Put your best foot forward this Fall with Footlogix

Like it or not, it’s time to say sayonara to sandals and farewell to your favourite flip flops for another season – and unless your plans include an escape to the sunny south this winter, chances are your feet won’t be basking in the sunshine any time soon.

While out of sight out of mind sometimes means fewer trips to the nail salon during the cooler weather, giving your feet some extra TLC this time of year will see you through the change of seasons while helping to maintain that hard earned sandal-worthy status. 

Transitioning from summer to fall is all about adding layers for warmth as well as protection from the elements. It also means reacquainting your tootsies with socks and structured footwear.  Whether you’re splurging on new fall fashions for your feet, or rediscovering your favourite shoes from last year, Footlogix’s full range of transformational products will help you seamlessly sidestep common seasonal conditions and ensure healthy, happy feet all year long.

SWEATY FEET

As temperatures start to dip, the added layer of socks in our shoes provides the comfort and warmth to see us through. Add non-breathable footwear to the mix however, and you set the stage for sweaty feet in desperate need of a reprieve! Left to their own devices, sweaty feet will foster the perfect warm, moist environment favoured by bacteria and fungal infections alike – and the culprits of foot odor and Athlete’s Foot respectively. 

Reducing perspiration is your first line of defence. Footlogix Sweaty Feet Formula with the natural astringent qualities from Oak Bark Extract effectively shrinks pores while the anti-bacterial properties of Sage acts as an antiseptic. 

If eliminating odor-causing bacteria is your goal, make Footlogix Foot Deodorant and Shoe Deodorant part of your ongoing at home care routine.  The cooling formulation of Tea-Tree Oil and Menthol neutralizes odors, leaving a refreshing scent. 

And finally, for relief from the itching and burning of peeling skin caused by fungal infections, Footlogix Peeling Skin Formula with its anti-fungal agent is the ideal formula for you.

DRY SKIN

Another common seasonal condition at the opposite end of the foot care spectrum arises from the lack of humidity in our homes and work places. Central heating silently wicks moisture from the air as well as our skin, leaving it dry and flaky.  If left unattended, dry skin often cracks and can become painful.  If bleeding occurs as a result, the risk of infection rapidly ups the ante.  Instead of gambling on whether or not this is likely to happen to you, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

For normal to dry skin, you can maintain healthy feet by adding Footlogix Daily Maintenance Formula to your moisturizing routine.   

If it’s very dry skin you’re trying to remedy, Footlogix Very Dry Skin Formula with the anti-aging effects of CoQ10 increasing the strength of your skin and fighting free radicals is for you. 

BLISTERS

If the shoe fits, definitely wear it! Otherwise, too snug or too loose and you run the risk of experiencing prolonged discomfort – or worse, developing blisters.  Friction is the usual suspect when it comes to those painful fluid-filled bubbles forming, so ensuring proper fitting footwear from the start is key.  Fall fashions run the gamut when it comes to style, size and structure, so when buying new shoes or boots, knowing your actual size and taking along the socks or hose you plan to wear most often will make all the difference.

If blisters do form, it’s important to leave them intact to avoid infection. Cleaning and dressing the area, and applying Footlogix DD Cream with anti-microbial properties of the bioactive Spirulina will support and promote healing. Daily use of DD Cream Mousse protects the skin by locking in moisture and helps to prevent skin irritation before it has a chance to start.

 

Contributed by Footlogix Fan – Jane Welowszky.

How to Care For Runners’ Feet

Running as a sport has become a true lifestyle for many. Clients visiting your salon, spa or clinic are serious runners of ultra-marathons, marathons, half marathons, 10ks, or 5ks and their feet will make or break their goals of this sport.

A good technician becomes just as important as a coach!

Professional foot care for runners is now a specialized service. You can capitalize on the service if you are well informed about their foot conditions.

Runners do not generally come in for pedicures because their feet are in bad shape. They think that’s just the way it is and settle for black or missing toenails, blisters, foot fungus, foot odor, foot pain, and leg pain. These are all a part of the trauma caused by the effects of running.

