Without a doubt, a proper home care routine consisting of a sulfate-free cleanser, alcohol-free toner, broad spectrum sunscreen, a specialty serum, exfoliant and moisturizer is essential in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful-looking. As a skin care expert and celebrity esthetician with 25 years of hands-on skin care experience, I know this to be true. But what I also know is when skin care products at home don’t seem to be giving you the desired effects, it’s time to seek the help of a professional to enhance your results. Popular treatments offered by skin professionals (estheticians), cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists include chemical peels, facials, lasers, IPL, ultrasound, micro current , LED light treatments, and cosmetic fillers and injectables.
The skin care industry is certainly a popular one and many people are offering such procedures – regardless of their background, training and experience. I’ve heard a lot of crazy stories about people getting ripped off with false promises, or worse, getting scarred from procedures that were supposed to only offer skin improvement. It’s scary out there, trust me on this one. But no matter who you go to, make sure it is with someone who has a lot of training and experience, and it came off of a good referral…
When going in for your professional skin consultation, it’s always best to be prepared. This includes sharing your top skin care concerns along with asking the following five questions. Asking good, well thought out questions like these should help elicit a good response and ensure your concerns are properly addressed.
Question #1: Realistically, what kind of results can I expect from this treatment?
Question #2: What kind of side effects will I experience?
Question #3: What happens if I don’t see the results you mention?
Question #4: How long have you been doing the procedure you have recommended for me?
Question #5: What kind of training have you had?
The more questions you ask, the more insight you will receive in determining if you want to pursue their recommendations. If something doesn’t sound right or they hesitated when answering certain questions, consider this a possible red flag. This is essentially an interview to help determine if you can trust them with your skin. An experienced professional will be (and certainly should be) very candid when having this conversation and should appreciate your questions and NOT get defensive. I am always honest and upfront with my clients about the realistic results as well as any potential side effects of procedures I recommend, and I would hope other professionals would be too.
Professional treatments can greatly enhance the appearance of your skin, but take it slow and do your research.
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