Monday, July 8, 2019

Is a Pedicure Safe? Is a Pedicure Safe During Pregnancy? Get a Clean Healthy Pedicure!

clean foot bath
Ahhhhhhh, a pedicure! Summer is the height of pedicure season. You must have beautiful feet and polished toes when you wear your sandals. But, is your pedicure safe from bacteria, fungus, injury and harmful chemicals? 

Let's have a look at a few things that could go wrong with a pedicure turning it into a unsafe situation. First up is the foot bath, then the callus removal process, the pedicure tools, salon licensing, followed by nail polish ingredients and safe pedicures during pregnancy.

The Foot Bath
Those whirlpool pedicure baths feel great, don't they? The problem is you just don't know how clean they are. Sure the bowl may be cleaned and sanitized, but the pipes within the unit can contain microbes. This may scare you or gross you out, but you need to know! Nail clippings, skin, and skin care product remnants can remain in the jets of the whirlpool.

Bacteria can then grow in the pipes unless they are properly cleaned. That bacteria can cause a nasty infection on your feet or legs if you happen to have any opening in your skin. It could be just a tiny nick you got from shaving or blister that isn't fully healed. It could also be nick that occurred during your pedicure from toe nail clipping, filing or cuticle cutting then, that bacteria jumps right in! Even worse, you can get a toenail fungus that lasts for years or may never go away!

Pipeless pedicure chairs are much easier to clean because they don't have the pipes with water running through. They do have removable jets that need to be cleaned then sanitized and put back in. 

It is recommended by the EPA that the foot spa is cleaned between each client in this way: 

1. Water is to be drained and debris removed.

2. Foot basin is to be cleaned with soap and water.

3. Foot basin is then to be disinfected with a hospital grade disinfectant and remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes. Whirlpool, air jet and pipe-less spas must be circulating during that time.

I'm thinking this process would take at least 15 minutes to do between the draining, soaping and disinfecting. This cleaning procedure can be done between clients or started after your feet are finished soaking while other parts of your pedicure are taking place like the polishing. Does your pedicurist do this? I think it takes a lot of time and effort to do in a busy salon! The cleaning process doesn't stop there. 

According to the EPA, each night the whirlpool, air jet and pipe-less foot spas should be cleaned in this way:

1. The filter screens, inlet jets and all other removable parts should be removed and all debris must be clean out from behind and in them.

2. All parts need to scrubbed with brush using soap or disinfectant.

3. Parts are then rinsed and reassembled.

4. The basin is then filled with water and hospital grade disinfectant and run for 10 minutes.

5. Finally, the whirlpool is rinsed and air dried.

Whew! That's a lot of work. Do you think salons and spas are doing all that each night after a long, busy day?  Some may do it, but how would you know? 

We love our pedicures. What's a girl to do? Well, watch how your salon or spa cleans their pedicure spa while you are there. They should be following the above procedures. Ask questions about their night time cleaning procedures. 

Better yet, look for salons and spas that use disposable liners in their foot baths or use non circulating soaking basins that are easily disinfected. You are then guaranteed a fresh clean foot soak every time. We use disposable liners at the salon in our foot baths and they are great! Our clients come specifically for pedicures because they know they are getting a safe, clean pedicure. 
credo blade
The Razor Blade
Razor blade callus shavers, Credo Blades, should not be used during a pedicure! You may like the results of the razor blade callus remover but there are three huge reasons that they should not be used during a pedicure at the salon.

#1. A cut on your foot during a pedicure can end up as a serious infection, especially if you are diabetic. That blade may not be clean. The pedicure bath may not be clean. Bacteria or fungus can enter right into that fresh cut and then you will end up with an infection.

2. Callus builds up on your feet as protection against friction and pressure. If that thick skin is cut off, the feet are left sore and sensitive and that callous comes back with a vengeance! 

