Help your clients look young again with these anti-aging and rejuvenating treatments.
Nanovive Manicure ($25, 45 minutes), T.E.N. (Truly Extraordinary Nails), Nail Salon, Indianapolis
Description: This system uses a glycolic exfoliating serum to reveal younger healthier skin. That’s followed with the penetrating lotion that uses nanotechnology to deliver moisture at the cellular level. Results can be seen in one service.
Products: Entity Beauty’s Nanovive Glycolic Exfoliating Serum, Cuticle Rescue, Penetrating Lotion, and Intense Skin Treatment.
The Facial Quality: This manicure features the Nanovive skin care system especially designed for the hands. Measuring less than 1/50th the size of a human skin cell, the system’s microscopic soy-based nanospheres are tiny enough to penetrate beneath the surface level of the skin, jumpstarting ceramide repair, stimulating collagen and lipid production, destroying free radicals, and helping the skin renew itself-naturally.
For more information on Entitiy Beauty products go to www.entitiybeauty.com.
Anti-Aging Manicure ($40, 75 minutes), The Spa at Intercourse Village, Intercourse, Pa.
Description: The service begins with a hand soak in remineralizing salts. The hands are then exfoliated with a multivitamin polisher for optimal smoothness, revealing a healthy layer of skin. A powerful mask of concentrated antioxidant vitamins helps skin recover from damage and improves barrier properties, and a paraffin dip enhances the mask’s effectiveness. The treatment is topped off with a hand massage, nail grooming, and polish application.
Products: Dermalogica Hydro Active Mineral Salts, Multivitamin Powder Exfoliant, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, and Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment.
The Facial Quality: All of the products used in this manicure are used in the spa’s facials.
For more information on Dermalogica products go to www.dermalogica.com.
The Ultimate Manicure ($36, 1 hour), Spa Visage, Knoxville, Tenn.
Description: The salon sets the tone for a personalized experience by offering the client a choice of four fragrances for the service, each with a specific therapeutic benefit. The service includes exfoliation of the hands, wrists, and arms using a hand peel with jojoba beads. A wrap is brushed on to promote skin cell regeneration, and the hands and arms are sprayed with a grapeseed antioxidant oil to protect the skin from the elements.
Products: Cuccio Elixir, Manicure Fizz Balls, Apple Cuticle Remover, Mango Hand Peel with Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, Deep Dermal Transforming Wrap, Anti-aging Grapeseed Oil, Body Butter, Forte Nail Strengthener, and Papaya Green Tea Cuticle Revitalizer Complex.
The Facial Quality: By applying masks and antioxidants, the salon goes beyond the typical manicure to make the client’s hands appear more youthful. The level of care in this service is the same as that in the classic facial.
For more information on Cuccio products go to www.cuccio.com.
Estheticians Carol Cisneros and Nina Perez of Studio Cie Skin and Makeup in Lakewood, Calif., offer these additional tips for how to keep your client’s hands young-looking and soft.
Use These Tips in the Salon:
> Here’s a useful protocol for performing a hand facial: 1) cleanse, 2) exfoliate with a granular scrub (like Dead Sea salts), 3) remove the scrub with a hot towel, 4) apply body butter on the front and back of hands, 5) place hands in plastic bags, then place inside warmed mitts (like microwave-safe lavender hand mitts), and 6) perform a light hand massage when the mitts start to cool.
> To perform a more aggressive hand treatment (which you can consider doing at the shampoo bowl or in other areas of the salon as an add-on service): 1) cleanse the hands and dry them, 2) apply a light layer of 40% glycolic peel or pumpkin peel (made of glycolic and enzymes) and leave on for two to 10 minutes (check the manufacturer’s instructions), 3) completely remove with hot towels, 4) apply a hydrating mask and leave on for 10 minutes, 5) remove with a cool towel, and 6) apply body, age-intervention, or vitamin hand cream or butter and perform a light hand massage.
> Paraffin dips are a great way to lock in hand moisture, and single-use kits keep it quick and easy. Try PerfectSense Paraffin, a personal paraffin service that incorporates aromatherapy, or ThermaSoft, a blend of soyaffin heat therapy and mineral energy.
> Stones, both hot and cold, can enhance anti-aging treatments. Look for either basalt volcanic stones (used hot) or aqua stones (used cold). Stones can help reduce puffiness and relieve stress during a hand massage.
Tell Your Clients:
>Always wear sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30. Carry a tube of sun-block in your purse for reapplication, as it will be removed as you wash your hands throughout the day.
> To protect the back of your hands from sun damage when driving, place your hands on the underside of the steering wheel with the palm sides up.
> Include your hands when using your at-home facial mask. Apply a thin layer on the backs of your hands, including the backs of the fingers. Allow the mask to stay on the same amount of time as the directions state for the face.
> Regularly stretch your hands and fingers. WebMD.com lists several hand exercises that are especially beneficial for clients with arthritis.