Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar levels, as there are failures in the body that affect organs such as the pancreas and also its regulatory process. Among the consequences of diabetes, blood vessels narrow due to sustained high blood sugar levels, which is why it is very common for people with diabetes to suffer from poor circulation and slow healing
Therefore, if you suffer from diabetes, it is good to keep in mind that you can undergo most of the beauty treatments available on the market. However, it is very necessary that, as a diabetes patient, you should take extreme precautions in those treatments that have a high risk of causing wounds or damage with bleeding, for example, especially due to the problem faced by diabetic people with blood clotting. blood.
In this post, we will show you some aspects that are very necessary to consider when performing any beauty treatment, and also so that you know how to choose which treatment to have and how to choose the center where you will have it.
What types of beauty treatments can the diabetic person have?
A person with diabetes does not have to be careless with their physical care, but they should take extreme precautions with some beauty treatments that they want to perform. Some skin treatments are likely to cause irritation or dryness to your face, or a waxing procedure may injure you to the point of mistreatment.
Therefore, below we indicate some treatments that you can perform if you suffer from diabetes and what aspects you should take into account to do them in the safest way possible.
Pedicure and manicure
Of all the beauty treatments, the pedicure is perhaps the one that represents the greatest risk for the person with diabetes. The person who performs the treatment should consider that diabetes can cause neuropathy and, therefore, a person who is going to undergo a pedicure treatment, may have damage to the sensory nerves in the hands and feet.
Similarly, ingrown toenails and cracked heels are very common. In both cases, extreme precautions must be taken because, even if the pedicure is done yourself, significant damage can be caused if the nails are very short, if there is a cut or, even, the soaking water is too hot, opening the skin to possible infections that can later be difficult to manage and cure.
To alleviate a limb neuropathy condition, a very gentle massage can help. This is what helps to maintain the normal color of the skin of the foot. A massage can also help with chapped skin to stimulate the nerves and prevent bacteria from entering the cracks. We suggest you prefer moisturizers rich in vitamin E and other oils such as coconut and avocado, as they help hydrate the skin.
Massages and muscle toning
Body massages are very helpful in improving muscle toning, circulation, and skin tone. Regular massage can also help reduce anxiety, headaches, depression, job stress, and anger, therefore it could help regulate blood glucose. A massage administered correctly can affect the increase in blood serum insulin, thus potentially lowering blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes. You may not notice significant changes just starting physical activity. But in these cases, massages can also be a form of passive gymnastics.
There are some basic suggestions that you should keep in mind to attend a massage or muscle toning session:
- It is important that you do not schedule a massage during the peak of your insulin activity. For example, if you inject intermediate-acting insulin at breakfast, you shouldn’t schedule a massage for about eight hours after taking it. If, on the other hand, you use rapid-acting insulin, you can schedule the massage for about three hours after the injection.
- It is important that when you book your treatment, you inform those who will apply it that you have diabetes so that they can adjust the treatment to apply to your condition. This is especially true because, depending on the type of diabetes you have, and also depending on the type of insulin used, diabetes massage can induce hypoglycemia.
When it comes to waxing, the main problem that clients with diabetes face is the risk of suffering a wound during the procedure and that the practitioner is in a position to care for it. If a wound occurs during the wax application process, what it can mean for the client is to make them more susceptible to infection. If, in addition, you have vascular damage or neuropathy, consider that this increases your risk compared to wax treatment.
It is important not to apply the wax at a high temperature, in addition to using a soft wax recommended for sensitive skin. Remember to whom you will be treated, take special care of your skin during the treatment, and make sure it shows you everything you need, including proper aftercare.
Peels and other skin care treatments
Skincare is particularly important for people with diabetes: the skin becomes more fragile and this can lead to dryness and breakouts. The collagen in the skin is destroyed and glycation occurs, caused by the high level of sugar in the blood since the little insulin secreted by the pancreas is insufficient to metabolize the volume of glucose circulating in the body.
Due to the delicate skin condition of people with diabetes, facial beauty treatments must be carefully designed. On the other hand, facial massages applied with great force can damage the skin and cause the blood vessels to swell even when the treatment is applied only with the pressure of the fingertips.
Being a systemic disease, diabetes affects the entire body, and the skin is no exception. One-third of people with diabetes are likely to develop a skin disorder caused by diabetes at some point in their lives. Here are some ideas to keep in mind for your personal care.
- Good skin care starts with keeping your diabetes well controlled. Avoid high glucose levels because that will dry out your skin and make it vulnerable to harmful bacteria and also the risk of infection.
- Do not take very hot baths or showers, because if your skin is dry, a hot or bubble bath will not improve it. It is good that you consider using moisturizing soaps to improve the dry condition of your skin and, after showering, use a moisturizing lotion, avoiding placing it between your toes. Fungi between the toes, favored by a damp condition, can create a risky situation for the person with diabetes. Likewise, you should prevent dry skin by avoiding scratching and keeping it hydrated. If where you live there are strong changes in temperature, you can try to improve the conditions of your home by humidifying the environment a little.
- Just as we recommend using mild soaps on the body, it is also important that you use mild shampoos. In the case of your feminine hygiene, it is not recommended that you do not use sprays and that you be very attentive to consult a dermatologist if you observe any sudden changes in your skin that you cannot control, especially if they are located on the feet. People with diabetes are prone to not perceive injuries to their feet as diabetic neuropathy begins by affecting the lower extremities and one of the first aspects affected is sensitivity.
Are you a professional in a beauty center? We show you how to offer a good service.
All people, regardless of any health condition they may suffer from, have the possibility of undergoing beauty treatments. However, it is important that both those who suffer from the condition and who will perform the treatment, know what questions to ask and what information to provide to clients. We want to make it easier for you as a beautician or as a client of a beauty center, telling you some questions that you should ask when applying a treatment, for example, waxing clients with diabetes:
- We recommend that, when welcoming new clients to your business, you provide them with a printed form where you can gather a significant amount of information that will be very useful in the application of, for example, the hair removal treatment. In this form, which we recommend you fill out to all clients, you will be able to find out if a client has a metabolic disease such as diabetes, making it easier for you to prepare all the products and techniques to apply.
- You should know that there are several different types of diabetes: type 1, when a person needs to be treated with insulin; type 2, which can be controlled with a healthy diet and exercise; and type 3, which is temporary and can occur only during pregnancy. This basic information will allow you to determine the severity of the disease and thus you can determine what techniques and products you could apply. For example, patients with type 2 diabetes can have a hair removal treatment without problems, you should exercise extreme caution in the case of people with type 1 diabetes, since this is the most serious case of diabetes.
- It is important that you have information about whether or not the treating doctor authorized the requested beauty treatment. For this reason, we suggest that, especially in the case of type 1 diabetes, you request this information from your clients.
- Find out what types of waxes you can use according to the type of diabetes of your clients. Keep in mind that, from an aesthetic point of view, the main problem when waxing clients with diabetes is the risk of non-healing wounds, no matter how small. Therefore, the temperature, the quality and the way of applying the wax will be crucial in generating a risk situation for the client. We suggest that you use mild body waxes that melt at a low temperature, and we also suggest that you test the product on your skin first to make sure the temperature is correct. Have products to treat inflammation or swelling after the waxing treatment on hand so that you can use it in a timely manner.
We hope that by following these tips you can perform a beauty treatment in a more conscious way and, therefore, in a more respectful way with your clients and their health.