The Exciting World of Wellness

The Exciting World of Wellness

The science behind the newest treatment or creation of technology in the field of beauty and wellness seems almost futuristic. More interestingly, is that people can now choose non-invasive procedures and still achieve drastic results. You’ve got to love the fact that this has allowed us to move from wondering IF we can have the body we want, to simply figuring out HOW to get the body we want.

Three Amazing Examples

There are thousands of examples to choose from, but we’ll highlight just three of the “new age” aesthetic treatments.

1) Ultrasonic body contouring: A non-invasive contouring procedure that uses sound waves. It works by using an ultrasound device which focuses in on specific areas and kills the fat cells that live 1.5 cm below the skin. It is painless, fast (typically 10-50 minutes), and very specific so that you don’t have to worry about contour irregularities. The best part? As soon as treatment is over, you could go for a run or to yoga class!

2) Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): This is an older technique developed in the 1930’s by a pair of Danish doctors, but the science behind it is still fascinating. It must be good if it is still used to this day! The lymphatic system in the body, like our circulatory system, moves waste out of the body. However, unlike circulation, the body requires movement in order to get the lymphatic system working correctly.  MLD uses light, rhythmic motions, to go with the natural flow of the lymphatic system and help clear blockages and remove toxins.

3) Chemical Peels: There are many types of chemical peels available including acid peels, enzymatic peels, and medical peels. The entire concept of chemical peels is fascinating; using the most appropriate formula for the clients’ specific skin type and concerns, we can effectively remove dead skin cells and replace them with new skin that is smoother, less wrinkled, and with reduced scarring.

Technology Crazy!

Will all of the advances the field of beauty and wellness, it is no wonder that it has consistently ranked as one of the top industries for job potential and growth, both worldwide and here in Australia.

The Australasian College of Health and Wellness is committed to remaining at the forefront of education and training in this industry; to hear from current students experiencing the TACHW journey, visit (https://www.tachw.edu.au/testimonials/).

TACHW aims to provide an engaging, detailed syllabus, with hands-on training in some of the top techniques of today’s aesthetics and wellness industry.

 

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Treatments for Sensitive Skin

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While there are a myriad of options on the market to target skin concerns such as acne and pigmentation, those with sensitive skin can often find it difficult to find a treatment that doesn’t cause irritation. Often their concerns are left unattended due to fear of upsetting their skin and lacking professional advice.

Today we look at treatment options that are, most often, safe for those sensitive skin types. As always, each individual case should be assessed by a qualified skin specialist before undergoing any treatments. It’s important to know the difference between skin type and skin condition; this post looks at sensitive skin as the type, with acne/ dryness/ dehydration as the condition.

Acne

Those sensitive skin types suffering from acne often find it difficult to find an effective treatment that is gentle enough to address their main skin concern . If the acne is active and severe, one might consider SGA (Sebaceous Gland Ablation) which can help to minimise the breakouts. If the acne is not as active and the main concern is the scarring it has left, Emerge Fractional Laser can reduce the appearance of scarring by using microscopic points of light to penetrate the epidermis and dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.

Hair Removal

Hair removal treatments are really only a concern for people with sensitive skin when it involves a physical removal. With this in mind, waxing and the like are best to be avoided. Treatments such as IPL should be perfectly safe. If you are concerned, notify the IPL technician during your consultation of your sensitivity. They might begin treatments at a lower level to avoid irritation and build up to regular levels.

Dryness/ Dehydration

If you have dry sensitive skin, you can still find solutions in the likes of micro peels. These are the lightest form of chemical peel available in clinics and salons, as a sensitive skin can react negatively to excessive physical exfoliation. The more you physically irritate the skin, the stronger it will react.

Pigmentation

Those who wish to treat pigmentation but are afraid of treatments upsetting their sensitive skin can rest easy. Treatments such as IPL and Fraxel are safe and, when performed properly by qualified technicians, should not irritate the skin. You can also speak with your skin specialist about chemical exfoliation with micro peels using AHAs/BHAs. If you know you are specifically sensitive to the likes of glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid, be sure to communicate with your skin specialist so they can tailor the treatment to you.

As well as tailoring treatments to your specific skin concerns, it’s important for those with sensitive skin to be vigilant about how the care for their skin. Wearing sunscreen every day and avoiding excessive sun exposure can aid in minimising sensitivity, while Antioxidants can help boost the skin’s protective barriers against environmental factors.

If you have sensitive skin with other concerns, it’s important to consult with a qualified skin expert who can help you address such issues.

 

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Four Cutting Edge Skin Procedures to Implement in Your Clinic

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Non-invasive procedures, to help revive and rejuvenate the skin, have taken the world by storm. The boom in recent technology and new procedures has helped to create a thriving industry in Australia. Now, more than ever, people are looking to these non-invasive procedures as a way to help improve their self-confidence and image, while avoiding surgery.

Below is a brief review of four of these cutting-edge technologies:

  1. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

IPL uses beams of different wavelengths which target chemical compounds called chromophores in the skin. The laser’s light is absorbed by the chromophores, causing them to break up and be absorbed by the skin. This results in the skin being rejuvenated and causes deeper layers to manufacture more collagen providing “newer” skin. Also used for hair removal, the light destroys the base of the hair follicle removing excess hair.

  1. Coolsculping (cryolipolysis)

This technique involves using controlled cooling to eliminate fat that resists even the most dedicated diet and exercise regimens. The cooling technique uses round paddles to target fat cells in the body and over the weeks following treatment, these fats cells die and are removed. Research has shown that this method is effective as these fat cells die before healthy tissue, like the skin.

