Is it beautiful skin you’re after?
Then you need to address the health of your skin at every level.
As aestheticians and manufacturers of skincare, we believe it is our job to understand skin science.
We need to have a thorough knowledge of how the skin functions at a cellular level.
For this reason, we can’t stress enough, how important the skin analysis procedure is before you embark on treatment.
The skin analysis
When it comes to innovative technology and treatments, there is no doubt that we have an advanced beauty culture.
Yet, worryingly, due to a lack of education and regulation around the beauty industry, we often come across companies that have one or more of the following:
- poorly trained staff
- out-dated terminology
- offer little to no consultations
- poor skin analysis and diagnostic tools
- poor procedures and practices
And even outdated knowledge and skin analysis assessments, which are sometimes no better than a department store referral, it’s no wonder many people are receiving poorly performed treatments, which in some cases can do irrevocable damage.
What to expect during a skin analysis
You will be offered a full diagnosis, where your skin will be examined and analysed before any product recommendation – your skin specialist will ask leading questions to understand what your concerns are, so don’t be shy about sharing any you have. This is important because the skill of your skincare specialist will be determined by what they uncover. They’ll instinctively know the right questions to ask and explain to you exactly what’s going on with your skin and offer you practical solutions.
During the facial analysis, your questions should be welcomed and answered in a way that makes sense; they should earn your trust and be confident and knowledgeable.
Your skincare specialist should listen to your concerns, over and above their need to sell you a product. They should be able to explain to you how and why your skin is the way it is and discuss the ingredients in any product recommendations.
The key active ingredients in your products are important, but this will all depend on the skin type or condition being treated. Your skincare specialist will explain the key active ingredients in a way that you understand so that you know why the ingredients will help to diminish your skincare concern.
A good skin analysis should mean you understand your concerns and how they are going to be treated, and all the options available to you.
Formulating for different skin types
We are always wary when we see a skincare range that says “suitable for all skin types”. Why? Because our skin is a dynamic organ, one that is constantly changing, which is why it is hard to understand how you can have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ product.
This is why the Naked Chemist range is all about customisation; because we are all metabolically different, each skin shot has been carefully created to address your skin’s ever-changing needs.
Yet if that is the case, why are there so many products lining the supermarket shelves, promising to offer the next miracle cure in a jar? How can a product that works on dry skin be equally effective on sensitive or dehydrated skin?
- dry skin requires heavy emollients; to make your skin smooth and supple.
- if you have sensitive skin, on the other hand, it requires light formulas with natural steroids, a completely different approach to reduce inflammation and restore the acid mantle
To conclude. the naked truth
As for skincare specialists, we have spent years training to become professional in our field, so offering a skin analysis should be the first point of service before we perform a facial treatment.
We also firmly believe that as skincare manufacturers, we all need to be experts in skin health; or, at the very least, consult with someone who has extensive knowledge of skin anatomy.
We have a responsibility to our clients so that they can make the correct, informed choices about the health of their skin through safe, effective products and treatments.
It really is a shocking indictment of the industry that, as of 2023, there is still poor regulation around clinical treatments and skincare products.
There are still poorly trained therapists offering technical treatments and unscrupulous manufacturers selling products loaded with chemicals and toxins. In our clinic, we often see the ugly side of beauty and the long-term damage that some of these treatments and products can do.
We do want to stress, however, that this is not about scaremongering, and there are many great ethical companies in the marketplace today.
Still, because it is mass marketing you’re dealing with, we recommend that you take charge of your own treatment and do your research well, and become your own label detective.
Educate yourself and challenge your therapist if you’re not happy with the outcome. After all, your skin is the only one you have, and you need to take care of it.
Find an experienced skincare professional and book a thorough consultation that includes a skin diagnosis; this is where you will really find out about your skin and the best skincare routine for you.