Wednesday

Manicure Warmers- Why They are Handy

Why would you need a warmer in order to give a manicure? Well, that's a very good question.  The warmer isn't really for the manicure, and it's not really used in an everyday basic manicure.  A manicure warmer is saved for the purpose of giving a very special type of manicure.  This special type of manicure is a spa manicure.  A spa manicure, is a little pricier than its basic counterpart, but it is worth the splurge every once in a while.

The manicure warmer is actually used to warm wax used to give a spa manicure.  The warmer will heat and melt a paraffin wax.  The wax is then smothered onto the hands of the lucky recipient.  The wax acts as a moisturizer.  It replaces essential oils and moisture that we loose through every day life, especially through hand washing.  The wax will help to smooth rough hands and temporarily reduce fine lines leaving hands looking younger and softer. With regular spa manicures hands will continue to look younger, due to the softening of the skin.

Once the wax has been applied the client is left to relax and wait for the wax to harden.  The wax doesn't actually harden into a complete solid form.  It's not like the wax will be as hard as a crayon or a candle. It's also a very thin layer of wax, so it will come off with a gentle rubbing motion.  Once the wax has been heated and applied the manicure warmer is no longer needed.  There are many different types of manicure warmers.  Some warmers come with disposable cups that allow for ease of clean up, while others have to be emptied and cleaned daily.  For anyone who has ever had to clean up dried candle wax, you know that this can be an unpleasant task to say the least.

Some manicure warmers also can be used for other beauty shop purposes.  For example, some salons may use their manicure warmer to warm the wax used for waxing procedures, like leg and eyebrow waxing. These waxes are usually stickier and heated to a higher temperature than the wax used for a spa manicure or pedicure.  

These manicure warmers can be used to give spa pedicures as well as manicures.  Why should hands have all of the fun?  A spa pedicure can be a great treat for dry and rough or cracked feet.  I know that I treated myself to a spa pedicure after I ran the marathon, and it was just what the doctor should have ordered.  My feet felt rested, refreshed and most importantly moisturized. It is important for distance runners to take good care of their feet.  I have seen some pretty ugly toes after marathon training.  I wouldn't say that I get regular pedicures, but the few that I have gotten have helped to keep my toes looking good.

So that being said, I am thankful for the invention of manicure warmers.  Without them, we wouldn't have the greatest hand pampering known as the spa manicure.

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