Cosmetic Swabs: Beauty Tips for Salons and Spas

Cosmetic Swabs: Beauty Tips for Salons and Spas

Harmony offers the best quality and selection of swabs and applicators for use in Spas, Salons, and so much more!

We’ve chosen to supply primarily Puritan Medical swabs and applicators due to their supreme quality and value.

Puritan produces high-quality swabs and other single-use products for industries such as healthcare, forensics, and food safety. These products are medical-grade swabs with fantastic beauty and wellness applications too. From cotton swabs to cuticle sticks, Harmony and Puritan Medical can help spa and salon owners keep clients looking their best.

Spring is around the corner and there’s going to be lots of events like vacations, proms, weddings – people need to be photo ready!

Here are some great beauty tips, advice, and tricks made possible by high quality cosmetic swabs and applicators.

Special Swabs for Cosmetics

Cutting-edge technology has been used to produce high-quality cotton swabs which are almost enough on their own to perform every part of a beauty routine. From facials to pedicures, Puritan Swabs from Harmony are highly resourceful as a tool used in a wide range of beauty and salon services.

Here’s some great ways to use swabs for beauty!

Face

  1. Use a swab to precisely cover a blemish with just enough concealer.
  2. Target dark spots with brightening cream in the same manner.

Lips

  1. Use a swab to get every last bit of lipstick out of the tube before tossing it.
  2. Lip-gloss comes in a pot right? So keep your fingers clean by applying with a cotton swab.
  3. Don’t let bright lipsticks or stains bleed outside your clients’ lip line. With a swab, you can trace her pout with powder to keep lip color in place.

Eyes

  1. Avoid sticky fingers when applying eyelash glue to false eyelashes by using cotton swab to disperse the glue.
  2. Use a swab to dot concealer on undereye circles, then blend.
  3. Cotton swabs are the perfect tool for smudging or cleaning up eyeliner.

Nails

  1. Embellish nails by using a swab to create designs (adorable polka dots!) or add decorations.
  2. The pointed cotton tip on our tapered swabs can clean up the messiest manicure or pedicure.
  3. Cleaning bottle necks with swabs dipped in nail polish remover keeps polishes from getting stuck shut.

The Perfect Cosmetic Swabs:

Bonus TIP: Seal swabs covered in concealer or perfume in small storage bags and tuck them into your purse. You’ll be able to touch up your makeup or reapply your favorite scent while at a wedding or during a long flight.

Wooden Tongue Depressors (AKA Wax Applicators)

Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel after an eyebrow wax? Well, our tongue depressors were actually designed to apply wax too! The wood has a smooth polish, and with two different sizes, the sticks can be used on multiple areas of the body.

The Perfect Wax Applicators:

Cuticle Sticks (AKA Orange Wood Sticks)

Keeping nails clean is good for hygiene and for first impressions. We offer cuticle sticks with beveled ends that are just the right tool for pushing cuticles back into place. Our single bevel sticks with pointed ends can clean out dirt and other built up grime. Whether thanking an instructor for vacation surfing lessons or meeting a cousin’s new boyfriend at a family gathering, your clients will confidently extend their hands knowing they look great!

The Perfect Cuticle Sticks:

You can trust our swabs and applicators to perform the best, no matter your usage!

Feel great, look great, and enjoy a moment of Harmony with Puritan Medical Swabs and Applicators.

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Why Use Cleanroom Gloves for Critical Environments?

Concerned About High Levels of Cleanroom Contamination?

Make sure to use pure clean gloves manufactured for cleanrooms, and don’t use a standard industrial or medical grade glove in cleanrooms.

Why can’t you use a lower cost industrial grade or Medical grade glove in defined clean rooms?

 

Why Use Cleanroom Gloves for Critical Environments?

  • The chlorination manufacturing process of Cleanroom Gloves reduces the natural rubber protein levels as well as particulate and ionic residuals.
  • Chlorination also reduces tack levels by washing the gloves in a solution of chlorine gas and water. Less tack allows for easier glove donning off and on!
  • Post chlorination processing and testing is very important to the manufacturing process of Cleanroom Gloves.
  • After chlorination the gloves are processed through multiple deionized water rinse cycles to further reduce residual contaminants. In this process, excess particulates, extractable ions, and nonvolatile residues are removed.
  • The gloves are then dried in HEPA filtered dryers prior to packaging. This part of the process is undertaken in a cleanroom environment.

 

The Enemy of Cleanrooms

The enemy of clean rooms is particulates that cause contamination and can damage the sensitive products being produced.

Industrial Grade Nitrile gloves are void of Cleanroom Glove processing preparation and can produce a high level of contamination.

Also Sterile Nitrile Gloves only address bacteria levels and do not reduce glove contamination levels. This fact is why Sterile Surgical Gloves should not be used in clean room applications.

If you’re operating a critical environment make sure to use disposable gloves manufactured for cleanrooms.