#3. Blades are illegal in almost all US states. Cutting calluses with a razor blade is considered to be surgery and should only be done by a medical professional. Check with your state's governing body, the state board, that regulates manicures and pedicures to check the law in your state. I'm in PA. They are illegal.

It is fine to smooth and reduce the callused areas with the use of peels, scrubs, pumice stones and foot files during a salon/spa pedicure. Razor blade callus removers are not illegal for you to use carefully on yourself at home.  You can find them easily on Amazon.
Another interesting fact:
If you live in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington or Texas, no fish pedicures for you! They are illegal in those states.🐟

Pedicure Tools
Make sure the nail files, foot files and orangewood sticks are fresh and clean for you. They are to be used on only one person then tossed in the trash. All metal tools, cuticle pushers, cuticle nippers and nail clippers must be clean and sanitary for each client. Tools must be wiped of debris then soaked in alcohol or other disinfectant.

Licensed Technician
Only go to an experienced licensed pedicurist who has be properly trained knows what she/he is doing. Also, only go to a licensed salon. Licenses, for each technician and the salon itself, must be on display in the salon. One of my clients once told me she had a pedicure by a 14 year old boy. She thought it was a marvelous idea until I told her anyone performing manicure/pedicure services in a salon must be licensed by their state. It is extremely unlikely that a 14 year old boy is a licensed operator. In PA, to qualify for the state board exam, a 12 grade education or equivalent is required.  

zoya pink nail polish
Nail Polish
Some nail polishes can contain unsafe ingredients, such as formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate, that should be avoided. For example, many people like Essie Nail Polish. Essie is not a brand that I use. It is tested on animals and it contains ingredients that are not safe. Here is the list of Essie Nail Polish Ingredients for you to review.

Essie Nail Polish Ingredients:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Colophonium /Rosin/Colophane, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Dimethicone, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyurethane-11, [May Contain/Peut Contenir, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ci 77120/Barium Sulfate, Ci 77491, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides, Ci 15880/Red 34 Lake, Ci 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 15850/Red 7 Lake, Ci 15850/Red 6 Lake, Ci 77510/Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Ci 77163/Bismuth Oxychloride, Ci 77266/Black 2, Ci 77000/Aluminum Powder, Ci 77007/Ultramarines, Ci 42090/Blue 1 Lake, Ci 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ci 15880/Red 34, Ci 73360/Red 30 Lake, Ci 75170/Guanine, Ci 47000/Yellow 11, Ci 73360/Red 30, Ci 60725/Violet 2].

Read Can nail polish spread fungus?

My favorite nail polish is Zoya. We use it at the salon. Zoya is a professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of 10 harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. It is vegan, cruelty free and made in the USA. Their nail polish remover is great too! 
Other non toxic nail polish brands I like include:

Cote is fighting in Washington for legislation for cleaner, safer beauty ingredients and for full ingredient lists to be used on beauty products. Their polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPHP, xylene, ethyl toslamide/epoxy resin, parabens and gluten. It is vegan, cruelty free and made in the USA. I love Radiant Rose Gold.
Smith & Cult
Smith & Cult nail polish is free of 8 toxic chemicals: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl toslamide and triphenyl phosphate.  It is vegan, gluten free and cruelty free. I love the way their nail polish bottle looks! Look at these gorgeous colors!
Ella+Mila nail polish is 7 free, cruelty free and is made in the USA. It is free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene and TPHP. It has a cute elephant on the bottle! Here are a few of their beautiful colors.
Honeybee Gardens 
Honeybee Gardens WaterColors Nail Enamel is a water based nail polish that is actually free of 12 toxic chemicals and has no harsh odor. It contains NO: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthlate, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrance, nitrocellulose resin, animal ingredients, triphenyl phosphate or benzophenone-1. It is vegan, cruelty free, gluten free and non GMO.

I have never tried this polish so I don't know how it performs but it gets great reviews. Also, the founder of Honeybee Gardens donates monthly to no kill animal shelters so I certainly want to support her company!💙

Honeybee Gardens WaterColors Nail Enamel Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Acrylates copolymer. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77490), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007). 

