Could you run a marathon tomorrow? If so, could you finish within the average time of 4 hours and 21 minutes? If you said “yes” to either of these questions, well then kudos! You must have been training, or conditioning, for some time. For the rest of us, an attempt at such an activity may be possible, but as we have not been preparing, the risk of injury is greater.
For clinical skincare professionals, “PEEL SEASON” can feel like a marathon. It is time to repair the “fun-in-the-sun” of the previous season while also aiming for the goal to be bright and beautiful by the holidays. Whatever the motivation, Autumn is a busy time of the year for skin correction – clients expect results, and you want to find the most effective and safest way to meet their needs.
7 Questions to Ask to Prepare Clients for Peels
Like an athlete and their trainer, a skincare professional carefully considers many factors when determining an appropriate treatment path for their client. We have 7 questions to ask to prepare clients for peels that will help you connect “What the client wants?” to “What their skin needs.” These will create the path towards a successful, customized plan and ultimately, bright and beautiful skin. Lasting skin correction requires a partnership of both the client and the skincare professional working towards a common goal.
Contribution by Lira Clinical Team
The Lira Clinical Team
Lira Clinical was created for skincare professionals by skincare professionals and educators who wanted a brand that would resonate throughout the world, represented beauty and strength, and articulated the business’s foundational principle of Science Discovering Nature’s Secrets. A principle of understanding how nature works, allowing science the opportunity to correct skin conditions with effective ingredients.
1 What does the client want?
Some clients may seek a corrective chemical peel treatment to address acne, hyperpigmentation, or signs of aging, while others may want “that cool new peel they saw on Instagram.” It is important to first understand the client’s desired outcome to manage their expectations. Discussing the potential risks, benefits, downtime, and required prep (training) allows for open communication and a comprehensive understanding of the client’s goals, contributing to a successful and satisfying experience.
2 What does the skin need?
The same philosophy of training for a marathon translates to the professional skincare industry, especially when addressing skin resurfacing. If one moves too fast, too soon, there is a greater chance for metaphorical injury – hyperpigmentation, disrupting barrier function, compromising skin immunity, and so on. If one moves at the right pace, stimulating without causing damage, there is a greater opportunity to progress skin correction.
Asking the following questions will help determine what treatment the client’s skin really needs:
3 What is the client’s lifestyle?
Considering factors like stress levels, outdoor activities, and exercise routines all help to create a tailored, customized plan. Knowing a client’s lifestyle may reveal hidden contraindications for some resurfacing solutions. Additionally, being aware of factors like pregnancy, menopause, and diet can significantly impact the skin. A personalized approach is more likely to yield positive results.
4 What is the client currently using for homecare?
Do they use professional products? Over-the-counter products? Do they use SPF daily? All are important considerations to understand how well-conditioned or underprepared their skin may be. Daily homecare is an essential part of peel results. It is not merely suggesting retail but building the foundation for skin correction. Though some of the heavy lifting happens in the treatment room with professional protocols, the client must maintain a healthy diet of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, melanin management, and adequate skin hydration in between professional visits.*
Perfect Advanced Treatment Room Companion
Using the DermaJEM Aria in your treatment room, you’ll be able to calm, cool, and soothe skin with the Cold Therapy. You’ll be able to remove masks and clean skin with the Skin Scrubber. You can easily improve product absorption with UltraSound.The LED Light Therapy and Microcurrent are modalities that really don’t need any explanation! Their benefits are universally understood throughout the skin care industry. Finally, the Radiofrequency will give you the ability to treat skin laxity for clients who are looking to firm and lift.
“I created the Aria so that estheticians could have a limitless variety of modalities that they could add to any treatment that included hydrodermabrasion using the Element. I wanted to make sure they could easily create an unforgettable experience for every client.” Elizabeth Camacho, Co-Founder of DermaJEM.
5 Is their Melanin Managed?
Melanin management is a primary factor for any skin treatment. As a protective antioxidant, melanin is meant to prevent damage caused by many triggering factors. Anytime there is an actual or perceived threat, the protective instincts for melanin distribution can be activated. It is essential to manage melanin initiation, production, and distribution prior to performing any corrective treatment. By effectively managing melanin, the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or other pigment-related issues can be minimized, ensuring better results.
6 Is their skin hydrated?
Hydrated skin receives and recovers from resurfacing treatments better than dry skin for many reasons. A well-hydrated skin barrier is more resilient and better able to withstand the temporary disruption caused by a chemical peel application. After a corrective treatment, hydrated skin can recover more efficiently as it is generally more tolerant and less likely to react negatively to exfoliating agents. The skin is then more comfortable and less visibly irritated, making the recovery process smoother. Skin that retains moisture more effectively tends to have a healthier appearance and can maintain the benefits of the resurfacing peel longer.
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Dew Drops Hydrating Facial Serum
Looking for a lightweight spa treatment that will leave your clients feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? Ideal for all skin types, Dew Drops is packed with soothing, hydrating, and calming ingredients like aloe vera, Chia seed, calendula, Rose, and comfrey. Additionally, antioxidant-rich Sea Buckthorn offers gentle sun protection, making it the perfect choice for any spa treatment.
7 Is their skin in shape?
Homecare establishes skin health and home treatments maintain it. Incorporating home treatments accelerates results while conditioning the skin for clinical treatments. This category of products is professionally guided and is recommended for use 1-4 times per week. Home treatments work with daily homecare to prepare for in-clinic treatments.
Whether literally training for a marathon, or figuratively preparing for the marathon of Peel Season, skin conditioning is key! Great results are the byproduct of teamwork. A Lira Clinical skincare professional is the coach, and the Lira Clinical Skincare System is the game plan that helps the client win the race in skin correction.