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Posted on September 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (30)

Microblading, also known by a variety of names such as eyebrow embroidery, microstroking, feather touch and hair like strokes is a form of permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. The technique of implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin may date back thousands of years  however the trend towards using the technique for eyebrows may have emerged in Asia in recent years.


Microblading is performed by manually depositing pigment superficially in the upper region of the dermis with the use of a hand tool with attached needles fused together in a linear grouping, it does not involve the use of a machine. Similar to permanent makeup brow treatments using a machine, the Microblading technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that can be very natural looking but nonetheless Microblading is still a form of cosmetic tattooing. The microblading needle groupings tend to contain needles that are extremely fine in diameter in comparison to the needles used in traditional tattooing however recent advancements in cosmetic tattoo needle technology has also produced extremely fine needles gauges for machine use. Technicians usually use a numbing solution to limit discomfort and consequently like all forms of cosmetic tattooing if performed correctly the procedure causes minimal discomfort.


Microblading should be performed using aseptic technique, needles must always be sterile and single use, the technician must disinfect the area of the skin prior to the tattoo service and clinical grade single use associated equipment and consumables are highly recommended (hand piece, skin wipes and saline, micro-brushes, dressing packs etc) preferably sterile. The most common complications and client dissatisfaction that results from any form of tattooing is misapplication of the pigment, pigment migration and color change. Serious complications are uncommon though it is important to stress that like all forms of tattooing risks associated with Microblading include the transmission of Blood Borne Pathogenic Organisms (e.g. HIV, Hepatitis C Virus) as well as short term or long terms reactions to pigment ingredients. Therefore it is essential to check that the technician holds appropriate licenses and registrations for the provision of tattoo services as well as enquiring about the standard of training and that has been attained by the technician.

5 reasons to get a pedicure

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are like the vast majority of people that flock to the spa in the spring for a pedicure you believe it’s not important to get pedicures all year long. You probably think “No ones sees my feet for over half of the year so why bother?” Here are five reasons to make regular pedicures a part of your beauty and fitness routine.


1) Prevent and treat calluses and corns – Calluses and corns occur all year long. They are hardened, built up layers of flaky dry skin that can hurt and crack if they get too thick and cracking will increase the risk of infection. Calluses and corns are caused by dry cold winter weather, soapy water, being barefoot frequently, and wearing shoes without socks. Regular pedicures will keep corns and calluses at bay and keep feet smooth.


2) Promote healthy toes nails – Face it – it’s tough to cut your own toe nails without getting them lopsided! Improper trimming and filing can lead to ingrown toe nails which are painful and can lead to infection. Regular trimming and filing will prevent this and leave you with strong, healthy nails. This is especially important for runners and exercise enthusiasts.


3) Nurture healthier skin and joints- Pedicures always begin with a spa foot soak. This softens the skin and promotes circulation in your lower leg, ankle and foot while disinfecting your feet. The increased circulation will reduce pain and swelling in your feet from sitting, standing and walking all day.


4) Increase your self confidence – Think your feet aren’t attractive? Pedicures make you look good! Having regular pedicures will make your feet sweet to look at – whether you are sitting by the fire or sporting sandals at the beach. Besides – the spa is a great escape anytime of the year to relax and unwind!


5) Relieve stress – Foot massage has been practiced for hundreds of years. Massage feels good but also helps to ease tight muscles, reduce swelling, and aids in improved joint mobility. The increased blood flow brings oxygen to the tissue in the feet and legs. In addition, massage will not only help you relax but can also relive fatigue!


So the next time you look at those feet that carry you about your busy day – why not schedule a break for you and for them? Schedule a pedicure today!