  1. Fraxel Laser (Fractional resurfacing)

The Fraxel Laser targets a damaged area of the skin, usually from ageing or sun damage using light to penetrate deep into the skin. The laser is very focused and treats only a small area of skin, leaving surrounding tissues with no damage. This helps to promote natural healing by allowing the body to absorb the destroyed cells and replace them with new and rejuvenated ones.

  1. Dermal needling

Also called micro-needling or collagen induction therapy, needles are placed into the skin creating a puncture and “micro” wound. The body reacts to this wound, even though small and painless, and uses the natural response to produce new collagen, elastin, and blood vessels. This causes rejuvenation, firmness, and helps to reduce current scars.

 

These four are just examples of the many new procedures that are being performed daily in clinical offices and spas all over Australia. The increase in technologies and beauty/anti-ageing procedures has turned into an increase in work, and a shortage of people who are trained, and paid well, to administer these techniques, with clinics are currently searching for potential employees who can help them bring in, and retain, more clients.

Graduates of TACHW are able to utilise their skills and in-depth knowledge of dermal science and clinical aesthetics to great effect when performing skin procedures, with many clinics experiencing a boost in business and revenue by implementing new treatment modalities.

 

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Career Options in the Aesthetics Industry

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As we see a continual rise of individuals (both men and women) with a desire to maintain youthful looks and combat the signs of ageing, there is an ever-growing demand for specialists to provide treatments and service options in this field. With the scope of beauty moving beyond the everyday salon, career options within the world of clinical aesthetics have developed to reflect the more technologically and medically focused aspects of the industry.

Aesthetician:

Aestheticians possess specialised knowledge, particularly in skincare and products, in order to provide more advanced treatments than the average beauty therapist.

An aesthetician can perform specialised skin treatments including light peels, microdermabrasion, galvanic current, LED therapy etc. A clinical aesthetician who has completed further higher education (for example, a graduate of TACHW), has undertaken additional study in areas such as pathophysiology, wellness & antiageing, and perioperative skincare.

Laser Technician:

Finding work in medispas, laser clinics and other beauty salons, an IPL Laser technician has specialised knowledge of the skin allowing them to accurately assess a client’s needs and effectively treat them using a laser device. They can address various concerns, from hair removal, tattoo removal and varicose veins to specific skin irregularities including pigmentation and scarring.

Medical Tattooing:

While not immediately jumping to mind when one thinks of the beauty industry, a medical tattooist plays a niche yet important role. Also known as cosmetic tattooing and micro dermal pigmentation, practitioners can address a number of concerns for their clients. From skin camouflage, which covers signs of scarring from burns, trauma and surgery to hair simulation which can imitate hair which is thinning or no longer grows due to scarring etc. A medical tattooist can also perform reconstructive camouflage which assists the likes of women who have undergone a mastectomy by recreating the areola area of the breast.

Para-medical:

Completing further training in the clinical aesthetics field can lead to greater career options for those with an interest in both beauty and allied health services. As the medical field continues to grow, the need for more integrated services that bridge the gap between pre-and post-surgery and create a more care-focused journey for the client, providing support to clients during the entire procedure journey. With specialised knowledge of anatomy, medical procedures and the healing process of the integumentary system, a career as qualified clinical aesthetician working in the para-medical field is vastly rewarding.

Education:

Many educators in the aesthetics industry have worked in and specialised within their chosen field; a passion for technology and innovation, a commitment to continual learning and a desire to elevate the industry are fantastic qualities for an aspiring educator in the aesthetics arena.

Facials For Different Skin Concerns

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Contrary to popular belief, facials are about more than relaxation. While some women associate the word with a pamper day, an effective facial should be more about the treatment of skin concerns than simply relaxing.

When seeing a professional for a facial, it’s important to know which skin conditions you wish to address, so your practitioner or therapist can accurately prescribe the right procedure for you.

There are many techniques and products that can make up a facial, each addressing certain skin concerns such as dehydration or blemishes.

Acneic Skin:

For skin that suffers from breakouts and acne, you might undergo a facial which includes advanced tools such as high frequency devices or Emerge fractional laser devices. The former produces a high frequency current which stimulates the renewal of cells, prevents stubborn acne, unclogs pores and decreases puffiness. This is a great anti-bacterial, germicidal option and is effective in minimising excess oil.

Emerge fractional laser is a mild form of fractionated laser. It’s non-ablative and works to speed up the rejuvenation process of the skin by breaking up damaged and scarred cells.

Ageing Skin:

For those looking for an anti-ageing facial, you may again find the best results in technology. Microdermabrasion – resurfacing of the skin – can aid in the removal of dead cells whilst encouraging new cells to form, leaving you with a brighter complexion. Another alternative is a Microlift, which works to firm and tone the skin by combining a ‘muscle gripping’ device and micro-current stimulation; gentle electrical pulses work with the body’s own bio-electrical field and tone the appearance of lines, wrinkles and skin texture.

Dehydrated Skin:

Dehydrated skin is not exclusive to ‘dry’ or ‘ageing’ skin types; dehydrated skin is lacking in moisture, not sebum. There are certain facial options which can specifically target dehydration as a concern. An oxygen facial, for example, can replenish the cells with no downtime. Pure hyperbaric oxygen is sprayed onto a thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated face, using a wand device. It’s usually infused within a serum that includes nutrients and anti-oxidants for the skin.

Another option is a Glycolic facial, which is both stimulating and exfoliating; a chemical exfoliant can often be a better option for dehydrated and dull skin.

If you are considering booking in for a facial treatment, it’s important to identify your skin goals and choose your salon or clinic based on their service offerings. The wrong type of facial can not only ignore your actual skin concerns, but actually make them worse.

Ensure you have a consultation with your chosen professional before the appointment to ensure clear communication of your expectations and concerns.

 

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