Let’s start with

The Black Toenail

This is caused by bleeding under the nail, also called sub-ungual hematoma. Much like slamming your finger in a door, this is the jamming of toes against the top of the shoe over and over, causing severe bruising.

This can be due to running style, a shoe not properly fit or a shoe not designed for that particular foot.

A traumatized nail is always more susceptible to onychomycosis or nail fungus. You can help correct this ongoing problem by recommending the Footlogix Nail Tincture Spray. The Panthenol and Avocado Oil will assist in growing back a healthy shiny nail.

While performing a pedicure, special care should be taken when cutting runners’ nails. If there is fresh bleeding from under the nail, the pedicure should not be performed until the bleeding has stopped and the area has healed.

Ingrown Toenails

Proper trimming of the toenail is crucial! Never round the edge or cut the corners off. This can lead to extremely painful ingrown toenails, fungus, foot pain as well as leg pain.

“Blisters”

Probably one of the most common problems runners face. Blisters are caused by friction from improper shoe fit, improper lacing of shoe or a shoe not designed for that particular foot. If blisters develop during a run, they can stay intact or break.

Never pop a blister!

Punctured blisters or the removal of that protective skin layer can lead to an infection. If the skin is open, do not proceed with service. Proper cleaning and dressing, as with any wound is necessary. Footlogix DD Cream Mousse will assist in faster healing due to anti-microbial properties of the bioactive patented Spirulina. When used daily, prior to running, the DD Cream Mousse with its Dermal Infusion Technology will act as a skin protectant and prevent this type of skin irritation.

Tinea pedis (foot fungus)

Runners often suffer from a foot fungus and are not aware. It can look like dry rough skin, or damp, moist peeling skin. It is important for the professional to recognize it, as peeling skin of the foot often gets confused with dry skin and needs an anti-fungal, not a moisturizer. Both these conditions are easily treated with either Footlogix Rough Skin Formula or Peeling Skin Formula. These formulas contain an effective anti-fungal agent. Rough Skin Formula provides the moisture the skin needs, while the Peeling Skin Formula provides the necessary relief of itching and burning due to athlete’s foot. Once this has been remedied, you can now recommend the use of Footlogix Daily Maintenance Formula.

Foot and Shoe Odor

This problem can occur from not properly drying shoes from sweat, running in the rain, trail runs through water or improper ventilation. In any case, feet that smell unpleasant are never welcome! For shoes, Footlogix Shoe Deodorant is proven effective for killing odor causing bacteria with refreshing Tea-tree oil. This formula will not harm shoes, and has a refreshing fragrance. Footlogix Foot Deodorant is proven effective to kill odor-causing bacteria with refreshing Tea-tree oil and Menthol that cool and soothe the feet.

Overdoing it!

Footlogix Tired Leg Formula has “vaso-active” properties which are essential for runners who have done too much in one day, directly affecting and improving the micro circulation of the skin. It is important to use the formula daily, or at least several days before and after a race. Using before a long run will help prepare your clients’ legs, as well as help in recovery after a race or long run.

Winter Training

Some of us don’t have the luxury of warm weather all year round. It is so crucial to care for feet properly in cold weather. Footlogix Cold Feet Formula is proven effective to improve circulation. Blood flow to runners’ feet is so important since the foot bears all the stress of every step. The formula also can be used on a daily basis or for several days before and after long runs.

A full marathon is over 26,000 steps or strikes to the ground and that does not include your regular, daily activity.

That’s a lot of steps and trauma!

How do runners become a loyal client? Learn to recognize their issues and determine how you can help improve their performance and recovery. By doing so, you leave a lasting impression and will have a returning customer.

Have any of your clients experienced any of these problems? Tell Footlogix about it – in the comments section!

Contributed by Sandi Vigliotti (Footlogix Fan and marathon runner)

 

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Tips to Boost Your Pedicure Business During Back-to-School

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Back to School is a Great Time to Boost Your Pedicure Business!

Did you know? Back-to-School is the second highest spending time of the year! According to National Retail Federation, retail consumers end up spending up to $83.6 billion during this time of the year! Now that’s a great opportunity for your salon or spa business!

