• Conjunctivitis

• Stye

• Watery eye

• Viral or bacterial infections

• Reaction to a patch test for tinting and perming

• Pediculosis

• Eczema in the brow or lash hairs

• Recent chemical treatments in this area /less than one week/

• Recent operation in the treatment area

 

PRETREATMENT ADVICE:

• A patch test for tinting procedures is required 24 – 48 hours prior to treatment if a first time appointment, if it has been longer than 6 months since your last treatment or if your medical circumstances have changed.

• Remove your contact lenses prior to the treatment

• If you are highly strung have in mind that you could feel the treatment intimidating and uncomfortable, as most of the time you have to keep your eyes closed

• If you are taking Acne medications or Anti-depressants, have in mind that your skin is more sensitive and prone to damage due to the medicines

 

 

AFTERCARE ADVICE:

 

Eyebrow Waxing/Tweezing:

• Do not have a hot bath/shower or use a sauna, steam room or swimming pool for 24 hours.

• Do not sunbed or use a solarium for 24 hours.

• Avoid wearing tight fitting head bands, scarves, hats, etc. over the area for 24 hours.

• You can use special products to prevent spots forming after tweezing or waxing if your skin is prone to this.

• Do not apply any perfumed or self tanning products to the waxed area.

 

Eyelash/Eyebrow Tinting Aftercare:

• If any redness or irritation occurs, apply a damp cotton wool compress. If this doesn’t help seek medical advice.

• Strong UV light can fade the tint quicker.

• Avoid eye make up for 12 hours.

• Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes straight after the tint application.

• Do not have a hot bath/shower or use a sauna, steam room or swimming pool for 24 hours.

 

 

 

GUIDE FOR CONTRA-INDICATIONS

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DEFINITIONS:

Caution – a situation in which a Beauty Therapist may proceed with the treatment, but will need to modify techniques in the light of the clients condition.

Local Contra-Indication – a situation in which a local area of the client’s body should not be treated under any circumstances. This could be for the client’s own comfort, to avoid spreading infection or to avoid further injury.

Total contra-Indications – a situation in which no treatment at all is appropriate. This is usually for reasons of a Beauty Therapist’s protection and the safety of Clients.

Beauty Therapist protection – there are very few situations in which a treatment, carried out with appropriate care and sensitivity, could cause a deterioration in a medical condition. Never the less, a Beauty Therapist’s protection refers to cases in which Therapists should be cautious about or refrain from treating clients in order to avoid: possible litigation; the distress and uncertainty should a client suffer a relapse e.g. a second stroke; possible infection.

Acne (vulgaris). Various types of acne. Infectious skin condition. Severe acne can leave scarring Bacterial infection. Common in teenagers, due to increase in sebaceous gland activity, causing white heads Consent would be required. Local contra-indication for massage, friction, depending on the severity and degree of inflammation. Facial treatments only under medical control. Warning! Acne medication is skin thinning (massage, waxing)! Extra hygiene needed when performing makeup – risk of cross infection.

Allergic reactions (to products, food, drugs, etc.). Immune system disorder. Common allergies are high fever, allergic asthma, skin rashes (including eczema). The immune system over-reacts to harmless material and treats it as a dangerous invader. GP consent letter would be required before treatment. Otherwise untreatable if client is unsure what ingredient they are allergic to. Be aware of Hypersensitive skin (could be allergic to products). Appropriate cosmetic products and base oils. Attention to essential oils. Omit products allergic to if possible or use alternative if there are some.

Alopecia (a hair loss condition). Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss (highly contagious). Ask for medical permission.

Arterio- sclerosis. Blood vessels disorder. Thickening of the arteries, a general hardening and loss of elasticity of the walls of the arteries. Caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which could lead to clot formation. Seek medical permission. Gentle massage only.

Athlete’s foot. Infectious skin condition. An itchy infection, between the toes, causing mushy skin. Infection, caused by parasites. Local contra-indication.

Boils and carbuncles. Infectious skin condition. Bacterial infection. Pain, swelling and formation of pus. Collection of boils. Caused by infection round a hair root or sweet gland Staphylococci bacteria). Consent required before treatment. Highly contagious. Total contraindication for all treatments if sores are weeping or the person is not undergoing medical treatment. Local contra-indication if person is recovering.

Blisters. Non-infectious skin condition. Caused by an accumulation of lymph below the surface of the skin in response to friction or pressure. Local contra-indication. Risk of contamination and inflammation.

Blood disorders. Hemophilia – failure of the blood to clot. Anemia – lack of red blood cells and the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen to the tissues is reduced. Hemophilia is inherited. Anemia is a sign of an underlying disorder. Severe hemophilia and severe anemia are a total contra-indication.

Botox and dermal fillers. Botulinum toxin type A and B is used in medicine for, among others, upper motor neuron syndrome, focal hyperhidrosis, blepharospasm, strabismus, chronic migraine and bruxism. It is also widely used in cosmetic treatments. Injectable filler (injectable cosmetic filler, injectable facial filler) is a soft tissue filler. In cosmetic applications, injection of botulinum toxin can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Following treatment, visible results of Botox Cosmetic are usually seen within 3–5 days, however it can take up to 2 weeks to see full results. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. It is recommended waiting a few weeks for a facial following Botox or fillers. Always let your aesthetician know when your last injections were.Even if you do not notice any bruising after the filler, the areas will still be inflamed and there should not be any manipulation of your face. It is possible to displace the filler or develop an infection.

Brain haemorrhage. Potentially life threatening. Disorder of the nervous system (involves the blood supply to the brain). Consent required. Total contra-indication. However, people who have recovered are perfectly fine to receive a massage.

Brain tumors. Potentially life threatening. Disorder of the nervous system (involves the blood supply to the brain) Consent required. Total contra-indication. However, people who have recovered are perfectly fine to receive a massage.

Bruising. Non-infectious skin condition. Discolouration of the skin or nails. Caused by internal superficial bleeding. Consent would be required to confirm damage if unsure. Local contra-indication. If small amount of bruising and the area is avoidable then a treatment can commence. May hinder the healing process, be painful or hiding something more serious.

Burns, including Sunburns and Windburns. Burns are characterized by severe skin damage in which many of the affected cells die. Depending on the cause and degree of injury, most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences. More serious burns require immediate emergency medical care to prevent complications and death. A burn is a type of injury to flesh or skin, caused by heat, electricity, chemicalsfriction, or radiation. Sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun.The main reason for windburn is that in cool or cloudy conditions many people are unaware that they are still vulnerable to the burning effects of the sun's UV radiation, so fail to take precautionary sun protection measures. This increases their risk of sustaining a sunburn, which they may then falsely attribute to the wind. Local contraindication. Skin is tender, painful, fragile and susceptible to infections.

Bursitis. Skeletal system injury. Inflammation of a bursa, leading to pain that is aggravated by movement. Through pressure, friction, or injury. When acute, treatment is only a local contra-indication.

Cancer. Skin cancer. Lung cancer. Leukemia (cancer of the blood). Growth of malignant tumors, which spread to the lymph system and organs in the body. Leukemia develops when immature white blood cells multiply excessively, interfering with the ability of normal white cells and platelets to do their work. Always check with a doctor first and seek medical permission. Contra –indicated for clients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Skin cancers are local contra-indications for all treatments. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.

Chemical peel. A chemical peel is a body treatment technique. It is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin, often facial skin, using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to eventually peel off. A treatment could be done after minimum 7 days after a chemical peel.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids). It is commonly due to an infection (usually viral, but sometimes bacterial), or an allergic reaction. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes and is the most likely diagnosis in someone with eye redness and discharge (fluid coming from the eye). The affected eye is often "stuck shut" in the morning. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious, and are transmitted through contact with the discharge. Consent will be required.

Contact dermatitis. Non-infectious skin condition. Skin inflammation. Caused by contact with a chemical, such as washing powder, perfume, fabric dye, etc. Consent will be required. Local contraindication if open and weeping.

Contact lenses. A contact lens, or simply contact, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. They should be removed prior to lash tinting, facial treatments, or spray tan session.

Diabetes. Endocrine system disorder. (disorder of the pancreas). Symptoms include frequent urination, thirst, and tiredness. Consequences include poor circulation, including the possibility of thin skin in the peripheral areas of the body, itchy skin, spots, boils, etc. When it fails to produce enough insulin, blood sugar levels in the blood and urine rise. Be careful. Check for possible complications before commencing treatment. The client should give information on what symptoms to watch for, and what to do if possible blood sugar level drop.

Drink and drugs. Disorder of the nervous system. Condition that affects awareness of reality. Alcohol, recreational, and some prescription drugs have an affect on the nervous system and can distort perception of sensory input. Total contra-indication for all treatments.

Eczema. Non-infectious skin condition. (A group of diseases – dermatitis), in which there is inflammation of the skin with red rash, itchiness, burning, scaling, blistering. At times skin may weep or crack. Varied causes - cosmetics, soap, detergents, rubber, etc. varies greatly from one person to another. Consent would be required if open and weeping. (Risk of cross infection). Certain products may irritate condition. Local contraindication for all treatments if open and inflammed. If closed and not weeping, can treat, it may also aid and relieve skin condition. Also moisturises the area.

Epilepsy. Disorder of the nervous system. Ranges from momentary lapses in attention, to the “Grand mal”, or major fits. Caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seek GP input. Contra-indication to electrical body treatments and heated treatments (Hot Stone Massage). Avoid energy work to the head area (Indian Head Massage). Be careful with waxing (the medicines for epilepsy make the skin sensitive).

Erysipelas. Skin rash, usually on any of the legs and toes, face, arms and fingers. It is an infection of the upper dermis and superficial lymphatics, caused by Beta-hemolytic group A streptococcus bacteria on scratches or otherwise infected areas. Erysipelas is more superficial than cellulitis (infection of lower layers of the skin), and is typically more raised and demarcated. Areas of the infected skin are red, swollen, warm, and painful. G.P consent required before treatment. Highly contagious with a high risk of cross infection. Total contraindication.

Fever or high temperature. Increased temperature of the body. When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Contra-indication to all treatments, as it may be a symptom of infectious disease. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defences.

Fractures, broken bones. Recent! (parial, simply, compound). Skeletal system injury. Breaks in bones. Occur mostly from sports injuries or vehicle accidents. Could also occur in the elderly, where bones are thinner and weaker. Consent would be required. Local contra-indication for all treatments. No treatment to be done within six months. Hinder the natural healing process, painful. If possible miss out the area.

