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Manicure

What does manicure mean?
Manicure is derived from the Latin words manus, meaning hand and cura, meaning care.

Believe it or not, people have been manicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years. In southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further. Originating in China in 3,000 BC, nail colour indicated one's social status -- according to a Ming dynasty manuscript, royal fingernails were painted black and red. The Egyptians also coloured their nails, using red to show the highest social class. It is said that Cleopatra's nails were painted a deep red, whereas Queen Nefertiti went with a flashier ruby shade. In ancient Egypt and Rome, military commanders also painted their nails to match their lips before they went off to battle.

Benefits of a Manicure

Why do we have manicures?
Well apart from the pampering from having the treatment done in a salon it is also keep the nails smooth, the skin soft, improve the appearance of the hands and keep the cuticles attractive and most importantly the nails healthy. Our hands are a part of our body that we tend to take for granted. Just think of what you put them through everyday!
So why not pamper yourself by going for a professional manicure. Having a manicure will help you to see how the implements are used, also don't forget you can always ask your therapist questions and get more hints and tips from them on keeping them looking fantastic!

For great looking nails.....
DO'S:                                                       
Eat a well balanced diet
Wear gloves to protect
Apply hand cream
Have regular manicures to maintain your nails
DON'TS:
Use your nails as tools
Never use a metal file
Paint coloured enamel straight on to the nail plate, this will discolour your nails.

  Pedicure

What does pedicure mean?
It is a cosmetic foot treatment. Pedicure is derived from the Latin words: pedis, meaning foot and cura, meaning care.

Believe it or not, people have been treating their nails for more than 4,000 years. In southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further. Originating in China in 3,000 BC, nail colour indicated one's social status -- according to a Ming dynasty manuscript, royal fingernails were painted black and red. The Egyptians also coloured their nails, using red to show the highest social class. It is said that Cleopatra's nails were painted a deep red, whereas Queen Nefertiti went with a flashier ruby shade. In ancient Egypt and Rome, military commanders also painted their nails to match their lips before they went off to battle.

Benefits of a Pedicure

Why do we have pedicures?
Well apart from the pampering from having the treatment done in a salon it is also keep the nails smooth, the skin soft, improve the appearance of the feet and keep the cuticles attractive and most importantly the nails healthy. Our feet are a part of our body that we tend to take for granted. Just think of what you put them through everyday!
So why not pamper yourself by going for a professional pedicure. Having a pedicure will help you to see how the implements are used, also don't forget you can always ask your therapist questions and get more hints and tips from them on keeping them looking fantastic!

For great looking nails.....
DO'S:
Eat a well balanced diet
Wear good fitting shoes
Apply foot moisturiser cream
Have regular pedicures to maintain your nails
DON'TS:
Use your nails as tools
Never use a metal file
Paint coloured enamel straight on to the nail plate, this will discolour your nails.

  Facials

Identification of skin types
There are 8 basic skin care types: Oily, combination, sensitive, dry, mature, dehydrated, black & normal.Your skin type is determined by how much, or how little, oil your skin produces. Genes, diet, stress levels, medication & even skincare regime all determine how much oil your skin produces.

To establish your type you could do a 'skin test.' Wash your face, pat dry, take some tissue paper & press on different areas of your face. If your skin is oily, the paper will stick, pick up oily spots & become translucent. If the paper doesn't stick or pick up any oily spots, your skin is dry. If it sticks in your t-zone (forehead, nose & chin) then you have combination (or normal) skin. About 70 percent of women have combination skin.

The 8 different skin types & their characteristics.

Oily skin looks shiny with enlarged pores, and is prone to blackheads & blemishes. You might experience some tightness. Less likely to wrinkle.
Combination/normal skin has medium pores, a smooth & even texture, good circulation, healthy colour, may tend toward dryness on the cheeks while being oily in the t-zone.
Sensitive skin tends to be thin, delicate with fine pores. It flushes easily, is prone to broken capillaries, is frequently allergic & can be rashy, can be any type.
Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing & has fine wrinkles, flaking & red patches. No visible pores, may appear dull or lifeless. Usually pinkish.
Mature or sun-damaged skin, also feels tight with visible wrinkles, slack skin tone, especially around the cheeks, neck & jawline, with leathery texture & broken capillaries and uneven colour. Over 40 year olds.
Dehydrated skin has a lack of water in tissues. Fine orange peel appearance due to sunlight, heat, diet.
Black skin, 35 different shades, imperfections not as visible. Many number sweat glands thus shiny, velvet, pleasant to touch. Thicker & tougher, more likely to be normal but can be oily or dry.
Normal skin, “perfect”. Fresh complexion, no spots, open pores, even coloured. Soft & supple appearance and texture.

 

 

         

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