For many of your customers, the year revolves around their kids’ routine and really begins when they are going back-to-school. It isn’t the end of pedicure season – we are just getting started!

There is an incredible amount of sales potential at this time to leverage your pedicure business. Footlogix® will help you achieve that.

Six Ways to Increase Sales This Fall

1. Assess Your Coordinates. Where Are You Located?

  • Offer Student specials! Is your salon or spa in a college/university town? Display simple, yet highly visible signage offering student pedi-specials on those slower, mid-week days.
  • Offer TEAM specials! Is your salon/spa around a community centre or sports complex? Whether basketball, volleyball, football or even the cheerleaders for these sports, decorate your spa or salon in school colors and fill up your pedicure chairs with a whole team of clients!
  • Spa Parties Rule! Do you have a mobile salon/spa service? As dorm rules permit, offer your on-site services for girls to host a college spa party in their own dorm room! Encourage participation by offering the organizer a free pedicure, for every X number of regular student priced services.

2. Identify Your Demographic

  • Dive into your customer database. What is the average age of your customers? Do you have more women coming in for pedicure services? Are they working parents or stay-at-home parents? Make them feel that they deserve a break. Use marketing collateral both digital and in print to put the word out for your salon specials.

3. Set Up Displays of Your Best Foot Care Products

  • Dorms, lockers, poolside etc. are prime spots for fungal infections. Feature retail products for dry feet, foot and shoe odor and anti-fungal/anti-microbial formulas to provide skin protection in public areas. The Foot and Shoe Deodorants perform well for all athletes, keeping shoes fresh in lockers, no embarrassing odors with team mates, etc. Use them during a professional pedicure service and send your clients home with them
  • Introduce retail footcare products to your customers during a full pedicure service. Foot Deodorant spray is best used right before the evaluation step to disinfect your clients’ feet. While clients’ feet are soaking, the Shoe Deodorant can be sprayed right on the targeted area, to kill odor causing bacteria in shoes. Apply a good moisturizing product like the DD Cream Mousse or Very Dry Skin Formula right after the repair stage to rejuvenate the feet. Watch how to conduct a full professional pedicure here.

4. Kick It up a Notch for Your Business!

  • Make most of local search on Google. List yourself under Google Business if you haven’t already. Manage how your business information appears across Google, including Search and Maps, using Google My Business—for FREE.
  • Post the Back to School offers on your website. Use keywords such as “back-to-school salon specials” on your webpage for promotions. Search engine crawlers will pick these up to appear when consumers search for pedicure spas around the area on their mobile devices or computers.
  • If you’re set up for on-line retailing, gift certificates can be printed and tucked into those much anticipated ‘gift from mom’ homecare packages.

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5. Use Social Media and Email Marketing Campaigns to Spread Your Back to School Specials

  • Don’t limit your posts to just your personal page or company page. Take advantage of all the Facebook groups that you are a part of within your locality. Discover and explore ‘Buy and sell’ groups, private and public groups, where you can advertise your back-to-school specials.
  • Create posters on Pinterest and Instagram to attract more followers
  • Create Instagram stories of your customers’ experience after a pedicure and publish them
  • Create a call-to-action button in your email campaigns for your customers to book an appointment online

6. Feature Promotions That Your Customers Cannot Refuse:

  • “Back-to-school blues? Bond with your daughter with our ‘Mom and me pedi-specials.’ Book now!”
  • “You’ve been on your feet all summer! Treat them to a luxurious pedicure. Book your appointment now!”
  • Add social humour: “Congrats! You survived the summer with the kids! Pamper your feet with a Footlogix pedicure. Book now for an early bird discount!”

Footlogix would love to hear about your back-school pedi-specials. Send in your comments! Don’t miss reading about the new and improved Footlogix Foot and Shoe Deodorants. Read more here.