Heart disorders. Problems with the cardiovascular system. Angina – cramp like pains in the chest, which are made worse by exercise or stress. Unstable angina is a severe form and can be a precursor to a heart attack. Heart attack – myocardial infarction. Sudden severe pain in the chest and sometimes, the left arm. Heart failure. The heart cannot pump properly and fluid can back up in the lungs – pulmonary oedema “water on the lungs”, or oedema in the ankles and legs. Angina – caused by inadequate blood supply to the heart muscle. Heart attack occurs when part of the heart muscle dies due to inadequate blood supply, caused by blood clots, or arteriosclerosis. Heart failure can be caused by previous heart attack or chronic blood pressure. Written permission from the client’s doctor. 3 months after the heart attack, massage is contra-indicated. After that, during the massage the limbs should be worked towards the heart, to avoid putting pressure in the veins (the pressure should never be heavy or prolonged on the major superficial arteries (at the side of the neck, on the inner surface on the wrist, on the inner surface of the elbow joint, and the back of the knee) Caution should be taken with heated treatments.

Headaches (Severe!). Disorder of the nervous system. Comes with dizziness, numbness, or sleepiness. Come on suddenly, with no previous history of similar headaches. Need medical attention. Massage is contraindicated.

Hepatitis. Disorder of abdominal organ. Inflammation of the liver. Can be caused by viruses. Infectious in the acute stage. Medical permission. Contra –indication in the acute stages. Highly contagious. Extra care should be taken with hygiene, as the virus can survive outside the body from a few hours to a few days.

Herpes. There are two kinds – the common cold sores found round the mouth, and genital herpes that are transmitted sexually. Infectious skin condition, causing clusters of sore blisters. Viral infection that once present in the body cannot be removed. It may lay dormant, but erupt in times of stress. Local contra-indication for all treatments. Extra care should be taken with hygiene, as the virus can survive outside the body for a few hours.

Hernia. Disorder of abdominal organ. Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. Hiatus hernia– part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the thorax. Abdominal hernia – part of the abdominal organs protrude through the muscles of the abdominal wall GP consent required. The upper body of the client should be raised. Abdominal hernia is local contra-indication.

High blood pressure. Problem with the cardiovascular system (hypertention). When long term can lead to damage of the heart or brain. High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Once diagnosed it is usually controlled with medication. If the client is not controlled by medication, get medical permission. Caution with electrical treatments. Massage and heated treatments affect the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all. Deep abdominal massage is contra-indicated.

HIV infection. Immune system disorder (autoimmune). Symptoms – insomnia, night sweats, weight loss, diarrhea, skin disorders. Caused by the HIV virus, transmitted in infected body fluids. If there is no exchange of bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or mother’s milk), HIV can’t be transmitted during treatment. In the case of any visible rashes, sores, lesions, or swelling do not proceed with the treatment. If you have any cuts or scrapes or scratches on your hands, it’s an especially good idea to wear thin surgical gloves.

Impetigo. Infectious skin condition. Typified by raised fluid filled sores and crusts on the face, particularly round the mouth and nose. Soon becomes a cluster of blisters and pustules. Bacterial infection. Consent will be required. Highly contagious. Total contraindication for all treatments if sores are weeping or the person is not undergoing medical treatment. Local contra-indication if person is recovering.

Inflammation (swollen inflamed areas). Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in –itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), and so on. Causes differ. Consent will be required. Treatment can further irritate an area of inflammation, so it should not be administered. In the case of localized problems, work around them could be done, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.

Infectious diseases. Flu or diphtheria, for example. Caused by virus, or bacteria. Total contra-indication.Treat-ment is not a good idea for someone coming down with infectious disease. High risk of cross infection.

Laser skin resurfacing treatment. Laser resurfacing is a treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes or acne scars. The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization. Waxing or facial treatment cannot be performed if the laser skin resurfacing is done within the past year.

Loss of sensation. Unability to feel pain or pressure. Can result for many reasons – such as diabetes, aging, use of prescribed skin care creams, etc. Consent would be required. Caution! A treatment could be performed, but the Therapist should be very careful with heated treatments, electrical treatments, and pressure.

Low blood pressure. Problem with the cardiovascular system (hypo tension). Is not considered a medical problem. Care should be taken with helping clients off the table, because moving from lying to sitting too quickly may cause them to faint.

Lumbago (a general term for lower back pain). Disorder of the nervous system that affects motor nerve supply. Client should be referred to appropriate professional to address spinal problems. Under control, massage is useful for muscular causes.

Medications. Some medications and products can make the skin more sensitive. Attention! Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable and susceptible to damage and infections! The usage of them could also affect the result and the outcome from the service. Accutane (acne medication), Adapalene (acne medication), Alustra (Retin A), Avage (acne medication), Avita (Retin A), Differin (acne medication), Isotretinoin (acne medication), Renova (Retin A), Retin A, Tazarac (acne medication), Tazarotene (acne medication), Tretinion (Retin A), Isotretinion, Birth control pills, containing Tetracycline, Blood thinning or epileptic medication, Bleaching agents for hair (used for upper lip), Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin such as (Hydraquinone, Trilumena), previous chemical depilatories such as Nair, Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive), Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic), Oral and topical Antibiotics, Retinol, Salicilic Acid, Other Exfoliants, Keratolytic drugs (skin thinners with salicylic acid) , Anti-depressants Consultation with your dermatologist will be needed if you are taking any medications, or using any topical cream, that contains these products. Inform your Beauty Therapist if you are using any other medication that is not listed here. Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane (client should be off this medication treatment a minimum of 1 year prior to waxing), and is not recommended for clients, taking other types of skin thinning (keratolytic drugs), blood thinning, epileptic and acne medication. Acne medication and anti-depressants could cause an alternation in pH of the skin, which affects the effectiveness of the tan products. Attention to facial treatment for people, using Keratolytic drugs.

Meningitis. Potentially life threatening. Disorder of the nervous system (involve the blood supply to the brain). Note that meningitis can be contagious. Consent will be required. Total contra-indication. However, people who have recovered are perfectly fine to receive a massage or other treatments.

Metal pins, plates, dental bridges, implants, etc. Consent will be required. Specific contra-indication for Standard Massage, electrical treatments, Hot Stone massage.

Migraines. Disorder of the nervous system that affects motor nerve supply. Throbbing headache with sensitivity to light and nausea for a few hours or days. Construction of the blood vessels around the temples is followed by dilation of the blood vessels of the brain, putting pressure on the meninges. Daily massage of the temporal and masseter muscles can be useful as part of a treatment program. Regular massage is good to reduce stress levels. Massage during the migraine is not advisable!

Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin. It works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots. With dermabrasion, a dermatologist or plastic surgeon "sands" your skin with a special instrument. The procedure makes way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the skin that's been treated. Treatment could be done 7 days after microdermabrasion is done.

Moles. Brown – light or dark circular nodule. Moles do not prevent a treatment unless they are inflamed, swollen, weeping or open. Consent would be required if open and weeping. Moles cannot be waxed. Could cover with petroleum jelly (to not over stimulate the area), and work around the area, but not if open and weeping, as could cause cross infection. Local contra-indication.

Multiple sclerosis (MS). Disorder of the nervous system, that affects motor nerve supply. Severity of symptoms can vary. Caused by degeneration of nerve sheaths Consent would be required. Massage is indicated in sub acute stages, when the client is in remission.

Oedema. Blood vessels disorder. Accumulation of fluid in the tissues. Lack of draining. Needs to be discussed with a medical practitioner. Depends on the cause.

Operations to treatment area. (Recent!) 2 years for major operation, 6 months for a small scar. The person is still healing with a weak system, and does not need the stress of a massage. There is also a chance of infection or aggravation. The massage will interfere with the healing process. Medical permission will be needed. Local contraindication for all treatments.

Onycholisis. (Nail separation). Nail plate gradually loosening from the nail bed without coming away. Internal disorders, psoriasis, eczema or rough treatment of nails. Consent would be required if open and weeping. Cross infection. Can leave out affected areas if not open or weeping.

Osteoarthritis. “wear and tear” of the joints (most commonly hips and knees), often with pain, swelling and sometimes inflammation. Joint problem. Hyaline cartilage thins and is worn away, cracks appear. Bony growths can develop, so that bone rubs on bone. Inflamation of joints with pain, stiffnes and loss of movement. Consent will be required. Treatment and movement is contra-indicated in the acute phases. At other times gentle mobilization can be beneficial in proving some pain relief.

Osteoporosis. (“brittle bones”), especially the wrist and hip. Skeletal system disease. The calcium content of the bone reduces and the bones become soft, crumbly, and liable to break easily on sudden impact. Fairly common in elderly people, particularly women after menopause. Consent will be required. Known osteoporotic areas should be avoided. Gentle treatments with no stretches and joint manipulations.

Osteomalacia (soft and swollen bones) Skeletal system disease. A softening of the bones. Absence of Vitamin “D”. Consent would be required. Only under doctor’s supervision.

Pacemaker. A pacemaker is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias.Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. Consent will be required. Specific contra-indication to electrical body and facial treatments, and a Hot Stone massage.

Paget’s disease. (Bones most commonly affected are the skull, spine, and leg bones). Skeletal system disease. Bone is replaced by fibrous tissue that then becomes hard and brittle with much pain. A fairly rare disease. Consent would be required. Only under doctor’s supervision.

Parkinson’s disease. Disorder of the nervous system, that affects motor nerve supply. A progressive disease. Tremor, shaking in the hands and limbs, and stiffness in movements. Caused by degenerative abnormalities in the brain. GP Consent would be required. Under medical supervision massage is indicated.

Paronychia. Red, inflamed and sometimes swollen. Bacterial infection. Consent required, cross infection if open and weeping. If severe on all fingers, unable to treat, otherwise the area could be covered and missed out.

Pediculosis. Head lice. Blood sucking lice, with a preference for the head (other varieties prefer the pubic area). The white eggs are called “nits”. Parasitic infection. Consent required. Total contra-indication until cleared up.

Phlebitis. Blood vessels disorder. Varicose veins can become red, tender, inflamed, painful, and there may be a risk of clots. It affects the superficial veins only. Consent required. Local contra-indication (massage and waxing).

Pregnancy. Condition of reproductive system. The growth of the foetus in the womb. Consent will be required. Contra-indicated for all of the treatments during the first three months. No heated treatments, chemicals, electrical treatments, essential oils should be used during the pregnancy at any stage. Massage could be performed only by specifically qualified practitioner.

Psoriasis. Non-infectious skin condition. Most common on elbows, knees, scalp and back. Round or oval dull red papules. Covered in silvery scales. Epidermal cells grow too fast, and reach the surface of the skin without being properly keratinized, clumping together to form thick red scaly plaques. Can become infected. Consent required if severe. Risk of cross infection if open and weeping. Local contraindication for all treatments. Could be treated only if not open and weeping.

Respiratory disorders (Infectious). Note that, many of the common respiratory disorders are infectious during the initial acute phase. Common cold influenza and laryngitis are caused by viruses. For pneumonia there are a number of causes, including bacteria, virus, chemicals, or allergy. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection. Bronchitis often follows an upper respiratory infection. Consent required. During the acute phase – total contraindication for all treatments. Treatments are fine, when in non-acute phase and the client has recovered. Breathing difficulties are often made worse by lying flat. In cases like this it is advisable to be in a semi-sitting position, or in a side lying position.

