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Here are some suggestions to help you keep your skin and nails not just looking great - but feeling great, too!

Friday, November 8th

A Glycolic Acid Peel - or - Pumpkin Peel?

Facial peels offer benefits for aged and photo-damaged skin, acne, hyper pigmentation (brown spots or age spots) and scar reduction. Glycolic acid peels have been a popular way to achieve resurfacing; however, pumpkin peels have gained more in popularity. Both offer advantages and deserve consideration based on your skin and desired results.

Glycolic Acid Peel: Physicians and estheticians use glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar, as their most popular grade of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It works by removing the top layer of dead cells on the skin to achieve a new layer, and it helps minimize fine lines and hyper pigmentation. Benefits include treating acne and scar reduction. Dr. Eric Bernstein from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine explains that this type of peel stimulates the growth of collagen, which is lost due to aging and sun exposure and results in the formation of lines and winkles

Treatment Suggestions: Glycolic peels appeal to people who want to have measurable results without lengthy recuperation time. Glycolic peels, can be done up to once a week. Patients typically require three to six treatments. You should avoid glycolic peels should if your skin is sensitive or reactive. You can perform a test patch before a peel to determine if you will have an adverse reaction to the treatment. One way to do this is to apply a small amount glycolic acid to the inside of your arm or other relatively hairless part of of your body, cover it with a bandage, leave it on overnight and examine the results. Slight redness is common after treatment and may last up to a few days.

Pumpkin Peel: Some people respond better pumpkin peels than to glycolic peels. Pumpkin peels use the enzyme of the pumpkin to exfoliate and introduce vitamins and nutrients into the skin. In many cases, pumpkin peels result in immediate clarity and smoothness in the skin. People with sensitive skin and acne benefit from the pumpkin peel because it is less intrusive than a glycolic peel. It is full of beta carotene and vitamin A, which help to stimulate circulation and promote healing. Pumpkin peels are more successful at surface retexturizing; they do not reduce hyper pigmentation.

Benefits of Pumpkin Peels: There is no down time with a pumpkin peel and the treatment is not as harsh on sensitive skin as a glycolic peel. The number of treatments depends on skin type and the goals of the patient.

Considerations: Consult a certified esthetician or physician for a glycolic or pumpkin peel to avoid side effects based on your skin. Physicians offer glycolic acid peels at a higher concentration but may be more costly. To increase effectiveness of any peel it may be recommended that you combine the treatment with microdermabrasion, which removes the top micro-layer of the skin, or use a professional product at home to maintain the benefits of the peel.

Tuesday, July 2nd

Melanoma is called a "young person's disease" because it the second most common cancer found in young children and teens, and one of the most common cancers found in young adults.  If you or someone you know is, was or will be sixteen; please click the image below to view
this important video.

"Dear sixteen year old me..."

Tuesday, June 4th

Yesterday, Australian researchers published their findings of a study on the use of sunscreen 
Annals of Internal Medicine and was reported by NBC News.  The story can be found below and on segment on the NBC Today Show, this video (based on the story) was broadcast.

