WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE INITIAL CONSULTATION?
One your first visit, the main objective is to gather as much information about your skin and your lifestyle as possible. This knowledge, combined with the skin analysis procedure, allows us to ‘establish cause’ of the skin condition, relate it to the skin’s function and set a treatment programme in place for the salon and at home.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
When you come for your consultation you should bring with you:
- All your skin care.
- All your make up.
- A list of medication (many medications can aggravate skin conditions, or can be contra-indications for certain treatments).
- A list of vitamins or supplements.
NB. Please arrive wearing no make-up or moisturisers, so a true picture of the skin can be seen.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Geraldine will look at your skin through a magnifying lamp to examine the texture, colour and dryness/oiliness or dehydration. A good light source is essential for good analysis. Here we can see open pores, dilated capillaries, milia or any other kind of blemishes that could be bothering you.
A proper analysis goes way beyond finding out if your skin is simply normal, combination or oily. It will certainly fall into one of those categories, as our inherited genetic characteristics mean we are born with a predisposition towards one of those types. However, it is skin conditions that we are going to look at.
WILL YOU BE USING ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
Black light is a jewel in the therapist’s tool kit. It’s an excellent too which helps us to evaluate your skin’s pigmentation, density and its oil secretions. The skin scanner is a simple box-like piece of equipment that allows the client to place their head inside (with loose sheets drawn around the back, so you are not confined).
A fan will keep the inside cool for the few minutes it will take to make the observations needed. You can see everything that Geraldine is looking at by means of a two-way mirror. This will help you to understand and contribute to the treatment plan we decide on.
Most people find this a fascinating and insightful experience.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
A full consultation will take a minimum of 30 minutes – often a little longer. Any notes taken, or records kept, will be kept private at all times – confidentiality is absolute.
HOW MUCH DOES THE CONSULTATION/SKIN ANALYSIS COST?
A full consultation costs £20. This is redeemable against the cost of any treatment. For more information on what to expect from your consultation, go to Why Your Skin Needs a Bespoke Treatment Plan