Beauty Therapy

Photo Types & Risk Factors

In this article I would like to share some thoughts about Skin Colour Terminology. More specifically that we should clarify the reference to a skin colour and its burn time category by using the modern terminology of 'photo type' and risk. With the more blended ethnicities of today, the older Fitzpatrick Skin Types Scale of 1 to 6 and its terminology of skin colour analysis is no longer.....

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Epidermal Turnover Question

There are two questions I am often asked during my seminars that deserve an airing: If the epidermis is renewed every 30 days, why don't I have a beautiful and perfect new skin every month? If every pigment-carrying Melanosome is transferred to a keratinocyte, and every keratinocyte ultimately desquamates in 30 days, why do I have pigmentation? The reason for these questions arising is due to a.....

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Understanding Pigmentation

As I travel conducting seminars, one of the subjects that is most often passionately discussed is pigmentation. During these discussions, it is apparent there is still a good deal of misunderstanding about the causes of pigmentation and appropriate treatment solutions from both medical and skin treatment technicians. This may be partially due to a lack of understanding of how pigment is formed.....

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Three Rs of Corneotherapy

The Three Rs of Corneotherapy: Repair, Replenish, Regenerate Consider Corneotherapy the pathway to sustainable skin health, and the pathway that will care for the skin throughout the client's lifetime. Learning the three Rs at school was always taught from the first day of attendance. Those lessons of reading, writing and arithmetic have stayed with you all of your lives, and you use them.....

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Sunless Tanning, UV Free Tanning, Spray Tannning

Sunless UV Free tanning comes of age Sunless or UV free tanning has enjoyed amazing growth all over the world in the last few years, and it is not too difficult to understand why. For many salons, UV free tanning is providing a great new service to existing clients looking to enhance their traditional tanning sessions, however the biggest potential growth of use lies with clients who either.....

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Spa & Relaxation Treatment

Beauty therapy and its related skin care products and treatments have made great strides in these last 10 years and will continue to do so. Yes, the jargon is more technical, but then so is the therapist, who knows more and wants to know more. No longer can the skin therapist of today be considered just a cosmetician, she reads more, attends technical postgraduate training and has access to.....

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Skin Treatment or Relaxation: Optimising Bookings

One of the problems a therapist has is trying to do a complete facial service within the allotted time that is often only one hour 15min (most often in less time). During this time she must analyse the skin, sometimes do a brow tidy and give an excellent treatment within the allotted time span that will have an immediate effect on the clients skin. In addition, make skincare sales for home.....

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Skin Analysis: Genetics

There are many components to a successful skin analysis, with much of the most valuable information being supplied by the client during the consultation process; however one of the most beneficial pieces of information to be gathered during the consultation is details of the client’s phototype, genetic and UVR exposure history. There are important reasons why the professional skin treatment.....

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Sensitive Skin Diagnosis through Skin Colour

Skin Colour will help you with your diagnosis: Skin analysis of the sensitive skin The skin obtains its pink, fleshy appearance from the red pigment called haemoglobin in the blood flowing through the vascular network of tiny veins, arteries and capillaries known as the microcirculation. This large network of capillaries function to control the cutaneous blood flow in response to the bodies.....

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Seasonal Appropriate Treatments: A Professional Responsibility

There are times in our career as a professional skin treatment therapists when we must resist promoting or delivering treatments to clients that are not appropriate for the particular season or climatic environment. This is our professional responsibility. As an example, While on a summer holiday in an typical Australian sun & surf town, I was disappointed to see one of the local beauty therapy.....

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Say NO to Sunbeds

Editor's note: This article was originally published back in 2004, and since that time there has been increasing controversy of both the dangers associated with use and the questionable professional ethics of beauty therapists/aestheticians providing sun bed facilities. With the emergence of new sunbed (Or Solarium) standards in many parts of the world, we thought it would be a good idea to.....

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Power of The Consultation

There are many components to a successful skin analysis, with much of the most valuable information being supplied by the client during the consultation process; however one of the most beneficial pieces of information to be gathered during the consultation is details of the client’s phototype, genetic and UVR exposure history. There are important reasons why the professional skin treatment.....

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Post Operative Care: Face Lift

Post Operative Care: Face Lift Flo says: "As the bridge between the beauty therapy clinic and the doctor's surgery narrows, where will tomorrow's clients expect to go to for treatments? Yes, times are changing and so must the therapists knowledge and skills. Offering pre & post operative care to a surgeons patients opens a whole new dimension of therapy. This extension into the para-medical.....

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Photo Types: Skins Around the World

Having completed the last of my seminars for the 2006 year, I now have time to reflect on all of the comparisons of the skins I have seen during my global travels. Suffice it to say, I found plenty of evidence of how genetics and environment play a huge role in the way "genetically" northern hemisphere skins respond in both their own environment and when relocated to other parts of the world,.....