By Barbara Mantel, NBC News contributor

If fear of skin cancer doesn't persuade you to slather on the sunscreen, maybe vanity will.
Year-round use of sunscreen significantly slows the aging of skin caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays, according to the first rigorous study of its kind.
Australian researchers found that when adults regularly used broad spectrum sunscreen - which protects against both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays --  they were less likely to show increased wrinkling over a four-and-a-half-year period than adults who used sunscreen less often.
"We weren't surprised by the findings, but we now have the science to back it up," says Adele Green, a senior scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and lead author of the randomized, controlled trial -- considered the gold standard of scientific research -- published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, in an email to NBC News.
Previously, the only scientific evidence for the beneficial effects of sun screen on wrinkling was in hairless mice.
The researchers randomly assigned 903 adults, ages 25-55, to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day with frequent reapplications or to use sunscreen at their discretion.
Regardless of sex, age or skin color, everyone benefits from slathering on sunscreen, a new study finds.
The adults using daily sunscreen were 24 percent less likely to show increased aging, according to the study. Regardless of sex, age, skin color, occupation, skin cancer history, weight and smoking, everyone benefitted from daily sunscreen use.
The sunscreen in the study had a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15. Anything stronger might have had only a marginal additional effect, says Green. A sunscreen with an SPF 15 blocks about 94 percent of ultraviolet B rays, which are responsible for sunburn, while one with an SPF of 40 filters about 97.5 percent.
"The more important issue is applying the sunscreen well and reapplying it often," says Green.
Past studies have shown that people who use sunscreen can be lulled into a false sense of safety, staying out longer in the sun without applying sunscreen properly.
"The sunscreen has to be applied thick enough and in all areas to be effective," says Dr. Thomas Ruenger, a professor of dermatology at Boston University. Ruenger, who recently published a study showing UV rays induce skin cells to express and accumulate a protein associated with premature aging, recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 or 30 and reapplying every two hours and after sweating or bathing.
The broad spectrum sunscreen in the Australian study protected against both ultraviolet B rays and ultraviolet A rays, which penetrate deeper and cause skin damage. Dermatologists now think that both types of rays cause the skin to age, Ruenger says
"You have to protect yourself against both UVA and UVB, and so I recommend people use a sunscreen labeled broad spectrum," says Ruenger.
Many sunscreens on the market protect only against UVB rays.
If you can't stay out of the sun, Reunger recommends covering up with long sleeves, a brimmed hat and long pants and using sunscreen for exposed parts of the body.
Daily sunscreen use can also reduce skin cancers, says Green.
"It means a significant decrease in squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma," she says, according to earlier published results from a randomized, controlled study by the Australian researchers.
The current study also randomly assigned participants to take an oral supplement of beta-carotene or a placebo to test a belief among some consumers that anti-oxidants can keep skin young.  However, no difference in skin aging was observed.
The study was supported by the Australian government, Ross Cosmetics of Australia, and Roche Vitamins and Fine Chemicals of New Jersey.

Monday, May 20th

Are you having trouble getting your gel manicure to last as long as you expected? You've watched the nail tech painstakingly prepare and apply gel polish to your nails - utilizing pretty much the same process on each finger; but why is it that a few seem to prematurely break, lift, etc.? Maybe, it has to do more with what you're doing - or not doing - as the case may be.  It is important to understand that some people's bodies appear to reject gel nail polish. It seems that no matter what they do or how careful they are, the gel polish just doesn't stay on for very long. If this is the case with you, there's really little at this time that can be done.  Other than that, here are some things to consider:

Oil nails daily with cuticle oil to maintain inherent flexibility. Product that is allowed to become brittle will crack, break and lift.

Repetitive or severe pressure on the nail can lead to cracks and breaks. If you have a job where you are typing daily, keep your nail length short to avoid stressing the tips. Treat your nails as *jewels* - not tools !

Use 'tools' to help you perform your daily routines. This will help to insure against breakage. For instance, use a coin to pry up the tab on soft drink cans, use the side of your hand or finger to open car or refrigerator doors, and never reach for anything with your fingertips - as the gel nail tips will contact the object first.

Nails that are too long for your lifestyle or activity level (repetitive downward tip pressure) often result in failure. Discuss with your nail technician to help determine the best length for you.

Your nail technician takes extra care to see that the top surface of the gel *wraps* around the free edge of your nail. This is done to "seal" the edge and lock out water, chemicals, etc. that might otherwise seep in between the gel polish and your nail. It is for this reason that you should never file the free edge on a gel polished nail.

When changing polish between maintenance appointments, remove polish with a *gel* nail polish remover (never use 100% acetone) and cotton ball. After the enamel has been removed, wash hands and scrub nails with a soft toothbrush. Apply two thin coats of nail polish and a thin application of topcoat, allowing the layers to dry between coatings.

Wear gloves when performing household chores, working in the garden or whenever you use cleaning solutions of any kind. Most household cleaning solutions contain chemicals that will effect the gel overlay and result in service breakdown. Some household pest sprays contain a chemical that may actually melt the surface of the overlay and compromise the integrity of the product.

Wear gloves when washing dishes - or have someone else do them. If you must wash dishes, apply a heavier-than-normal layer of lotion on your hands and fingers before putting on gloves. The heat from the dishwater will help accelerate the absorption of the lotion into your skin. You'll not only protect your nails - but moisturize at the same time.

