New Year, New You! How to choose the perfect facialist!
A new year brings new year's resolutions and one of the most common resolutions is healthy skin.
In the last 20 plus years I have seen many insights and advances made in our industry, one being the importance of seeking a skin health professional to aid you in your healthy skin journey.
Gone are the days when facials were considered a luxury. They are now considered, thank goodness, a grooming essential. Here are my top tips for choosing the best skin health facialist in your area.
- A good facialist will educate you on your skin type, home care requirements and regularity of facial appointments. Every skin is different with unique triggers and aggressors that impair skin balance. Only a seasoned skin health professional will know the right questions to ask and where the source of your skin concerns lie, wether they be external or internal.
- Achieving skin health is a journey. This is a concept I have been endorsing for over 20 years. Patience and diligence in following professional advice and home care strategies is the only way to achieve the skin you desire. Expect at least 6 - 12 months of regular professional attention before you see dramatic improvements.
- Monthly professional peels or microderm are a bare basic minimum. There is no escaping this fact. If you do not have a monthly professional exfoliation and follow weekly home treatment plans, with the products that compliment your treatments, you will not achieve the results you require. A good facialist will make this very clear right from the outset.
- Good Facialists love Retinol, AHA's and home mask treatments. To make the most of your in clinic treatments & to avoid blackheads, pimples and congestion you will need to exfoliate and mask your skin at home at least once a week. Using a cleanser daily with salicylic acid, for oily skin, or lactic acid, for normal to dry skin types, will refine the pores, remove excess dead cell build up and stimulate balanced skin functions. Masks will either nourish and repair the skin or cleanse, brighten and refine the pores. Your facialist will advice you on the best fit for your skin.
- A treatment plan is a must. A good facialist will outline a treatment plan that quite often has 2 - 3 stages of treatment courses. Firstly peels or microdermabrasion to remove surface build up and stimulate natural repair. Secondly laser or device treatments to address more serious, deeper skin concerns. And thirdly a long term maintenance plan to ensure you maintain your results.
- A good facialist is not cheap. Don't be fooled by the shopping mall & coupon mentality. Experience and knowledge in any industry is worth it's weight in gold. When you need a lawyer you want the best and are willing to pay for it. A good facialist is exactly the same. The qualifications to become a seasoned skin health professional are costly and time consuming to achieve. A good facialist is worth their weight in gold.
This year achieve the skin you desire, on either your face or body. To do this you will need the help of a seasoned skin health professional. The facialist.