I recently had the most amazing trip to Paris, France.
This was my first time visiting this famous city and it more than lived up to any expectation I could have placed upon it.
Along with galleries, museums, parks, restaurants, champagne houses, etc, I was really interested to check out the beauty industry in what is, for me, the true origin of modern beauty therapy.
I have to say I was surprised and came away from this experience with a whole new philosophy towards the treatment of skin and the type of services I want to provide for my clients.
The funny thing is – it was everything I already knew, but had forgotten amongst the industry hype in my own country and media trends that I somehow knew were not really translating at the client level, nor satisfying myself as a facialist.
In Australia, the beauty landscape is very different to what I saw in Paris. Technology based treatments, a focus on fast results and cosmeceutical grade products are heavily endorsed by suppliers and their use is strongly encouraged.
In my own salon and with my own clients, I can achieve amazing results using these tools.
However, poor, or uneducated use of these services can result in traumatised skin and too much destruction to the skin barrier function, resulting in uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, sensitised skin, irregular oil production and breakouts.
What I find really works, and what my clientele love, is good quality aromatherapy based products, stress relief and manual massage techniques.
I admit that there is only so much I can achieve based upon this, and there are some technology based treatments that I will be looking to include into my facials that have minimum impact on the skins barrier function and achieve maximum results, such as the use of LED and Microphotorejuvenation, both of which can treat the skin at a deeper level without strongly promoting a wound healing response in the skin.
The beauty trends that are popular in my own country are currently fake tan, fake eyelashes, injectables, fake nails, hair extensions, tattooed eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner and lots of makeup.
I did not see much evidence of these trends in Paris at all.
What I did notice was Skin Institutes with long waiting lists, not a lot of make up (just a bold red lip), no fake anything.
Just a lot of good skin
I have now learned to take on board all that I have learned, and will continue to learn, however, I am moving forward with my treatments, trusting my own experience, first hand results and intuition.
So far, my clients have never been happier, and I am providing more facials than ever before. I’m excited to continue providing amazing facials and skin treatments whilst I delve further into my new-found treatment philosophy.
Find a good facialist that you trust and maintain good skin with regular appointments.
The frequency of your facials may be determined by lifestyle factors and other life priorities, but whatever time frame you choose – stick with it religiously.
Source good quality products recommended by a qualified skin therapist. You don’t need a lot of products, just a few key items that are right for your skin type and lifestyle and that you enjoy using.
Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have regarding your at home regime or treatment program.