That's it! Amazing! The ingredient list is so short. I have to admit I am totally intrigued by this product and it is on my list to try. You can't mix and match other polish brands with this brand. You must use their base coat, top coat and polish remover since it's water based. Their colors are bright and fun!
Pedicures and Pregnancy
Is it safe to get a pedicure while pregnant? Some people say that foot massage can bring on premature labor.

A pedicure is a great way to soothe the swollen feet that often occur during pregnancy.  There are specific reflexology aka acupressure points around the ankles and on the foot (BL60 aka Bladder 60 and BL67 aka Bladder 67) that correlate with the uterus.  It is believed that these specific reflexology/pressure point can lead to a miscarriage by increasing blood flow stimulating the uterus to contract. However, there is just not enough evidence to suggest that foot massage including this pressure point can actually bring on labor. 

I say, be on the safe side and opt for a gentle foot massage that does not include reflexology or pressure point therapy. It is safer and will still provide you much needed pampering unless, that is, you are overdue. Then, I strongly recommend a pedicure using the BL60 and BL67 points with your doctor's approval to get things rolling!!!

Some chemicals including DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and TPHP (triphenyl Phosphate) used in some nail polish brands can cause birth defects and are hormone disruptors. Granted, the amounts in nail polish are small, but I would never take a chance with my baby! Stick to the healthy nail polish brands I mentioned. Always check with your salon to be sure they are using high quality, safe nail products and make sure they are aware that you are pregnant. 

I personally would avoid any salon using toxic chemicals. Even if you bring your own safe polish with you, there are toxic nail polish solvents evaporating into the air that you will be breathing in.

Safe Pedicure recap:
👣 Find a salon that uses disposable foot bath liners.

👣 Do not allow a razor blade callus remover to be used on you during a pedicure.

👣 Make sure your pedicure technician is using clean tools.

👣 Be sure your technician and your salon are licensed.

👣 Use nail polish brands with safe ingredients.

👣 Clean pedicures are safe during pregnancy but avoid reflexology aka acupressure point massage and use safe nail polish.

My local Philly area friends, you can get a safe, clean, luxurious pedicure at Styling Point in Media, Pa.

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Have a Beautiful Healthy Day! 
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Lipstick: Is lipstick safe? Is lipstick edible? Choose a Safer Lipstick!

We love our lipsticks with all their fabulous colors and finishes. But, what's in lipstick? Is it actually safe to eat because, let's face it, we eat off our lipstick everyday. Then, we reapply it and eventually, eat it off again! 

beautycounter color intense lipstick 9 to 5
have read that a women can eat up to 9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. That's a frightening thought!!! I think we all need to wipe our lipstick off before we eat! 

I have always been concerned about cosmetic ingredients and refuse to use a product that has been tested on animals. I am a label reader in the grocery stores and in the beauty stores. I try to use healthier cosmetics, but I have to admit, I get caught up in the latest trends and sometimes lose my focus on the ingredients.

I have decided that I need to use high quality beauty products that are guaranteed to have safer ingredients and are not tested on animals, of course.  I have a brand to recommend for you after we talk about what shouldn't be in your lipstick.

Let's have a look at some of the not so healthy chemicals that are found in many lipsticks

Parabens:  Buytl, Ethyl, Methyl, Isobutyl, Propyl
The parabens are a class a of synthetic antioxidant compounds used as preservatives used in human foods, animal foods, cosmetics and medicines. Parabens are known to cause allergic reactions and disrupt hormone function mimicing estrogen. Methylparaben may interact with UVB  when applied to the skin resulting in skin damage and skin cancer. Parabens become an environmental contaminant when they are washed off the body and enter waste water. Many, but not all, cosmetic companies are now removing parabens from their products. The European Union banned parabens in 2012. Oddly enough, I have recently read methylparaben on the ingredient list of popular brand of sunscreen.

