What should I be asking my esthetician?Patricia Scherven

• Where did you get your training and experience?
• What is my skin type? Do I have any skin conditions?
• What products work best with my skin type and condition?
• Are there any side effects from the treatment I am receiving today?
• Will the treatment be painful?
• What benefits will I see or feel in my skin?
• How often should I receive treatments? Can several treatments be done together?
• Is there a specific treatment you would recommend for my skin?
• What are your thoughts on different kinds of exfoliation; microdermabrasion or chemical peels?
• Can I return to my normal skin care regimen after this treatment?

The skin is the largest organ in your body and also it’s the first thing people see when they look at you and that’s why taking care of it is so important. Estheticians are licensed through the state, but it is still important to find one that is just right for you. You don’t want to trust just anyone, especially when using chemicals or lasers. Each client should be filling out a health form so the esthetician will be aware of allergies or any conditions. However, communication is very important. Let your esthetician know what your expectations are so you can both work together to create the right plan.

What should my esthetician be asking me?

• Can you tell me about your skin?
• What products are you using?
• What’s your at home regimen?
• Have you had any treatments recently?
• Do you have any allergies?
• Are you on any medications?

As estheticians we want to have a basic understanding of how the client’s skin is before starting a treatment. We also like to know what products you are using to understand what your skin has been exposed to, like Retin-A for example. Home care regimens are important to get the best results from the treatments. Also, we need to know about allergies because there might be certain products that can’t be used. Medications are also important to know about because there might be side effects like rashes, sensitivities, or thinning of the skin. Your esthetician should be aware of these so we can safely perform treatments.