Good Aesthetician Practices

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In an industry where everything from hygiene, education, appearances and personal care matters, there are tell-tale signs of a good aesthetician. For a client who is looking for the ‘right’ aesthetician, there are certain elements which will determine who they end up trusting, not only with their skin, but also their health and wellbeing.

Today we look at good aesthetician practices which should be adhered to at all times.

Thorough knowledge

A good aesthetician should, first and foremost, have a complete and thorough knowledge of both human biology and up-to-date industry procedures and treatments. One ought to be able to assess a client’s concerns and prescribe a treatment plan according to the individual – especially if there are certain contraindications, such as sensitivity, eczema, rosacea or acne.

Education is vital for an aesthetician to deliver the best treatments and results for their clients. Having a firm foundation in the human anatomy and aesthetic procedures is a must, but continuing one’s education is just as important.

Asking questions

Being able to properly diagnose a client’s concerns is the only way to develop an effective treatment plan. One can’t expect to formulate an accurate diagnosis without probing and asking a client the right questions. While assessing the skin might let you know that the person most likely has acne, it’s only through talking to them and digging deeper that you might discover that they actually have Papulopustular Rosacea. Here are some questions you might ask a client:

+ What are your main skin concerns?
+ Is today a good, bad or normal skin day for you?
+ What kind of acne do you normally get (cysts, little bumps, pustules, etc)?
+ When do you find your skin is the most sensitive?
+ When did this symptom develop?
+ Is your skincare regime simple or include a lot of products? What products are in your regime?

Your qualifications matter

Receiving a qualification, be it a certificate, diploma or degree, is important in cementing your knowledge in the field. However, it should not be hidden away. Having your qualifications on display also lets your clients – and future clients – know that that you are certified and able to practice. This is another reason to continually look for further education opportunities and update your skills.

Cause minimal irritation

A good aesthetician should always look for the least invasive and irritating option for their client. Needless aggravating procedures will only upset the skin and may lead to more issues down the road. One ought to be able to assess every case individually and prescribe the most effective treatment with short and long term results in mind.

 

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Why Eating Well Can Improve Your Satisfaction With Your Health and Wellness Treatment

 

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The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend enjoying a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups daily and to drink plenty of water to live a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, based on an Australian Health Survey conducted from 2011-2012, most Australians did not meet these recommendations. Not only is a healthy diet obviously better for your overall health, adding a balanced diet and maintaining good nutritional habits are especially important for those undergoing any health and wellness treatments. Small changes in diet can help speed up the bodies natural healing mechanisms, improve physiological functions, decrease signs of ageing, and make you feel better overall.

The Five Food Groups

The ADG recommends eating a wide variety of foods from the five food groups daily. The five food groups include:

  1. Vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. Fruit
  3. Dairy – Milk, yoghurt, cheese
  4. Protein – Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, tofu
  5. Grain (cereal foods, grain filled bread, etc.)

How eating better can improve wellness treatment results…

Those who strive to eat well both before and after their procedures (if not all the time!) should see positive health benefits. Fatty fish and dark leafy greens help to fight inflammation which can be especially useful after surgery. Oranges and garlic can help to improve circulation and supply blood to tissues producing healthy skin which will complement any dermal treatment. Eating a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight after liposuction.

How can you help others?
Students at the Australasian College of Health and Wellness (TACHW) study Nutrition in Practice, which provides training in dietary needs, wellness and anti-ageing which can be applied across many practice settings. Students learn how to create patient-specific nutrition plans based on specific dietary requirements; learn how to help patients understand the importance of exercise on ageing and weight management, and understand the role of hormones and the body in relation the health and the ageing process.  Nutrition is a big part in being able to provide a whole approach to wellness and aesthetics, and gives you the ability to give important and relevant advice to patients regardless of any other treatment or surgery they may be having.

 

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Preparing for IPL this Summer

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While clients spend a lot of time researching the process and the post-treatment of IPL, people are not always aware of how to prepare properly before their first appointment. With many people considering IPL for hair removal coming into the warmer months, it’s crucial one understands how to care for and prep the skin.

This week we look at some factors one should be aware of in order to prepare the skin and hair follicle to ensure the best IPL results.

Sun protection

It’s important to avoid excessive sun exposure in the weeks leading up to treatment; sun can increase the skin’s sensitivity. Furthermore, if the skin has suffered from sun burn, treatment should be postponed until the skin has healed entirely.

Avoid tanning

Both natural and fake tan can disrupt the results of IPL as the light works off of the contrast of the darkness of the hair follicle and the surrounding tissue. When the tissue around the hair is darker, it can become the accidental target of the light. This can damage the skin and can result in burns or blisters. It is best to undergo the IPL process with your skin in its most natural state.

Waxing and shaving

IPL works by targeting the follicle within the shaft. If one waxes, it should be done at least three weeks before the treatment. This allows time for the follicle to return so that the IPL has something to target. Shaving can be done the day before as any light absorbed by hair above the skin will be ineffective. Shaving allows the light to be absorbed solely by the roots of the follicle.

Exfoliate and moisturise

Developing a daily routine of exfoliating and moisturising will ensure the skin is healthy before treatment. Dry, dead skin can create a barrier which inhibits the lights from penetrating the skin well. Exfoliation with a scrub, mitt or loofah will ensure better results from IPL treatment. Hydrated skin will improve skin health, meaning that it will be less likely to suffer sensitivity.

Be aware of contraindications

There are a number of things which can influence the effectiveness of IPL treatment. Keep in mind any medications you are taking including aspirin, anti-inflammatories and anti-biotics. Skincare and topical creams such as retinoids can also increase skin sensitivity. Speaking with the IPL technician when they are developing your treatment plan should ensure you are best prepared for your treatment.

 

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