Have you noticed a change in your skin?
With time and other environmental factors, the skin can begin to change.
And, often, the first place most of us go is to the internet.
But with so much information, you may leave with more questions than answers.
A barrage of lotions, potions, and clever anti-ageing marketing hype seems limitless and overwhelmingly confusing. You could waste a lot of money searching for something better to solve your skin issues.
A skin consultation can identify skin conditions, provide solutions, and cut through the noise and marketing hype.
So, before you throw your hands in the air with frustration, is it time to invest in a skin consultation and have your skin correctly analysed?
Why a skin consultation is an important place to start?
Throughout your life, your skin will change. What you did do for your adolescent skin at 17 is not going to cut it at 35, 45 and beyond.
Or, perhaps you’ve been happy, but the skincare brand you’ve loved for years seems to not provide you with the same results it once did?
Instead of looking for a new skincare brand, a review of your current skincare routine may be required.
Who do you entrust with the care of your changing skin?
Despite the vast array of skincare brands entering the beauty space daily, your skin concerns will come down to what you’d like to achieve and the skin conditions that concern you.
Before you go out and spend money on broken promises, find an experienced skin care professional and book an appointment for a comprehensive skin consultation.
A complete skin consultation includes a skin diagnosis and the solutions to address skin conditions and your concerns.
Where’s the best place to start?
Most of us wander into the easiest and most obvious place, the department store beauty counter, or we jump online.
Often we either walk or click away, disillusioned with the whole experience or worse, we decide to make a purchase despite our hesitancy.
Ready to start your new routine, full of hope, anxious to squash the nagging thought that you’ve just spent a bazillion dollars on something that you’re not sure will help.
Weeks go by, and still very little satisfaction; back to the internet, you go!
How do you reconcile the money you’ve just spent and your need to do something to improve your skin? Can you ever justify it? Is it ever worth it?
The power of a good skin consultation.
Nothing will resolve your fears more than talking to someone who really, and I mean, really know’s their stuff!
The feeling of inspired trust and confidence is such a good feeling. You’ve found a skincare expert who will guide you along the way.
Never underestimate the importance of a good skin consultation with a skin care professional. Long-term, it could save you hundreds of dollars in wasted skincare left sitting in your bathroom cabinet.
6 things to look for in a skin consultation?
#1 Your skin should always be examined and analysed before any product recommendation.
A complete and comprehensive skin analysis and diagnosis will save you time and money and improve your results.
#2 A skincare professional will listen to your concerns over and above, wanting to sell you a product.
A skilled skincare professional will instinctively know the right questions to ask you and explain what’s going on with your skin.
They can put a name to your concerns and share their solutions.
#3 They’ll ask the right questions to reveal what your concerns are.
Don’t be shy about sharing your skincare concerns if it feels right.
Once recognised, your skin care professional will explain your skin conditions and why specific active skincare ingredients and other professional treatments will work for you.
#4 During your skin consultation, your questions should be welcomed and answered in a way that makes sense.
Your skin therapist should anticipate your concerns and be able to address any questions you have.
#5 The active skincare ingredients in a product do matter!
Active skincare ingredients should be clearly explained, and they should make sense to you. You’ll walk away knowing why specific active skincare ingredients will minimise your skincare concerns.
#6 A good skin analysis means facts are laid bare and all options provided to get the best results. It’s time to make a plan.
A skincare plan with the correct skincare, home devices and professional treatments will assist you in achieving results.
You’ve had your skin consultation, now what?
Even if you have disposable cash to spend on your skin, go slowly, and allow your skin time to rejuvenate itself.
Take baby steps before moving on to more intensive products or treatments.
Allow time for your skin to become stronger and your confidence in your skincare professional to grow.
A true professional will have no interest in bombarding you with products.
They’ll create a plan for your skin, not a quick fix, but a long-term plan for results.
And as much as you wish it were true, you will never be happy with a quick fix! It will be a waste of time and money.
If the person recommending active skincare can’t give you credible reasons why it’s right for you, perhaps there’s your answer.
Begin with the end in mind.
A thorough skin analysis and a treatment plan give you options and what else is available to improve your results.
However, your commitment will be an essential element in success. Your skincare professional should monitor your progress along the way.
Of course, sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle will improve the overall health of your skin and allow it to respond favourably to your active skincare routine.
If you have a problematic skin condition such as rosacea, you may need a referral to a specialist.
One last thing. Go back for a skin review.
Your skin care professional should be reviewing your skin and how you’re feeling about your results with every return visit.
Don’t hesitate to ask, and if you don’t feel comfortable or convinced by the answers you are getting? Well, do a bit more research. Find someone else.
And now you?
So hey!! Well done if you got to the end of this post, it was a long one.
Have you found someone to trust? Someone who inspired you with a good skin consultation first?
You may also like might 4 part series: Finding a skincare professional you can trust.
See you next time,