Who doesn’t love some self-care, but does the fear of unwanted breakouts and increased skin irritation from your current skin condition put you off having a facial? As a skin health specialist I often hear from clients suffering with specific skin issues that they were at first ‘anxious’ that a facial wouldn’t be able to help them to truly address their skin condition, however a skin health specialist with their progressive skin knowledge, refined treatment skill set and professional skincare products, can do so much more for your skin than just a relaxing treatment with some superficial hydration.
Skin health research suggests that, the sooner an individual establishes a protective and supportive skin care routine with the right active ingredients for their skin condition, the better and more pleasing their long term skin health will be, both in terms of aging and managing unwanted skin conditions such as, severe dryness, acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation.
When you visit a skin health specialist it’s not ‘just a facial’; it’s access to up to date corrective skincare advice based on scientific understanding; a tailored professional treatment and the ongoing support required to help you achieve ‘your best skin’ and to help free you from your unwanted skin maladies.
I’ve just booked.…What can I expect?
An advanced in-depth facial treatment starts with a thorough client consultation and skin analysis.
Establishing background on lifestyle, current skincare habits and health of each client is incredibly important to help the specialist better-understand any intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may be having a negative impact on the skin. Armed with this information, product and treatment choices can be accurately selected to benefit the client’s specific skin needs, rather than just providing a generic facial menu treatment and product selection from a standard set of skincare formulations.
The skin analysis process
To help further understand both skin type and condition following your initial lifestyle and health questionnaire, the specialist will often use a woods lamp/light to illuminate the surface of your cleansed skin, to enable them to view any skin concerns and issues to addressed during treatment. A woods lamp is used in a darkened room, emits a low-level UV light, that when held over the face can help to reveal skin features that may not be visible to the naked eye and under normal light conditions. The features revealed are those that tend to sit within the deeper layers of the epidermis and in particular the lamp can help to establish the extent of hyper or hypo-pigmentation from previous acne lesions and/or sun damage, it can also help to reveal defined areas of oil production, dehydration and help identify milia (small white bumps/cysts) and congestion.
An experienced skin health specialist will be looking to establish the most effective treatment plan to help you achieve your best skin, also helping you to clearly understand how these goals may be achieved with appropriate in-clinic treatments and home care routines. Spending many hours completing the latest advanced treatment training, reading and generally immersing themselves in skin physiology and its associated molecular and cellular processes, enables them to understand the aetiology (the set of causes) of many skin conditions and how they present in the skin and ultimately help you to manage your skin health.
Keeping up to date on the evidence around topical skin ingredients and how they interact with skin physiology and its cellular processes is crucial to the skin specialist. It is this fundamental knowledge that enables us to recommend the most effective homecare products and protocols for your skin type and condition, giving you the best results.
It would be worthy to mention at this point it is the experience of the skin specialist in the consultation process that allows us to acknowledge when the most suitable and effective treatment sits outside of our professional remit and to decide when not to treat a client’s skin. I personally will always recommend you seek a dermatologist or other medical professional for the most challenging of skin conditions/disease, if I feel this would be the most effective treatment route for you to follow.
Let me know if you have any questions or if there are any skin health topics you would like me to cover in my next blog post…thanks for stopping by.