Respiratory disorders (Inflammatory). Asthma (attacks of breathing difficulties). Emphysema (the walls of the alveoli are destroyed and breathing becomes difficult). Pleurisy (very painful inflammation of the pleural membranes) Asthma is a condition, which causes restriction in the bronchioles. Emphysema can develop from bronchitis Pleurisy is often caused by lung infection such as pneumonia. Consent will be required. Treatments are ok, when the client is not having an asthma attack. Care should be taken with the products used during the treatment. Massage for Emphysema is indicated under medical supervision Pleurisy – gentle massage can be beneficial to the upper back and chest areas.

Ringworm. Infectious skin condition. Looks as a little worm has burrowed a red itchy circle under the skin. Bacterial infection. Affects different parts of the body. Depending on the severity- mild scaling or inflamed red itchy areas. GP consent required. Total contra-indication if large areas of the body are affected. Local contra-indication, if only a small area is affected, and can be covered. There should be particular care taken with hygiene precautions.

Rheumatoid arthritis. (Most commonly affects the hands and feet, sometimes the neck). Joint problem. Can cause inflammation of many parts of the body (skin, lungs, eyes, internal organs, joints). Auto-immune disease. The synovial membrane of the joint is inflamed, the fluid builds up and the joint swells. If it progresses the cartilage and bone are affected, the joints may be deformed. In acute stages treatments and movements is contra-indicated. In non acute phases, gentle massage of the tissues around the joints may help relieve pain.

Scabies. Infectious skin condition (parasitic infection). Tiny red papules, irregular in lines on the hands, particularly between the fingers. Possible scratch marks on limbs or trunk of body. Caused by infestation with the parasitic "Itch Mite". The female burrows into the epidermis and lays eggs, when hatching, leaving tell-tale red tracking marks. Causes extreme itching. G.P referral would be recommended. No treatment could be carried out as would cause cross infection. Spread by close contact of infested persons. This condition is highly contagious and under no circumstances is the client to be treated.

Scar tissue. Recent! Varied. It could be keloid or hypertrophic (overgrowth of scar tissue). Different causes. G.P consent would be required. If the scarring is keloid or hypertrophic, there is a high risk of trauma, resultant from treatments. Not to treat the area within six months.Unable to treat unless in an area able to work around. Otherwise would not aid the natural healing process, could open the wound, and could be painful.

Sciatica. Most often felt in the buttocks and thighs. Disorder of the nervous system, which affects motor nerve supply. Pain along the sciatic nerve. Caused by entrapment of the long sciatic nerve as it exits from the spine. G.P consent would be required. Massage is indicated due to muscular and ligamentous causes. For spinal causes, massage can be helpful at non-acute times.

Shingles. Patches, areas of erythema, vesicles, and papules that can erupt and leave scar tissue. Caused by the chicken pox virus. G.P consent required. Total contra-indication. High risk of cross infection.

Skin disorders. Rashes, wounds, bruises, spots, lesions, sores, burns, boils, blisters, areas of non-normal skin, etc. Some of them could be caused by trauma or accident, but other – by infection. A contagious disorder is an infection that is transmitted through direct contact. Undiagnosed conditions should be referred to a medical practitioner. It is not part of a Beauty Therapist job to identify clients’ skin disorders. Infectious skin conditions are always local contra-indications for treatments. Some of them are total contra-indications. Anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there should be avoided. Areas of skin that is bleeding, broken, or weeping fluid is never treated.

“Slipped disk”. (Herniated disk). Joint problem. Very painful and debilitating. Compression of a nerve root when a vertebral disk ruptures and part of the contents is displaced onto the spinal cord or more often on the nerve roots. Consent will be required. In acute stages, client should be referred to osteopath, chiropractor, or physio-practitioner. In non-acute stage, massage may relax associated muscle tensions.

Sprains (chronic or acute). Damage to ligaments, often involving damage to the joint. Sprained ligaments are swollen up and painful. Through forceful overstretching. G.P referral would be recommended. Local contra-indication. No treatment should be done if is acute. Other areas of the body could be treated.

Spondylitis (sections of the spine gradually fuse together). Joint problem. It commonly starts as lower back pain and stiffness, especially around the sacrum. It may progress up the spine Inherited auto-immune disease. Consent will be required. In the early stages massage can help maintain some mobility. In acute phase, treatments are contraindicated.

Stye (hordeolum). Inflammation of eyelid (often upper lid). Swelling, redness, pain is felt at margin of eyelid. Bacterial infection. Scratching or rubbing infected area could cause infection to spread. GP consent will be required, as there is a high risk of cross infection. Total contra-indication for all treatments until it is cured.

Stroke. Disorder of the nervous system. Some of the brain tissue may be damaged (may result in loss of speech, movement, thinking ability, etc.) Occurs when the blood supply to the brain tissue is affected, either by a clot (thrombosis), or by a blood vessel bursting. Ask your doctor, regarding the advisability of treatments. There is a high risk of second stroke within one month of the first. Lower risk up to 6 months after the first.

Swelling. Could also be accompanied with bruising. Consent would be required. Could be hiding something more serious. Local contra-indication. Work around the area.

Thin (fragile) skin. Non-infectious skin condition. Skin becomes papery, less elastic, and liable to tear easily. Common in elderly people. It could occur over varicose veins, over areas of chronic oedema (swelling), through prolonged use of steroid creams, on extensive healed scar tissue from burns, injury, or medical treatment. Treatment should be done with high attention, very gentle, with no stretching, no friction, less pressure, mild products.

Thrombosis. (DVT – Deep vein thrombosis). Blood vessels disorder. Blood clot forms in a vein. If the clot breaks lose, it can travel through the system to the lungs, with fatal results. Often when someone has to stay in bed after surgery, a stroke, or child birth, or could be caused by long plane flights. Seek medical permission. Totally contra-indicated for massage for 3-6 months after diagnosis. Contra-indication for Hot Stone Massage, Superficial lymph Drainage Massage, and heated treatments.

Tinea Unguium (Ringworm of the nail). Nail plate becomes discoloured and opaque along with a rough horny appearance. Spreads from the free edge to the matrix. Fungal infection - can be of animal or human origin. G.P referral would be recommended. Local contraindication. No treatment would be carried out as it will cause cross infection. Spread by direct contact.

Tinea Pedis. (Athlete's foot). The skin between the third, fourth and fifth toes become sodden, irritatated, and peels off. Fungal infection. G.P referral would be recommended. Local contra-indication. No treatment as would cause cross infection.

Undiagnosed lumps and bumps. Swelling, etc. to the treatable area could be hiding a more serious problem, wouldn’t know cause. Consent would be required. Local contra-indication. No treatment if unable to move around the treatable area. Wouldn't aid the natural healing process, could also be painful.

Urinary system disorders. Urinary tract infections – inflammation of the bladder and cystitis, and causes burning pain when urinating. Kidney stones – small hard deposits found in the kidneys. They can be very painful. Renal failure – dangerous condition, where the kidneys have stopped functioning. Gout – due to a buildup of uric acid in the body. Affects the joints. An attack is extremely painful. GP consent required. Massage is contraindicated for those with acute urinary tract infections, acute or chronic renal failure, acute stages of gout, or a kidney stone attack.

Varicose veins. Blood vessels disorder. These are visible, distended veins which are ofen present in the legs (especially the lower legs). Result of valve failure in the veins, and accumulation of pockets of blood. The vein walls, being thin, stretch and become flabby. If serious, varicose veins will prevent treatments taking place as this could be painful and will cause extra blood to flow in the area. Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem and is contra-indicated. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.

Verruca Vulgaris (common warts). Infectious skin condition. Small solid lump, arising from the skin’s surface. They are rough and hard and can be darkish in colour, or natural skin tone. They are found either singly or in groups, and appear around the nail fold area. Viral infection. G.P consent would be required if open and weeping. Can cover with micropore and work around the area. Open and weeping highly contagious, cross infection.

Verruca plantaris (verruca of the foot). Infectious skin condition. This condition belongs to the same family as the common wart, but instead of being raised on the surface of the skin, verrucas tend to grow inwards, so until they get fairly large the client can be unaware of having a verruca. Viral infection. They can be caught in swimming pool areas and are highly contagious. The skin’s surface can be smooth and the appearance can be like a circular piece of hard skin with a black dot or dots in the centre. G.P consent would be required. No treatment would be carried out as would cause cross infection. Spread by direct contact.

Warts. Infectious skin condition. Small, rough, non-malignant tumors. Firm papule with a rough horny surface. Varies in size. Caused by viruses. G.P consent would be required. Local contra-indication. Immediate area should be avoided, covered with petroleum jelly, and worked around if closed and not weeping.

 

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO BEAUTY TREATMENTS AND WHY THEY MUST NEVER BE IGNORED

Posted on 8 August, 2015 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)

Beauty treatments are one of life's little luxuries. They are a time for clients to relax and leave the worries of their daily lives at the salon door.

 

Beauty treatments can however hide a mine field of potentially damaging problems to the unsuspecting client, and at the end of the day it’s the Beauty Therapist’s responsibility to protect the client by ensuring the treatment booked is suitable.

 

We use record cards in salon treatments for several reasons such as keeping clients’ address and phone details and record of past treatments. The most important reason for these record cards is the attachment of a medical questionnaire that they have filled in prior to any treatments commencing, no matter how small those treatments are. This questionnaire should be re-visited whenever a client books a different treatment.

 

It is in both the Therapist and the Client’s best interest to make sure that the medical questionnaire is answered honestly and is kept up to-date. Beauty Therapists should never rely completely on the clints’ answers as sometimes a contraindication may be encountered during a treatment, (such as open wounds, sun burn in the treated area, fungal infection, etc.).

Be aware of newly qualified “Therapists” that have done a “crash course” in beauty treatments, which sometimes can be as short as 2 days! It takes hours and hours of study and practice in training salons to even begin to absorb the knowledge of treatments and some of the dangers to the clients if they are contraindicated against them. If the treatment is offered to you without a consent form with attached medical questionnaire, and client record card, you are in danger. You should also be able to receive pre-treatment and post- treatment advice from your Beauty Therapist before and after your treatment!

Be ready before each treatment to confirm a consent form with a declaration with a text, similar to this: “I confirm, that I understand the treatment and contraindications and all above statements are true. Knowing that the therapist needs to carry out the correct treatment, and the therapist cannot accept any responsibility for any injury suffered by my attribute to my not giving full and correct information to the above questions”.

 

What is a contra-indication? It is something that can stop or restrict a treatment being carried out.

