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How to Get the Most Out of a Skincare Consultation
Skincare, Education

How to Get the Most Out of a Skincare Consultation

While makeup is an art form, skincare is a science. Sometimes skin concerns are too persistent to tackle by yourself, and seeking professional skincare treatments from an esthetician can set you on the right path. Skin experts can more readily identify the root causes for skin concerns, recommend professional-strength treatments and create an effective at-home regimen to keep you looking fresh from the spa.

Every skincare treatment should start with a thorough skincare consultation. Be prepared for your appointment so you can get the most out of this 1-on-1 time.

Talk about your skin concerns.

Learn the language to talk about your skin. Ideally, an esthetician will provide you with a skincare questionnaire, but if not, here are a few common skin concerns:

Talk about when these concerns began and if any elements make them worse. Does your acne occur on a monthly cycle or is it constant? Have you been battling redness long-term or does it come and go?

If your skincare consultation includes exploring chemical exfoliation, it’s important to know that a healthy body heals faster with less chance of side effects. A low immune system from a cold, disease or medication can interfere, so be sure to disclose this information.

Talk about what products you use.

Similar to when your physician asks about your current medications, a skin therapist needs to know about your history of topical medications, oral medications and what skincare products are in your skincare routine. This can help them understand the current state of your skin, decide how those products may be affecting you and make recommendations moving forward.

Discuss allergies and sensitivities.

If you have a history of allergic reactions or sensitized reactions, it’s critical that your skin therapist knows. For example, a sensitivity to aspirin is an indicator that you should not use Salicylic Acid treatments.

Ask for a patch test.

During the consultation ask for the esthetician to perform a patch test behind your ear to see if there is a chance of a reaction. A patch test is recommended at least 24 hours before any chemical exfoliation treatment.

Ask questions, outline your goals and make a plan.

It’s important to ask questions! Will there be downtime with these treatments? Should you avoid the sun? Are there any products you should avoid using before or after? Be confident in your treatment plan. Share your ideal end result from seeking professional skincare treatments and talk budget. Your esthetician will be able to evaluate your skin, set realistic expectations and customize a skincare plan.

Change takes time, so a series of treatments is often most effective to make significant progress. Take detailed, up close and personal “before” pictures before or at your consultation so the subtle changes in your skin aren’t overlooked.

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August 4, 2016
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