Pedicuring the Senior and Geriatric Client

Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the population of seniors over the age of 65. Current statistics from major western countries vary from 15% to 18% of the population. This is a growing segment for pedicures since 90% of this population has one or more foot-related problems. Senior and geriatric clients have a higher risk for certain conditions. Understanding the changes in this age group is essential to being able to service their needs adequately. Recognizing and understanding changes and problems with the foot and lower limb will help to meet their needs.
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These changes include issues with the following:               

  • Circulatory system              
  • Neuropathy               
  • Skin and nail changes               
  • Structural changes and deformities               
  • Other senior concerns

It is not uncommon for seniors to experience problems due to normal wear and tear on their feet. In addition, the number of people with chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions, cancer survivors etc., is steadily increasing, particularly in the over- 65 age group. All the more reason these clients need special attention and understanding in order to modify a pedicure for their specific needs.

Circulatory issues:

Chronic Venous insufficiency (CVI) is the most common vascular condition, manifesting with the presence of spider veins, distended capillaries, varicose veins, foot and ankle edema, lack of hair growth on legs and toes, and thin, often discolored, shiny skin. This is caused by diminished venous return flow and impaired elimination of metabolic waste. It typically causes decreased sweat production contributing to dry skin. Poor circulation can also make a client more susceptible to the development of ulcers from wearing the wrong shoes, socks, or other scraps bangs and abrasions. 

Peripheral Vascular Disease in the lower legs (PVD) is due to the narrowing of the blood vessels that become damaged, leading to ischemia (lack of blood supply). The resulting diminished blood flow to the feet always leaves a client at risk for infections and ulcers.  

Neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition which is frequently seen in seniors, particularly those with Type 2 Diabetes. Symptoms may include tingling, burning, numbness as well as loss of sensation to touch and temperature.

Skin and Nail Changes:

Due to metabolic and circulatory issues, the skin becomes thin and fragile leaving it very susceptible to injury and infection. The skin on the feet often becomes dry and rough making them susceptible to infection through micro-lesions. Corns and calluses may be prevalent on pressure points causing discomfort and possibly pain when walking. Loss of fat pads on the ball of the foot is typical with aging feet potentially causing pain. Nails frequently become dark and thickened and often have onychomycosis with separation of the nail plate from the nail bed.

Structural Changes and Deformities:

Bunions, toe deformities such as hammer toes and heel spurs can cause pain and can results skin problems such as corns and calluses. Feet widen with age and not everyone changes their shoe size accordingly. This can lead to pressure on the toes and metatarsal heads. Poorly fitting shoes can make problems worse and also lead to immobility as people walk less. Use of a cane or walker will help with walking when there are knee and hip problems or following surgery or injury to the back or legs. Arthritis causes inflammation, loss of function and pain in the joints, again diminishing mobility. With advancing age, people have greater difficulty reaching their feet, are less active and less agile which makes it difficult for them to care for their own feet or put on proper shoes.              

Other Senior Concerns:

Poor eyesight can lead to the client not seeing injury or change in the skin on the feet. This is worse in the presence of neuropathy. Clients should be encouraged to check the bottom of their feet in a mirror on the floor regularly. Medications influence the body’s metabolism, possibly affecting the skins’ normal function, further leading to dry skin. Medications like blood thinners may leave the skin of feet at risk of injury.

Pedicuring the Senior or Geriatric Client

  • Complete a thorough skin and nail assessment before starting the pedicure
  • Gently cleanse the foot for 3-5 minutes in warm, not hot water using the Footlogix Foot Soak
  • Pay attention to the skin between and under the toes
  • Take care when moving the ankle and toe joints so as not to push beyond their range of motion
  • Use Footlogix Callus Softener before working on calluses and nails
  • Take care when trimming nails and when skin is fragile. Reduce thick nails with an electric file for comfort
  • Gently clean the nail groove and free edge
  • Use a Footlogix mousse product for a gentle foot massage and hydrating the skin
  • When massaging the leg, use Footlogix Massage Formula and gentle effleurage working upwards towards the knee

National Flip-Flop Day

June 16, 2017 is designated as National flip-flop Day. June is the beginning of the hottest summer months and our feet need extra protection. We love to wear flip-flops, sandals, open toed shoes AND we love to go barefoot.

That just shows how popular flip-flops are in North America and around the world. However, they can cause damage to your feet when worn all the time. Why is this? Because they provide no support to the foot leading to fallen arches. This, in turn, can lead to pain, calluses, hammer toes and other problems. Not to mention the callus formation on the heels and the skin dehydration caused by the constant slapping of the flip-flops against the heels.