If there are signs of any contra-indication, clients should be refered to their G.P. for treatment/advice. Even if the Beauty Therapist is sure they know what it is, they should never tell their client what contra-indication they may have, because it could be wrong! If the Beauty Therapist is unsure about a contra-indication, they do not treat the client, but instead ask them for a G.P. consent letter.

 

There are many types of contra-indications, and as you look through the articles in my blog, most contra-indications will be the same for most treatments, but it is always advisable to read through them all. If you have any difficulties with the meaning of some listed contra-indications, and why they will be a problem for commencing specific treatments, refer to the guidance (find the article in my blog).

Why is it important to give consistent and comprehensive guidance in relation to contra-indications?

1. To promote the professional image of the industry by providing consistent information to clients: Differing practices amongst Practitioner’s results in clients being given different information in respect to the same condition and can result in confusion or lack of confidence in the safety and professionalism of Practitioners.

2. To protect clients by ensuring a consistent and safe approach of Practitioners. If some Practitioners act responsibly but others do not, this may undermine the position of the more responsible Practitioners. It may also lead to the more ‘desperate’ client going for treatment to a Practitioner who may be putting them at risk.

3. To protect the reputation of Practitioners and the profession by ensuring an approach of Practitioners consistent with current medical thinking and the insurance position.

4. To protect Practitioners and the Industry by minimising the risk of legal action and reducing the likelihood of either successful legal action or a finding of negligence on the part of a Practitioner. A Practitioner defending a legal claim by a client who believes he or she may have been adversely affected by treatment and successfully demonstrates the treatment did not cause harm could be found to be negligent if reasonable precautions to protect the client (such as liaising with the doctor if the client has a medical condition) had not been taken.

5. To ensure that treatment is not unnecessarily refused by Practitioners. It is helpful to have a list of common specific contra-indications, divided into categories. It is essential that the Practitioner carries out a full investigation of contra-indications, before commencing any treatment or therapy. Should the result of such investigation indicate the existence of a previously undiagnosed medical ailment that could be adversely affected by the treatment, the client is to be recommended to consult his/her medical practitioner before receiving any treatment or therapy from the Practitioner. Further, should any known or previously diagnosed medical ailment deteriorate, the client is to be recommended to consult his/her medical practitioner before continuing with any treatment or therapy from the Practitioner.

Today we always have to be very careful when dealing with contra-indications, because it is a controversial subject and you never want to leave yourself wide open for further implications. We also have to consider other clients, always make sure that the place of work, implements, ourself etc. are very clean, to avoid any cross infection.

 

WHAT IS AN INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE?

Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 4:40 Comments comments (0)

HISTORY

Indian Head Massage is based on an ancient Indian healing system, called Ayurveda, (“knowledge of life”), which teaches self-care, prevention of illness, maintaining health and wellness, the points balance the chakras and clear energy blockages.The techniques used have been handed down over generations. This therapy is sometimes referred to as "Champissage", (a Hindi word meaning Head), from which the word "shampoo" comes from.

The modern Indian Head massage combines shiroabhyanga (the original family head massage), champi (more commonly found in barber shops in India), and Japanese shiatsu points. In some parts of India, this massage is incorporated into people's daily routines, not only to help maintain hair in good condition, but also to stimulate the body's natural healing ability. The method is meant to be preventative and to reduce the progress of prevailing conditions of illness. For over 4000 years Indian mothers have given weekly Indian Head massages to their children. The knowledge of Indian head massage came to the west with migrating Indian families and has become a useful part of the many complementary therapies in use today. It can take as little as 20 minutes or up to 45 mins to an hour. The beauty of this massage is you do not have to remove any clothing to have it performed and you can sit in an ordinary chair. Its main purpose is for relaxation and as it engages the circulation it lends itself to other therapeutic feelings and benefits.

 

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

While the title indicates only the head being massaged, this treatment focuses on the parts of the body most prone to tension and stress: the upper back, neck, shoulders, upper arms, face and scalp. The massage is calming yet revitalizing and combines effleurage, stroking, kneading, friction, percussion and pressure point techniques. When a person first experiences Indian Head Massage therapy they shouldn’t be too body conscious, because they are not going to be able to relax and enjoy the treatment. If you are analysing the massage moves and wondering why they weren’t effective for you, thinking that perhaps the therapist wasn’t doing a very good job, you can’t really enjoy! You have to know, that it takes time to feel comfortable with your therapist and that a large part of the effectiveness of the treatment lies in your own ability to let go: to disconnect from thoughts, plans, analytical thinking, and reconnect with yourself. As with most things in life, a good result takes time to achieve. It also takes time to ascertain which style and type of treatment is most effective for each client, as well as clients communicating preferences and reaching a point of trust.

WHO COULD BENEFIT:

Indian Head Massage is becoming more popular at spas, nursing homes, hospice settings, airports and for onsite corporate massage. It is particularly helpful for people confined to a wheel chair and for any client wanting deep relaxation. Air-conditioning and artificial lighting often cause headaches, as can sitting slouched in front of the computer all day, or the steering wheel, which may result in discomfort of the neck and shoulder areas. It is absolutely beneficial for those who spend long hours working in front of the computer, and those who work with the upper part of the body, such as hairdressers or beauticians. Many businesses are discovering the benefits of this ancient practice and are offering their employees free in-house massages (or providing facilities) in their efforts to improve the well-being of their workforce, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. Indian Head Massage can be performed anywhere and is just as effective if done dry (with no oils used). All strokes can be done without oil if client prefers.

IS INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE SAFE?

Yes - it is a simple yet effective treatment. However, it may be necessary to obtain medical permission prior to treatment if you are presenting certain conditions - see contraindications.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Indian Head massage is an instant de-stressing treatment for the entire body. It stimulates the release of endorphins from the brain which helps relieve pain, emotional stress and repressed feelings, also elevates the mood which can help with anxiety. This treatment works on areas, affected by mental and emotional stress and can bring immediate relief with specific relaxation of muscles and the easing of tension. A professional Indian Head Massage should in fact feel like a full-body massage, as the effects of treatment are felt throughout the entire body. This is because there are several important acupressure points on the head, which are worked during the treatment.

WHAT A TYPICAL SESSION ENTAILS:

There are many different styles of Indian Head Massage. One of them is developed by Lolita Knight, who has gathered knowledge from individuals she befriended in the many places she visited (such as Fiji and Tonga) and while living in New Zealand for 25 years. She has added the table segment of the class in response to students' requests for an adaptation of the traditional seated technique to everyday table work.

Traditional seated style includes massage to the upper back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, scalp and face. The actual massage time is 30 minutes, but allow 45 minutes to an hour. However, length of treatment can be adjusted to suit your requirements.Usually this massage does not require undressing. A series of treatments are advised in order to fully receive the benefits. Make sure you do not eat a heavy meal or consume alcohol just before your appointment. First appointment for this treatment includes about a 15 minute consultation, where you will be asked questions about your health and lifestyle. This is an important aspect of the treatment as it is beneficial for the therapist to have an understanding of all the factors that may be affecting your health and work out the treatment objectives. All information is held in strictest confidence. If possible, have no hair products in your hair, such as gel or hair spray. Hair should be pulled up and away to allow strokes of the neck and shoulder areas. After the first segment of the Indian Head Massage routine, hair is let down, any hair bands, scrunchies, clips or barrettes are removed, and a small amount of oil is distributed into the skin and the hair. Various pressures and techniques are applied. Be prepared for the fact that some of the massage will be quite firm - it can be quite an odd sensation to have your skull massaged, for example - but stick with it. You will feel really relaxed and serene afterwards. The results are worth it! You will experience immediate relief to tense shoulder and back muscles, reduced stress, calm clear mind, improved alertness, concentration and productivity.

THE USE OF OIL AND THE BENEFITS

The massage may be dry or oils may be used. Carrier oil and essential oils are used for the skin and virgin base oils are used as a part of the treatment for the hair (usually sweet almond, sesame, coconut, olive, argan, etc). They are important for:

• strengtheing and nourishing hair

• softening the scalp allowing for hair growth improvement

• increasing sebum production (which will condition the hair), and improving sebaceous gland function (wich will help with cleansing the pores)

• calming the nervous system, as the roots of one's hair are connected to nerve fibres.

The finest yet is to get organic ayurveda oil. There, organic herbs are slowly steeped in oil in an earthen pot for several days over a low flame and poured by hand through natural cloth so each blend is made by hand in the traditional way.

You can receive much more benefits if the massage is done with oils. Just be aware if you are allergic to nuts or some of the herbs! This will prevent the usage of certain carrier, virgin, or essential oils.

HOW YOU WILL FEEL AFTER THE TREATMRNT?

Most people feel very relaxed and refreshed after treatments, on occasion they may stir up emotions as part of the healing process. You may feel tired, but sometimes full of energy. Some people experience a healing reaction, such as headaches, cold or flu-like symptoms. These symptoms are normally of short duration. When treatment is complete we will discuss how you are feeling and suggestions may be made to incorporate various changes to your routine/diet and so on.

HOW MANY TREATMNTS WILL YOU NEED?

This varies from person to person. Healing with therapies are a process rather than an event. In general most problems will take time to heal. If your problem is a long standing one, it may require treatments over a longer period of time.

AFTER CARE ADVICE:

It is advised to drink water or herbal tea for the rest of the day to help flush toxins and rehydrate. Avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks – (Coffee, Cola). Avoid alcohol, as this will just counteract the effectiveness of the treatment. Relax, rest, and enjoy the release of tension and stress for the rest of the day.

 

CONTRA-ACTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS TO INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 4:40 Comments comments (0)

Indian Head Massage is safe for all ages and is good even for pregnant women after the first 4 months. In fact, it is customary in India for both mother and newborn to receive this massage for 40 continuous days after delivery. However, there are some contraindications of which to be aware before starting this treatment, as some medical conditions may affect your treatment or may mean that during the treatment some localised areas need to be avoided.

Please, find them listed below, and if you are in any doubt, please consult your GP before starting!

 

CONTRA-ACTIONS:

A contra-action is a minor symptom, experienced during or following a treatment, as a response to the effects of it. This is usually a result of increased circulation, relaxation and subsequent detoxification. It should be regarded as a healthy sign. It shows that the treatment is effective, and that the body is making the changes it needs, to heal itself. A more acute form of this is often termed a ‘healing crisis’, which may include a temporary worsening of symptoms, before a state of equilibrium is reached. For example, a client with a head cold before treatment may find that their symptoms of sinus congestion are literally ‘drawn out’, before they feel clear-headed again. This process should only last for about 12-48 hours and usually brings an ending to symptoms quicker than if no treatment had been given.

 

Some possible contra-actions to treatment are as follows:

 

 Headache/light-headedness;

 Nausea;

 Heightened emotional state/tearfulness;

 Increased tiredness and a need to rest;

 Frequent urination/bowel movement;

 Increased release of mucus from the nose or mouth.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

• Recent head or neck injury, fractures (minimum 3 months). If there is damage to these fragile areas, the massage could cause pain and inflammation. In fact, anything you do could cause further injury - easily life threatening. If accute, you need medical attention. Consent from a medical practitioner required.

