Client issue: sore, cracked skin around fingernails, nails split and flimsy and won’t grow as very weak and break off.
What the client says:
“I have a job that means I am very often showcasing ideas to clients on laptops and iPads; I am so self-conscious of my hands that I can get distracted by worrying that people are looking at my hands rather than what I am pointing to!
I don’t bite my nails, but they won’t grow. My skin around my fingers cracks and is often very sore. My nails seem to grow in layers and split once they get to a certain length. I don’t wear nail polish as it seems to emphasise the sore parts around my fingernails and to use nail polish remover stings so bad! There no point me getting a manicure either as polish peels off in a couple of hours! What can I do?
Sue says: “The first thing we need to do is nourish the nails and heal the skin. Cuticle oil is a great way to treat weak, brittle nails. We use Dadi Oil at Gorgeous, (£4.50 for 3.75ml) a luxurious natural nail oil which absorbs quickly and penetrates deep into the skin and nail, and smells fantastic!
Follow with a high-quality hand cream packed with nutrients such as luxury Dadi lotion which will moisturise without being greasy, nourish the skin and help soothe any soreness.
While you are nourishing and healing, keep nails filed and sort to prevent breakage and splitting. Use a good quality file such as a smooth feel file (240 grit) or glass or wooden file, like the Exact file from Artistic Nail Design.
Cheap emery boards and heavy grit files are too much for a natural nail, especially nails that are weak, and will open the keratin fibres at the free edge causing flaking, delamination, splitting etc. Remember when choosing a file, smooth is your friend!
Once your skin has healed, and your nails have been nourished, I recommend an IBX treatment. This treatment will penetrate the nail with a toughening agent; this fuses together the nail’s top layers to improve nail plate integrity and help your nails grow longer and stronger. A good manicure and a gel polish will help to protect the nail, and also encourage you to cease any picking or skin biting habits you may have, as your hands and nails will look great and you’ll want to keep them that way! Never peel off gel polish at home as this can be very damaging to nails.”
So, first of all, we are going to spend two weeks nourishing and soothing while healing the skin. Here are the before photos, we will update progress regularly to show how we progress with helping this client reach her goal of nails she can be proud of!
At this time of the year our hands are a regular focus for many of us as they can be so cold! Do you wear gloves every time you go out in cold weather? Do you wear SPF? Do you exfoliate your hands? Are they dry & cracked? How much elasticity do you have? How can you keep your hands looking their best?
These are all questions that we should be considering as the weather takes effect on our skin, nails and cuticles. The weather can make or break our hands & nails and we take a lot of care of our facial skin and body skin, but for many their hands are overlooked. They are the hardest working parts of our body. Constantly affected by everything we do, be it housework, going to the park with the kids, sitting in the sun, scraping the ice off the windscreen. All these things impact on the soft tissues of our hands.
Here’s some helpful hints to get your hands looking their best!
Use Cuticle Oil. Regularly massage in a high-grade cuticle oil. This will provide nutrients rich oils to one of the driest areas of your fingers but will also help increase circulation through the massage. We use Dadi-Oil during our nail services to help replenish your cuticles and surrounding skin. Regular use of cuticle oil will keep your cuticles in prime condition and help with hangnails, overgrowth and the general health of your nail area. If you wear any nail enhancement products, cuticile oil is a must for keeping your natural nails in tip top condition. Dadi Oil is available in 3.75ml handbag size (£4.50) or for a full size 15ml for your dressing table (£11.95).
Exfoliation is important for your skin and will help with cell renewal. Our circulation and cell renewal are affected by the cold. When you use an exfoliator, you remove the dead skin cells that are still loitering on the surface and this process encourages cell renewal at a deeper level in your skin. We’d recommend a thorough exfoliation of your hands once a week. The process of massaging in will increase circulation to your hands bringing nutrients and oxygen, both necessary to keep your skin healthy and more youthful looking.
Hand creams and lotions vary a lot and we would recommend a product that is based in natural oils and nutrients. That pinch the back of your hand trick that your mum showed you is where you’ll see how much elasticity is in your skin. If it stays in the air you still have good collagen and skin firmness. The quicker it drops the more your skin needs the support. Try and avoid petroleum-based products as these can be drying to the skin. Try and use hand lotion after washing your hands. For the best results, before bed coat your hands in hand lotion, your cuticles in oil, pop on some cotton gloves and feel the difference the next morning. You only really need do this once a week, but it provides an intense moisture bath for your hands and nails. For a good quality hand & body lotion try Dadi-Lotion £16.95 (236ml).
Book a manicure – Let us do the work for you! In our manicure you will receive a nail tidy, cuticle tidy, exfoliation and massage with hand lotion. We use Salt of the Earth products to help you escape into a soothing, aromatic experience. We use Salt of the Earth products to help you escape into a soothing, aromatic experience. Your hands will thank you for it. Available as a regular manicure or alongside your gel polish. Standard Manicure £23 or Gel Polish with Manicure £35.
