Skin analysis is an essential part of a professional facial.
It is used by an esthetician to determine your skin type, skin conditions, and the best course of treatment.

Before making any recommendations or treatments, a good esthetician would do a skin analysis to evaluate your skin for its overall condition. Your esthetician can then help you with:
oily, congested skin and breakouts
dry, dull, or aging skin
red or highly sensitive skin
fine lines and wrinkles
skin conditions that may need a physician refferal

 If it's your first time, she will assist you in filling out a form that includes questions about  your skin concerns, diet, medications  and so on, so that she can determine what's most important to you.

Once you're on the table, the treatment usually starts by the esthetician wrapping your hair with a towel or headband. She will begin the analysis with a thorough cleansing, using cotton pads, esthetician wipes or sponges. This removes all traces of make-up, which can mask blackheads, uneven skin tone, broken capillaries. During the cleansing, the esthetician will feel more things with her trained hands such as:

  • the texture of your skin: how smooth or rough your skin is
  • extreme dryness
  • whether you have breakouts or bumps, and where they are
  • firmness / loss of elasiticity
  • How sensitive your skin is
Using The Magnifying Lamp
Next comes the in-depth skin analysis, which takes place through a magnifying lamp surrounded by a bright light. The magnifying lamp is also known as a "loupe." It allows the esthetician to clearly see your skin in detail, including all the things that are masked by make-up or are too small for the eye to easily see.

Before using it, the esthetician will cover your eyes, usually with cool cotton eye pads, and will warn you that a bright light is coming. Then she pulls it into position over your face for the detailed skin analysis. She takes a good long look at each part of your face, touching it as she works. She will move your head from side to look at it from another angle.

What An Esthetician Looks For During Skin Analysis

Skin Type.
This is the oily, dry, combination, and normal system that was first developed by Helena Rubenstein in the early 20th century and is still in use. Your skin type is based primarily on how much oil is produced by the skin. While it is genetically determined, it can also change over time. Skin becomes dryer as we age, for instance. To some extent, your skin type will determine what kind of products, techniques and treatments the esthetician uses. Many people also consider "sensitive" a skin type. Sensitive skin tends to be red and easily aggravated by heat, sun, spicy foods and chemicals and fragrances in commercial skin care products.

Skin Conditions
Skin conditions include acne, blackheads, whiteheads, wrinkles, sun damage, dehydration, wrinkles, poor elasticity and rosacea. The esthetician should discuss what she sees, and explain what she can do for you in the facial treatments.
An esthetician will be looking for blackheads and milia (whiteheads) because she can take them out, or extract them. This is one of the main reasons someone gets a facial and one of the main things the esthetician has been trained to do, safely.

She will also be looking for any conditions that might affect how she would proceed and treatments she would recommend.

Our skin is a lot more complicated than it appears, and different people have different reactions to the same products. It's fine to get a nice relaxing facial at a reputable resort spa if you're on vacation, but for ongoing care it is better to find a local esthetician where you live who can get to know your skin over time. You'll get better results that way.

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