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Finding the Perfect Skin Therapist

In a world where Instagram and TikTok feeds are flooded with quick-fix beauty trends and influencers peddling "one-size-fits-all" skin solutions, it's easy to lose sight of what really matters, finding the perfect skin therapist. Your skin is as unique as your fingerprint, and caring for it requires a tailored approach that goes beyond filters and trending hashtags.

A skilled skin therapist plays a pivotal role in your skincare journey, offering expertise that extends far beyond product recommendations. They are the navigators of your skin's intricate landscape, dedicated to assessing, diagnosing, and understanding your individual needs. They'll delve into your medical history, unearth the hidden contributors to your skin dilemmas and craft a personalised treatment plan with your goals and budget in mind.

But let's not kid ourselves – talking about your skin can be an intimate, vulnerable experience. That's where the right person steps in, making you feel heard and understood. In this blog, we'll uncover the five essential elements to consider when choosing your skin therapist: education and qualification, experience, attention to detail, professionalism and the ability to establish and maintain relationships. Because when it comes to skincare, a relaxed, expert-led approach beats the online noise any day. Let's embark on this journey to discover the perfect skin therapist, your trusted companion in achieving your skin goals.

1. Education and Qualifications
It should go without saying that advice on your skin, and any product and treatment recommendations should be given by someone who has received formal education and training and holds the relevant certifications. Should you really be taking the advice of an individual that hasn't seen or touched your skin in person, or hasn't consulted with you to discuss your medical background or the environmental or lifestyle factors that could be affecting the health of your skin?

A skin therapist is a trained professional, and you must consider one with a deep understanding of the science of the skin. Someone who can confidently provide you with accurate information and recommendations specific to your skin type and concerns. 

Great skin therapists ensure their knowledge and skills are up-to-date and current. They attend regular training to be able to provide the best experience for their clients. Don't be afraid to ask about your therapists qualifications and training!

2. Experience
A professional skin therapist should have a good amount of experience providing treatments and should be able to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge about various treatment modalities. This isn't to say that the number of years someone has been a skin therapist for makes them more experienced. Nor does it mean that a person who has performed more of a particular treatment is the most experienced. It's not difficult to follow a treatment procedure, however, it takes knowledge and skill to be able to customise the treatment and change up the skin care plan depending on the individual. Experience comes from researching, observing and engaging. With experience comes confidence, and to be in the hands of a confident and competent therapist is key.

3. Attention to Detail
A professional skin therapist should be attentive to your individual needs and concerns and take the time to understand your skin type and concerns before providing any treatment or product recommendations. They will provide treatments of a high standard every time and acknowledge skin imperfections and disorders as they arise, providing advice on how to address these concerns and achieve healthy, glowing skin.  

4. Professionalism
A skin therapist should be professional in their approach, providing a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for treatments, and be punctual and respectful of your time. A great skin therapist will engage in conversation about your skin, in a manner that is respectful and supportive. They will prioritise the safety of their clients and follow standard protocols and guidelines to avoid any complications or adverse reactions whilst maximising results

5. Ability to Establish and Maintain Relationships
The key to any great customer service experience is communication. Communication involves sending and receiving messages through verbal and non-verbal methods. Great communication skills are vital in establishing and maintaining relationships. You may find a skin therapist to be professional, but lack the vital communication skills to build a great, lasting relationship with you. Likewise, you might have a great experience with the therapist in your first meeting but find it difficult to maintain it at each subsequent visit. The right skin therapist won't make you feel like another number, they will remember you, your concerns, your skin goals, and they are right there with you on your journey.

A professional skin therapist will communicate effectively with you, explaining the treatments, the expected results, and potential risks or side effects. They will listen to your concerns, answer any questions and provide clear instructions on caring for your skin post-treatment and between professional treatments. They will do this because they know great relationships are built from trust, and it is their responsibility to be honest with you and provide all the information you need to achieve the best results possible. 

As a result, you should feel completely comfortable with your skin therapist, having trust that they have your best interests at heart. You should feel heard and that the therapist is dedicated to meeting your skin needs. 

What Happens When Your Trusted Therapist Moves On?
Although we don't like to think about these situations, there may come a time when your skin therapist decides it is time to move on. It might be their time to start a family, return to study or they may be relocating. It's normal to feel a little upset and slightly worried about what that means for your journey moving forward. Rest assured, your therapist will make a recommendation of who they think would be the best fit within the team to continue to support you on your skin journey. They will pass on treatment notes and provide direction and guidance about your skin routine. They will ensure your new skin therapist has all the information needed to fulfil your goals so that you can carry on with your skin journey.

So there it is, my 5 key elements to consider when choosing your skin therapist. Trust your gut, if it doesn't feel like the right fit, it probably isn't. Ensure that your chosen therapist provides a tailored approach that is as individual as you are. If you are on the search for your perfect skin therapist, I suggest starting with a Skin Consultation. You can book a complimentary consultation online here.   

Being in the beauty industry for over 13 years, Maree brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Complete Skin & Beauty. She is passionate about education and takes advantage of various marketing platforms to pass on her knowledge to clients and the public. She loves all things health and beauty, so promoting the many treatments and products that Complete Skin & Beauty has to offer is a rewarding experience. She is a firm believer in engaging in self-care routines for her physical and mental health so that she can be the best version of herself to all those around her. 

Marketing Manager
Complete Skin & Beauty