July 08, 2015

Do you have damaged nails?

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Thank you for your interest in trying the Original Heidi's Nail Solution ®

You too can have stronger, healthier, more comfortable, beautiful natural nails. With regular use, expect to see the natural glow restored to your nails and cuticles as they become nourished and fortified with our Award-Winning, trusted product formulation. 

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You'll receive Heidi's Nail Solution in our  'Try-Me' sized compact. Then you'll be able to start treating your weak or damaged nails in just a few days- meaning your results are just around the corner!  

We're certain that you will be thrilled with the results in as little as a few weeks. After six weeks, you'll notice remarkable improvement. We can't wait to hear your success stories!

January 30, 2014

Why doesn't your hand cream work?

Have you ever noticed that, no matter how many times you apply a hand creme product in the winter, your skin just keeps hanging on to that dry, chapped, uncomfortable feeling - no matter which product you use?

 

What do Stay-at-Home Moms, Doctors, Hairdressers and Food Industry Professionals have in common?

Maybe you're in a profession which requires frequent hand washing- or not at all. In fact, those who wear protective gloves in the work place are among those who may suffer from dry, needy hands. Even the daily handling of paper or fabric can be a nightmare for dry skin, as it constantly absorbs the moisture from your hands upon contact.

August 19, 2013

Is your skin keeping secrets?

Ever judge a book by its cover? We’ve all been there.

Appearing healthy, balanced, polished and poised is valued highly in most cultures, ours certainly being no exception. Superficial physical attributes often speak volumes (especially in the professional world) about attention to detail or the ability to balance tasks. Often our unconscious minds draw parallels and jump to conclusions based on one’s apparent ability to maintain their own business. Are we wrong? Sometimes. And sometimes we’re right. What’s most important though, is to recognize that our own outward appearance can give us signs about our overall health -- both physical and emotional.

It’s not just what’s inside that counts.

Outweighing the liver, at around 20 pounds, the skin is the largest human organ. Covering the body with an average surface area of approximately 21 square feet, the skin has important functions. It provides a barrier that protects us from bacteria and regulates our body temperature. Exposure of the skin to enough sunlight has health benefits; the sun enables our bodies to produce necessary vitamin D in a natural way.

Here’s why the hands are one of the fastest parts of the body to show age.

When outside in the western world (no matter what the current fashion trend) our hands and faces are almost always exposed to sunlight. This is the predominant reason why many of us will eventually notice brown patches known as liver spots on our hands and arms as well as face, neck, and shoulders -- areas of the body which are regularly exposed to the sun. While the exposure does help us to produce the valuable “Sunshine Vitamin” it is worth considering that our hands, faces and décolleté should not do the lion’s share of the job.

What do spots on your skin have to do with your liver?

It was once a commonly held myth that unsightly brown spots were symptoms of an ill-functioning liver, hence the name liver spots. While this has been well established as myth in the field of modern medicine, some controversy among the alternative health community still remains. Claims of clearing away liver spots on the skin with a remedy called a “liver flush” have not been substantiated and many who have tried this approach have been disappointed with the results (ie. the spots have not faded). Since there doesn’t seem to be any proof to support the practice of removing the unsightly spots using this approach, it could be safe to assume there’s no easy way to remove liver spots without resorting to expensive methods such as laser treatments or chemical peels which can cause serious discomfort and require recovery time of at least a week. Many fading creams are commercially available, though the results are notably less than spectacular.

If it’s not my liver, what causes liver spots?

Also known as age spots or sun spots, the proper medical name for liver spots is Solar Lentigines. They are harmless discolorations of the skin caused by several factors and the result of the human body’s overproduction of melanin (a dark natural pigment ) in a concentrated area. A few things can play a role, including genetics and age, however the primary cause of these highly pigmented areas is overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation.

Prevention, prevention, prevention.

Everyone knows the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it’s still as true today as ever. This advice applies equally true when it comes to liver spots.