• Stroke. You definitely need medical attention. Depends on the time since, and severity of the stroke (and of course check with your health care provider before beginning any treatment). If it some time after the stroke, a gentle massage can be of help in rehabilitation.

• Parkinson's disease. If very mild, a person with PD could get massage. Later they might be too altered to understand a massage.

• Eczema. Only contraindicated (CI) locally, fine for unaffected areas. Would be too painful to touch, and the massage might aggravate it. There is a risk of infection.

• Skin disorders, cuts and abrasions to treatment area. Open wounds locally CI any massage, because of pain and risk of infection.

• Severe bruising in treatment area. Damage to tissue. Could indicate illness, like anemea, that would CI massage.

• Epilepsy. The person could go into a seizure. This condition is not necessarily CI for massage (it really all depends on the person.) They might need more medical attention, especially if they have seizes. Medical consent required.

• Recent haemorrhage (especially, brain). No treatment could be performed.

• High or low blood pressure. Massage can alter BP (usually it lowers it), a problem for an untreated cleint. With treatment, clients can get massage. Special attention is needed for people with high blood pressure (risk of clots).

• Migraine – acute fase. Usually migraine is indicated for massage (it is one of the best things for it.), but in its acute fase massage will only worsen the condition.

• History of thrombosis or embolism. A thrombosis is an object, usually a clot, that is stuck in a vein. The danger with these is that they can suddenly break free and travel to the heart (causing a myocardial imbolism), the lungs (causing a pulmonary imbolism), or to the brain, causing a stroke. A person with this problem does not need something that adds stress to the circulatory system, like a massage. They also need medical attention and monitoring.

• Diabetes. The main problem is the poor skin sensation. Some of the clients with this illness may be prone to circulatory problems. Generally, diabetes is safe for massage, unless there is peripheral neuropathy and/or open sores. One consideration: massage lowers blood sugar, so the client needs to be aware and have a snack handy for afterwards.

• Dysfunction of nervous system. (i.e. meningitis, inflammation of the brain). No treatment should be performed.

• Scalp/Skin diseases or infections. Contagious (viral, bacterial, fungal). High risk of cross infections. No treatment should be performed.

• Alopecia (a hair loss condition). Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss (highly contagious). Ask for medical permission.

• Recent operations to treatment area (2 years for major operation, 6 months for a small scar). The person is still healing with a weak system, and does not need the stress of a massage. There is also a chance of infection or aggravation. The massage will interfere with the healing process.

• Under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Clients under the influence of drugs and alcohol cannot be treated, as they may feel dizzy and nauseous.

• Pediculosis (head lice). Highly contagious. No treatment should be performed.

• Arthritis/osteoporosis in treatment area (especially in the neck).

• Cancer. So far the idea that massage would cause the spread of cancer cells was widely promoted. Even though it is now acknowledged, that any form of massage will not spread cancer, and cancer charities are now offering cancer patients much more in the way of comfort with the use of complementary medicine, you will need to have consent from your medical practitioner. Massages while clients are actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment should be avoided, as the clients may be too unwell to tolerate treatment. In between courses of medical treatment you can be offered short light massage sessions, which will be beneficial in relaxation and supporting the immune system.

• Fever, diarrhoea or vomiting that day. No treatment should be performed. Due to the risk of spreading the infection.

• Cold sores. Highly contagious. Cross infection. No treatment should be performed.

• Conjunctivitis. Highly contagious. Cross infection. No treatment should be performed.

• Metal plates. Risk of aggravation and tissue damage.

• Medication. Clients on anti-hypertensive medication may be prone to postural hypotension and may feel lightheaded and dizzy after treatment.

• Undiagnosed lumps and bumps. High risk of aggravating the existing condition. No treatment should be performed.

• Severe circulatory problems. Seek medical advice before treatment, as the increased circulation may overburden the heart, or increase the risk of blood clots.

• Pregnancy (after 12 weeks is safe). No essential oils should be applied!

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR WAXING

Posted on 31 July, 2015 at 3:10 Comments comments (1)

The following conditions may prevent or restrict you from receiving waxing treatments at Rose Of Bulgaria Beauty Therapy. Please note that whilst this list covers many contraindications, there may be others not listed below, that may also prevent you from receiving services, and we reserve the right to determine what constitutes a contraindication. Please, speak with your skincare professional and your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

To ensure a successful waxing experience, before undertaking a waxing treatment it is vital that you read through this list of known contraindications to better prepare yourself for your treatment. Please, follow these instructions.

CONTAGIOUS SKIN DISEASES AND DISORDERS:

BACTERIAL:

ERYSYPELAS: Infection in the upper layer of your skin. It is similar to another skin disorder, known as cellulitis (an infection in the lower layers of your skin). Red, swollen, warm, and painful area of skin with a raised edge, and blisters on the affected area. G.P Consent required before treatment – cross infection.

IMPETIGO: Reddening of skin, but soon becomes a cluster of blisters and pustules. Highly contagious! Treatment would cause cross infection. It is recommended for you to go and see G.P. Consent would be required.

STYE: (hordeolum) – Inflammation of eyelid, often-upper lid. Caused by infection in hair follicle – swelling, redness, pain is felt at margin of eyelid. Scratching or rubbing infected area could cause infection to spread. Cause cross infection, G.P consent would be required.

BOIL/FURUNCLES: Infection of a hair follicle caused by staphylococci bacteria. Acute inflammation occurs with pus formation. G.P Consent required before treatment – cross infection.

VIRAL:

HERPES SIMPLEX: (Cold sore) – Herpes Simplex. Highly contagious . It would cause cross infection. No treatment in affected area. A temporary infection.

CONJUNCTIVITIS: Itchy, sore infection. Can affect both eyes. Highly contagious - cause cross infection. G.P consent required.

WARTS: – Firm papule with a rough horny surface. Varies in size. G.P consent required if open and weeping – cross infection. Immediate area should be avoided, covered with petroleum jelly, and worked around it if closed and not weeping.

SHINGLES: – Caused by the chicken pox virus. Patches, areas of erythema, vesicles, and papules that can erupt and leave scar tissue. G.P consent required – cross infection.

FUNGAL:

RINGWORM: Affect different parts of the body. Depending on the severity: mild scaling or inflamed red itchy areas. G.P consent required. Cross infection.

PARASITES:

SCABIES: Caused by infestation with the parasitic “Itch mite”. G.P consent required. No treatment should be carried out, highly contagious.

LICE (Pediculouis) (Head/Body and Pubic area). Infestation of the hair and clothes with wingless insects that suck the blood. Nits and egg cases can be seen in good light and on dark hair. Intense irritation, possible scratch marks and rash. G.P consent required. Cross infection and contamination.

ALLERGY TO PRODUCT

G.P. consent letter would be required before treatment. Otherwise untreatable if client is unsure what ingredient they are allergic to. Be aware of Hypersensitivity (extremely sensitive skin) – could be allergic to product.

RECENT HAEMORRAGE

G.P consent required as would stimulate the skin and could cause more problems.

SKIN DISORDERS:

Psoriasis - areas of the skin round or oval shaped, dull red papules appear, covered in silvery scales. Can become infected. Open or weeping - no treatment can be carried out. G.P consent would be required. A temporary condition. Could cause cross infection.

Eczema - red rashes sometimes raised, itchiness, blisters, weeping may occur, scaling of skin, can also crack. Varies greatly from one person to another. G.P consent required as certain products may irritate condition. If infected could cause cross infection, although this condition is not contagious. Non-treatable if open and weeping.

SWELLING/UNDIAGNOSED LUMPS AND BUMPS:

Swelling etc. to the treatable area could be hiding a more serious problem, wouldn’t know cause, and could also hinder natural healing process. G.P consent required. A temporary condition.

RAISED AND HAIRY MOLES/MOLES:

Moles do not prevent a treatment unless they are inflamed, swollen, weeping or open. G.P consent would be required as could cause cross infection. Otherwise they should be covered with petroleum jelly to not over stimulate the area, and work around.

VISIBLE SKIN TRAUMA

LESIONS, SORES, AND OPEN WOUNDS

FRACTURES, SPRAINS, OR BROKEN BONES

POST-SURGICAL SCARRING – less than six months old, or that reopens periodically.

KELOID OR HYPERTROPHIC SCARRING – (overgrowth of scar tissue) there is a risk of skin trauma resultant from waxing, and that it is your decision if you go ahead with the treatment.

SUNBURN/WINDBURN

VERY DRY OR VERY THIN SKIN - Thin skin can result for many reasons, such as diabetes, aging, use of prescribed skin care creams, and off-the-shelf depilatory creams and sprays.

WARNING: Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.

• Accutane (Acne medication) - You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.

• Adapalene (Acne medication)

• Alustra (Retin A)

• Avage (See Tazorac - Acne medication)

• Avita (See Retin A)

• Differin (Acne medication)

• Isotretinoin (See Accutane)

• Renova (See Retin A)

• Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)

• Tazarac (Acne medication)

• Tazarotene (See Tazorac)

• Tretinoin (See Retin A)

• Birth control pills, containing Tetracycline

• Blood thinning or epileptic medication

CAUTION: If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your Beauty Therapist. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.

• Other Acne medications not listed above

• Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)

• Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)

• Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair

• Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)

• Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)

• Oral Antibiotics

• Topical Antibiotics

• Retinol

• Salicylic Acid

• Other exfoliants

PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS: Please read these valuable guidelines.

• Moles cannot be waxed.

• You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.

• Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.

• Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.

• Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.

• If irritation should occur, it is recommend that you use an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.

• No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators.

• Do not take hot baths for 24 hours following a body waxing treatment.

• No abrasives for 24 hours following a waxing treatment.

• No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment.

• Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their period.

• While there is no medical evidence to suggest that waxing can harm an unborn child, it is wise to err on the side of safety during the first trimester of pregnancy. No waxing treatments are to be performed during that time.

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to call or use the handy online form on the contacts page.

 

SAFE PRACTICE AND PRODUCTS USED FOR WAXING TREATMENTS AT ROSE OF BULGRIA BEAUTY THERAPY.

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We can assure you, that in our beauty salon steps are taken to reduce the risk of contamination and cross infections, that may occur during waxing treatments. Our practices are safe with adequate precautions taken.

Clients with contraindications to waxing are not treated.

When we work, we always use gloves.

We use clean treatment sheets and clean towels for each client.

Prior to waxing, the area of skin being waxed is cleaned with a skin cleanser to reduce the levels of skin bacteria and the possibility of skin infection. It also helps to remove dirt and oils from the skin, providing better wax adhesion.

Wax is not applied to broken skin or over an area, where blood has been drawn. If blood is drawn during a procedure, the contaminated instruments and surfaces are cleaned and sterilised immediately.

