The first phase of a facial treatment is the thorough examination of the skin. The aesthetic clinician takes a comprehensive look at the state of the patient’s complexion at the beginning of the skin care treatment – starting with its color. To evaluate its pallor or what is commonly called its skin tone. This is a good indication of the overall health of the skin. The next consideration is the presence of hyper or hypo-pigmentation or any acne or, lesions of any sort – teleangiectases or any new vascular changes (injured vessels) are documented. In addition, congenital disfigurements such as PWS (Port Wine Stain) or, Hemangiomas are recorded.
The texture of the skin, in particular, its thickness, roughness, fragility or thinness is yet, another major concern of the skin care specialist performing a skin analysis. Scars are also duly noted during this period of the thorough assessment. There is a close inspection for any moles that appear, odd, abnormal or faulty.
The level of hydration in the skin tells the aesthetic provider what measures must be taken to restore the overall moisture balance which may have been depleted for some time. Smoothness of the skin is usually a good indicator that the skin is nice and moist. Underlying factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic that contribute to the health of the complexion are discussed at this juncture of the skin care exam such as the client’s diet and daily fluid intake.
In older adult clients, skin redness, excessive warmth, swelling, hyper-sensitivity and / or pain are all warning signs that there is inflammation present. Sun damage impairs skin functions showing physical effects of solar radiation and normal skin maturation decreases the turnover rate of dead skin cells causing the skin to look discolored and grayish in tone because of this cellular debris.
Despite proper diligence paid to the application of moisture creams, the likelihood of dry areas, even skin regions of cracking skin are somewhat probable. If the skin is stripped of its natural protective barriers it tends to become slightly irritated making the necessary precautions to avoid burning sensations from facial formulations routinely applied as part of the therapeutic cleansing process necessary.
Although, the assessment is only a fourth of the skin care treatment, special training is required to perform this and other aspects of aesthetic care. For more information on skin analysis visit the sites below:
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Complementary Analysis Questionnaire:
Skin Analysis and Extraction
Facial Techniques for Sun Damaged & Dehydrated Skin