If you have a facial treatment, you should expect fist-class service
Anything less than that is not acceptable
You’re the paying customer, and it is your skin, the only one you have
As for skincare experts, we believe a facial analysis is an essential part of your treatment.
Without reading your skin correctly, how can your skincare specialist possibly expect to carry out the correct procedure?
Despite such an advanced beauty culture, it is disappointing that most of the skin analysis conducted in aesthetics and skincare clinics is still insufficient to be useful.
The main reason for this is that detailed consultations and skin diagnostic tools are not being used in many clinics.
In a largely unregulated industry, how do you ensure you’re getting the most from your treatment?
You must do your research well, ensuring you use a skincare specialist experienced at performing the treatment you want to have. They should be an expert in “skin” and have an extensive understanding of skin structure and function.
Many skin treatment practitioners often apply to treat the symptoms and not the cause of skin conditions. This may be why many treatment protocols fail to deliver the kind of results clients expect.
By determining the cause of the condition and what subsystems of the skin have been affected, more appropriate and effective action plans can be formulated, helping you build a skin health program.
Take charge of your treatment.
We can’t stress this enough; we often get clients referred to us after experiencing poorly-performed treatments.
Micro-needling is a classic example, a quick scan over some of the comments at the end of this article will give you an idea, of some of the outcomes people have experienced due to poorly performed treatments!
Ultimately, you’re in the driving seat. A consultation is a contract between you and your chosen skincare specialist, one that will give you a good indication of their professionalism; if they perform a thorough facial beauty analysis on you before treatment commences, you know they have integrity and experience at treating skin professionally.
The facial beauty analysis procedure
The consultation process is a two-way street:
- your therapist should be empathetic and allow you to discuss your concerns
- they should understand your requirements and know exactly what you expect from your treatment
- finally, they should clearly discuss the best course of action you need to take, to have a healthy skin
Every time we treat a client in our clinic, even if it’s their fourth time, we carry out a 15-minute consultation. This helps us build up a profile of our client’s skin, and identify any skin conditions or concerns that may require additional attention.
Before the treatment, your skin specialist should discuss your lifestyle, health concerns, medication, and more.
This is when you will be allowed to discuss any previous treatments you may have had and what you are currently using on your skin, which helps build a profile and determine the treatment outcome.
For instance, if you have diabetes or take Roaccutane, these can thin your skin and contra-indicate certain facial treatments.
Questions that should be asked during a facial analysis
- any dermatological problems
- your home care routine and the products used
- they will discuss your skin’s intrinsic characteristics; this is related to genetics
- they will also discuss your skin’s extrinsic characteristics, which is related to lifestyle and so forth
- they will look at lifestyle habits such as exercise, stress, sun exposure, smoking, and more
- your skin type will be diagnosed, and they will get your perspective on your skin, and give you feedback after your facial analysis
- nutrition and hydration will also be discussed; this will include water and caffeine intake, any specific diets, and nutritional supplementation
- they will need to know about any cosmetic history you may have had, and any reactions, an idea of when they were last performed and the outcome will all be taken into account
- any treatment risk factors that you may have previously encountered, including allergies, sensitivities, previous reactions, medication interactions, lifestyle, and so forth
- your medical history will be discussed, including any significant conditions you may have, surgeries, allergies, prescription medications, and so forth
Before performing a visual facial beauty analysis, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned, to remove all makeup – this will ensure a correct reading of your skin can be carried out.
Your skin will be assessed with a magnifying lamp; which will give your skincare specialist an idea of what is going on under the skin’s surface, which is where most conditions arise. This will also highlight any areas of concern that are not visible to the naked eye; this includes the type of skin you have, dry, oily, combination or normal, and any conditions presenting such as pigmentation, acne, blackheads, dehydration and so forth.
On occasion, a woods lamp or a skin scanner is used to get a deeper understanding of any underlying conditions; once your skin type and skin conditions have been assessed, your skincare specialist is better positioned to put together a tailored skincare program for you.
Concluding the treatment
At the end of the treatment, your skincare specialist should discuss the following findings::
- the treatment process
- your skin type
- any skin conditions
- the reasons why
- the best products to use to target concerns
- the best treatment plan moving forward
- professionally advise the best home care routine for your particular skin type and concerns
It may come as a surprise to learn that a facial is so much more than just a treatment.
You should now have a good idea of why the visual and verbal consultation process is important, especially if you want the best results from your treatment.
Those who would like further reading, skincare expert Florence Barrett Hill, does a great job discussing the importance of the facial analysis procedure.