The spatulas are never double-dipped.

For us it is essential that temperature control be employed, as a means of controlling any possible risk. All types of wax (both strip and hot wax) are kept undisturbed at a minimum temperature level of 70–80ºC for a minimum of 15 minutes between clients. (Viruses such as HIV would be expected to be inactivated at this temperature.) For strip waxing, this is monitored and recorded before the first client and at least one other time during the day. For hot waxing, monitoring occurs between clients. For both strip and hot wax, monitoring also occur after pots have been refilled or replaced with a new pot.

We always apply afterwax products.

As the skin is more susceptible to irritation or infection for up to 48 hours after a waxing procedure, we always advise our clients by conversation and printouts for post treatment care.

 

THE PRODUCTS WE USE

 

On the market wax is supplied in several forms - glucose (water soluble), strip (soft) wax, and hot (hard) wax.

Glucose (water soluble) is more likely to permit the growth of potentially harmful microorganisms. Its use is not recommended and that is why we don’t use it in our salon.

Strip (soft) wax is available in two forms - water based or oil based. It is applied thinly on the skin and removed with a waxing strip. It is great for larger areas such as the legs, arms, back, chest, and some facial waxing. Only oil based strip wax should be used on clients. That is why At Rose Of Bulgaria Beauty therapy we use oil based strip waxes, which have different formulations to suit different skin types and hair needs, including a hypoallergenic formulation - Purity White Strip Wax, (designed for the more delicate areas and ideal for people with sensitive skin with its creamy consistency and extreme flexibility).

Hot (hard) wax is a peel off wax, applied thickly on the skin, and removed by fingers. It is used for waxing sensitive and delicate areas such as eyebrows, upper lip, facial waxing, underarms, bikini line and Brazilian waxing.

 

 

MASSAGE FOR BACK PAIN

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For the good sides of pain!

People usually underestimate the signals in the back and seek help when they are already in severe pain and cannot move, sit in a chair, or even sleep. Usually problems start not because you are absorbed, but because you are idle and have lost your form. The pain is a friend. It notifies a problem. If you do not feel pain, you can be harmed even further. And we have to solve the problem, not kill the messenger! Modern anesthetics are largely based on drugs (to satisfy the customer's desire to act quickly), and to have you addicted. Use those drugs only in extreme cases. You can anoint yourself with ointments from the pharmacy, but they have analgesic rather than a curative effect, and you have practically no improvement. If you do not believe try!

I suggest to you to take advantage of the safe and efficient methods and learn how to care for your body. Nobody can do it better than you. This is your responsibility.

If you often get stiff, consider strengthening the dorsal (back) and abdominal (stomach) muscles - this will reduce the stress on your back. If your work is mostly in a sitting position, move frequently. Sport is compulsory for you. Every morning do some stretching exercises. You have time for your health! If you don’t take measures, continuous pain and discomfort affecting the nervous system in turn will worsen the root cause. The circle is closing and it seems that there is no solution. Do not let go. Together with the physical measures, it is required to take care of your psyche. Massages, relaxation activities, enjoyable activities, hobbies and Aroma are a good proposal. Have in mind that in some cases serious injury and pain after fractures remain (in bad weather when loading or nervous tension). Take it! Each trauma leaves its mark and cannot be completely removed. Be aware of it!

The genesis of the back pain problem.

Over 70% of people complain of back pain and 1/3 of people suffer from it chronicly. Up to 80% do not know why their back hurts. However, people who are overweight and with well-trained muscles have the same symptoms as skinny people. Often the cause of pain is not in the spine, and lies in the muscles, tendons and connections. Improper posture and stress can also trigger pain receptors. In such cases, X-ray will not show anything. Pain in your lower back may occur, because of problems with the reproductive and urinary system, the kidneys, and the stomach. Back pain may be caused by problems with the lungs, heart, stomach, thyroid, and sometimes the skin. Active trainees make another serious mistake -loading without unloading. Keep fit, but remember that you have to unload. For people with chronic back problems or with currently present pain it is important not to subject yourself to intense workouts.

What causes the pain on the spine?

Intervertebral (situated between vertebrae) disks are elastic buffers, which consist of a jelly-like core, closed in a ring by bonding fibers. The ring can crack and then the gelatinous nucleus goes out, pressing the nerves and spinal cord and this causes pain. The twinge (crack) is a sharp pain, caused by the rupture of the intervertebral disc or entrapment of small joints connecting the vertebrae. If the pain goes into the leg, this is probably sciatica.

Disc disease and herniated disc. Herniated disc and cracks are a kind of radiculitis manifestations. Disc disease and disc hernia is a rupture of the intervertebral disc and pinched spinal roots. A person with a herniated disc or disc disease can live a normal life if follows the simple movement culture and takes proper care of his body.

Apart from disc disease you can have pain from an inflamed nerve, sciatica, radiculitis.

Pain in the shoulders and head may be due to common exostosis. Mechanical overload on the back (trauma, obesity, poor muscle corset) leads to disorders of cartilage around the disc and development of spikes. In more serious exostosis it is possible that compression of the nerves, leads to severe headaches.

Widespread is plexitis (inflammation of nerves), in which pain is felt along the nerve - from the neck over the shoulder to the hand. With time it becomes chronic and the pain is intolerable.

The pain in the back and the lower back, especially in immobilization may be due to rheumatoid arthritis, which is characterized by morning stiffness. It is generally carried out with pain, joint swelling, even ulceration of the skin of the hands in the more severe forms.

Being overweight puts extra demands on muscles, intervertebral discs and joints. For example, redundant 30-40 kg. are comparable to the constant wearing of a backpack of 25-30 kg. This burden not only hinders spinal structures, but also the hip, knee, ankle joints and feet.

When a problem like this occurs, the spine is primarily treated with agents that soothe pain, relaxation of the muscles and most of all - patience. What can happen if you want to fix it straight away and if you think that it is not fair to suffer anymore even for a day? Your back is not ready for it - if it were, the problem would not appear. If it is a serious injury from a blow, you have to seek medical advice straight away. But for a twinge (crack), inflamed nerve, or tense muscles, you have to wait the necessary technological time for the recovery. It is important to know, that our nature is created so that the body can repair the damages by itself. Gradually jellied matter will begin to dry and the pressure on the nerves will be reduced. The best for the spine is the alternation of tightening and lending (stretching and relaxation). Only like that the muscles, the connective tissue and the cartilage could receive the important nutrients. Movement is necessary and immobilization is undesirable. One day rest leads to loss of 3% of muscle mass.

If you get cracks in your back during coughing or sneezing, whilst coughing or sneezing, have a stable support with hands on a table or wall and bent knees, so your feet can handle the load rather than the waist.

Back pain and massages.

Massages are a proven remedy for many problems, including pain in the back and waist. They improve the nutrition of the cells, have a numbing effect, relax muscles (many back problems can be caused solely by muscle pain), etc. That is why they are so important for the prevention of this problem and for your recovery. Not surprisingly, its occurrence is somewhere far in history, unlike pills. Aromatherapy massage is used to relieve plexitis, disc disease, herniated disc, sciatica, radiculitis, any back pain, waist and shoulders, exostosis, bursitis, and for analgesia and muscle relaxation in arthrosis and other problems with the hip. The massage effect is directly on the muscles and emotional state. Unfortunately, doctors rarely recommend massages.

If you already know what a massage is, try a massage bed, or a massage chair. If you have already tried the beds and a traditional massage, try to make a qualitative difference between manual and mechanical massage.The mechanical devices are not applying dozens of massage techniques to work on the skin and muscles, no individual approach - the rollers have the same movements. There is no way for you to get the important relaxation and rest. Usually the Certificates (English and Korean) ensure safe electricity but not healing process. Pain after massage beds are not curative nature due to the pressure of rollers and unnatural twisting of the body. This massage does not tolerate customers with heart problems and hypertension, unlike traditional massage. Part of the effect of manual massage is due to the positive energy that is transmitted by the masseur. Even after daily use muscles do not relax as after a hand massage.

Choose carefully your masseur. Preferably go to a recommended one with more experience. The first massage is indicative, if there are no improvements, do not go to the same place. During the massage you should not feel much pain. This is a sign of unprofessionalism. Excessive use of force and inflicting pain do not eliminate the problem. After making the required number of massages, you can keep rubbing the affected area with special mixtures of essential oils. Aromatherapists produce these mixtures tailored for your needs. If you have the desire and some experience in aromatherapy, you can prepare something yourself. For example, put 3 drops of cinnamon, 3 drops of cloves, 3 drops of thyme, 3 drops of rosemary and 3 drops of coriander in 55 ml. carrier oil (sesame oil, olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, etc. – be careful if you are allergic to nuts or some herbals!!!) Anoint yourself with this mixture 2-3 times a day in severe pain, or once daily as a prophylactic. If you do not have the above ingredients, you can use oils of lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, pepper, orange, tangerine or whatever you have.

In the acute stage of disc herniation it is recommended you stay in bed, if only because the movement is impossible. Listen to your body! If the pain is unbearable, then the body wants rest. The rest will reduce swelling and will create conditions for muscle relaxation. Heated treatments in this case could worsen the condition of swelling. Massaging the acute phase directly on the painful areas is a contraindiction. The pain will intensify further. But massage can be applied in adjacent areas where there is no pain - legs, arms and neck with a general tonic effect. In the chronic stage massage is helpful for improving circulation, nutrition and muscle tone.

For a pain from an inflamed nerve, sciatica, radiculitis, aid is massages and a daily spreading of aromatherapy mixtures until resolution of the issue. Suitable oils for inflammation - tea tree, lavender, myrtle, chamomile, orange, eucalyptus (20-25 drops of 5 selected oils in 50 ml of base oil).

To some extent, people with pain in the middle of the back and shoulders are the lucky ones. They can move freely, and their problems could be solved with more movement, anti-inflammatory drugs and massages. Unless it comes to trauma from impact, mainly problems due to immobilization (work in a sitting position) and plexitis (immobilization and drafts, air conditioners).

Massages at exostosis have an analgesic effect, stagnant blood moves, tissues feed. The number of massages depends on the individual situation and the reactivity of your body. There is no specific number for a given problem.

For plexitis (inflammation of nerves), massage with essential oils is beneficial and also daily rubbing of an anti-inflammatory mixture. Avoid conditioners and air flow! Move as much as possible!

Massage is also useful for rheumatoid arthritis. Use special oils against inflammation, swelling and pain.

Massage is also recommended for Bechterew syndrome, which is characterized by morning stiffness and pain. Prolonged bed rest after passing of the the acute stage of the disease should be avoided. It weakens muscles and somewhow prevents a return to the normal rhythm of life.

To maintain the back in good condition and protect it from problems with urinary and reproductive system, massages in the waist are recommended to improve blood supply to these areas.

Entire massage, or just a part of your body?

