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Skin Consultations & Analysis

In our current situation we are unable to offer hands on services, however we can support our clients with home care programs and tailoring product packages and treatments for them to carry out under our guidance. 

One of the key factors of doing this successfully and safely is consultation. This has to be done remotely and I have put together some steps for consultation and analysis with tips. 

Our consultation form is available to download here

Carrying out remote skin consultation

As we are unable to use our usual tools and steps for consultation and analysis it is important to ask questions and rely on our clients to give feedback. 


Step 1

Ask them how they are coping during the lockdown process. At this time many of us are experiencing elevated stress levels and poor sleep patterns. When we are stressed our bodies do not function well, the skin receives less nutrients and inflammation is increased leading to issues such as irritation, breakout and dehydration. Our digestive system is under strain. Suggest to avoid triggers such as alcohol, sugar and to increase intake of fresh vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, proteins and to follow a healthy varied diet.

It could be helpful to recommend;

• relaxation techniques such as guided meditations, to help promote better sleep also self help and motivational programs for a healthy mindset.

• some form of regular excercise, psychologically and physically this helps as circulation is improved, metabolism is better and endorphins produced help us feel better.  

• increase or maintain a good water intake to avoid dehydration and flush the system.

• posting healthy diet tips and recipes can stimulate your followers to make small changes. 

During your consultation you can refer them to your own page if you have posted tips and articles. Or offer to send articles or links.




Step 2

Visual via video call & discussion regarding current skin condition.

Visually it can be much more difficult via video call than in person. It can help to ask them prior to your consultation to organise an area where they won't be disturbed, they have good light and the device using close enough that you can help them visually if possible.

Your client should have thoroughly cleansed skin and skin should be free from product or any make up. 

Most of our clients requiring our support in this time will likely have been to us for a period of time, we may be familiar with their skin type and general issues, however many people have experienced significant changes over the past few months. 

In case of new clients establish skin type

Dry

Skin feels tight after cleansing, irritation is common due to impaired barrier function. People with this skin type often express frustration that skin appears dull, ageing signs more evident, it is as if no moisturiser is sufficient. 

To maintain a healthy skin with this skin type, hydration plus high lipids is essential.

Oily

Skin feels greasy even after cleansing. Acne is more common, pores are often appearing enlarged and there is often congestion. 

To maintain healthy skin this skin type requires sebum balancing ingredients, it is important not to over exfoliate as this stimulates more sebum production and whilst clien this with this skin type are more likely to not want to use hydrators, the use of nutrients and hydration is important.

Combination

The most common type, areas of the face and body will be prone to excess sebum, congestion and breakouts. Other areas will be normal or show signs of dryness and irritation such as cheeks and upper forehead. 

To maintain healthy skin it will likely be necessary to treat each area of concern with multiple products and take an multi step approach regarding treatments. 

Normal

Is neither dry or oily, without sensitivity or concerns. This skin type is largely requiring programs to maintain their healthy skin and prevention.





It is also important to establish photo type. Our photo type is decided by the amount of melanin we produce when exposed to UV, the amount of melanin present in our skin. 

Photo types 1 - 2 fair, more subject to damage. Will burn and seldom if ever tan. Freckles and lighter skin, hair and eye colour are characteristic. 

Photo types 3 - 4 medium, still susceptible to damage but will tan moderately (3) to high (4). Medium skin tones, hair and eyes can be lighter but more commonly darker. 

Photo types 5 - 6 dark, can be susceptible to UV damage but less likely. Will tan deeply very easily and skin is naturally darker without UV exposure, hair and eyes generally dark.

This category requires care with product ingredients and treatments. Much more likely to suffer with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 



Establish areas of concern

Each skin type can have multiple concerns, some are more common in certain types.

Sensitivity/redness/inflammation 

This is a skin concern rather than a type. Broken capillaries from impaired barrier and weak skin function, redness and inflammation from rosacea or allergies. Whilst we can establish whether this is a skin type issue, or internal for example a dry, thin skin that requires 

Or an oily/combination type that has acne or issue with rosacea.

Questions to ask, is it worsened by heat or cold? do you suffer from allergies.? How is your diet? Alcohol intake and diet influence greatly, especially with rosacea. If they have not disclosed any conditions on consult form then additional questions can help us understand more.

Pigmentation

Dark patches

Light patches

Can be in the following categories;

Hormonal melasma, internal action is required, to inderstand whether transitory, ie: post pregnancy or caused by menopause or a condition is important before carrying out treatments or programs for skin care. 

UV Induced sun damage, can be more superficial, easier to treat and prevention alongside effective products and treatments is key.

Inflammatory post inflammation hyperpigmentation / hypopigmentation

Pigmentation issues can be either an over production of melanin, or damaged melanin behaving erratically, hyperpigmentation or a lack of melanin, white spots, hypopigmentation, common in UV induced damage.

