Being a beauty therapist pretty much makes you an expert in the field. You know all the steps to properly deep condition, and you’ve applied shellac nails more times that you can remember. You’ve memorised every process of every treatment back to front, and it’s basically second nature now. But even being the capable beauty therapist or beauty enthusiast that you are, there are bound to be things here and there that you forget to do.
As a beauty therapist, it is important for you and for your clients that you are always wary of the things that could go wrong, or could be done better. Part of that is to practice what you preach, as well as reminding your clients how they can maintain the treatment without you. Here are a few tips to help you improve the experience for your clients.
Exfoliate properly and regularly
Exfoliation needs to be done regularly because the human body is constantly shedding skin cells. So it is important to buff away the dead skin before you begin any kind of skincare treatment. This removes build-up in pores all over the body and improves the effectiveness of any treatment that is applied.
There are many ways to exfoliate. The simplest way is to apply your body wash using a washcloth. There are also many products on the market with different particles that are useful for ensure the removal of all the impurities hidden in the pores.
You should also take note that exfoliation should not be done too often or too harshly. While gentle exfoliation will help you to remove dead skin, harsh exfoliation will damage your healthy skin cells. You should recommend that your clients exfoliate 2-3 times a week, or less if they have sensitive skin.
Moisturise properly and regularly
After exfoliating, it’s important to replace the moisture that you have removed. As with exfoliating, you should apply moisturisers to your entire body, but unlike exfoliating, you should do so every day. During times of the year with excessive heat, or excessive cold, your skin is more likely to dry out.
Don’t forget to moisturise. Photo by Betsssssy 2007 (Flickr)
There is a common misconception that people with oily skin needn’t moisturise, but it is necessary for people of all skin types to replenish their skin. Most importantly, you should remind your clients that moisturising their skin will help reduce dryness, itchiness, redness, and premature ageing.
Moisturiser can be applied throughout the day, all over the body. You should apply a facial moisturiser in the morning and at night. During the day you can regularly reapply lip balm to replenish your lips. And after showers, you can focus on the rest of the body.
Take care when waxing
The key to waxing properly is having pre-prepared the skin. Although you can’t do anything about first-time clients, there are definitely steps you can take to ensure that clients who have follow-up appointments can get the most out of their waxing experience.
Before and between waxes, it’s important to keep the skin exfoliated and hydrated. This will help avoid the development of ingrown hairs. This can be avoided by not waxing or shaving too often, and by looking after the skin after the waxing has taken place. Hair removal also strips you of skin, so as always, it is important to moisturise.
Another issue that can arise is infection. So make sure that all your hands and your instruments are sanitary. Remind your clients to do the same, if they should ever attempt to wax at home. If an infection does occur, you client should definitely see a doctor to get it checked out, and to ask for antibiotics.
Make sure you are educated
As a beauty therapist, you are a hub for beauty knowledge. This makes the processes you use and the information you provide very important to the beauty regimes of all of your clients. These are some key examples of things that beauty therapists often forget, but there are definitely many more.
Like with any career, it’s important to make sure that you’re developing your business with the changes in the industry, and consistently upskilling. So, in order to make sure that you’re up-to-date with key concepts and new developments, you can invest in a beauty therapy course. This also ensures that all the information that you’re passing on is relevant and informed.
A career in beauty therapy allows you to get up close and personal with people. During your sessions, you are able to get to know your clients and give them advice about how they should go about their beauty regimes. So remember to keep these tips in mind when you’re helping out your next appointment.
Featured photo by Israel photo gallery 2013 (Flickr)
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