Spring Has Sprung….Almost! Popular Spring Spa Treatments Popping Up

This week marks the first day of spring, and we are already seeing the difference! With the warmer weather coming our clients are looking forward to offering their clients treatments to get ready to be bare! Some of the hottest categories on Pure Spa Direct right now include:

Waxing
With warmer weather on the way, clients everywhere are preparing to show more skin, and the first step is to rid all that unwanted hair! Some of our most popular wax products include:

Tanning
Tanning Season is here! Be it for a vacation, prom, wedding season, or just because they are tired of pale winter skin, tanning is BOOMING right now!
Clients are ready to rid themselves of dull, lifeless winter skin and prepare for their waxing and tanning services, so body treatments are hot right now. Whether for smoothing, softening, or detoxing – all things body are where its at!
What special Spring Treatments are you seeing the most success with this season?

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Popular Esthetic Treatments Explained: Galvanic

One of the most popular pieces of esthetic equipment that Pure Spa Direct offers is galvanic. This treatment is the perfect add on for many facials, and most of our estheticians find galvanic equipment an excellent investment. However, what exactly is galvanic, and how does it benefit the client?

The skinblocks the absorption of almost all products applied directly on top of thepores, which is why even the most expensive skin care products do not always makeany difference to the texture or tone of the skin.
Galvanicfacial treatments offer a solution for making those skincare products work; themachine promotes the absorption of products used on the skin, driving themdeeper into the pores so that they can work. It also helps to tighten up theskin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for good.
Galvanic facial machines convert oscillating current from an electrical outlet into adirect current. Electrons are then allowed to flow continuously in the samedirection. This creates a relaxation response that can be used to targetspecific nerve endings in the epidermis. Galvanic machines are most often usedby Estheticians to effectively push skin care product into the client’s skin.
Galvanicfacial machines use electric current to create two significant reactions inesthetics: chemical (disincrustation) and ionic (iontophoresis). Micro currentenergy has been documented and studied for over a century, and galvanictreatments use very low-frequency impulses so there is no risk of burning orelectric shock.
Galvanic isbased on the basic laws of electricity: “similar or like repel, opposites attract”. Thetwo forces (positive and negative) pull together like a magnet and push theskin care product into the deeper layers of the skin, or the dermis. The capacityof the skin9s absorption is increased by the galvanic ion and this improves thepenetration of products (such as anti-wrinkle cream) through theskin. In addition, skin will be completely cleansed as negative ions force allthe dirt and debris held within the pores to the surface. At the same time, thepositive ions give the skin a fresh look and plump the skin, banishingwrinkles.
How It Works
Thegalvanic hand piece is used to direct a galvanic current of ions directly intothe skin. These positive and negative ions act like a magnet on top of theskin9s surface, and will slowly push the product lying on the skin9s surfacedown into the deeper layers. The skin can then absorb the treatment withinseconds and the electric energy also firms up, tones and tightens the skinduring the session. Most sessions last for just 10-15 minutes, but are combinedwith a full facial treatment that can last up to an hour.
Theclient holds the positive electrode while performing disincrustation and thenegative while performing iontophoresis. The technician gently rubs or pressesthe galvanic massager over the skin so it gives a steady, direct galvaniccurrent of positive and negative ions through the skin.
Disincrustation(Negative Pole)
Estheticiansuse disincrustation (anaphoresis) to facilitate deep-pore cleansing. Duringthis process, galvanic current is used to create a chemical reaction that liquefies sebum and debris. This treatment is very beneficial foroily or acne skin because it helps soften and relax the debris in the folliclefor extractions.
Toperform disincrustation, an acid-based electropositive solution(disincrustation lotion) is placed onto the skin’s surface. The solution isformulated to remain on the surface of the skin rather than be absorbed. Whenconducting disincrustation, the client holds the positive electrode, thepositive polarity. The esthetician has direct contact with the disincrustatorthat is set on negative polarity. This creates a chemical reaction thattransforms the sebum of the skin using a process known as saponification. Soapis made from fat and lye (sodium hydroxide). When the electrical currentinteracts with the salts in the skin, it creates the chemicalsodium hydroxide or lye. This soapy substance helps dissolve excess oil,clogged pores, and remove other debris on the skin, while softening it at thesame time. For those who suffer from acne, this treatment can help removesebaceous blockages and clear congestion that leads to acne. A hydrating andnourishing substance needs to be applied during the facial process in order forthose with dry and normal skins to benefit from galvanic.
Effects of Disincrustation
  • Produces Alkaline reactions
  • Opens the pores
  • Stimulates and irritates the nerves
  • Increases blood supply
  • Softens tissues
Iontophoerisis(Positive Pole)
Iontophoresistherapy is the therapeutic introduction of ions of soluble salts into tissuesby means of electric current; a form of electro-osmosis; also, a process ofincreasing the penetration of drugs into surface tissues by the application ofelectric current. In short, Iontophoresis is the process of introducingwater-soluble products into the skin with an electric current. This processallows estheticians to penetrate ions of an applied solution into the deeperlayers of the skin with the galvanic current. Ions are atoms or molecules thatcarry an electrical charge. Current flows through conductive solutions from thepositive and negative polarities. This is known as ionization, the separatingof a substance into ions.
Theelectricity triggers cellular turnover so that any damaged tissues can repairand heal quickly, and even though the procedure does not injure the tissues, itdoes ‘trick9 the cells so that they begin to undergo the healing process. Galvanicfacial treatments have been used for decades as an anti-aging solution. Forclients who want to rejuvenate and revitalize their skin, choose a galvanictreatment.
Effects of Iontophoerisis
  • Produces acidic reactions
  • Closes the pores
  • Soothes nerves
  • Decreases blood supply
  • Contracts blood vessels
  • Hardens and firms tissues
Cautions