Butylated hydroxyanisole is the cousin of BHT.  It is a synthetic antioxidant compound produced in labs used as a preservative in human foods, animal foods, cosmetics and medicines and is a possible carcinogen. It is listed as a carcinogen in California and is a hormone disruptor. "They" say the low concentration used in cosmetics and is not harmful. (not to be confused with BHA standing for beta hydroxy acid)

Butylated Hydroxytoluene is the cousin of BHA. It also is a synthetic antioxidant compound produced in labs used as a preservative in human foods, animal foods, cosmetics and medicines. It is also known as dibutylatedhydroxytoluene. It can be absorbed by the skin. It has been shown to have tumor promoting effects, have toxic effects on the lungs and kidneys plus, disrupt hormones. "They" say the low concentration used in cosmetics and food is not harmful. 

Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, aka Tert Butylhydroquinone is another synthetic antioxidant compound similar to BHA and BHT.  TBHQ actually forms when the body metabolizes BHA according to Healthline. It is mainly used as a food preservative but can be used in cosmetics as well."They" say the low concentration used in cosmetics and food is not harmful.  

Some people, especially children, have adverse reactions to BHT, BHA and TBHQ including increased ADHD symptoms, asthma, dermatitis, eye problems, headaches, joint pain, stomach problems and weight gain.

Click here to read the Food can make you ill antioxidants book

"They" say the amount of these preservatives used in a cosmetic product are so small that they are safe. "They" also say the amounts used in foods are so small that they are safe. So between the all bath, body care, facial skincare and makeup products you apply to yourself plus the food you eat, there can be a lot of paraben, BHT, BHA and TBHQ  in your life. 

Have a look at the cereal you eat for breakfast. Read the label. BHT could be in there.

food label cereal

How about some cheese and crackers for lunch? Better check the label on those crackers!

food label crackers

Popcorn is a healthy snack, right? TBHQ may be in there!
food label popcorn

Who doesn't love a Pop Tart? My kids would get mad when I wouldn't buy them. They were only allowed to have the natural brand versions with healthier ingredients. They got to eat the real thing at other peoples houses! Sorry, this label is in Spanish but you can still see the TBHQ  listed.

food label poptarts

Rice Krispies Treats are yummy but don't buy them prepared in the box. Make them yourself to avoid dangerous preservatives.

food label rice krispies treats

Those are just a few examples. Those safe small amounts of preservatives in your cosmetics and your food sure add up as you go through the day, don't they? You must read ingredient labels to avoid harmful preservatives. 

Now, preservatives are necessary in cosmetics and prepared food to keep them fresh for an extended period of time, There are safer antioxidants that can be used including tocopherols, Vitamin C and certain essential oils.

Okay, now that we talked about preservatives in your lipstick and elsewhere, let's talk about other unsafe ingredients that could be lurking in your lipstick!

Lead and other Heavy Metals
I've heard this and did a post on lead in lipstick a few years back. It's true. Lead can be in lipstick particularly in dark shades that have red in them. Browns, reds, burgundys, maroons, wines and plums. 

Lead is not added in on purpose. Lead and other heavy metals are contaminants in the pigments used in cosmetics. Iron oxides is a natural pigment commonly used in lipstick. It is mined from the earth and can have naturally occurring lead mix in it. The amounts are small in lipsticks but still, it is lead in lipstick. 

Many companies do their best to use purified pigments to reduce the lead content to a trace amount. They routinely test their products to check the lead levels.

Click here to read more about lead in lipstick

Many of you are familiar with saccharin. Sodium saccharin is an artificial sweetener used to sweeten foods, beverages and medicines. It can also be found in lipstick. Some people can be allergic to saccharin resulting in headaches, breathing problems, gastrointestinal problems and skin issues. It also may disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut.