Many people prefer to have just a back massage, when they have problems with their back, and think that their feet and hands will be all right. This is absolutely impossible, unless the limbs exist separately from the body. The so-called partial massage in Europe (considered by some to be a separate species) is not popular in the East. There, the body is seen as a whole and diseases are not divided into parts - no sick stomach or leg or head. There is an imbalance in the body and it should be cleared. The treatments must be such as to favorably influence all systems in your body, and you cannot divide the body parts. The whole massage improves blood circulation throughout the body and has a deep and long lasting effect, unlike partial massage. Massage is good as a prophylactic before serious symptoms appear. Or do it at the first sign of pain. Do not wait for it to become intolerable - then it will cost you more, not counting the nerves, insomnia and discomfort. Best is to make massages in a specified interval - you yourself can determine the right one for you.

Warming or cooling?

Cooling procedures with ice or cold compresses are recommended for sprains, dislocations, bruises and strains to shrink blood vessels and to avoid bruising and swelling, although a new theory rejects cooling at this time as a therapeutic agent. I know that the heat is healing. Cooling procedures will sooner or later lead to warming and increased blood flow (as after a cold shower). The rule is - if the cold does not help, try heat. Warming compresses, paraffin, essential oils or other methods lead to improved blood circulation and lymph circulation, nutrition of tissues, spreading of waste products, reduced inflammation, muscle relaxation and thus reduce pain.

Cooling essential oils are: eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, cypress, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, citronella. Heating - thyme, cinnamon, cloves, juniper, coriander, rosemary, black pepper, ginger. Pine oil you can use for cooling and heating - it has a selective action. Decide for yourself whether warming or cooling works better for you. Your body talks, learn to listen and to have more faith in yourself!

At the first sign of pain, tightness or pressure in the back take action. Make a massage or rub with the appropriate essential oils. Take care of the problems, while still possible. Do not wait for the pain to become unbearable or chronic. Do not rely just on foreign aid! Gymnastics, healthy eating, positive emotions are your responsibility. Maintain good function of the spine, the muscles around it, the chest and abdominal muscles, (which prevents injury) with well chosen sports. Fitness, aerobics, swimming, walking, hiking are all pleasant and helpful. Some sports, such as tennis with repeated twists may be contraindicated. Yoga and stretching are also beneficial. They relax muscles and mind, improve flexibility, and work the entire body. Avoid excessive exercise.

 

 

INGROWN HAIR �?? IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Ingrown Hair is a condition where hair curls back, or grows sideways into the skin, instead of rising up from it. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or "razor bumps" (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which vary in size. While ingrown hair most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed (beard, legs, pubic region), it can appear anywhere. Anything which causes the hair to be broken off unevenly with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs. Shaving is the leading cause, followed by waxing and tight clothing. Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle. That forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Sometimes, cutting naturally curly hair too closely will result in the sharpened end of the hair piercing the skin, causing an ingrown hair. This condition is not serious, but can be irritating and embarrassing.

Signs and Symptoms. Symptoms include rash, itching skin, hair which remains in spite of shaving, infection and pus collecting under skin. The site of the ingrown hair will form a reddish, raised bump (or group of bumps), similar in appearance to a pimple. Sometimes an ingrown hair can form a painful, boil-like sore. It can be itchy and uncomfortable, especially if you've got a lot of them. You may notice pus inside the bumps. Or you may see the hair that's causing the problem.

Ingrown hairs In men often pop up as a bunch of little bumps on the chin, cheeks, or neck after shaving.

In women, ingrown hairs are common on the legs, as well as in the pubic area and armpits. You can also get ingrown hairs on your buttocks.

Ingrown Hair Causes. Anyone can get an ingrown hair. But the problem is more common in people who have very curly or coarse hair. Curly hair is more likely to bend back and re-enter the skin, especially after it's been shaved, waxed, or cut.

Also, people with high levels of certain sex hormones can have excessive hair growth, which makes it more likely to get ingrown hairs, especially after shaving.

Many African-Americans, Latinos, and people with thick or curly hair develop a type of ingrown hair called pseudofolliculitis. More commonly known as "razor bumps," this collection of little bumps is common on the beard area after you've shaved, waxed, or tweezed to remov

unwanted hair. The hair that grows back has a sharper edge, so it can more easily poke back through the skin and get trapped under the surface.

Prevention. The simplest and most effective way to prevent ingrown hairs is to abstain from shaving and allow facial and body hair to grow out as normal. When shaving, there are a few precautions that can be taken to prevent ingrown hairs including proper shaving techniques and preparation of the skin before shaving. When shaving, applying the proper amount of lubrication (in the form of shaving cream, gel, or soap) is important to prevent the hair from being forced underneath the surface of the skin. Also the application of too much force with a razor can contribute to hair that is cut shorter than the surrounding dermis. Using a beard trimmer at the lowest setting (1 mm. or 0.5 mm.) instead of shaving, is an effective alternative.

The simplest way to prevent ingrown hairs is to allow hair to grow freely without cutting it. Shaving and waxing can cause or exacerbate ingrown hairs. The shaving techniques described above can be applied to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ingrown hairs. Topical hair-growth-inhibitor cream (Vaniqa), electrolysis, or hair-removal lasers can also effectively help decrease ingrown hairs.

Treatment. Although no cure exists, it is possible to decrease the occurrence of ingrown hairs. The easiest way to do this is through proper hair and skin hygiene. Although an ingrown hair can heal on its own and spontaneously dislodge, in some cases, it may be tough to get rid of it.

Fortunately, there are many different treatments for ingrown hairs:

• Medical removal of the ingrown hair by small incision and pulling out the hair.

• They can be removed with tweezers (though this can be painful), or dislodged with a rotable medical device for ingrown hairs. It is recommended that should be done by a specialist.

• Some people who chronically get ingrown hairs could use laser treatment or electrolysis to completely prevent hair growth.

• There are many different products that prevent or cure ingrown hairs. Some are alcohol-based, while others are alcohol-free. Chose your product carefully, because for some people, alcohol can cause skin irritation and thus alcohol-free products may be preferred.

• Twice daily application of diluted glycolic acid.

• Applying salicylic acid solution is also a common remedy for ingrown hairs, caused by waxing or shaving.

 

• Exfoliating with facial scrubs, brushes, sponges, towels, or creams containing acids, and ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

• Chemical depilatories. Chemical depilatories like Neet or Nair can loosen the structure of hair, resulting in blunt tips of shaved hairs at the follicular opening. Chemical depilatories may be used every second or third day rather than every day due to the possible chemical irritation on the skin. Hydrocortisone cream can be applied to alleviate the irritation caused by chemical depilatories.

• Topical antibiotics. Topical creams. Tretinoin (Retin A) cream can help decrease skin plugging or hyperkeratosis. Topical tretinoin cream may thin out the epidermis, reduce the buildup of dead skin cells, and decrease hair embedding into the follicles. Topical corticosteroid creams with a mild strength can be applied to reduce inflammation of inflamed ingrown hairs. Topical and oral antibiotics may be required for severe cases that form pustules and abscesses, which indicate secondary infection. Topical antibiotics, including erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ilosone) and clindamycin (Cleocin), topical antibacterial agents, such as benzoyl peroxide (Persa-Gel), and the combinations of topical antibiotics and antibacterial agent, can help reduce the growth of skin bacteria and treat secondary infection. Oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline (Sumycin) or cephalexin (Keflex, Keftabs), are used to control infected pustules or abscess formation.

 

• Antibacterial washes, such as benzoyl peroxide (Clearasil, Proactiv) or chlorhexidine (Hibiclens), can be used once or twice a day to control the infection. Topical eflornithine HCl 13.9% cream (Vaniqa) is a prescription that can reduce the rate of hair growth when applied to the skin twice a day over one to two months. Hence, it can be useful as long-term therapy in individuals with excessive facial hair or patients who have pseudofolliculitis barbae.

 

 

• Laser hair removal may be an option for preventing ingrown hairs. Laser treatments applied to an area help to permanently decrease the number of hairs. Currently, laser removal works primarily on dark hairs only. Laser hair removal is generally very fast, efficient, and safe, but laser treatment risks include skin discoloration.

 

• Electrolysis may be used to permanently remove hairs. This procedure targets individual hair follicles and can be performed on any color of skin and any size and color of hair.

 

• The destruction of hair follicles is permanent. Electrolysis is often slow, tedious, and requires multiple treatments

Remember, that the best results may be achieved with combination therapy. Consulting a medical practitioner who specializes in dermatology may be necessary for the optimal treatment of more severe cases!

Home remedies and prevention for ingrown hair.

Don’t pick at the affected area with your fingers. Ever! It can be so tempting, but the easiest way to make an ingrown hair worse is to pick at it. Picking at ingrown hairs inflames the area, and sometimes drives hair further into its reclusive bat cave (aka your skin). Your hands carry outrageous amounts of bacteria, and exposing an ingrown hair to that can cause further swelling, pain, or even infections.

Picking at the skin around an ingrown hair often leads to permanent scarring. The momentary satisfaction of getting that sucker out will not be worth it 20 years from now, trust me. Your skin deserves better, and in the future you will be grateful.

 

• Putting a warm washcloth over the ingrown hair. Apply a warm, moist compress to the area for a few minutes. This will soften the skin. Just wet a washcloth with hot water, wring it out, and press it against the ingrown hair. When the washcloth cools down, run it under hot water again. If you can see the ingrown hair embedded in the skin, this treatment will soften the hair and bring it closer to the surface. If you can't initially see the hair, leave the warm compress on until it rises to the skin's surface. If you apply the compress for ten minutes and you still can't see any sign of hair, you're not going to be able to remove it yourself, or it might be something else altogether.

 

• Shaving in a different direction. Do not shave against the direction or grain of the hair growth. Avoid shaving too closely to the skin. When using electric razors, some shaving techniques may help prevent ingrown hair. Keep the head of the electric razor slightly off the surface of the skin and shave in a slow, circular motion. Pressing the razor too close to the skin or pulling the skin taut can result in too close of a shave. Leave very short 1 mm.-2 mm. stubble with shaving to help reduce the tendency of shaving too closely.

These shaving techniques can avoid creating a sharp tip when shaving and prevent hair from reentering the skin by leaving slightly longer stubble.

• Another way to prevent ingrown hairs is by avoiding shaving and allowing hair to grow naturally. Regularly shaving newly grown hair often results in frequent ingrown hairs, especially if you don’t replace your razor or blades as often as they should be. Waxing and hair removal creams are better for your skin. Even if you are not shaving, exfoliating your skin and using after-shave serums is important! If your ingrown hairs are extremely frequent and painful, it may not be enough to try addressing them at home. If you find that they’re interrupting your daily life, it may be time to consult a dermatologist.

• Hydrate and soften both the skin and the hair before shaving. This can result in a duller, rounded tip to the hair, which decreases the likelihood for hairs to reenter the skin.