Examples of some conditions that needconsideration by the Esthetician are: Diabetes, Circulatory Disorders, Metal pinsand plates implanted into the body, and pregnancy, to name a few. Do not usenegative galvanic on skin with broken capillaries, pustular acne, or on clientswith high blood pressure.

Do you currently offer galvanic treatments? Check out Pure Spa Direct to view our wide selection of galvanic equipment today!

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Creating & Maintaining the Perfect Sunless Tan!

Summer is around the corner, and as the temperature is heating up, our clothes are becoming lighter. We are showing more skin and want to look appealing in our tanks, skirts, and dresses. Sun and sun damage (as scarily shown in the left pic) is old news, and sunless tanning (as beautifully shown in the right pic) is all the new! Every year at Pure Spa Direct, our Sunless Tanning clients, inquiries, and orders are growing dramatically.

Out with the Old…
…In with the New!

One of the most common inquires we receive is regarding the maintenance of the Sunless Tanning Equipment. Like every other appliance in our world, wear and tear is normal with every day use. Aside from using the best Sunless Solutions on the market by Pure Sunless and Extended Vacation, the key factor in “Sunless Tanning Excellence” is also the equipment. Keeping your equipment up-to-date, and clean is imperative in creating that perfect sunless tan. So how do you best maintain your equipment?

See below for some answers to our most frequently asked questions:

1) How Often Should I Clean My Spray Gun?

  • It is important to clean your Spray Gun DAILY! Many clients ask if the gun needs to be cleaned after each use, and while it is recommend, we suggest you clean the gun each time it is put to rest. If you do 1-2 tans a day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) then yes, the gun must be cleaned after each use. The key factor to remember is anytime the gun is put to rest, it should be cleaned to ensure maximum results.
2) How Do I Clean My Spray Gun? (General Instructions for Cleaning MaxiMist Units – other units may vary)
Steps:
1) Disconnect the Spray Gun from the Air Hose
2) CAREFULLY unscrew the Solution Cup. If there is left-over solution in the cup, either close the cup with a lid, or pour the remaining solution into a proper storagecontainer. *You may pour the extra solution back into it’s original solution container, as long as it is done immediately!*
3) Rinse the solution cup under running warm water until it is clean.
4) Fill the cup to 50ml (1-2 ounces) with warm water. Reconnect the spray gun to the air hose, and turn on the turbo unit. Direct the spray gun to a safe area and spraythe clean water through the gun, until the cup is empty.
5) Turn off the turbine unit, disconnect the spray gun and unscrewthe cup. Be sure to wipe all exposed areas dry.
*CAUTION: Do not submerge the spray gun under water. Do not rinse the tip and air cap while they’re connected to the gun, as water may collect under the air the cap and plate, causing mineral buildup.
6) To clean the Solution Cup, unscrew the cup lid and remove the Air Cap Ring. Rinse the threads underwarm running water, and then wipe down, till they are clean and dry.
7) Remove the Air Cap. Rinse it under warm running water, and wipe it down till it’s clean and dry.
8) (if necessary) Remove the air distributor plate and rinse it under warmrunning water as well.
*To Re-install the three pieces, just reverse theremoval procedure.

**For Additional Maintenance (Recommended weekly):
1) Remove the Solution Nozzle for rinsing. TheSolution Nozzle can be easily removed by placing the tip of an adjustable wrench or spanner on the two flat areas of thenozzle, and twist counter-clockwise to remove it. *CAUTION: There is a gasket (seal) around the thread of the solution nozzle, that must be re-installed correctly or leakage will occur!
2) The solution needle can also be removed for additionalmaintenance. To remove it, turn the solution flow screw counter-clockwise untilit comes out of the spray gun. *CAUTION: Needles are very fragile! Be careful when removing the ‘solution flow screw’ as there is a small spring around the needle. Do not lose it. This is important to the operation of the spray gun. Set the spring aside and pull the trigger all the way back until you can grab the needle with your finger tips. Pull the needle out from the back of the spray gun. Once removed, rinse under warm running water, clean and dry it. Re-install by reversing the removal procedure…. Viola! Your spray gun should be perfectly clean and ready for the next use!