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Leisure: The Bathing Ritual

Of all the leisure activities, bathing is surely the most important for a great number of women. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the bathing ritual of a nice long soak in warm fragrant bubbles or oils, is the only way to end a working day or week. The sanctuary offered by that small room we all call the bathroom has a history that goes back to Roman times. In Roman times bathing was a.....

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Intensive Treatments for the Sun Damaged Skin

Once we have established a photoageing condition, simple home care may not be enough and we have to consider more intensive treatments that can be done by either a doctor or a skin care therapist. Peeling is the first thing that comes to most peoples minds but I believe that this is a crude and probably misdirected way to restore healthy skin. Some doctors firmly believe that laser resurfacing.....

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Increasing Mask Efficiency

New procedures for old TreatmentsThe treatment procedures of many skin conditions involving the use of masks require urgent revision in order for many therapists to obtain the best from new formulations and modern treatment philosophies. Although formulations have changed over the years, facial techniques and procedures have not always kept pace. Techniques of the 70s and 80s are still in use.....

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Hydration Therapy: Enhancing Hydration from Within

Tisanes, teas, herbal infusions or cool drinks, all can be part of HYDRATION THERAPY. Offer these fluids to the client at the beginning of the treatment, half way through (optional) and of course at the end. Why?Many of the modern hydration treatments rely on ingredients such as humectants. These substances are extremely hydrophilic and attract many times their weight in fluid. If the client.....

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Hormonal Acne

Androgen, enzymes and the sebaceous gland. What role do they play in the condition of DHT Mediated Acne (Adult Female Hormonal Acne)? In the article The endocrine system we looked at the influence hormones had on our skin and related systems. This article will take a closer look at the sebaceous gland, the enzymes, hormones and the role they can play in some forms of acne. We know hormones play.....

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Hair Removal from the Breast Area

How often have you been treating a womans face with electrolysis and just as youve nearly completed the course of treatment, they tentatively ask you to remove "one or two hairs" from the breast area? Most of the women I treat think that they are the only person with such a problem, but a majority of women have some hair around the areola. This is perfectly normal and there is nothing wrong.....

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Growth Hormone: Important for the Skin

The pituitary gland is a little appendage attached to the lower aspect of the brain and has been described as the "conductor" of the hormonal orchestra that keeps the body in harmony. Following instructions from the brain and responding to information from blood chemistry, the pituitary secretes various hormones that govern the activity of the whole body. One of these hormones is "Growth.....

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Glycation Analysis

Many of you will remember the article written earlier this year "Glycation and the Ageing Process" this was an advanced article about the formation of glucose receptors on the collagen & elastin fibres of the dermis. This article was written to help you understand how to "ESTABLISH CAUSE of the skin condition GLYCATION. "To continue that discussion I ask the question "Do you know how to.....

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Epidermal Dehydration: A Cause, not a Condition

Have you ever wondered why you didn't know exactly what you were looking for when it came to the skin condition called dehydration? Or that when you were in doubt about what to treat the skin with, you chose the treatment modality with the label suitable for dehydrated skins, knowing it wouldnt really do any harm. The term dehydration is one of the most misused words in our industry, and this.....

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Epidemic of Over-exfoliation

I have a concern; and that is, we are observing an epidemic of over-exfoliation in the beauty therapy industry. It is the lets peel it mind set that so many therapists have as a first choice treatment modality that is my greatest concern. An epidemic of over-exfoliationThis has came about from the advent of glycolic peels in the early nineties, and progressed on through to now, with.....

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Environmental Defense Treatments

In an earlier ‘Flo says’ publication, we talked about hydration treatments and mentioned a little about how the relevant ambient humidity can affect the results of a treatment. I often say in class that you have to think like a ‘weather girl’ and consider if the treatment is seasonally appropriate or if the correct procedure has been chosen for the client's living, working or play environment......

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Recommended Reading

Advanced Skin Analysis
is the book for the skin treatment therapist of the new millennium, taking therapists on a journey of discovery and revision of their chosen profession.
This book teaches you the most valuable skill every skin care professional needs to know. read more
Cosmetic chemistry is not another dictionary of cosmetic ingredients, but rather an informative look at understanding the subject of cosmetic chemistry from a Clinical Aesthetician and Beauty Therapist’s viewpoint.
Understand how the chemicals in the cosmetics interact with the skins own chemistry.
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DIG 

NEW RELEASE!
The Visual Skin Analysis Diagnostic Indicator Guide has been developed to extend your visual analysis and consultation techniques of professional skin analysis, while helping communicate your findings with your clients. Covers 11 of the common contemporay skin conditions. read more