Latest news, information and inspirations on all topics relating to the skin care industry - expressed by our very own thought leader - Florence Barrett-Hill.
Some 15 years after I originally wrote this article, I still come across therapists and aestheticians practicing somewhat "outdated" techniques and procedures related to the humble application of the mask. I've revived it once more; as both a reminder and a wake-up call to the educators who are still teaching largely obsolete practices.
I have often said that many of the modern skin conditions/disorders of today are caused by over treatment and/or over cleansing by the patient. This cleansing habit combined with the poor quality emulsifiers that are used in some cosmetics and the daily application of antibacterial substances has led to situations where the adaptive immune system begins to fail.
In an earlier one of my ‘Flo says’ publications, we talked about hydration treatments and mentioned a little about how the relevant ambient humidity can affect the results of a treatment. I often say in class that you have to think like a ‘weather presenter’ and consider if the treatment is seasonally appropriate or if the correct procedure has been chosen for the client's living, working or play environment.
Among the new occupations of the new millennium is the Skin Diagnostician. As a growing number of clinical aesthetics practices and skin care clinics are encountering skin conditions that are becoming difficult to treat, they are up-skilling themselves with this ability in order to provide better client care and provide business growth.
Beginning business and trading for the New Year comes with challenges and without planning, you may find holes develop in your customer record system. Many things should be done at this time of the year especially if there is ‘down time’ not used wisely. How long has it been since you looked at your client record system (or cards if you still have them) and sorted them into their respective genre` of treatment, and then put them into active and inactive client records?
Observation of skin over 35 years has shown me that the original burn time that a skin could tolerate when young becomes shorter with age, along with less tolerance to heat. Older skin also displays a greater predisposition to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after an injury, even if in the lower Photo type scale. The colour tone of skin is divided into 6 categories as an assessment of the response of skin to sun exposure. This is known as the Photo type scale, or Fitzpatrick Skin Type and was first developed in 1975.
There is always a discussion about the skin condition pigmentation as being one of the most challenging skin conditions to successfully treat. What we learn in our base training is simple and does not cover what is truly a very complex process...
Repair, Replenish, Regenerate. These three Rs should be second nature to every beauty therapist and form the foundation of effective corneotherapy, but they have also been abused extensively for retail marketing purposes. Learn how to use these three Rs as a methodology of thinking that will truly separate corneotherapy from the domestic retail market.
There are two Questions I am often asked during my seminars that deserve an airing: If the epidermis is renewed every 30 days, why don't I have a beautiful and perfect new skin every month? And if every pigment carrying Melanosome is transferred to a keratinocyte, and every keratinocyte ultimately desquamates in 30 days, why do I have pigmentation?
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