Although flip flops are not good for the public in general, this is good news for the pedicurist as clients will be coming in for regular pedicures on a more frequent basis. They will also need to purchase more at-home maintenance products.

Whether travelling, vacationing or staying at home, here are some tips to share with your clients on how to protect their feet:

  • Apply Footlogix Rough Skin or Footlogix Peeling Skin formula preventatively when walking barefoot, depending on which is appropriate for your client
  • Wear sunscreen on top of your feet, around your ankles and don’t forget the toes
  • Wear sunscreen on the bottom of the feet if you are lying in the sun on your front and use after applying Footlogix products
  • If walking barefoot outside, observe the bottom of the feet for any blisters, scrapes or cuts when you come back inside
  • Wear “flip-flops” around the pool, in the spa, hotel room or going through airport security to prevent getting Tinea Pedis. It is always advisable to wear flip flops at the beach to protect the feet from injury from sharp coral, shells or other debris
  • Stubbed toes? Use Footlogix Nail Tincture preventatively on stubbed toes
  • Travelling? Take antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, blister pads etc. in case needed
  • Swollen ankles either from travelling or from heat? Reduce salt intake in your diet
  • Finally – give your nails a break occasionally by going without nail polish for a few days before your next pedicure, especially if you frequently prefer using extremely dark colors

Diabetes, Implications for Pedicurists

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As we know, today’s client is changing. We are seeing more clients who are over 65, who are living with chronic illness and – more diabetics. In 2015 there were 415 million diabetics worldwide and, by 2040, the number is estimated to rise to 642 Million.

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What is diabetes and how does it affect us as pedicurists?

There are three types of diabetes, but it is mainly people with Type 2 who come to us for pedicures. 

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Most people think of diabetes as just being a disease of the metabolic system, but it also affects three other systems in the body:  the circulatory, nervous and immune systems.

How does diabetes affect the feet?

The two body systems affected by diabetes that have the greatest impact on the feet are the circulatory system and the nervous system.

Circulatory system: There is frequently poor circulation in the feet of diabetics as evidenced by complaints of chronically cold feet. We can also see changes in the skin such as excessive dryness, pale color and the prominence of superficial blood vessels, the capillaries.  

Nervous system: Diabetic neuropathy is becoming a well-known term among diabetics, pedicurists and also the population at large. Diabetics frequently experience numbness, tingling and even burning sensations. It is the loss of feeling and sensitivity to temperature  which have the greatest implications for us.

What changes do we see on the skin of the lower leg and foot in the diabetic?        

– Dry, scaly skin with little or no hair growth              

– Thin, shiny, parchment-like skin on the leg, especially along the shin bone               

– Changes in color, often looking mottled purplish or brown in appearance               

– Buildup of excess dry, dead skin around the nail fold               

– Higher than normal amount of callus formation              

– High susceptibility to infection on the skin and nails, such as tinea pedis and onychomycosis

What are the implications when pedicuring a diabetic client using Footlogix products?        

1. Footlogix Client Consultation             

– Before starting the pedicure, look at the feet and record your observations on the Footlogix Pedicure Information Sheet             

– If there is any evidence of cuts, sores, ulcers of infection on the skin, refer the client to a medical practitioner and do not perform the  pedicure until healed

2. Footlogix Foot Soak

– Soak the feet of a diabetic client for no more that 3 – 5 minutes.