Ageing

Wrinkles

Lack of elasticity

Pigmentation issues

Poor circulation

Enlarged pores 

Dull, lacklustre skin

Glycation

Ageing can be caused by external and or internal factors

Dehydration

Expression lines

Irritation 

Flakiness

Acne

Inflammation

Pustules

Cysts

Congestion

Comedones

Excess sebum

Scarring

Often acne, particularly when severe or prolonged results in scarring and post inflammatory hyper or hypo pigmentation. The former is particularly common for darker skin types and worsens with UV exposure. 


• establish concerns

• discuss the causes of concerns

• encourage the client to feel skin and describe to you. Feeling the texture and elasticity alongside tools such as measuring hydration, woods lamp and magnifyer are key along with visual during our standard consult and analysis. 


Step 4

Suggested program and products. 

Skin care

Our products are created to offer simple solutions that get results. Often they have a multi function; for example, exfoliate cleanse is both  can be used (depending in skin type and concern) as a daily cleansing wash, or as an exfoliator that can be left on the skin for a few minutes to stimulate cell turnover, remove dead skin cells and relieve congestion. 

This can be useful for a dryer, dehydrated skin as afterwards nutrients in serums and products will be better absorbed. Likewise in an oilier more congested skin it helps alleviate and balance sebum. 


We have 3 home care package kits available;


Treatment Kit - Antioxidant

RRP €160.00 Buy Now


Home Peel Treatment Kit - Stressed Skin, Ageing Concerns, Pigmentation. Suitable for dehydrated skins, ageing concerns, pigmentation. Or for those needing a boost of antioxidants and nutrients. ** These products can be used on any area of the body. Treatment timing - weekly Contents Gentle Cleanse 100ml / Combination Peel Mask 100g / Anti Age Retinol Mask 100g Free 10ml Repair Balm with this kit. Instruction sheet included Gentle Cleanse offers effective cleansing without stripping the barrier of the skin, with low surfactant content, plant extracts and active ingredients of Chamomile, Lavender essential oils and Mallow. Combination Peel Mask is a cream based mask with 12% combination AHA'S Glycolic, Mandelic and Lactic acids. With a PH of 3.8, it is mild yet effective. It stimulates cell turnover, promotes brighter complexion and significantly boosts hydration levels. Anti Age Retinol mask is super nutrient with high emollient content, contains plant collagen, ceramides, vitamin e, retinol and sweet orange essential oil offers gentle natural fragrance and additional antioxidant benefit. Can be used as a mask or as a daily active moisturiser. Add on products that work with this Kit are HA5/GF5 and Vit C. For clients who have these products already or who wish to add them. after removing Combination Peel Mask, apply HA5/GF5 wait until absorbed then apply Repair Super Hydrate Mask, Once absorbed apply Vit C oil serum for additional antioxidant benefits. Repair oil is also a great addition in place of Vit C. 


Treatment Kit - Roller Microneedling

RRP €150.00 Buy Now


Home Roller Treatment Kit Suitable for dehydrated skins, ageing concerns, pigmentation, excess sebum, to enhance product absorbtion.** These products can be used on any area of the body. Treatment timing - weekly Contents Gentle Cleanse 100ml / Dermoplus Roller Device / HA5 Serum / Repair Oil Instruction sheet included The Dermogenera Dermoplus Skin Roller device creates micro perforations to aid penetration of product and stimulate a bio reaction of the body to strengthen the skin and promote production of healthy cells. High quality CE device. Surgical grade stainless steel. Sterilised and certified in Italy.  Gentle Cleanse offers effective cleansing without stripping the barrier of the skin, with low surfactant content, plant extracts and active ingredients of Chamomile, Lavender essential oils and Mallow. HA5 serum is a multi molecular weight optimum grade Hyaluronic Acid Serum, its ability to be absorbed deep within the layers of the skin means that it offers enhanced hydration and a plumped effect immediately. It also helps promote the rejuvenating effect of the skin roller treatment. Repair Oil is a blend of nutrient rich plant oils with added essential oils, frankincense, lavender and chamomile. it is easily absorbed and helps protect and boost the skins ability to repair following treatment. Skin appears more illuminated and deeply hydrated.


Treatment Kit - Problematic Skin

RRP €155.00 Buy Now


Home Peel Treatment Kit - Problematic Skin Suitable for oilier skins, breakout, dehydration, pigmentation, ageing concerns ** These products can be used on any area of the body. Treatment timing - weekly Contents Exfoliate Cleanse 100ml / Combination Peel Mask 100g / Repair Super Hydrate 100g Free 10ml Repair Balm with this kit. Instruction sheet included Add on products that work with this Kit are HA5 and ACE. For clients who have these products already or who wish to add them. after removing Combination Peel Mask, apply HA5 or ACE to damp skin, wait until absorbed then apply Repair Super Hydrate Mask. 



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