 

See our selection of Cleanroom Gloves here.

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Rayon Swabs: The Better Tipped Swab

rayon tipped swabs

Rayon Tipped Swabs: The Better Swab

First of all, swabs come in different sizes, formats, and materials. You need to pick the right kind for the job. Confused with the huge assortment of swabs available in the market? Learn more about rayon swabs below.

Because Rayon Swabs are soft and highly absorbent, they are a good choice for applications where cotton would not be suitable.

Rayon Swabs (preferred over cotton swabs) for specimen collection.

Swabs are generally thought of as cotton wads wrapped around on one side of a small rod.

Did you know that swabs are made with many different materials? 

Also, a majority of swabs used in the medical field are sterile and often made of synthetic material for better test results without contamination. If you are investing money in a swab, one strong option to consider should definitely be rayon swabs.

 

The Best Swab for the Job

With so many different kinds of swabs on the market, it can be hard to know which kind is best for your particular applications. Concerned with clinical applications? They are available in varying sizes and formats so that they are compatible with your applications and testing procedures.

 

Tips on Choosing the Best Swab Tip

  • The shaft of the swab is very important. Make sure that it is made of the highest quality material. Generally, you will have wood, plastic or aluminum as choices. Different shafts materials offer different flexibility and traits.
  • If the application is for nasopharyngeal or pediatric fields, you’ll want to use a rayon swab with an aluminum shaft that is ultra thin and highly flexible.
  • Look out for the swab bud. If it is for clinical purposes, the rayon swab is the best available option.

 

Why are Rayon Swabs Preferred?

  • Since one primary use is for clinics and medical fields, most rayon tipped swabs come wrapped individually so that there is no contamination and the medical results are accurate.
  • Rayon tips made of the top notch quality USP grade rayon fiber.
  • They are easily disposable and most are sterile.
  • Rayon swabs are available with either wooden, plastic, or aluminum shafts and you have the option to choose.

 

Try Out Rayon Swabs

A rayon tip swab is also considered the best for gynecological cell collection and for research work. In fact, they are without any odor or taste and thereby ideal for food industries as well. Overall, rayon swabs are better in most cases than other alternative options like cotton.

Like Mom always said, you won’t know until you try it. Try out rayon tipped swabs in your applications and see the difference today.

 

If you need assistance selecting the right swab for your needs just get in touch and we’ll be glad to help.

View our selection of rayon tipped swabs here.

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Food Safety, Practices & Disposable Apparel

Food Safety

Foodborne illnesses have been receiving more media coverage recently. This has led to greater public awareness and we all need to increase food safety training levels for employees working in the food industry. This is essential for food safety and public health.

It is not only a requirement to meet food safety regulations but also a responsibility towards end clients as well as the general safety of people.

 

Prevent food product contamination:

  1. Ensuring food workers have an understanding of basic food protection practices: First of all, if employees understand food protection practices, such as staying clean and disease free, it goes a long way to prevent product contamination. Something as basic as hand washing prevents a range of complicated food borne illnesses. (Such as Salmonella typhi, Shigella species, shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or hepatitis A virus.)
  2. Ensuring no hair in food: Because it is important to acknowledge that hair in food is one of the most common errors in the food industry. While it is a human mistake, it is a potential source of microbiological and physical contamination. Wearing hairnets, beard covers and long sleeved smocks are essential.
  3. Ensuring minimal contamination as possible: It is not easy to completely eradicate contamination. This is because of microbes in the air that cannot be humanly prevented from entering food. However, employees can take key steps by wearing clean uniforms or disposable apparel. Keeping processing areas and utensils sanitized and not wearing jewelry that may fall into food.
  4. Keeping the food area disease free: Employees with flu or a cold should stay home. Coming to work sick can expose others at work and may contaminate food, leading to potentially much bigger issues.

Finger nails must always be clean and cut, personal hygiene maintained, and any illness reported. It is essential to equip employees with the correct personal protection products including food handling gloves, hair nets, beard guards (beard nets/covers) and face masks. Employers in the food industry must ideally provide a thoughtful and comprehensive training program.

 

Here are few things to remember when providing food safety training:

  1. Use of language

Employees may not share the same native tongue as the employer.  Translate instructions, practices, processes, and procedures to a language employees understand best. Explain the importance and benefits when you use disposable gloves during food handling. 

  1. Communication

Just like salary negotiations happen prior to employment, it is important to communicate proper and preferred hygiene practices at the same time. It is essential to be clear and precise. Wearing their hairnets and beard covers must be fully explained to the potential employee.

  1. Reaffirmation

A reaffirmation of the proper hygiene practices is essential with periodic training programs as well as innovative approaches such as displays of signs with pictures of good practices. Again, language plays a major role and  context. Cater to the employee’s known language.

 

Lastly, use safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage to prevent food-borne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Keep food safety in mind for your employees, yourself, the consumer, and the general public.