  • SPF Protection

Protect your frequently exposed areas daily, year round. Wear a sun hat in summer when gardening or at the beach, for example. If you are a person who does a lot of driving, consider wearing light gloves or a simple application of SPF 30 to hands and arms. As well, a little SPF under makeup every day can offer a layer of protection and serve as a base for your foundation, improving the application and smooth finish of your makeup. Broad spectrum sunscreens are best. Make sure you know the ingredients are safe. Heidi and Company offers a product called Creme d'Satin, available for order here.

  • Limit Sun Exposure

Be sensible and know your limits. Try to avoid working outside during the most intense hours of sunlight. Individuals with pale skin shades have less natural protection than those with higher concentrations of melanin and need to get out of the sun faster. All skin burns and there have been zero benefits found in sunburns.

  • Phototoxicity

Be aware of the ingredients in the medicines and beauty products you are using and how they may affect your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Certain prescriptions and essential oils are known to have sun-magnifying effects because of something natural they contain called furanocoumarins. This is important information if you use products that are designed to for us to “leave-on.” Bergamot is a wonderful essential oil and perhaps the best known example of an essential oil which increases sensitivity to sunlight. Check with your doctor for information on prescriptions you might be using and how they may affect your sun sensitivity.

As with anything, moderation is the key.

Enjoy the warmth and energy that is provided by the sun though be wise and protect yourself accordingly. Preventing brown spots is one key way to ensure that your appearance remains fresh and youthful for years to come. It’s in your hands.

Photo credit: rishibando / Foter / CC BY-NC

March 13, 2013

Heidi's Product Philosophy

Women today often play many roles

We are professionals, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, wives, lovers and more. Each day we must strive to bring balance to ourselves while caring for the ones we love.  

At the heart of creating our products, we face challenges on making products that "do what it says" in a healthy manner and pamper our customers in a nice, easy way. You will find our products effective, relaxing, enjoyable and easy to use.

Please be confident that all our products are our own original formulations and are 100% manufactured in the United States. I always welcome your feedback, please email me with comments.

Sincerely,

 

 

March 13, 2013

Heidi & Company in the Press

Heidi's manicuring techniques and nail care products have earned her recognition in beauty and fashion magazines such as:

 

"Heidy Zwicky has held hands with the best. The Secret that kept them coming back is now in a bottle: her eponymous line of nail, hand and foot creams"

 

 

 

"The Spa at the Crescent Expect an hour-long, private room manicure that includes pressure-point massage, Heidi's Nail Solution (a nail and cuticle strengthener developed by staff manicurist Heidi Zwicky)
 and cuticle smoothing pumice stones that preempt cutting.

 

 

"Dallas Manicurist Heidi Zwicky at The Spa at the Hotel Crescent Court does acupressure on fingertips: 'To stimulate circulation, I press the moon of each nail three times for ten seconds.'"

 

 

 


"Real Women share their nail tips: Maggie Blay, an investment broker in Dallas, says, "I first started using Heidi's Nail Solution Nail Strengthener and Cuticle Repair Cream after acrylic nails caused a lot of damage. Within three weeks my nails looked stronger and healthier."

 

 

 

 

"As a consumer, Zwicky was always interested in why products worked or didn't work...If I could make a product that worked on me, it would work on anyone...Heidi's Nail Solution, a high-protein cream that repairs nails and cuticles, was two years in the making...Zwicky has (continued to add) new products to her line and has...quit doing nails as a result of her booming success."

 

 

"Kelly Donahue sneaks a peek at Fall's dramatic nail colors, shapes and lengths. "Lengths will be more dramatic; there's a definite Hollywood influence," notes Heidi Zwicky, a nail tech at The Spa at the Crescent in Dallas. "Expect to see oval shapes with the sides angled, a look straight from the 40's" Zwicky predicts."

 

 

"If ingredients sound good enough (and safe enough) to eat, then most people assume they're good enough to be used on the body...including nails. "I think that both groups are right" says Heidi Zwicky, owner of Heidi & Company and Irving, Texas-based maker of a protein based nail cream. ...I do believe natural ingredients are more gentle than synthetics.

 

 

"Hottest Pedicurist: Her name is Heidi Zwicky and she holds court (pun intended) at the Spa at the Crescent. This manicuring and pedicuring whiz has invented a naturally- based...cream that softens even the roughest and toughest of knuckles and heels."