Duration: 30 minutes
Contraindications: Open cuts, abrasions, or any signs of fungal or bacterial infections around the nails.
Equipment and supplies needed:
Essential oil-infused steamed towel
Ultrasound, galvanic iontophoresis or microcurrent
Plastic hand liners
Gentle, nondrying cleanser
Oil-based or anti-aging exfoliant
Concentrated anti-aging and hyperpigmentation serum
Nourishing hydrating cream
Nourishing hand and nail treatment with SPF
Step 1: Analyze your client’s hands and check for any possible contraindications, such as open cuts, abrasions, or any signs of fungal or bacterial infections around the nails.
Step 2: Cleanse the hands with a gentle, nondrying cleanser and remove with a steamed towel that has been infused with a blend of water-soluble essential oils.
Step 3: Massage an oil-based exfoliant over the hands, including ingredients such as lactic acid, retinol, and vitamins C, D and E in a plant-oil base. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for timing and removal. Alternatively, use an exfoliant that addresses aging skin.
Step 4: Remove the exfoliant with warm water, pat dry and wrap the hand in a warm towel. Repeat Steps 2–3 on the other hand.
Step 5: To address irregular pigmentation and other signs of aging, apply a concentrated anti-aging and hyperpigmentation serum over the back of the hands and penetrate with ultrasound, galvanic iontophoresis or microcurrent using the feathering option.
Step 6: Next, massage in a nourishing hydrating cream. Pay special attention to areas that can be overused, such the base of the thumb, the joints and the palm of the hand.
Step 7: Dip the hands in paraffin, making sure to check that the temperature is precisely right. Place the hands in plastic liners and cocoon inside toweling mitts. Let hands rest in this blissful state for 15–20 minutes. This is a perfect time to massage the arms, exfoliate the face or give foot care service.
Step 8: Remove paraffin and apply a nourishing hand and nail treatment boosted with SPF or apply a body sunscreen to help guard against further UV damage.