Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chapter 15: Facial Massage

1. The benefits of massage include:

  • Relaxes the client and the facial muscles
  • Stimulates blood and lymph circulation
  • Improves overall metabolism and activates sluggish skin
  • Helps muscle tone
  • Helps cleanse the skin of impurities and softens sebum
  • Helps slough off dead skin cells
  • Reduces puffiness and sinus congestion
  • Helps product absorption
  • Relieves muscle tension and pain
  • Provides a sense of physiological and psychological well-being
2. The different styles of classical massage movements are:

Effleurage: a soft, continuous stroking movement applied with the fingers and palms in a slow and rhythmic manner.

Petrissage: a kneading movement that stimulates the underlying tissues.

Friction: a rubbing movement; pressure is maintained on the skin to create friction.  Chucking, rolling, and wringing are variations of friction.

Tapotement: fast tapping, slapping, and hacking movements.

Vibration: a rapid shaking movement in which the technician uses the body and shoulders, not just the fingertips, to create the movement.

3. The Dr. Jacquet movement is mostly used for oily skin.  It helps move sebum out of the follicles and up to the skin's surface by kneading.

4. The facial massage steps are:
  1. Set up the room
  2. Prepare the table, equipment, and workstation
  3. Help the client prepare for the service
  4. Apply the massage product with relaxing strokes
  5. Move up the forehead
  6. Begin upward strokes in the middle of the forehead and at the brow line
  7. Begin a circular movement in the middle of the forehead along the brow line
  8. Start a crisscross stroking movement at the middle of the forehead, starting at the brow line

5. Some contraindications for massage include:
  • contagious diseases
  • inflamed acne
  • sunburn
  • sensitive skin
  • certain health problems such as high blood pressure or cancer

7. On the muscles, you massage in the direction from muscle insertion to origin.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentines Nails!

Holidays are an especially fun time to play with nail art.  Here are some of the Valentines designs I created this year.

Simple polish with CND Vinyl lux pink hearts on top.

Design with Shellac and glitter, with a tiny polish heart on top.

Polish design


She wanted arrows and Valentines colors.

And my personal favorite... sweet and simple.
Happy Valentines Day!

Chapter 14: Basic Facials

1. Benefits of a facial include:
  • deep cleanses
  • exfoliates
  • increases circulation and detoxifies
  • relaxes the senses, nerves, and muscles
  • stimulates the skin functions and metabolism
  • slows down premature aging
  • treats conditions such as dryness, oiliness, or redness
  • softens wrinkles and aging lines
  • helps clear up blemishes
2. The steps in a basic facial are:
  • Client consultation (including review of contraindications and initial skin analysis)
  • Client draping
  • Warm towels and cleansing
  • In-depth skin analysis
  • Exfoliation product or mask
  • Softening with steam or warm towels
  • Extractions (and/or brow waxing)
  • Massage
  • Mask (massage and mask steps can be reversed)
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer and/or sunscreen
3. A mini-facial differs from a basic facial because it takes about half the time.  Steps that can be omitted include: comprehensive skin analysis, massage, or extractions.

4. Three contraindications include:
  • Medication such as Accutane
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies to products or ingredients
5. Three important guidelines to follow in order to be successful and to maintain client loyalty are:
  • Always approach a client with a smile
  • Maintain neat, clean, and sanitary conditions
  • Give the client your full attention at all times
6. A mask is left in place for about 7-10 minutes.

7. Four ingredients that are beneficial for mature skin are:
  • Antioxidants such as C, E, and A
  • AHA's
  • Hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin
  • Peptides
8. Treatment contraindications for sensitive skin are too much warmth or steam, and anything too aggressive.

9. Four ingredients that are used for acne include:
  • BHA's
  • Sulfur masks
  • Vitamins
  • Benzoyl peroxide
10. The key points to consider when choosing skin care products for men are:
  • Tubes and pumps are more male-friendly than jars
  • Home care regimen should be simple.  Start with 2 products.
  • Men tend to like the foaminess of soaps
  • Educate him on sun protection and skin cancer facts