• Use a moistened washcloth, a wet sponge, or a soft-bristled toothbrush with a mild soap to wash the ingrown hair for several minutes via a circular motion to help dislodge stubborn tips. Wash the area around the (formerly) ingrown hair with warm water and a moisturizing soap. Apply an antiseptic to provide extra protection against infection. Avoid wearing tight clothing on that area, and exfoliate regularly to prevent new ingrown hairs. You may wish to apply a daily topical solution to prevent any further ingrown hairs from developing.

• Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it. Haphazardly rubbing a towel against your skin after shaving causes friction, which can lead to irritation and inflammation. Use a cotton towel on exfoliated, post-shave skin. Pat in gentle motions, being careful to not rub too harshly against your skin. This can cause chafing (ugh, even that word hurts).

 

• Apply a dab of acne medication. Ingrown hairs are pretty similar to pimples, especially when the ingrown hair is accompanied by pus. Your middle school BFFs — salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the active ingredients in most over-the-counter acne medications. Applying either to the skin above an ingrown hair reduces swelling and inflammation, giving the hair more room to redirect its course and grow outward. Apply benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid several times a day for a few days. This, combined with daily exfoliation, is often enough to remove the ingrown hair, since swelling will be reduced, giving the hair more room to grow out (rather than in). If you don't have acne medication on hand, you can try using the aspirin method or adding a dab of toothpaste.

 

• Warm milk and bread compress. Warm up small amount of milk. Don't make it too hot. Dip a piece of bread into the milk. Place the bread on an ingrown hair/or a boil. It may feel too hot, but it won't be (unless you made the milk too hot). Leave the dipped bread on. Remove when it feels cool; this will be about 2 minutes. Repeat the dip and hold during about 10 minutes. Check for an opening of the pore. Use a needle to pull up the loop of hair and free it. If you cannot see the opening, repeat the dip and hold. If it fails to open, do not cut and damage your skin, see your medical practitioner for advice.

• Egg membrane. Remove the membrane from inside an eggshell. Cover the problem area with the membrane. Let it dry and shrink around the area. Once dry, pull it off. The ingrown hair should come out with it. Sometimes, the ingrown hairs may not budge at all due to the fact that they may be placed in very deep. If these methods do not work, talk to your doctor or dermatologist to get a prescription medication.

• Some natural mild exfoliators can be applied to treat the redness or irritation, that comes with the ingrown hair. Twice a day, scrub the ingrown hair gently. This will help to remove any dead skin cells, dirt, and oils that might be trapping the ingrown hair. It may also physically nudge the tip of the hair out of your skin. Try to hit the ingrown hair from a variety of directions. Use an exfoliating glove or ingrown hair brush. Be gentle! You'll need to exfoliate enough to achieve this effect, but not so much that the area surrounding the ingrown hair starts to bleed. When in doubt, exfoliate more gently but for a longer period of time. Hair is freer to grow outward when it’s not being blocked by barriers outside your skin. Use a soft-bristled brush or washcloth to gently massage a scrub into the area around an ingrown hair using small, circular motions. Stop exfoliating if your skin cracks or bleeds! Note! It's very difficult to remove an ingrown hair from under a scab. In this case, it might be best to use a different method, or consult your doctor.

• Sugar. Sugar is a great skin scrub that can help get rid of ingrown hair. It gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead cells and helping the ingrown hair come out of the skin. Plus, it will make your skin silky smooth.

 Mix one cup of white sugar with one-half cup of extra-virgin olive oil or jojoba oil.

 Stir in 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.

 Apply a small amount of this homemade scrub on the affected area.

 Gently scrub the skin in circular motions for a few minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

 Follow this remedy once or twice a week as needed.

You can store the remaining scrub in an airtight container for future use.

• Baking Soda. Baking soda has a soothing effect on the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it helps relieve itching by exfoliating the skin and also reduces redness caused by ingrown hairs.

 Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution. Dab it on the affected skin. Leave it on for five minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Repeat two or three times daily as needed.

 You can also make a homemade scrub with one teaspoon each of baking soda and ground oatmeal and one tablespoon of water. Mix the ingredients together to create a paste. Apply it gently on the skin and leave it on for not more than five minutes. Then rinse if off with lukewarm water and gently pat the skin dry. Follow this remedy twice daily as needed.

• Tea Tree Oil.Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the skin and also prevent infection.

 Add five drops of tea tree oil to two tablespoons of distilled water. Apply the diluted tea tree oil on the affected skin after cleansing the area with antibacterial soap. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse the area with lukewarm water. Do this twice daily as needed.

 Mix three drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area and gently massage it for a few minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy twice daily as needed.

 

• Aspirin. Aspirin can help reduce redness and inflammation, the two most common symptoms of ingrown hair. The anti-inflammatory property of aspirin reduces swelling, fights inflammation and treats mild infection. Plus, the salicylic acid present in aspirin scrubs away dead skin to loosen the offending hair.

 Soak two aspirin tablets in one teaspoon of warm water until it forms a paste-like consistency.

 Add one teaspoon of honey to the paste.

 Apply the paste to the affected area.

 Leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and then gently pat the skin dry.

 Follow this remedy once or twice a week as needed.

Note: Those with highly sensitive skin should not follow this remedy!

• Salt. Salt works as a great exfoliating agent and at the same time helps increase circulation, promote healing and reduce swelling.

 Mix one and one-half teaspoons of table salt in one cup of lukewarm water.

 Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and gently rub it over the affected skin.

 Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with water.

 Do this twice daily until the ingrown hair clears up.

Note: Do not use this remedy if your skin gets red or irritated!

• Black Tea Bags. Black tea bags can also help get rid of ingrown hairs. Black tea contains tannic acid, which reduces redness and inflammation and helps soothe the skin.

 Moisten a black tea bag in warm water. Rub it over the affected area for two to three minutes. Repeat several times daily as needed.

 Alternatively, steep a black tea bag in hot water for a few minutes. Remove it from the water and squeeze out the liquid into a bowl. Mix in one teaspoon of coconut water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then press it gently on the irritated skin. Do this twice daily for a few days until you see improvement.

• Use an ingrown hair serum after exfoliating your shaved skin. Ingrown hair serums help keep your raw skin hydrated. Shaving and exfoliating can take their toll and natural oils like lavender and tea tree oils replenish your skin’s moisture, soothing post-shave irritation and keeping inflammation at bay. After-shave serums and anti-bump creams can also reduce the appearance of blemishes and bumps. Avoid products that contain alcohol — they’ll dry out your skin. Shea Moisture makes a great after-shave elixir that can be used for face and body.

 

 


 

How to Minimize Waxing Side Effects from Bikini Waxing, XX and XXX

Posted on 18 July, 2015 at 22:10 Comments comments (0)

Because people with weakened immune systems, such as those with diabetes, HIV/AIDS or other immuno-compromising diseases and people who have chronic kidney or liver disease, or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis are more susceptible to complications, dermatologists recommend that they not get bikini and Brazilian waxes. This treatment can pull off tiny pieces of the skin's outermost layer, creating a portal through which bacteria can enter the body.What's more, the process could create inflammation, which can trap bacteria beneath the skin. For most others, the risk is minimal but while a serious infection is unlikely, you could develop less severe complications like a scarring, folliculitis or ingrown hairs. If you notice signs of skin irritation, monitor yourself and head to the doctor to check on anything that doesn't clear up quickly.

Now that you have the scoop on bikini and XXX waxing, it’s basically up to you to decide if the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Of course, many people regularly get Brazilian waxes and never have any negative experiences. It's up to you to understand the risks and decide if this approach is right for you.

Read on for much more information.

If a bikini wax or XXX is one of your essential skin care treatments, then you need to know what to you do before and after your treatment to greatly impact your results.

 

Choose a facility carefully.

Before you make an appointment, drop by to see how clean the place is, or ask a friend to recommend a salon she/he trusts. Be sure the Beauty Therapist or aesthetician you choose is licensed by your state and has received training in Brazilian waxing.

Ask about the wax.

Hard wax is best. It's gentler and adheres to the hair, not the skin. Look for products that are chemical-free, contains nothing but sugar, water, lemon juice, and glycerin.

Keep an eye on hygiene.

Before beginning the process, the practitioner should scrub up or (at least) apply hand sanitizer. Double dipping into the wax is taboo because it introduces bacteria into the pot. The waxer should have brand-new spatulas available for each swipe to your skin.To prevent burns, she/he should check the wax's temperature on the inside of her wrist before applying it to your skin. If you don't see the practitioner taking these steps, speak up!

 

The most common side effects in these treatments are:

- redness and inflammation of the waxed skin

- pain

- post-waxing bumps, pimples, and ingrown hairs

 

Anyone receiving this specific treatment is at risk of these side effects. You’re especially at risk if you’re new to waxing or don’t receive regular waxing, because you have denser hair growth in the treatment area. Plus, regular bikini waxing helps to condition your skin as well as the hair follicle, making the common side effects much less common.

Make your next treatment a more tolerable experience by following these easy steps. These are some of the most effective solutions:

Steps you can take to help prevent many of the uncomfortable side effects of bikini waxing:

• Gently exfoliate the area to remove dead skin cells that can block the skin pore and hair follicle.

• Apply warm compress to the area to help relax the skin pore and hair follicle, aiding in easier hair removal.

• Trim the hair in the area to ½ cm. The shorter the hair the less painful the removal, besides ½ cm. is the perfect waxing length.

• Avoid stimulants such as caffeine two hours prior to waxing, as this can make you and your skin more sensitive. Instead drink water to help hydrate your body.

• Most importantly - try to relax your body and mind as much as possible. Tensing up will only increase the pain you may feel.

 

Post treatment tips to help prevent the common side effects and help your skin heal quickly:

 

• Avoid touching the area for 24 hours and wear loose fitting clothing.

• Avoid Jacuzzis, swimming pools, saunas, or hot showers for 24 hours to reduce the chance of irritation or for bacteria to enter the area.

• Avoid exercising for 24 hours to minimize redness and irritation.

• Apply a cool compress and a few drops of lavender essential oil, witch hazel, or alcohol-free toner to reduce redness and inflammation and to help keep bacteria at bay.

• 24 hours after waxing gently exfoliate the area where the hair was removed. Do that every couple of days to help prevent ingrown hairs.

• Prevent irritation

For a few days following your wax, apply an over-the-counter topical antibiotic cream and an anti-inflammatory 1% hydrocortisone cream to the area. This will ease irritation and help ward off potential infection.

• Know the signs of infection

Check yourself with a hand mirror (look for inflamed ingrown hairs, rashes, or raw, open sores or cuts). See a doctor ASAP if you develop redness or swelling in the area, an itching or burning sensation, peeling of the skin, or a fever.

 

Get the best results you can with the right pre- and post-care of your treated skin to enjoy the safest service available.

 


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