So what's a gal to do? Ditch the lipstick? No Way! Luckily, we have choices. There are many lipstick brands using safer ingredients that are high performing and luxurious. Buy your cosmetics from these companies and you will be not have to be paranoid about what's in your products.

Beautycounter is a brand I have recently become familiar with. I have tried a few of their products and they are top quality! Their mission is "to get safer products into the hands of everyone". I like that mission! Let me tell you about the lipstick I tried.

beautycounter color intense lipstick 9 to 5
Beautycounter Color Intense Lipstick Review

I recently tried Beautycounter's Color Intense Lipstick in the shade 9 to 5. It's a medium mauve with a luminous finish. It's a good color for my medium beige skin tone.
beautycounter color intense lipstick 9-5
It goes on smooth and creamy. It is moist and feels good on my lips. I love the peppermint oil it has in it! It smells divine and reminds me of the smell of the original Aveda lipstick when it first came out in the 1980s. It is a soft fresh scent of peppermint. I don't taste it.

I find it has very good coverage and lots of pigment as the name Color Intense implies. I find it wears well in fact, I still have some on after eating. 

The lipstick tube is a nice solid quality. This lipstick tube won't be cracking and falling apart like some cheap ones do. 

Watch How to Make a Lipstick Lid out of Duct Tape!

Of course, Beautycounter is known for using safer ingredients so I don't need to worry about what's in this lipstick. Here is the ingredient label:
beautycounter lipstick ingrdients

As far as lead contamination, Beautycounter has set their allowable amount of lead limits at or below the strictest international guidance on unacceptable of trace levels of heavy metal impurities in cosmetics. They screen all of their color cosmetics for heavy metals and are doing their best to reach non-detectable heavy metal levels when possible.

Beautycounter products are manufactured in the United States and Italy.

There are eight colors available in the Color Intense Lipstick line. All of them have a flattering satin finish.

Brunch- a tawny pink
Backstage- a beige pink
9 to 5- a luminous mauve
First Date- a rosey pink
Garden Party- a bright pink
Girls' Night Out- a classic red
Little Black Dress- a neutral berry
Twilight- a bright berry

They're so pretty. I must have them all!!! They are currently selling for $34.00 each. A little expensive but you know you're getting a high quality luxury lipstick.

I have to say, I like everything about this lipstick. In fact, I feel so strongly about the quality and ethics behind this brand, I have become a Beautycounter Consultant!

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I will be happy to help you choose the right colors for you. Contact me at and tell me your skin color, eye color, the colors you like to wear and any other details about you!

Always avoid harmful chemicals in foods and cosmetics whenever possible. Read product labels and buy from brands that use safer ingredients.

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Have a Beautiful Healthy Day! 

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wasp Sting: Reaction, Treatment, Remedy and Black Dot from a Wasp Sting

wasp in garden
Have you ever been stung by a wasp? I never have been until just the other day! Let me tell you about my experience. It may help you if you ever get stung.

The Sting
I was minding my own business on the Friday morning of Memorial Day Weekend getting ready for work in my bathroom when I felt a burning sensation on my hand. I looked down to see a black wasp stinging my hand! I swatted it to the floor and covered it with the trash can so that I could tend to my wound. I can't believe I got stung in my own house! Who knows how it got in. You can bet I'm on the lookout all the time now!

First, I washed the area with soap and cold water the remove as much wasp venom as possible. Then, I got my powdered kaolin clay mask out, mixed with water and plastered it on the stung area. Kaolin is a white clay that has strong drawing power. It's a great mask to use on acne breakouts and mosquito bites because of it's drawing properties.

powdered clay mask
By this time, that nasty wasp had crawled out from under the trash can. I used my favorite bug weapon, hairspray, to disable her. I love a good multi purpose beauty product, don't you?! A quick flush of the toilet removed any further threat. I refer to the wasp as her because apparently, only female wasps have stingers.

