Questions I am asked often are “What is a Skin Therapist exactly” and “how did you move away from Beauty Therapy to doing this for a living?” Sometimes I get messages asking how you know if your Therapist is one of the good ones. I understand it is hard to know for sure, the beauty industry is filled with conflicting advice and it can get a little overwhelming.
Facials were always my favourite treatment to carry out. I used to beg my fellow Beauties to swap with me so I got to do all of the facials booked in. I also suffered pretty badly with Acne all through my teens and on and off in my twenties – when I moved to Australia in 2012 it became the worst it had ever been. I started to avoid doing the treatments I loved so much because who wanted to take facial advice off a Therapist with bad acne, right? I remember being so frustrated, I was trying everything that the Industry told me would fix it. But nothing worked. In fact, it got worse. I heard about these new products another salon started stocking. I found myself in the salon car park, crying because I had spent $500 on more products I didn’t need (or really could afford) – but the Beauty Therapist had told me they would definitely fix it, she told me I HAD to take the full range or it wouldn’t would work. She was so insistent, promising me so much. I knew they wouldn’t work, not really, but I was so desperate to be proved wrong. Guess what, I was right, they didn’t. Even when you work in the Industry it can feel like you have been fooled.
At this point, I started researching everything I could on skin and not just relying on the product training we get from biased Reps. I came across a Forum online and was invited to attend a Skin Analysis Training Event. What I learned on this course blew my mind. How could we not have known this? Why were we not trained this way in Beauty College? I was almost angry at the years wasted telling clients the wrong advice and looking back at the way our salons would encourage us to sell products to hit sales targets, I felt like a fraud, like my clients had been cheated. BOOM – This was my “A-ha moment”. A Skin Geek was born. Within 6 weeks my acne was healing – within 4 months it disappeared and within another 9 so was the scarring.
I opened my first skin clinic in 2014 in Australia, but it’s an ever-changing industry and there is always more to learn and more people to help – I constantly invest time and money in updating my skills, purchasing new equipment & new products. And I love every single minute of it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
So what is a Skin Therapist? In Australia it is called Dermal Therapists & in some places we are called Aestheticians. I don’t think it matters what we are called but what we do. If your Therapist/Aesthetician:
- Is highly educated in Skin Physiology and Cosmetic Chemistry
- Spends at least 45 minutes just analysing the skin at your first appointment to diagnose skin conditions
- Offers advice on internal health and lifestyle changes
- Treats the Cause not just the symptoms
- Protects the integrity of the skin at all times
- Does not SELL products but PRESCRIBES active ingredients & explains why
- Is passionate and dedicated to caring for clients and you know your not just a number
- Knows when something isn’t working & adapts her recommendations to something which does
Then she is most definitely a Skin Therapist and you should most definitely stick with her.