2) How Often Should I Clean the Filter? And How Do I Do It?
1) It is IMPORTANT to clean the filter weekly. This is important to allow your turbine motor to breathe freely, as a clogged/dirty filter will only cause the turbine to overheat and burn out prematurely.
2) To clean the filter (only applies to units with a removable filter), locate it, remove it, rinse it under warm water and simply replace it. *Hint– If your filter becomes damaged, just go to your local pet store, as you may replace it with aquarium or pond filter. It will just need to be cut to the appropriate size.

3) When Should I Replace My Sunless Tanning Equipment?
1) Simple answer… when it stops working correctly. By the time any of the units we carry stop working, you would have performed so many tanning services, you would know when something wasn’t right.
2) Most of our equipment offers a one year warranty and we do sell replacement parts.

If you have any questions on any of our Sunless Tanning Equipment or would like to purchase replacement parts, just contact Pure Spa Direct Customer Service Today!

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Got A Pain In Your Neck?

Therapist, technicians, physicians and more at some point in their career have experienced neck pain. No matter how mindful you are of body positioning and self care, sometimes it’s just inevitable. Sleeping positions and stress are also great causes of neck and shoulder pain. While receiving regular self care (massage, chiropractic or whatever you prefer!) is vital, here’s something to help out as well.
This may not look like much but this little thing rocks. It’s got a cool design and has high density foam that forms to your body so it’s a natural comfortable fit. It takes the pressure off of the neck and shoulders to relieve tension, relax the muscles in your neck and shoulders (which can also help with anyone who clenches their teeth) and support your head.
I like this one because it’s inexpensive, it works and it’s a great retail product- I’m always a fan of something I can use that works that I can share with clients (and of course the retail profit doesn’t hurt). I’ve heard clients say that it’s the best thing between appointments to help alleviate their pain. It’s also nice that you can use it while you’re watching television/reading, while meditating or even sleeping.
If you are looking for something to help your neck pain or have client’s searching for a product to keep them in check between appointments, give this a shot.

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I Like Bulk Beads and I Can Not Lie… Bulk Depilatory Beads O’ Plenty!

Do you do a lot of waxing in your spa/salon? We have a great selection of Bulk Wax Beads to choose from to save you money. With options ranging from 10 lbs. to 23 lbs., we’ve got your mega waxing needs covered! If you are buying bulk wax, you might also want a BIG wax warmer… we have amazing choices.

We have bulk offerings from brands like Cirepil, StarPil, ItalWax and Miss Cire. Not looking for bulk wax? No worries, we have a massive selection in “normal” sized offerings from 24 different brands from around the world!

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Amber Lip Balms are DA BOMB! :-)

As part of the re-vamp of their entire product line, Amber Products introduced some great lip balms. Lip Balm is an excellent product for application after a professional treatment and to retail to your clients!

Amber Lip Balms are hand-blended with high quality ingredients! All natural and organic oils and extracts mix together to create ultra hydration and SPF 15 protection against environmental damage. Applies smooth to lips with a hint of shine.

They are available in 5 Deliciously Interesting Flavors:

WILD BERRY
Take a walk on the wild side! Sweet smelling Berry Lip Balm is full of hydrating ingredients to provide long lasting moisture. A harmonious blend of Organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Rosemary, Aloe and Vitamin E applies smooth with a hint of shine. Petroleum Free, Gluten Free and Paraben Free. SPF 15 protects lips from sun damage, which helps to reduce fine lines.

ICED PEAR
Sweet and sassy defines the crisp, cool scent in Amber9s Iced Pear ultra hydrating Lip Balm. Full of nourishing, all natural and organic ingredients, Lip Balm applies smooth with a hint of shine. Essential oils are combined with Organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Rosemary, Aloe and Vitamin E for moisture protection against environmental damage. Petroleum Free, Gluten Free and Paraben Free. SPF 15.

VANILLA MINT
Refreshing cool Mint combines with warm Vanilla in a Lip Balm loaded with antioxidants for smooth lips with a hint of shine. Organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Rosemary, Aloe and Vitamin E provide ample hydration to dry, cracked lips. SPF 15 protects lips from environmental damage and helps to reduce fine lines. All-natural, Petroleum Free, Gluten Free and Paraben Free.