I went about my routine of getting dressed and doing my hair and makeup all the while worrying that my hand would be swollen and sore. I read about how bad a wasp sting can be. I had a full day scheduled at the salon with manicures, pedicures, waxings and facials and I didn't want to have to cancel anyone. My clients would be very unhappy to not look polished and hairless for the Memorial Day Weekend!

My husband asked if I was allergic to wasps. I said I didn't know, I was never stung by a wasp before. Great, another thing to worry about!

I rinsed the mask off which revealed a black dot where the wasp had stung me. Now I was worried that the stinger was still in there. I scrapped it with a plastic gift card to remove a stinger like you would do with a bee sting but the dot remained. You know you should never grab the stinger that is stuck in your skin from a bee with your fingers to remove it because squeezing it will force more venom into the skin. 

black dot from wasp sting
A quick consult with google informed me the wasps don't loose their stingers and can sting repeatedly!!! I'm really glad that hairspray was right at my fingertips! So what was that black dot? Was it a blood spot? Was it a bruise? Was it some kind a stain from the sting? I couldn't find any answers on the internet.
clay mask on wasp sting
I reapplied my clay mask to continue absorbing the toxin from the skin. I think it worked beautifully at absorbing the wasp venom from my hand because the sting pinched and burned but not very much. Plus, the swelling was very localized. A cold gel pack we keep in the freezer helped to cool the sting down.
cold gel pack
I headed to work. We use a wonderful clay mask called Yon-Ka Masque 103 during our facials.
yonka masque 103
It contains three types of clay, montmorillonite, bentonite and kaolin along with castor oil, lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme. It's just perfect for drawing out toxins and soothing wounded skin. Masque 105 is the dry skin formula. Masque 103 is the oily skin formula.

I find the Masque 103 to be more soothing than my straight kaolin mask due to the oils it contains. I do think my powdered kaolin mask was perfect for drawing out the venom when the sting first happened, though. 

I used the Yon-Ka all day long while I worked. When it would dry, I would spray it with another magic skin care product, Lotion Yon-Ka, to re-moisten the mask and soothe the skin. The mask was on the sting consistently for about 10 hours.

Yon-Ka Masque 103 ingredients: water, montmorillonite, bentonite, kaolin, glycerin, PEG-35 castor oil, lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, orange oil, lemon peel oil, lime oil, sage oil, wild thyme extract, borneol, chlorphenesin, citric acid, limonene, linalool.

Yon-Ka Masque 105 ingredients: water, montmorillonite, bentonite, kaolin, glycerin,   lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, PEG-35 castor oil, lemon peel oil, savory extract, borneol, chlorphenesin, citric acid, limonene, linalool.

lotion yonka
Lotion Yon-Ka is called a lotion but it's a toner with antiseptic properties that comes in two formulas, one for normal to oily skin types and one for dry skin types. The norm/oily skin formula is a bit more concentrated so it is my choice for treating a skin issue such as sun burn, an insect bite or a sting.

Lotion Yon-Ka normal to oily skin toner ingredients: water, PEG-35 caster oil, lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, chlorohexidine digluconate, sodium benzoate, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limolene, coumarin, citral.

Lotion Yon-Ka dry skin ingredients: water, glycerin, PEG-35 caster oil, lavender oil, geranium leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, cypress oil, thyme flower/leaf oil, red 40 Cl16035, chlorohexidine digluconate, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limolene, coumarin.

As for the black dot, my clients and co workers didn't know what it was either since wasps don't lose their stingers.
black mark from wasp sting
I made it through the day just fine without having to cancel anyone. Everyone was beautified for the weekend. My hand barely hurt and the swelling stayed minimal. Thank goodness! I read that the redness and swelling can get worse 2-3 days after the sting.

