When it comes to skincare, simply using expensive products may not yield the desired results. The truth of the matter is that the only way to reach your ultimate skin health and complexion is to truly understand your skin and its needs.
Booking a skin consultation is the first step toward a long term plan, as you will be guided by an expert who truly understands skin.
Whilst booking your first consultation can be daunting, there is nothing to be fearful of. It’s unlikely you will undergo treatments the same day as your initial consultation, as a thorough skin analysis should be completed prior to any procedure or treatment. This will ensure that both you and your aesthetician understand what your skin concerns and complexion goals.
When booking a skin consultation, there are some things of which you should be aware, to get the most out of your meeting.
Identify your main concerns
As a rule, a good consultation with a skin specialist should begin with the line “What would you like to achieve?” or “What are you most concerned about in regards to your skin?”
Open ended questions such as these help to establish effective dialogue between you and your specialist. Alternatively, a specialist may examine your skin and identify areas which may benefit from treatment; a good skin specialist should be able to do this without creating unnecessary stress or concern on your behalf, and still ask questions regarding your eventual skin objectives.
Before the appointment, consider what conditions or concerns you are most eager to address. Fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, sun damage or pigmentation, skin lacking volume, blemish-prone or scarred skin are all common skin concerns which your specialist should be confident in addressing.
Know your skin and health history
Take the time to prepare a list of all the skincare products you are currently using, and in which order. Not only will this assist in determining whether you are using your skincare correctly, it will also inform the specialist as to whether your routine includes ingredients which may react negatively with any treatment they might prescribe. Use of some ingredients (such as AHAs, vitamin A derivative and cortisone) ought to be discontinued before undergoing certain treatments and procedures.
Your specialist will likely ask you about your general lifestyle, as health can heavily impact the function and appearance of the skin. Be prepared to discuss not only your diet, including Vitamin or mineral supplements, but your fitness level, hygiene and any habits which may affect your overall health.
Furthermore, your specialist should ask you about any known medical conditions and medications you may be taking. Honesty is crucial here, as some health conditions can not only affect the appearance of your skin, but also alter the effects of some skin treatments the specialist may suggest. Make a point to let them know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be confident in asking your own questions
Whilst is it can be a lot of information to absorb, it’s important to be confident in discussing your concerns or addressing any questions you may have with your specialist. A successful skin consultation should result in a better understanding of your skin and overall skin objectives, therefore ask for clarification if something doesn’t make sense. Ask them to explain again how their suggestions will work best for your skin type. Be confident in asking about post-treatment aftercare, common side effects, and whether you will require multiple appointments.
It’s also important to communicate if you have an upcoming event; this allows your specialist to factor in potential downtime and which treatment will be most appropriate.
A skin consultation is one of the best steps you can take in improving the health and appearance of your skin. It will not only allow you to develop a tailored skincare plan with a skincare expert, but it will also help you gain a better insight into your skin. Once you understand what your skin wants and needs to function well, you will discover it will begin to thrive.
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