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Chapter 13

Hair Removal, Chapter 13, Pivot Point Esthetics

TermDefinition
Gomage Exfoliation technique in which a layer of creme is applied to the skin, allowed to dry and then rubbed away. In French it means "to peel"
Hand-Held Exfoliators Devices used on dry skin to apply cleanser to a particular area of the face or body such as loofahs, body brushes, sponges and washcloths.
Body Wraps Offer a quick way to firm the upper arms, breasts, belly, hips, buttocks or thighs. They create temporary tightness due to compaction and absorption. Benefits of these are typically cumulative.
30-60 minutes Amount of time the average body wrap is to be left on client.
Cellulite Wraps Uses ingredients that both constrict and dilate blood vessels which are wrapped tightly against the skin promoting the removal of wast products, toxins and excess fluid. Thus tightening the skin, inch loss from these treatments is never permanent.
Cellulite creme or gel Promotes detoxification, constricts or dilates blood vessels depending on the ingredient.
Water Therapy/Hydrotherapy/Aquatherapy A premiere spa treatment that consists of active elements such as essential oils, marine mud, seaweed or plant matter added to water. These ingredients help to moisturize, cleanse, rejuvenate and eliminate toxins.
Hydrotherapy tub treatments (balneotherapy) Meaning baths. Implies fresh water treatment as opposed to salt water.
Affusion therapy/Hose treament/Vichy shower/Jet blitz Client lies on table while shower heads are positioned at the spine and client is sprayed with water. The water may be infused with herbs or essential oils.
Saunas and steam baths Use warm steam to induce relaxation.
Superficial (light) chemical peels Generally use 30% glycolic acid. However, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), glycolic acid or lactic acid may be used.
Jessner's solution Mixture of salicylic acid, resorcinol, lactic acid and ethanol, which is used both for superficial and medium depth peels, depending upon the concentration of acid.
Microdermabrasion Mechanical exfoliation that lightly resurfaces the skin by spraying crystals at the skin with a hand-held device that exfoliates dead cells. A single treatment can remove 20-30% of the epidermis. Requires 6-12 treatments to see a noticeable improvement.
Dermabrasion Procedure that can only be performed by a physician and requires the patient to be under general anesthesia. Removes several layers of the epidermis and can reach as deep as the dermis.
Reflexology Technique that uses pressure on specific points of the feet, hands and sometimes the ears to influence certain body conditions.
Refloxologist Professional who practices reflexology
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Uses a gentle pumping technique. Helps circulate lymph, helping the body rid itself of toxins, waste and excess water that can leave the face and body looking puffy and fatigued.
Lymph Fluid that circulates through he blood system via muscular contractions delivering nutrients to cells and carrying away cellular waste before it becomes toxic to the body.
Cellulite Massage treatments May reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing circulation.
Phytotherapy Refers to the medicinal use of plants.
Phytocosmetics Phytotherapy preparations used for cosmetic purposes
Alkaloids and Glucosides Organic compounds with medicinal attributes. Gives plants healing properties, known as active ingredients.
How Plant Ingredients are Obtained Generally from reputable growers but the may also be gathered from the wild.
Tinctures Soaking an herb in alcohol to extract the active ingredient from the plant.
Ointment A thick creme or salve made from the combination of herbs and petroleum.
Infusion Steeping a substance in a container, such as a tea ball or bag, in boiling water.
Decoction Boiling loose herbs in water.
Fomentation Soaking a clean towel in the liquid and applying it to a specific area of the body.
Poultice Mixing crushed herbs and hot liquid to form a paste.
Aromatherapy Controlled use of essential oils, which happen to be highly fragranced for specific outcomes.
Ayurveda Ancient science of health and medicine that utilizes aromatic massage oils.
Fragrance General term that refers to any type of scent but is often used to describe pleasant smelling products.
Fixatives Add a warm, musky odor and also prevent a fragrance from quickly evaporating.
Floral Fragrances that smell strongly of a single flower, such as gardenia, orchid, rose, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose or freesia.
Floral bouquet Largest category of fragrance. It features fragrances that are made of several floral scents.
Oriental Category of full bodied , warm, often heavy aromas typically composed of woods , spices, exotic florals, and musk.
Spice blend Fragrance made from several spicy aromas, such as vanilla, cinnamon, pepper , nutmeg , ginger, or clove.
Forest or Wood blend Category that encompasses many men's fragrances. Rely on combination of woods, such as sandalwood, pine, eucalyptus, cedar, rosewood, or even tobacco.
Fruit blend Category that encompasses fresh, often sweet, fragrances.
Modern blend Fragrance concocted from several different scents, including fruit, floral, spicy and wood; may also feature food scents, such as chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, mint or almond.
Antiseptic Oils Oil that helps destroy bacteria and heal skin eruptions.
Astringent Oils Temporarily tighten tissue and reduce secretions. include alum root, comfrey, horse chestnut, lemon, rhubarb, sage, sandalwood and witch hazel.
Anti-inflammatory Oils Reduce inflammation and soothe swollen muscles. Calendula, chamomile, patchouli, cinnamon, lavender, myrrh and eucalyptus.
Analgesic Oils Help deaden surface pain. Include Castor, Rosewood, juniper and geranium.
Antioxidant Oils Help fight skin ravaging free radicals. Thyme, orange, and tea tree.
Healing Oils Promote cells to regenerate so the skin can repair itself. Include aloe, chamomile, peppermint and rosemary.
Moisturizing Oils Softens dry or flaky skin. Chamomile, rose petals and orange blossom.
Soothing Oils Helps reduce irritation. include aloe, almond, comfrey, chamomile, rose, rosewood, lavender, neroli and ylang ylang.
Stimulating Oils Boost circulation to the skin. Eucalyptus, Rosemary, basil, peppermint, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, spearmint, and sandalwood.
Steam Distillation The most common method of removing essential oils from raw plant material. Steam percolates through the material and pulls off volatile oils, which are then condensed.
Expression Squeezes out an ingredients's fragrant oil.
Extraction Uses a chemical solvent to leach the aromatic component from a plant.
Enfleurage Steeping matter in oil or fat, which in turns absorbs the materials fragrance.
Maceration Plunging a substance into hot oil or fat, which then absorbs the ingredients fragrance.
Tee Tree Oil Used in treating acne. Has antiseptic and microbial benefits.
Sandalwood Oil Treats sore muscles.
Rose Oil Has antiseptic properties. Also soothes and moisturizes.
Neroli Oil Used to treat oily and acneic skin. Known for its antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities.
Lavender Has many different properties: antiseptic, antimicrobial, soothing, stimulating and healing.
Eucalyptus Oil Treats stiff, sore muscles and boosts circulation. It is stimulating, analgesic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile Oil Can be used in any treatment for any skin condition. Provides soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimocrobial benefits.
Ylang-Ylang Oil Enhances circulation, has antiseptic and soothing qualities.
Algotherapy The therapeutic use of marine plants to cleanse and revitalize the skin and body.
Phytohormones Trace elements, mineral salts, essential amino acids, polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, helpful bacteria, natural antibiotics and plant hormones.
How Algae is Obtained Either grown in oceanic 'farms' or harvested from the wild.
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