Thursday, May 9th:

We've been "banging the drum" lately about the dangers of UV exposure and how to protect your skin from it. What we haven't talked about yet - but equally (if not more) important - is protection of your eyes from these same damaging rays. Even though our business isn't about eye care, we feel obligated to pass along this very important information to our customers:

Cheap, dark sunglasses that do not provide UV protection information usually do not offer any of this protection, and can actually increase the damage invisible UV light (also called radiation) can do to your eyes. This is because dark sunglasses reduce the amount of visible light to the eye (the type of light to which your pupils respond and adjust), and causes them to dilate. Dilation makes it even easier for more damaging UV light to enter your eyes than not wearing these cheap sunglasses at all!

Here's what the Mayo Clinic says about sunglasses:

Yes, ultraviolet (UV) eye protection matters. UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. UV exposure also contributes to the development of certain types of cataracts and possibly macular degeneration.

When you're choosing sunglasses, look for UV-protection details on product labels. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Skip sunglasses that neglect to offer details about their UV protection. Keep in mind that the color and degree of darkness sunglasses provide have nothing to do with the sunglasses' ability to block UV rays. Also, opt for wraparound sunglasses or close-fitting sunglasses with wide lenses that protect your eyes from every angle.

Standard prescription eyeglasses in the U.S. are treated to provide UV protection while retaining a clear, non-tinted appearance. Some contact lenses also offer UV protection, but should be worn in combination with sunglasses to maximize UV protection.

Tuesday, May 7th:

The sun is getting higher in the sky and that means the chances of getting sunburned is increasing substantially. Cool and cloudy days are the number one offenders for "surprise" sunburns! If you've been skipping the sunblock and find yourself with uncomfortable, sunburnt skin, the use of antioxidants & aloe vera are your best choices to help ease discomfort and minimize damage. Here's why:

  • Vitamin C - Is an essential nutrient needed by the body. It is important not only for its role as a skin tissue builder but it is also has impressive sun protection properties. It is not a sunscreen because creams made with vitamin C cannot protect against ultraviolet rays. Sunblock is actually a shield that prevents the sun's ultraviolet light from reaching your skin so it won't burn. Vitamin C works by scavenging free radicals that are caused by the sun’s rays. Vitamin C can be rubbed into the skin and unlike sunscreen, it doesn't rub off. Vitamin C needs to be incorporated into a special mixture to be effective.

  • Vitamin E - Provides additional protection functioning as a free radical scavenger, too. Researchers are recommending the use of vitamin E after sun exposure rather than before. If vitamin E is applied immediately after exposure to the sun, it will soothe the skin and help prevent sunburn. Researchers state that this method can be effective even if applied a half-day after the sun exposure. It is better if the vitamin E acetate is applied before eight hours have elapsed after sun exposure. Vitamin E also can work from the inside out as an oral supplement. Taken internally it will also significantly reduce damage and inflammation caused by sun exposure. Before sun exposure a person should take five capsules of 400 international units for two days. If you are going to continue to be in the sun, take a capsule of the same strength each day. It is safe to take vitamin E orally before you go out into the sun.

  • Aloe Vera - One of the most popular and effective natural remedies for sunburn. The gel contains a wide variety of nutrients and other substances, including powerful anti-inflammatory agents that have a beneficial cooling effect on the skin. These include aloectin B, a chemical that has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and also stimulates the immune system. Aloe vera is also very good for pain relief. If you are using a fresh leaf for your aloe vera sunburn remedy, cut it open, and apply the pulp directly to the skin. You could also peel off the leaf's top layer, and rub the inside directly on the skin. Note that there is a yellow sap at the end of the leaves (bitter aloes) - don't apply this to the skin (or take it internally - it has laxative qualities!). Once applied, the gel has a rapid cooling effect, and forms a protective layer over the burn, reducing the risk of infection.  Refrigerating the leaves first (not the whole plant) enhances the natural cooling effect. Reapply as necessary, as aloe has a high water content, and will evaporate. After the initial burning sensation has cooled, it is best to mix the aloe vera with an oil such as vitamin E (just pierce a capsule and squeeze it out), in order to balance out the aloe's natural astringent effect.

Wednesday April 9th:

Did you know? Relax - it's good for you!