The Black Dot
All was going pretty well the next day. The black dot was still there. It looked like maybe it could be a bit of blood under the skin. Up close, it actually looked like a squiggly line. The black dot felt like a little hard, like a scab or a splinter. 
black dot from wasp sting
I decided that black dot had to go, so I used my trusty pointed tweezers to pull it out like a splinter. It came out easily but in pieces with no issue. So what was it?
pointed tweezers
Here's what I think the black spot was. After reading a bit more about wasp stings and wasp anatomy, I have concluded that the black dot was a broken piece of the stinger. The wasp was in the act of stinging me when I swatted it to the floor. Part of the stinger broke off in the swatting process. I'm very confident in this is in fact what the black dot was. Mystery solved!

There are no worries about pulling the broken piece of wasp stinger out and forcing more venom into the skin because it's just a piece of the stinger and it doesn't have a venom sac attached to it like a bee stinger left in the skin has.

Here's what the sting looked like after I pulled the broken piece of stinger out.
wasp sting

The Allergic Reaction 
About 42 hours after the sting, it got itchy and started to get a little more swollen than it had been. Still not awful, though. The cold gel pack took away some of the itch and swelling while feeling more comfortable on sore skin than a hard ice pack.

Then, the hivey rash started!!! 

reaction to wasp sting
The rash was on the top side of my hand, not at the actual sting site. The rash was itchy and red. There were hives. I was having a localized allergic reaction. Hydrocortisone cream and the cold pack reduced the inflammation. I applied the hydrocortisone 3 times a day until the rash subsided.
hydrocortisone cream
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to a wasp sting include tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, extreme redness and swelling at  the site. An emergency call to 911 is in order for that type of reaction! 

The itching, hives and rash lasted about a week and stayed very localized. I was lucky! Just one itchy spot remained longer than a week. 

Over all, I think my reaction was very minimal. I attribute it to my speedy application of clay mask. It absorbed a lot of the venom out of my skin. You can see more on how my skin reaction looked in my wasp sting video.

Watch my Wasp Sting: Black Dot, Reaction and How to Treat the Sting Video!

Jill's Wasp Sting Remedy

Clean it!
Wash the sting thoroughly with soap and cold water to remove as much venom as possible from the skin.

Tweeze it!

Remove any broken piece of stinger with tweezers.

Mask it!

Cover the sting with a clay mask to absorb the venom asap. I recommend a powdered kaolin mask for it's strong drawing power for the first hour or two after the sting. Rinse it off. Then, do an application of Yon-Ka Masque 103 or 105 for it's drawing, soothing and healing power for up to 10 hours. Keep the mask on continuously for the first day.

Spray it!

Spray the stung area with Lotion Yon-Ka to keep the mask moist and aid in the healing process. Continue to use Lotion Yon-Ka as needed for the days following the initial sting.

Ice it!

Apply a cold gel pack to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain and itching as needed.

Calm it!

Use hydrocortisone cream three times a day to calm any mild allergic reaction. Use it until the rash begins to subside.

Flush it!

Drink lots of water to help the body flush out the venom.

Always call 911 immediately for a severe allergic reaction.

Contact you doctor if the sting becomes infected or continues to be a problem after 2 weeks.

It's a good idea to have all the supplies on hand in case of a sting or other insect bite. You will be able to use the toner and masks as an important part of your skin care routine while you have them in case of a sting. The powdered kaolin clay, the Yon-Ka Masque 105 and the Lotion Yon-Ka are available on Amazon.

Shop for YonKa Skin Care Products

For you who are local to Media, Pa., The Styling Point Salon carries Yon-Ka products.

It's easy to find an over the counter hydrocortisone cream and a cold comfort gel pack at your local drug store. Those items are also available from Amazon for convenient delivery right to your front door!

I have learned quite a bit about wasps and their stings from my experience. They say you learn something new every day. I hope my newly acquired knowledge helps you too!

Have a Beautiful Skin Day! 

Licensed Esthetician & Makeup Artist

 I am available to help you with your special occasion or everyday makeup and skin care needs if you live in the Philadelphia, Pa. area.

PS: Thanks for using my amazon links💋