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TREATMENT ROOM TABOO: Gloves or No Gloves?


TREATMENT ROOM TABOO: Gloves or No Gloves?

We're always posting tips, tricks and news, often sparking great conversation between both pros and spa-goers alike. This video demonstrating some of Bioelements Signature Techniques prompted comments, and even some questions from estheticians, about the use of skin care gloves during a treatment.

Curious to hear how others felt about it, we opened the topic up with a question on social media. It turns out some estheticians wear skin care gloves from the consultation you receive before your facial until the very end of the treatment. Others wear them only during extractions. Since it's such a popular topic, and one we find important to any facial experience – for both the professional and the client – we want to talk about why we always encourage estheticians to use gloves in the treatment room, throughout the entire treatment.


It's the law

Many states legally require that estheticians wear gloves during the extraction process to prevent the possible transmission of illness via blood or other bodily fluids. While this policy varies from state to state, it's reason enough to wear gloves during and post extraction to keep both client and esthetician safe.


Products last longer

An esthetician, Rosie Grain, put it perfectly:

"Product seems to penetrate better into the skin instead of my hands."

With the barrier of the glove between the skin of your hands and the skin care you're using, your client gets 100% of the product and its benefits, and you use less product!


Your hands are your business

Have naturally cold hands? Love to garden and have hands that show it? Experiencing dryness from constant washing and sanitizing? With gloves, your client will never know. Gloves that fit properly will warm hands and cover them in a smooth texture that glides over the skin when product is applied, removing any distractions and making it a pleasant experience for both you and your client.


Nails are a no-no

When asked about gloves in the treatment room, another esthetician, Ashley Hoskison said:

"Dead skin stays under nails for quite some time and I feel gloves are more sanitary."

She's right! No matter how short and well-kept your fingernails are, dirt, dead skin, and bacteria can build up beneath them during the facial, leaving both you and future clients open to infection.


You are a professional

Medical and dental professionals take the same care with gloves when they interact with patients – why not bring that same level of professionalism and authority into your treatment room?


The Key

"I always use Pro Advantage by NDC. They are powder free Vinyl Exam Gloves. Even if you choose another brand, always choose non-latex gloves. Fit is also extremely important – you want the glove to be like a second skin, but not so tight that it cuts off circulation or is uncomfortable." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

Make sure your gloves fit properly. We love non-latex gloves that are so thin that you can still feel the texture and temperature of your client's skin so there's no worry of losing a connection between you, your client, and their skin. A properly fitting glove should hug the hand so there's no excess material to make noise or slide around. Correctly-fitting gloves shouldn't be noticed by a client and, in our experience, even estheticians (who typically don't wear gloves during massage) have told us they couldn't tell a difference when we gave them a facial while wearing them. Quite a few of you said the same of your clients in our Facebook conversation!


Skin care pros: Have you weighed in on this treatment room taboo? Comment below! Spa-lovers: Have you ever noticed an esthetician was or was not wearing gloves during a facial?  Join in the conversation too!


6 Responses

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel

You can simply say that you learned this way in school and there are many reasons why it’s a good idea to wear gloves during a service. Both you and your client are protected from the transference of any pathogens, bacteria or disease. It lends a more professional and sanitary environment that most customers expect today when receiving a facial, and you use less product when you wear gloves, so you cost per treatment goes down. (Your hands don’t soak up the product that your client is paying for, so you use less).


I just recently graduated and we wore gloves from start to finish and now going out and applying for jobs I’ve noticed in some interviews that thy tell me they don’t wear gloves, any advice on how I should professionally tell them that I want to wear gloves? I’ve tried to look it up to see if Michigan doesn’t require you to wear gloves but I can’t find it anywhere. Can someone help me out?


I wear Nitrile gloves and find that they fit much better than vinyl. I never use latex.

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel

We use Pro Advantage by NDC. They are powder free Vinyl Exam Gloves. Even if you choose another brand, always choose non-latex gloves.

Stacey Harris
Stacey Harris

I wear gloves from the time I first touch my client til I have completed the facial. Proper fit is key! I use vinyl versus latex since so many people have allergies to latex and it isn’t worth the risk. My clients have no idea I am wearing them. Also I do battle dry skin from constant washing and sanitizing, so no need to worry if my hands are not as smooth as I would like. Great article!

Laurie Renfro
Laurie Renfro

I’m a licensed esthetician and I wear gloves from start to finish…. but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for the perfect gloves??

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