When a person becomes stressed, the level of the body’s stress hormone (cortisol) rises. This in turn causes an increase in oil production, which can lead to oily skin, acne and other related skin problems. Even people with skin that is not affected by acne tend to develop temporary stress-related acne due to increased oil production. It doesn't stop there either.

Some physicians believe stress can cause unexplained hair loss. When someone is under stress, hair can go into the telogen (fall-out) phase. Telogen effluvium is a very common hair loss problem that can occur up to three months after a stressful event. Fortunately, this is temporary for most people. After the initial hair loss, hair usually grows back in six to nine months.

Nails are not immune to showing outward signs of stress, and some people develop the nervous habit of biting their nails or picking at them when they feel stressed. Another stress-related nail habit rubbing fingers over the thumb nail, which can create a ridge across the nail. This rubbing causes a distortion of the nail plate, and when the nail grows, a raised ridge forms in the middle of the nail. Brittle, peeling nails also are a common side effect of stress.

And the kicker.. Weight gain. Animal and human studies have demonstrated that elevated cortisol levels are associated with increased appetite, cravings for sugar, and the resulting weight gain.

So, what to do?? Check these suggestions in this link from WebMD.   Oh, and try to RELAX!

Wednesday April 3rd:

The warmer weather is coming (really - it is!) and we expect that the popularity of our waxing services will begin to increase significantly again.  In order to make your waxing session as painless and stress-free as possible, we have provided these 12 tips to help you have the best possible waxing experience and results.   In no particular order:

  • A woman with sensitive skin should schedule waxing sessions two weeks after her period.  Skin is less sensitive at this time.
  • Before waxing, always make sure that your skin is not injured or burned in any way.  If you have allergies, cuts, open wounds, sunburns or warts, get a treatment before going for waxing.  Waxing can aggravate these conditions otherwise. 

  • Let your provider know of any skin tags or overly sensitive areas before wax is applied.

  • Skip exfoliation, saunas and steam baths on the day prior to waxing.

  • Do not drink coffee on the day before or on day of waxing as caffeine makes you sensitive to pain. Avoid colas (and other soft drinks containing caffeine), including tea as they also contain caffeine.

  • Bathe these areas as close to the waxing session as possible. This will help in removing the oils on hair - which interferes with adhesion of the wax.
  • Do not apply and moisturizer or sunscreen or even deodorants to areas that will be waxed.  Anything on hair to be removed interferes with the adhesion of the wax.
  • If you have sensitive skin, consider taking a non-aspirin pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil about 30 to 45 minutes prior to your waxing session. Doing so will help reduce discomfort associated with waxing.  Aspirin should be avoided.

  • Do not exfoliate areas that were waxed for 4 to 7 days after waxing.  Skin in these areas is sensitive and may become easily irritated if you attempt exfoliating too soon. 

  • Bathe with cooler water than normal.  Water will feel much warmer on the sensitive skin of the waxed areas for several days.  Cooler water will help sooth sensitive skin, too.

  • Resist the urge to scratch.  Scratching can damage and cause scaring sensitive skin in worst case scenarios.  Applying cool / cold compress will calm the itch - follow with an application of Aloe Vera gel from leaf if needed.  Just a light film should be applied but do not massage into the skin.

  • Continue to moisturize skin as needed to help relieve any discomfort for as long as desired.

Friday March 29th:

As most of you know, Jan's sister Dianne is a nail technician and manager at The Polished Loft. Earlier today, Dianne made a very informative post on her personal Facebook page that we asked to share on our TPL page. The post contains her recent observations and thoughts that should be of concern to anyone that visits a salon (or another person or place) to receive any kind of nail services. Here's Dianne's post:

As you may know, I have been a Nail Technician (Manicurist) for the past 17 years. If you ever have nail services done, I ask that you please read this. I am astonished at what I have seen just in the past 10 months. I have seen more fingernail and toe nail fungus infections, serious skin infections, and irreparable damage being done to people's nails. I feel as though I need to spread the word so that those that have nail services done can protect yourselves. When a nail salon is extremely busy, please beware as the time spent between clients is crucial, for that is when the Nail Tech's implements (tools) are being cleaned and properly sanitized. This includes pedicure chairs and manicure tables as well. Many salons overbook themselves and are not following the Massachusetts laws regarding sanitation and sterilization procedures. There have already been two cases of "Death by Pedicures." For your protection, do not shave your legs the day of receiving a pedicure. Shave two days prior. The reason for this is because when you shave, you are opening up the hair follicles which could allow bacteria to enter your skin. Also, do NOT allow any manicurist to cut your cuticles which includes the cuticles on your toes. Cuticles are meant to protect the root of the nail and breaking the skin causes hangnails, thicker cuticles, disfigurement of your natural nail, and may cause serious skin infections that can enter your bloodstream. Please remember that nail services should NEVER be painful. If you are feeling discomfort of any kind, something is seriously wrong!!! Please take the time to investigate the salon that you go to. Don't be afraid to ask questions as you deserve to receive a high quality service.

What are AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)? Should I be using them?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids Defined:

Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit and milk sugars. The most commonly used alpha hydroxy acids are glycolic acid and lactic acid because they have a special ability to penetrate the skin. They also have the most scientific data on their effectiveness and side effects. The following are the 5 major types of alpha hydroxy acids found in skin-care products and their sources:

  • glycolic acid - sugar cane
  • lactic acid - milk
  • malic acid - apples and pears
  • citric acid - oranges and lemons
  • tartaric acid - grapes

GlyMed Plus AHA Accelerator

With increasing research into what causes wrinkles and the effects of photoaging, alpha hydroxy acids have increased greatly in popularity. Alpha hydroxy acids have been used for thousands of years as a skin rejuvenating product. Cleopatra is reported to have bathed in sour mild (lactic acid) to improve her complexion. Now hydroxy acids are a common additive to numerous skin care products including moisturizers, cleanser, toners, and masks.

How Alpha Hydroxy Acids Work:
Alpha hydroxy acids work mainly as an exfoliant. They cause the cells of the epidermis to become "unglued" allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin. Alpha hydroxy acids may even stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Alpha hydroxy acids are reported to improve wrinkling, roughness, and mottled pigmentation of photodamaged skin after months of daily application. Alpha hydroxy acids found in skin-care products work best in a concentration of 5% to 8% and at a pH of 3 to 4.

Side Effects of Alpha Hydroxy Acids:
The two major side effects of alpha hydroxy acids are irritation and sun sensitivity. Symptoms of irritation include redness, burning, itching, pain, and possibly scarring. People with darker colored skin are at a higher risk of scarring pigment changes with alpha hydroxy acids. The use of alpha hydroxy acids can increase sun sensitivity by 50% causing an interesting dilemma. It appears that alpha hydroxy acids may be able to reverse some of the damage caused by photoaging, but at the same time they make the skin more susceptible to photoaging. It is clear that anyone using alpha hydroxy acids must use a good sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB protection.

FDA Guidelines on Alpha Hydroxy Acids:
Because of concerns over the side effects of alpha hydroxy acids, the FDA in 1997 announced that alpha hydroxy acids are safe for use by consumers with the following guidelines:

  • The final product has a pH of 3.5 or higher
  • The AHA concentration is 10% or less 
  • The final product must have an effective sunscreen in the formulation or warn people to use sunscreen products.

We offer treatments that make use of and offer for purchase a variety of spa-quality Glymed Plus products that contain AHAs. We are happy to help you select from our products and services that should work best for you.

Do you pay attention to the skin on your neck and chest the same way you do for your face? When at the beach and during the summer months you probably remember to apply sunscreen and moisturizers to these areas - but what about the other nine months of the year? The neck and chest are *first* to show the signs of aging largely because they have fewer oil glands than the rest of the body. Unfortunately, most of us ignore these areas. It's time to take notice! Apply moisturizers that have age-fighting ingredients like vitamin A (retinols), kinetin, copper or vitamin C and protect with sunblocks containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and have an SPF value of up to 30.

Recently, we posted that smoking was the second most significant contributor to skin damage. The number one cause (drum roll please...) is the Sun. No surprise there, but there are steps you can take to minimize this damage. You don't have to stay indoors your whole life or only go out at night - but you should wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Just like at the beach - you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day - because clouds can not block harmful UV (ultra violet) rays of the sun. Choose products that have SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. Don't stop using sunscreen in winter either! It takes as little as 20 minutes of unprotected exposure to damage your skin. You probably won't see the damage that day - because the effects of the sun on yur skin is cumulative. More to come!

