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Therapeutic benefits of paraffin treatment

August 6th, 2018 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

In addition to soothing and healing the skin, paraffin treatments have many therapeutic
benefits for internal ailments as well. Paraffin wax has been shown to treat conditions
like arthritis and fibromyalgia among others. A wax treatment acts as a type of
thermotherapy, or heat therapy, that helps treat these conditions by increasing blood flow,
relaxing muscles and reducing stiffness in joints. It can also help with minimizing muscle
spasms and inflammation, and to treat sprains and pulled muscles.

Paraffin wax therapy can be particularly effective for those suffering from osteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular paraffin hand treatments can help relax joints and
relieve pain in hands before physical therapy and exercise. They can also help with
lowering fluid retention and flushing toxins, which can reduce swelling


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SPF simplified

July 23rd, 2018 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is still relatively vague. The FDA defines SPF as “a measure of how much solar energy (ultraviolet radiation) is required to produce sunburn on protected skin (in the presence of sunscreen) relative to the amount of solar energy required to produce sunburn on unprotected skin.”

Also, not all SPFs are created equally. While a client may not get sunburned because they have protected their skin from UVB rays by wearing sunscreen, the sunscreen in question may not protect them against UVA rays, which is what causes skin cancer. The key type of sunscreen for professionals to recommend is broad-spectrum sunscreen, ones that clearly deliver both UVA and UVB protection.

The ingredients should include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone to enable the sunscreen to provide this dual UVA/UVB protection. Generally, sunscreen should be reapplied about every two hours and after participating in water sports or sweating.


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Visible Damage UVA and UVB

July 9th, 2018 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

UVA
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, ultraviolet light contains UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the ultraviolet radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. These long wavelength rays are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. It is important to know that UVA rays can penetrate clouds and glass, which means, unless someone is in a dark room with no windows, UVA rays can reach exposed skin and cause photoaging. UVA rays penetrate the skin below the dermis and go into the lower layers of the skin, the epidermis. Studies show that UVA damages keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur.

UVB
UVB rays are short-wavelength rays that cause the top skin layer or dermis to darken. UVB rays are responsible for tanning, or sunburns, when the skin is exposed for too long. UVB plays an important role in the development of skin cancer. Although UVB rays are most typically active between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from April to October, UVB rays can burn and damage the skin year-round, especially at high altitudes or on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice, which bounce back the rays so that they hit the skin twice. Fortunately, UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass.


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