– Do not put the foot back into the water unless using the Footlogix Exfoliating Seaweed Scrub

3. Footlogix Callus Softener

– Spray liberally on calluses and allow to soak in for 3 – 5 minutes

– Spray across the nails

– Carefully remove any excess buildup of dry dead skin around the nail fold

– Do NOT push back the cuticles. Instead use a side to side motion using an excavator or fine manual of electric file

– Be extra gentle when cleaning under the nails

– Use the Footlogix Stainless Steel Pedicure File to reduce calluses on the heels and balls of the feet. These specially designed files will not shred the skin or harm healthy skin

– Spray over the entire foot to remove any dust after completing nail and callus work, then wipe the foot with a towel. This will give added moisture to the skin as well as removing any ‘dust’

4. Footlogix DD Cream Mousse with Dermal Infusion Technology

– Apply to the foot before the massage

– This product is ideal for daily use by diabetics

5.   Footlogix Massage Formula with Dermal Infusion Technology       

– Finish the pedicure with a gentle foot and leg massage using this non-occlusive massage formula       

– Use gentle effleurage on the legs with no deep tissue pressure on either or legs or feet

6. Frequency of Footlogix Pedicures for diabetic clients

– Diabetic clients should have a pedicure every four weeks

– Use the Footlogix “Prescription” pad as a reminder of booking their next pedicure as well as for giving directions on the use of home maintenance products

 

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Why Practice Still Makes Perfect

We would like to start off the New Year with a post focussed more on the business side. We are all familiar with the cliché “practice makes perfect”, and we know that the more you do something, the better you will become at it. We stopped and thought to ourselves maybe this phrase should encompass more than just technique and practical?  With the vastly changing demographic landscapes the demand for pedicure services has grown beyond just technique and pretty toes.  Today, there is a much greater need for pedicurists with advance training and soft skills.

As a technician, you may be impeccable at making nails look ‘healthy and happy’, however, there are many areas where you can utilize skills to achieve greater benefits. Here are some areas where we can always use some practice:

Practice the Three R’s: Recognize, Recommend, Refer

 

Recognize

Education

Today’s clients are looking for knowledgeable nail technicians. Customers are asking more questions about ingredients in the products and how/why they work. Plus, your clients want to have their issues addressed. For example, problems such as dry cracked skin; this can only happen when the technicians can recognize skin and nail disorders. Continuously educating yourself on best practices is a great reminder as to what people are looking for and what is changing in the industry. How often do you check the Footlogix website for updates or continuing education? NASP classes offer excellent advanced education across North America. It is also extremely important, as a pedicurist, that you recognize minor skin conditions and recommend appropriate products for use at home.

 

Recommend:

Sales Pitch

It may seem daunting, but you are doing your clients a favor by offering products that can help improve their nails while they are not in a professional’s hand. A no-pressure sales pitch will allow you to educate your clients without having them feel obligated to make a purchase. Look at it as you are informing and educating, not making a sale. Sometimes people need to see the results to believe the product is worth purchasing. Of course, our nails will always look ‘healthy and happy’ leaving the salon; however, what do they look like a few days later?  How can they continue the experience at home?  The best thing to do is come up with a script and practice what you would like to say. Test it out on family and friends before you start on clients. Practice, practice, practice until it becomes part of every service.  The Footlogix consultation form will help you with addressing your client’s needs and making the recommendation an easy process.  

Re-Booking

During the service, you can educate the client on the importance of regular visits to improve the health of their feet. It is good practice to add a closing statement that allows you to ensure the client’s return. You could say something along the lines of “We have been quite busy at the salon lately, to ensure you have a time that works best for you, let’s book your next appointment now.” The important thing is to ensure you don’t sound like you are being pushy, but that you genuinely care about your clients and the health of their feet. Don’t forget to use the Footlogix Home Care form to inform and instruct your client on proper home care, product use, and return visit.

 

Refer:

Saying No

As technicians, we do not diagnose. It is important to understand when to refer to ensure the client is safe. There are conditions under which you must refuse to give a service to a client according to your scope of practice. Examples are open sores, bacterial infection, rashes and abrasions on the skin.

The great thing about Footlogix products is that they allow you, the technician, to help alleviate or eliminate skin and nail problems without having to make a diagnosis. For example, if the skin looks very dry with some superficial cracking, scaling or roughness, there should be no problem doing the pedicure service. After the pedicure service Footlogix Rough Skin Formula Mousse should be recommended for “at-home” daily use.

Customer Service

With the multitude of salons and spas, our clients have several options. Keep them coming back with impeccable customer service.  Go beyond the traditional service and make the guest experience one they will want to return too again and again.  Practice service with a smile, offer up a beverage of choice, be present for their full service, always be impeccable with your service and be honest.  Do not sell a product they don’t need, if you don’t know the answer admit it, and do not gossip about others. 