If you're concerned about your skin (if you aren't yet - you will much sooner than you think) and its appearance, quit smoking! Even better, don't start. Have you ever notice the skin of a lifelong smoker? It can appear as wrinkly as a squashed paper bag. Most people can spot a smoker by the lines above the mouth that tend to form from constant lip pursing. The lines always seem to point to the mouth as if saying, "insert cigarette here." Skin care shouldn't be postponed until you reach 20, 30 or 40 years of age - it must start now. Use of tobacco products is the second single largest contributor of skin damage, largely due to nicotine. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and reduces oxygen flow to the skin, stripping it of elasticity and healthy glow. The result is skin that looks gray, wrinkly and dried out.

The actual drying or "curing" time for nail polish is up to 12 hours. That's why you might wake up with unsightly lines or patterns (from pillow & bedsheets) imbedded in the polish surface like those shown in the picture to the left.

To speed curing time, keep your nails away from all heat sources, including your breath. Instead, expose them to cold temperatures. The easiest way to do this is to submerge your finger tips in a bowl or cup of cold water for two or three minutes. You can "kick it up a notch" by adding ice to the water which accelerate the process that much more.  This causes the top surface to become harder than the soft polish underneath.  As long as you don't bump or rub against something sharp or abrasive, the hard top should protect until the rest of the polish is fully cured.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you should consult a doctor or dermatologist if you experience any of the following conditions as they may indicate a potential health issue:

1) Changes in nail color, such as discoloration of the entire nail or a dark streak under the nail 2) Changes in nail shape, such as curling of nails 3) Thinning or thickening of the nails 4) Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin 5) Bleeding around the nails 6) Redness, swelling or pain around the nails.

Be smart and safeguard your health!

If you follow us on
Facebook, you've seen our links to the dangers associated with the use of tanning booths and tanning beds. This is a serious health concern.  The following is the first paragraph from a story on The American Cancer Society's page regarding tanning beds and booths usage: 

"Tanning beds pose a greater cancer risk than previously believed, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization (WHO) agency that developed the most widely used system for classifying carcinogens. The group has elevated tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category – 'carcinogenic to humans" (Group 1). Tanning beds had previously been classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans.'"

Our FakeBake
® Air Brushed Spray Tanning service is a safe alternative to sun bathing and the use of tanning beds and booths. As an added plus, when you purchase your first session, you'll receive a second, non-transferable session for free!

With the arrival of winter comes chapped hands.  Health care professionals tell us to wash our hands often to prevent the spread of germs and flu; but all this hand washing can cause painful chapping.  You can reduce chapping by washing your hands with cool or warm water and mild soaps.  Washing with hot water and powdered soaps should be avoided.  Also, limit soap and water exposure only to the palms of your hands.  Be sure to dry thoroughly with an air dryer or pat dry with a towel.  Apply two or three thin layers of lotion after drying and allow it to be fully absorbed between applications.  Reapply as often as needed throughout the day.  Include the application of quality facial moisturizer to your hands as part of your morning and evening moisturizing routine during dry winter months.  For extra help with chapping, try our Paraffin Treatment.  It is perfect for soothing chapped hands.      

For those that have dry nails that are splitting or cracking, apply a small amount of cuticle oil twice daily (one of those times should preferably be just before going to bed) to deeply moisturize not only the cuticle, but also the skin and surrounding nail area. Cuticle oil helps increase circulation in the nail bed, stimulates new nail growth and reduces hang nails.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
are found in products that help reduce wrinkles or the signs of aging, and improve the overall look and feel of the skin.  Products that contain them work especially well at night as the circadian rythm of the skin indicates that we shed our skin cells about 2:00 AM.  The use of products with these acids helps the process and keeps the skin supple.

Try to remember to not shave your legs in the two day period prior to your pedicure appointment.  Here's why - when you shave, the blade irritates and expands the opening in the skin that surrounds the hair folicle.  Skipping the shave for 48 hours allows time for irritation to subside and hair follicles to close completely, reducing the chances of irritation the day of your pedicure.

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