Techniques for healthy, beautiful skin may include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction and chemical peels. Clay or gel masks, salt scrubs, creams and lotions may be recommended and professional high-tech equipment may be used to provide you with healthier skin.
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Below is an overview on some common therapies that may be recommended for your skin. MORE information on how to prepare for a treatment, what to expect and post-care is offered in the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS tab.
- Chemical Peel: An exfoliation process that is very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns, such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving overall skin brightness and evening skin tone. Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work or normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two of down time, and deep peels can require a week or more to allow the skin to fully heal. Deep peels are performed by a physican, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety.
- Exfoliation: A skin care therapy in which the outer layers of dead skin cells are gently sloughed off with the use of abrasive tools or products (scrubbing, brushing, or using a professional system, such as microdermabrasion), a chemical peel (a product that causes dead skin cells to shed) or with an enzymatic product that digests dead skin cells. By speeding up the skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells, exfoliation helps prevent pimples and blackheads--and beautifully addresses the duller skin caused by slowing cellular turnover that occurs naturally as we age.
- Extraction: This is the process of clearing a clogged or compacted pore and deep cleansing the pores, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers, with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction). Extractions are often performed as part of a facial. Most people need at least a couple of extractions during each facial, though you may require more extractions during your first facial.
- Facials: A facial is the most popular treatment performed by aestheticians. It is a good way for your therapist to gain a better understanding of your skin before suggesting additional or more aggressive treatments. A facial generally includes makeup removal and skin cleansing, exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means, steaming, extractions, facial massage, a treatment mask, serum/moisturizer and sunblock. For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs.
- Microdermabrasion: The process of resurfacing the skin using a machine that sands the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer, using either a wand tipped with crushed diamonds, or a spray of special crystals which are then suctioned back up along with the dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion can be very helpful in improving skin texture, fine lines and the effectiveness of home care product penetration.
- Waxing: Waxing removes unwanted hair at the root. There are two different types of waxes: hard and soft. Soft wax is applied warm to the skin in a thin layer in the direction of hair growth. Cloth strips are then applied to the warm wax, rubbed in the direction of hair growth, and quickly pulled off in the opposite direction. This method is best used on larger areas of the body such as the legs, back or chest. Hard wax is used without cloth strips. It is applied warm, in a layer about the thickness of a nickel, allowed to dry and then removed quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. Hard wax is less irritating to sensitive skin and is excellent for the bikini, underarm and facial areas.
Luzmila Dahlstrom is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Members have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available. You can feel safe in her hands.
What’s the difference between dermatology, cosmetology, and aesthetics? Dermatology is a branch of the medical profession, practiced by licensed physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin. Aesthetic practice specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a medical license.
If you’re being treated by a dermatologist, your aesthetician can provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, aestheticians are trained to recognize early signs of many medical conditions affecting the skin, and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case.
Cosmetology is the study of beauty treatments including nail care, hair care and styling, makeup application, skin care and more. Aesthetics is one branch of cosmetology and some aestheticians work in other branches of cosmetology in addition to their skin care practice. For instance, Luzmila Dahlstrom offers you the best makeup products available through the Jane Iredale skin care makeup line.
Why should I see an aesthetician? Aesthetics is the application of various treatments for the skin to maintain its health and vitality. Aestheticians are trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. As well as various facial treatments (described in more detail above), aestheticians commonly also perform body treatments such as salt or sugar scrubs, moisturizing or slenderizing body wraps, hair removal techniques such as waxing or threading, and hand/foot treatments to rejuvenate the skin.
A variety of treatments and products are used to protect your skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles and a dull, uneven skin tone. Aestheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema and dry skin, to name just a few. And finally, skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, visiting a skin care professional can benefit you.
Visiting an aesthetician It is always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment prior to your first treatment, especially if you are new to aesthetic treatments. This offers you and your therapist a chance to discuss your goals and expectations for the first visit, and long term goals for the future. During a consultation, your therapist will go over an extensive intake form with you, and most likely do a cleansing of the skin followed by a detailed skin analysis. This will provide your therapist with the information needed to create an individualized treatment plan, both for a series of professional treatments and recommendations for products you can use at home.
What about home care? Much of the success of maintaining a visible improvement after treatment depends on consistent, correct home care. Your aesthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin and to advise you on how to maintain your professional results between visits. Like medical or dental care, following the right daily regimen at home is essential if you are to get the most out of your visits to a professional.
Our aesthetician Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask Luzmila Dahlstrom, our skin care therapist, about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Mrs. Dahlstrom is a prfessional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. You can feel safe in her hands.
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