Social Media

Salon and Spas are now marketing themselves on multiple social media platforms, in turn generating new clients. People are Instagramming their latest polish colors and designs, Snapchatting when they are at the salon and giving reviews for technicians on Facebook and Google. It is always good practice to ensure you are communicating and engaging with your following. For your loyal clients, this could mean following them back, or tagging them in your photos. This way, people can see how proud you are of your work and how happy you’ve made your client. As well, it is good practice to educate yourself on which social media platform people are using most for nail techs. Here are some interesting statistics on social media use from NAILS Magazine. Are you connected? 

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              Nails Magazine – 2015 Research Study

 

Ingredients Matter – Why some products work better than others

When considering which products to use for which season, it is important to understand what each product is and how it works. With winter approaching you may find that your feet change from the summer. You may be asking yourself at this time “why do some products work better than others?”  This relates to the ingredients in the various products as well as knowing what you need for your feet.

For example, you may find the skin on your heels is much drier. In this case, you need a product containing moisturizing ingredients.

If you are wearing closed toed shoes, boots or sports footwear regularly, you may find your feet become moister than in the summer and have an unpleasant odor. In this case, you would need a product to keep the skin dry and also address the issue of Athlete’s Foot.

When looking at Footlogix® products, it’s not only ingredients you should look at, but also the effects of the combination of ingredients, formulations and technology.

Let’s start with the technology of Footlogix. There is no point in having high quality ingredients if they sit on top of the skin masking possible issues rather than penetrating into the skin targeting those issues. Footlogix penetrates and targets those issues with Dermal Infusion Technology.

How does Footlogix Dermal Infusion Technology® work?

DERMAL INFUSION TECHNOLOGY: Dermal Infusion Technology is a patented two-phase technology that combines a clinically-developed balance of water and natural lipids into a complex mousse formulation to assist in the water retention function of skin. It not only aids in the delivery of highly active, premium quality ingredients into all layers of the epidermis; it also assists in forming a breathable, semi-permeable barrier on the skin’s most outer surface. With this exclusive liposomal technology, it gives the products the ability to repair the epidermis and keeps it functioning naturally. It also allows the skin to be protected against irritants as well as other invaders that compromise healthy skin. The skin now has less Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) allowing it to stay naturally hydrated and healthy.dit

Some of the active, high quality ingredients found in Footlogix formulas are:

UREA: Urea is one of the key ingredients in the majority of Footlogix products and an important component of the body’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).  A true humectant and a hygroscopic compound, urea has the ability to attract and retain moisture in the skin (something that most people lack, especially as we mature). Urea “unpacks” hard dry skin cells and with water binding properties, keeps the skin soft and supple; one of the reasons why the results of a single Footlogix pedicure last for weeks.

Urea is a key ingredient in both professional Footlogix products and our signature “mousses”.

CLOTRIMAZOLE: According to the FDA monograph, Clotrimazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent having both “fungistatic” (inhibiting growth of fungus) and “fungicidal” (causing death of the fungus) properties. It is effective against Candida albicans and dermatophytes. It acts primarily by damaging the permeability barrier in the cell membrane of the fungus, thus leading to death of the fungus. Its action on the skin is both quick and effective. On the nail, continuous application until the nail has grown out, not only kills existing fungi, but also inhibits further growth of fungi while the nail grows.

Clotrimazole has proven effective against tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) and trichophyton organisms which cause onychomycosis (toenail fungus).

It is present in Footlogix Peeling Skin Formula, Rough Skin Formula and Anti-Fungal Nail Tincture.

UBIQUINONE: aka Co-enzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant compound that helps to protect cells against aging and damage. Ubiquinone is vital for cellular energy production and skin anti-aging. Along with Urea and with the action of DIT, it is able to penetrate into the epidermis of the skin.

