Thursday, July 11, 2024

How to Use a Pumice Stone

A pumice stone can exfoliate skin and soften calluses. A pumice stone is formed when lava and water mix together. It’s a light-yet-abrasive stone used to remove dry, dead skin. A pumice stone can also soften your calluses and corns to reduce pain from friction.

You can use this stone daily, but it’s important to know how to properly use it. If you’re not careful, you can remove too much skin, cause bleeding, or increase your risk of infection.

You can purchase a pumice stone at local beauty supply stores or grocery stores. Some stores offer a double-sided pumice stone. These stones have an abrasive side for rougher skin and a softer side for more sensitive areas or buffing.

To safely exfoliate your skin, you’ll also need a large bowl or basin of warm, soapy water. This is especially important for exfoliating your feet or hands. If you want to use a pumice stone on your elbows, face, or neck, consider using this stone while taking a shower.

Using the pumice stone

While you’re soaking your skin, also soak your pumice stone in warm water. Never use a dry pumice stone on your skin. A wet pumice stone will glide across your skin easily and will reduce your risk of injury.

Remove the target area from the soap bath and pat dry with a towel. If your skin is still rough, soak for a few more minutes before patting your skin dry.

Remove the pumice stone from the warm water and apply it to your skin.

Rub the abrasive side of the pumice stone over your skin in a circular motion with light pressure. Massage your skin for two or three minutes. If your skin begins to feel sensitive or sore, stop immediately because you’re most likely using too much pressure.

For your feet, focus your attention on your heels, the sides of your toes, and other dry areas you recognize.

Continue rubbing the pumice stone on your skin until you’ve removed the dead skin and revealed softer skin underneath.

After two to three minutes of light rubbing, rinse your skin. If you still see patches of dead skin, repeat this process. Also, rinse your pumice stone for every session to keep the surface clean.

You can repeat this process daily or a few times a week to maintain soft, supple skin.

Finishing up

When you’re done, apply a moisturizer or oil to your skin to maintain moisture and keep your skin soft. For a boost, put on moisturizing socks after moisturizing your skin.

Clean your pumice stone after every use. Under running water, use a bristle brush to scrub dead skin off of the stone. Apply a small amount of soap to make sure it’s clean and free of any dirt. Bacteria can grow on the surface.

Do not share your pumice with other people. Each family member should have their own.

Allow the stone to dry on its own. Set it in a dry area away from moisture to prevent bacteria growth.

For deep cleaning, boil your pumice stone in hot water for five minutes. Allow it to air dry away from damp areas.

Your stone will wear down over time, becoming too smooth to remain effective. If your stone becomes too small, smooth, or soft, replace it. Source

Monday, July 8, 2024

Tips To Get The Most out of Your Manicure This Summer

Summer, summer, summertime. Vacation season is here with sun, sand, and rising temperatures. Even better, we’ve got summer nail colors to match! Plus, if you want your manicure to stay put during your fun in the sun (who doesn’t?!), we’ve recruited our OPI mani maestro’s to share must-have summer nail tips for gorgeous manis all season long...

Keep Your Cuticles Happy

When applied nightly, OPI ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil prevents hangnails and keeps cuticles moisturized. Just add it to your bedside table and apply it before you go to sleep for healthy nails and cuticles all summer long.

Hitting the Pool All Day?

Before you head to the pool, it’s worth taking extra precautions as chlorine can dry out your nails and cuticles. The night before, apply OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener onto bare nails. Or, If you’re already wearing polish, you can add an extra layer of OPI Top Coat for additional mani protection.

Don't Forget to Hydrate!
Prolonged soaking in water (like pools) can cause nails to expand and become more vulnerable to premature chipping and peeling, so try to take some breaks from the ocean and make sure to hydrate by drinking plenty of water.