CHERRY BLOSSOM
Put a smile on those lips with the uplifting scent of Cherry Lip Balm. All natural and organic ingredients blend together with the sweet smell of Cherry to keep lips healthy and smooth with a hint of shine. Organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Rosemary, Aloe and Vitamin E seal in moisture while SPF 15 protects from environmental damage and fine lines. All-natural, Petroleum Free, Gluten Free and Paraben Free.

COCONUT
The fresh scent of Coconut brings you back to the beach! Hydrate the lips with the all-natural blend of Organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Rosemary, Aloe and Vitamin E. Lip Balm provides a smooth application with a hint of shine. Hand blended with high quality ingredients makes this a must have! Petroleum Free, Gluten Free and Paraben Free.

See Our Amber Lip Balm Offerings Here:

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Slippery Spills… Clean ’em Up Fast with Sorbents!

Sorbents can absorb up to 70 times their own weight!

Spas, salons, Medical Offices and fitness centers… all have something in common… clumsy humans! And where there are clumsy humans, there are spills. Coffee, tea, spa water, massage oil, ultra sound gel – you name it, if it is liquid, people will accidentally spill it.

There is no need to have one accident cause another accident – you need to clean up spills FAST before someone slips and falls. You can always go with a mop, sponge or paper towels… or you can handle spills like a pro with a professional Sorbent. They absorb beverages, oils, chemicals, most ANYTHING… and the do it fast!

Pure Spa Direct has a great selection of sorbents… including eco-friendly clays, pads, rolls and even mini booms (great for serious liquid messes like toilet overflows, roof leaks, etc.) to keep your employees and work environment safe from unexpected spills, leaks, drips or other accidents.

Ben Franklin said it best:
“an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

See Pure Spa’s Sorbents Here:

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Let’s Talk About The Luma Nailspace!

The Luma Nailspace is a premium, built-to-order nail desk alternative from the USA; Crafted from high-quality hardwood, the Luma features acetone resistant laminate, a smoked tempered glass work surface, and three storage drawers. Living Earth Crafts master craftsman build this highly functional nail-desk with ventilation ports and a hidden power port option, while a full spectrum LED task light makes manicure work easier.

Features

  • Acetone resistant laminate
  • Smoked tempered glass work-surface
  • Full spectrum LED task light
  • 3 storage drawers (left or right side configuration)
Options
  • Ventilation system
  • Iceblock retail shelves
  • Recessed power and USB

Click here for the Luma Nailspace

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Pepermint

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. There are so many opportunities to use peppermint both in your treatments and to retail.

Here are some benefits you may not know about (just to name a few)

  • Muscle Pain Relief
  • Sinus Care
  • Joint Therapy
  • Reduce Hunger Cravings
  • Natural Energizer
  • Improve your shampoo
  • Natural Insect Repellent
  • Skin Health
  • Acne Treatment
  • Headache Cure
  • Hair Growth
  • Sunburn Relief
TRY-

This oil has been certified as organic by the Soil Association, which means you can trace every single ingredient back to the farm where it was organically grown. Each oil is unique and fully certified to give you the highest quality possible. Copy of certification is available upon request.
With all the benefits I cannot honestly think of one reason why anyone would choose not to purchase peppermint oil.

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Seasonal Super Fruits Full of Antioxidants!

Each season brings new ingredients for seasonal treatments and the fruits of the fall are full of skin loving antioxidants! Antioxidants helps prevent skin damage like wrinkles, fine lines, and redness caused by environmental factors like UV rays and pollution. Antioxidants are super important in skincare for preventing damage and slowing the signs of aging. These fall super fruits include pomegranate, pumpkin, and cranberry. Each bringing its own unique benefits to your skin care services:

Pomegranate:
Pomegranate will help the skin defend itself against free radicals that cause premature aging due to an antioxidant called punicic acid. Pomegranate seed oil is the only known plant-based source of Omega 5 essential fatty acid and has the ability to soothe, protect, and moisturize dry, cracked, and irritated skin, as well as to improve skin elasticity and promote cellular rejuvenation. Omega 5 highly compatible with the dermis due to its small molecular size, meaning it is absorbed almost instantaneously. Pomegranate facials are perfect for your clients with very dry skin.

Pumpkin:
Pumpkin is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants and is a great source of anti-aging vitamin A. It is also a great chemical exfoliant because the enzymes in pumpkins dissolve dead skin cells. Pumpkin facial treatments will give your clients a healthy glow all throughout the fall and winter months! Pumpkin will nourish dry and tired skin instantly, as well as soothe and protect the skin. Pumpkin peels are also great for clients with acne and acne related damage.

Cranberry:
Cranberries are a type of acidic berry that are rich in vitamin C. These berries are a powerful antioxidant and natural antiseptic with an anti-inflammatory effect. Cranberries bring a ton of benefits to skincare due to the anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, and the ability to enhance cell turnover. Facial treatments with cranberries are great for treating acne, slowing down aging and building collagen and moisture in the skin.

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