SPIRALEEN®: Spiraleen™ is a revolutionary fusion of science and nature and is the world’s 1st of its kind. This bio active algae extract goes through a patented “stressing extrusion process”. This elevates the natural Spirulina micro algae to a very high potency, resulting in Spiraleen™. Going through this process this ingredient becomes anti-microbial, not disrupting the skins natural flora and enhancing the skins function of protection. Inhibiting harmful germs with its highly efficacious anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties it delivers optimal levels of cell protection, promoting cell regeneration and collagen synthesis. Spiraleen™ has made a breakthrough in the skin and nail care industry.

Present in all Footlogix Anti-Microbial Solution products and DD Mousse.

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ALOE BARBADENSIS: aka Aloe is well-known for its wound-healing properties.  In Footlogix products, it helps soothe and calm dry, sensitive skin while reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE: aka Vitamin E, is a well-known antioxidant and natural skin-conditioning agent. It is a skin strengthener and soothing agent as it seals in moisture, helping to soften and hydrate the skin.

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL: Sunflower seed oil is a natural oil rich in linoleic acid which has excellent transcutaneous absorption. It thus helps maintain the skin barrier and decreases trans-epidermal water loss.

No matter what the condition of the skin on your feet, we have a solution for you.

If you are looking at the Footlogix specialty products, the key ingredients are avocado oil, panthenol, rosemary, sage and many more. Each one of these works in a different way to help alleviate specific conditions.

Our ingredients are listed on all the labels. We have highlighted these specific ingredients to help in understanding what each product does and why it works.

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Walking Barefoot in the Sand – Benefits and Pitfalls

We can easily name pitfalls to walking barefoot on the beach: – sharp objects, animal droppings, dead fish, etc.; however, there are far more benefits if we are careful when, where and for how long we walk.

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Here are just a few examples:

Strengthening the foot and leg muscles: Sand provides resistance, so walking requires more energy while strengthening all your muscles between your feet and back, particularly in your legs and buttocks. However, beware of overdoing it or you could get painful ‘shin splints’! Start slowly and gradually increase your distance.

Burning Calories: Walking in the sand with or without shoes uses more energy than walking on flat surfaces. One study from BerkleyWellness.com showed as much as a 50% increase in calorie burn compared to walking the same distance in the same time on pavement.

Massaging and Exfoliating the Feet: Besides feeling great, a brisk walk on sand gently massages the soles of the feet which activates venous and lymphatic circulation, while gently exfoliating the skin at the same time.

Grounding: The ground, including sand, is electrically charged with an excess of negative ions which are absorbed through the soles of the feet. The negatively charged ions provide a strong source of anti-oxidants in the body which produce many health benefits, one of which is thought to be an anti-inflammatory effect.

Improving Proprioception: “The ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium”. With around 5,000 nerve endings in each foot, walking barefoot in the sand makes us keenly aware of where we are walking and what we are walking on.

Finally – Relaxing: It is really hard to focus on work or to feel anger etc. when we are ‘feeling’ all that sand under our feet and between our toes!

Don’t Forget: Start off slowly with a short distance then gradually increase every day. Wear sunscreen and a hat if you are not used to the sun and don’t forget to apply Footlogix Rough Skin Mousse or Peeling Skin Mousse to protect your feet.

 

A Solution to Dry, Cracked Heels

People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems – ever wondered why?

This is largely due to high fluctuations in blood glucose levels that cause damage to blood vessels and lead to lower limb circulatory problems. Another significant impact on the disease is on the skin that becomes more susceptible to infections especially of the lower limb, including bacterial and fungal infections. Nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections and take much longer than usual to heal. 

New research shows that a diabetic’s skin on the feet should not be occluded, as the lack of transpiration may cause the skin to break down, leaving the skin of the foot at risk of not performing its function of protection. All Footlogix products are non-occlusive, taking special care to not seal or impede the natural functions of the skin.

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A good example of one of our most popular products for Diabetics is the Footlogix Cracked Heel Formula, with Dermal Infusion Technology® that recently won the “Best Foot Lotion” in the NAILPRO Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. 

 

  • Urea hydrates and draws moisture to the area
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increases elastin and collagen production
  • Evening Primrose and Aloe heal the skin 

Get the Cracked Heel Formula for yourself by finding a Footlogix Retailer close to you. Click here