We have all come across a client that has at least one, if not all three, of these common skin concerns during an analysis. We should be seen as experts by our clients; therefore we need to identify these skin conditions and be able to recommend the most effective treatments and products for long-term skin correction.
Poor skin texture is a common problem among most clients. To determine the cause of poor texture in your skin analysis, ask yourself these questions while you examine your client’s skin under the magnifying lamp: Does the skin feel rough? Is there flaking skin, or does the skin feel bumpy? Is the skin loose with wrinkles, and dark spots?
Recommendations to correct poor skin texture:
-Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that
-Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and allowing new, healthy skin to grow. The method and frequency of exfoliation will depend on your client’s skin type.
-Sun Damage does not appear right away but can cause the skin texture to become discolored, rough, and leathery. When applied daily, a broad spectrum sunscreen containing zinc and titanium dioxide is the best defense against harmful UV rays.
-Moisturizers keep the skin properly hydrated with a smoother appearance. Recommend products containing hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate.
Dryness & Dehydration
Dry skin is characterized by skin that is lacking oil. It can be genetically determined or a temporary condition caused by continual sun exposure, environmental chemicals, stressful lifestyle, and inappropriate products. Dry skin will appear tight with flaky patches. It may feel itchy with burning sensations.
Recommendations for dry skin:
-Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions.
-Recommend soothing products containing lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin.
Dehydrated skin is a lack of moisture in the Stratum Corneum. All skin types can experience this condition as dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. Dehydrated skin will look dull, sallow and will appear wrinkled when pulled taut.
Recommendations for dehydrated skin:
-Humectant products such as hyaluronic acid and honey
-Drink at least 4-6 eight oz. glasses of water a day
Pores house a hair follicle and sebaceous, or oil gland. Our pore size is determined by genetics but some can be larger based on the size of a hair follicle or oil gland. Pores can also temporarily stretch due to intrinsic aging, sun damage, and poor hygiene.
Recommendations for pore size concerns:
-Pores do not open and close. You can’t steam a pore open but it will help to loosen the surface debris to make extractions easier.
-Blackheads are not dirt; it is the result of the oil reaching oxygen and oxidizing. Recommend products containing salicylic acid which slough off dead skin cells.
-You can’t change a pore size but you can minimize their appearance by keeping them clean of excess oil and debris. You can also recommend mattifying or oil absorbing moisturizers.
Sources: www.dermascope.com/reading your clients: The basics of Skin Analysis
www.thedermreview.com /skin texture
www.dermalinstitute.com /the top three causes of dry, dehydrated skin