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For the benefit of your facial experience there are many modalities that are designed to ‘improve’ skin’s general functioning. That’s what sets apart estheticians and that is what makes treatments differ. The estheticians’ education is basically the same but where they go from there is anybody’s guess. Their continued education gives the
m more to offer you in expertise and improved skin conditions.

From the beginning of your facial treatment experience, the type of cleansing products are determined not by what the facial giver has on her backbar, but by what your skin type and condition brings to the table. (No pun intended). The assessment takes into consideration, first, your age and all that it brings with it. For instance, what does your moisture read on our moisture indicator? From this, is your concern that you have dry or dehydrated skin? This would make a difference on the direction of the facial treatment with what products should be used and type of massage and electrical machines to use.

Next, what conditions such as, pigmentation abundance or loss do we see; the general tone of the skin is assessed, is there much physical movement or is the skin firmer? If there are there wrinkles or deep lines on the face; where are they and how deep have they become? What are your expectations for that day’s facial countered with my experienced eye’s realistic ones? What type of treatment will realistically bring improvement or will there be better results with a treatment series? Will you achieve better results with a specialized at home product formulation for use as directed by your esthetician? There is a significant difference between a daily maintenance regiment and a targeted treatment plan to bring about a change which would be monitored by your esthetician. We touch your skin for considerably less time than what is available for your care on your time.

Following this type of fact finding and discussion with you, we will then determine what of our arsenal will be the best for use within your treatment. What can your skin tolerate and for how long and how high or low should our setting be for you is your esthetician main concern. Wow, there is so much thinking and planning and conscientious observing to get it right. When your skin starts to improve with treatment, so, should your treatment type and products used. For instance, recently a lovely lady just wanted to ‘freshen up’ her skin for the holidays. She had been to other estheticians who apparently had not ‘freshened’ it to her liking. After asking her what she felt would give her a fresher look, she started pointing at areas that I could see were making her look tired and over-wrought. The right questions gave me the clues to choose the right products, equipment and treatment type to fulfill her request. 70 minutes later she was difficult to pull away from a mirror and couldn’t wait for her next appointment and was eager to know what she needed to keep this bright fresh look.

If your esthetician isn’t getting the right answers from you or from reading the condition of your skin, perhaps you’re not speaking the same language. Some spas have a menu whereby the client picks and chooses what she/he wants. However, those of us who don’t leave the decision up to the client may be better able to design what they need upon the reading of the skin and listening to what you want.

Whatever the modality, speak to your professional. State your desires and create a dialogue to ensure that you are understood and may your relationship grow and develop a great youthful and healthy skin.

DESIRED IMAGE SKIN CARE CLINIC – 871 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226 (716)-834-1123


By Brenda Romanow

Brenda Romanow is the owner of Desired Image Skin Care Clinic, a Buffalo based business of over 22 years. Brenda has been in education for over 10 years for the New York State Education Committee for esthetics and is also a New York State examiner for esthetics. She started teaching in several school’s continuing education class on subjects such as Anti-Aging, Personal Image, Makeup application as well as Cosmetic Ingredients (what’s in a jar). 834-1123.