Sun protection. Try and remember that your hands get more sunlight than any part of your body. Hence you will regularly see age or ‘liver’ spots on the hands. If you have had a life of sunshine and have sun damage on your hands or elsewhere we are now able to assist with the removal of this using our Cryopen. £50 for your first treatment (inc consultation) and £30 for ongoing treatments.
Watch the video below for more information on Cryopen or click here to book your consultation online.
Sensitive skin is a condition that can cause unpleasant sensations on the skin such as itching, redness, burning and stinging, and can be caused by a number of factors including the food we eat, alcohol, medication and health conditions, as well as environmental factors like the weather, extremes in temperature, inappropriate skincare or lack of any sort of skincare routine.
It is possible that the wrong kind of creams and lotions can make skin sensitivity worse, which means it is important to use the correct type of products to, not only help remedy the situation, but protect from further damage.
What does [ comfort zone ] say about skin irritation?
“Our skin is home to a diverse ecosystem, including various microorganisms. About 1 million bacteria per square centimetre reside on the skin’s surface. This community of microorganisms which lives inside and at the surface of our bodies is called microbiota. The skin’s microbiota plays an essential role in our adaptive immunity, meaning that maintaining a beneficial bacterial balance will help protect our skin from harmful bacteria that trigger inflammation. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that promote health, such as lactobacillus found in yogurt. Prebiotics are the good bacteria’s nutritional sources which preserve the microbiota, thereby protecting its defence mechanisms. In the beauty salon or spa, aestheticians can recommend the use of products which have the function of promoting skin barrier integrity and the subsequent equilibrium of the microbiota. In this way, the constant use of these types of products will strengthen the skin, reducing cutaneous reactivity”
According to statistics, approximately 50% of the population show signs of sensitive skin, and that figure is growing. The stress of modern life means we cannot always be aware of the pollutants and products we subject our bodies and skin to, but that does not mean we have to suffer. Finding the right skincare solution for you is paramount to healthy, beautiful problem free skin.
“Introducing REMEDY, [ comfort zone ]’s professional and homecare solution to soothe and fortify sensitive and sensitised skins, targeting all the effects of excess inflammation. REMEDY’s exclusive approach leverages the power of a prebiotic to promote skin health and to provide extra defence, natural botanical extracts to curb inflammation, blended with precious Marula Oil to repair the skin barrier. Redness is visibly reduced, a sensation of relief is immediately provided, the skin is stronger and more resilient to prevent future inflammation. The new REMEDY is extremely gentle on the skin and on the environment, following our formulation philosophy SCIENCE-BASED CONSCIOUS FORMULAS™. It is free from silicones, parabens, mineral oils, added fragrances and surfactants. The products contain up to 98% of natural-origin ingredients, and have been dermatologically tested on sensitive skins.”
Microdermabrasion is a treatment developed to treat visible signs of ageing, remove dead skin cells, treat dull and dehydrated skin and stimulate blood flow and collagen formation. A fine jet of tiny abrasive crystals is applied to the skin while a vacuum lifts away the dead skin cells that are removed revealing the fresher layers of skin underneath.
Microdermabrasion skin treatment courses are available at our salon in Bexley to not only regenerate the skin, but also treat acne scarring, scars, sun damage, lines, wrinkles and a variety of other skin issues and concerns. You will notice a difference after only one treatment, however courses of microdermabrasion treatments may be needed for scarring and more severe issues.
Here at Gorgeous in Bexley, we use Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion, which is a well known favorite among celebrities and models, many who have declared Crystal Clear their ‘favourite treatment’ reinforcing Crystal Clear’s position as THE microdermabrasion brand to use.
Martine McCutcheon’s favourite facial is Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion treatment
Gwyneth Paltrow has tried Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion and is a fan
Jennifer Ellison says “When I need a boost I invest in a Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion facial”
Lauren Pope says “What a fab range of skincare products, I am now officially a Crystal Clear addict!”
Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion is clinically proven and celebrated as a skin resurfacing treatment that offers flawless results for problem skin, including pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, scarring and body treatments.
In clinical trials, Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion was conclusively proven to dramatically and visibly improve the texture and appearance of the skin, reducing and smoothing lines and wrinkles and producing more rejuvenated skin.
Instantly beautiful rejuvenated skin can be yours with Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion. A string of celebrity and model fans have declared Crystal Clear their ‘favourite treatment’ reinforcing Crystal Clear’s position as THE microdermabrasion brand to use.
Feel the difference and treat your skin to a total rejuvenating treatment that will leave you with visibly firmer, younger skin immediately.
Courses may be required to see a continued and improving result for your area of concern and once you have achieved your agreed goal monthly appointments are recommended to maintain your result
Book your Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion treatment online now by clicking here, or call the salon on 01322 528882
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