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MAR 2015

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120 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2015 Just because winter weather is on its way out doesn't mean your clients' hands no longer need serious protection from drying and cracking. Gerlasan Hand Cream from Gehwol leaves hands silky soft thanks to four skin-moisturizing ingredients: urea, glycerin, aloe vera, and tapioca starch. The aloe vera supplies moisture, urea binds it in and between skin cells, glycerin draws moisture from deeper skin layers and stores it, while tapioca starch has a similar effect. Suitable for diabetics, the formula includes panthenol, which promotes healing, and bisabolol, which also promotes healing and has an anti-infammatory and disinfecting effect. For more information, go to Gerlasan Hand Cream Defeats Dry Skin 5 Things Your Client's Skin May Reveal About Her Health The skin is our body's largest organ, and while it protects the body, it also does things such as hold fuids in, keep microbes out, and regulate body temperature. While your clients are likely most concerned with their skin's superfcial appearance, there is a lot more to it, says Dr. Sanjiv Saini of MD Dermatology, based in Edgewater and Lexington Park, Md. "Often when you look a little deeper it is clear to see that our skin is telling us something about what's going on with our overall health," he says. Dr. Saini cites fve things the skin may reveal about a person's health: 1. Iron is needed. For those with skin that is paler than normal, their skin may be letting them know that they are anemic. Resulting from an iron defciency, anemia can also be a sign of other diseases, such as an infammatory bowel disease. 2. More water is needed. When someone is not drinking enough water on a regular basis, their skin may look faky, tight, and dry. Getting plenty of water will keep the skin looking and feeling better. 3. It's time to reduce stress. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that stress has an infammatory impact on the skin, which could lead to such conditions as rosacea, psoriasis, and acne. Reducing stress can help give people clearer skin. 4. There are thyroid problems. Having a yellowish tint to the skin can be a sign that there are thyroid problems. Beta-carotene levels are increased in the blood when the thyroid is underactive, giving the skin the yellowish tone. 5. More omega-3 fatty acids are needed. Having skin that is dull and dry can be a sign that the person is not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, which are rich in foods like walnuts, sardines, and faxseeds. Also called Raynaud's Disease or Raynaud's Syndrome, Raynaud's Phenomenon is a medical condition that causes blood vessels to spasm, blocking blood fow to parts of the body (usually fngers and toes) and causing a dramatic change in the color of the skin. The discoloration of the skin often comes in a "three-phase sequence," which means the skin turns from white to blue to red. The cycle can be quite painful to suferers — an estimated 28 million people in the U.S. There are two types of Raynaud's phenomenon: primary and secondary. Primary Raynaud's is a stand-alone condition that isn't related to any other medical problem. Secondary Raynaud's is caused by a larger health problem, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In those rare cases when complications from secondary Raynaud's create problems such as skin sores or ulcers, techs should avoid performing nail services without a doctor's release. Barring any complications, though, manicures, pedicures, and enhancements pose no threat to clients with Raynaud's. To learn more, log on to and search "Raynaud's." Look It Up: Raynaud's Phenomenon PHOTO REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SCLERODERMA NETWORK AT WWW.SCLERO.ORG.

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