Say No To Yellow Nails
No, not yellow nail polish—we love classic bright yellow shades, like Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet. We’re talking yellow nails. Try not to spend too much time in the sun as UV rays can cause fading and yellowing of many nail polish colors. To prevent your manicure from taking a turn for the worse, prep your nails with not one, but two layers of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat before your favorite nail polish shades. Plus, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your hands and feet!

Opt for a Gel Nail Polish Manicure
Just like our hair, our nails also absorb water. So after a fun day at the beach or in the pool, a manicure is likely to lift and chip. If you want a nail color that lasts for your whole vacation, consider visiting your favorite nail salon and asking for an OPI GelColor manicure. With 3 weeks of wear and shine, you know that once it’s on, a gel mani isn’t going anywhere.

Keep Your Nails Fresh
Summer is filled with beach trips, vacations, and lots of fun activities, so if you don’t have the time to perfect your nails as often as you’d like, use a quick-dry top coat like RapiDry Top Coat nail polish dryer, to quickly dry nail polish shades to perfection. Or, go from wet, to set, in just 60 seconds with OPI Drip Dry nail polish drying drops.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Happy Independence Day


Happy Independence Day! Sending you warm wishes for a happy and safe Independence Day. Enjoy the festivities!

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

3 Massages for Pressure Points on Feet

Ancient Chinese practices and a growing body of medical research suggest that massaging specific pressure points on your feet can heal conditions affecting entirely different parts of your body.

The belief that putting pressure on certain areas of your feet can heal ailments elsewhere is called reflexology. It stems from traditional Chinese medicine.

“The idea is that energy, called ‘chi,’ flows through the body along particular pathways, or meridians,” says Denis Merkas, an acupuncturist and massage therapist who co-founded Melt: Massage for Couples with his wife, Emma. “When there’s a problem in the body, we’re usually talking about blockages of chi.”

Does science back it up?

The science behind reflexology remains unclear, but a great deal of research shows that it is effective at soothing and managing pain. In 2014, an auditTrusted Source of British physiotherapists found that reflexology was effective at reducing pain and inducing relaxation in people with chronic pain. StudiesTrusted Source also show that foot massage can help reduce pain after breast surgery.

Further studies show that reflexology can reduce anxiety in people about to undergo medical testing or hospitalization.

Foot massage for anxiety

Here are Merkas’s instructions for a foot massage that can lower anxiety.

  • Curl your toes. You should see a small depression just below the ball of your foot.
  • Place the pad of your thumb on this depression.
  • Hold on to the top of your foot with your other hand.
  • Massage the area in small circles.
  • Alternate this with holding the area firmly and pressing down.

Foot massage for low back pain
One study showed that people with low back pain saw better results with reflexology than with massage of the lower back itself.

If you want to treat your back to some reflexology, focus the massage on the arches of your feet and follow these steps:
  • Concentrate on the pressure points in your arches. Merkas suggests using a few drops of oil or lotion for lubrication.
  • Moving from the heel to the toes, alternate moving your thumbs in a series of short strokes.
“You can also use your thumbs to press in and ‘cat walk’ along the arch, like a cat making its bed,” says Merkas.

Foot massage for general pain
Myofascial release therapy targets the thin tissue that covers your muscles, bones, and organs. The pain in these tissues originates at trigger points that are hard to localize, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Self-treatment is something I encourage all my clients to do,” says Rachel Gottesman, OTR/L, owner of Body Ease Therapy. “I use myofascial release therapy and it works by gentle, sustained pressure on areas of restrictions.” Gottesman suggests thinking of the myofascial tissues as a three-dimensional, interconnected web. Tightness in one place, like your feet, can pull the web out of place in other spots.

To perform myofascial release, follow these steps:
  • Sit in a comfortable chair or on a sofa.
  • Place a golf or tennis ball on the floor, just under your foot.
  • Roll the ball around with your foot until you find a sensitive spot, or pressure point.
  • Press down with your foot just enough to feel the point soften.
  • Hold for 3 to 5 minutes.
Don’t continue to roll the ball — that doesn’t allow the pressure to go deep enough. Source