Why should I see a Skin Therapist?
Esthetics is the application of various treatments to the skin, to maintain its health and vitality. Skin Therapists are licensed estheticians who are trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. In addition to various facial treatments (described in more detail below), they commonly also perform body treatments such as salt scrubs, moisturizing or slenderizing body wraps, hair removal techniques such as advanced body sugaring, and hand or foot treatments to rejuvenate the skin.
A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Estheticians 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.
What’s the difference between dermatology, cosmetology, and esthetics?
Dermatology is a branch of the medical profession, practiced by licensed physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin. Esthetic 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 Skin Therapist can provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, Skin Therapists 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. Esthetics is one branch of cosmetology; some estheticians work in other branches of cosmetology in addition to their skin care practice.
Techniques and products
Techniques used by our Skin Therapists include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, advanced body sugaring, pore cleansing, extraction, and chemical peels. Creams, lotions, wraps, clay or gel masks, and salt scrubs are used. Machines may also be used to help deliver high-tech services.
A few of the therapies available at Spatique:
- Chemical Peels: An exfoliation process, 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. Estheticians who are not working in a medical setting perform light to moderate peels only. Deep peels are performed by a physican, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety.
- Exfoliation: The removal of dead skin cells manually (scrubbing, brushing, or using a system such as microdermabrasion), with a chemical peel (a product that causes dead skin cells to shed) or with an enzymatic product that digests dead skin cells.
- Extraction: This is the process of deep cleansing the pores, either manually (using gloved hands with cotton swabs or gloved hands with cotton gauze or tissue around the fingers, applying gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores.
- Facial: A facial is the most popular treatment performed by estheticians. It is a good way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin prior to suggesting 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.
- Body Sugaring Hair Removal: Sugaring is a unique and innovative process for the removal of unwanted facial and body hair. It is much different than waxing because the Sugaring Paste is all natural with no chemical additives. The only ingredients are pure sugar, water and lemon juice. Wax products are made of resins which adhere to skin cells on legs and bodies. Because wax sticks to any surface it is applied to, pulling it away causes unwarranted discomfort. Our professional body sugaring products never adhere to live skin cells. Therefore, when it is removed, it only gently exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving behind freshened skin on legs, bodies, and faces. When waxing legs and bodies, you remove the hair against the natural direction of growth causing undue levels of pain. With our professional sugaring technique, the hair is removed in the natural direction of its growth.
- Dermafile: All the benefits of microdermabrasion that can make your skin look as young and beautiful as you feel, but without all the harsh side effects and exorbitant price! The Dermafile™ is a safe, natural, holistic alternative to skin needling, lasers and microdermabrasion. Now you can achieve the same effects in a safer, more cost-effective way. Dermafile does not use crystals or machines. Dermafile can help remove sun damage, age spots and uneven skin tone. It can help lessen ingrown hairs, smooth away dead skin cells and rough, bumpy, dry patches of skin, smooth away acne scars and other types of facial scars, and allows makeup to go on smoother.
Visiting a Skin Therapist
It is always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment prior to your first treatment, especially if you are new to skin care treatments. This gives 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, and most likely do a cleansing of the skin followed by a detailed skin analysis. This will give your therapist the information she needs 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 esthetician 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.
Your Skin Therapist
Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Your therapist is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Our 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 also 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.