Placing your trust in a skin care therapist is a big deal.When you search for real skin results, working with a skin care professional is vital. Just as having a personal trainer that whips you into shape, having your very own personal skin guru to give you guidance in all things skin is crucial. How do you know the difference between a passionate, true skin care professional and a therapist who is simply just doing a job? Here are 7 things that highlight the difference between a therapist who is there 'just for the job', and a passionate, skilled skin expert. 1. You’re in the hot seat in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, you’re lying on a bed about to undergo a treatment that you don’t really know a thing about, or how it is going to help. There was some brief discussion about how they could ‘do this’ and ‘peel that’ but you still don’t really know how its going to work or what it is doing for your skin. Anyone can wield a laser, manhandle a microdermabrasion machine, roll some needles over your face, or put on layers of goop. Unless you know and understand all the skin biology and histology intimately and intricately, you can’t put it all back together again correctly, without the risk of damage. There are plenty of estheticians who know how to use the gadgets, but it needs to be backed up with the ability to rebuild your skin and create a well-rounded program that supports your skin, and brings it back to a state of healthly balance. Estheticians should be able to ‘rebuild' the skin. This begins with your skincare therapist explaining your skin type and conditions, and recommending treatment options in great detail; and giving you time to consider your options. 2. Home care? What is home care? Do you understand why you are having skin treatments performed on a regular basis? You’ve left after your treatment and aren’t really sure what you’re supposed to do? Do you understand what you might experience after your professional treatment? What to do, when to follow up? 60-70% of your results come from what you are doing at home, every single day. If your therapist hasn’t prescribed a detailed homecare routine of professional products to use, there is a mighty big hole in your treatment plan and you are set up for poor results. A true skin professional will explain to you the treatment process, including what is happening with your skin before, after, and between appointments. She will recommend the best professional homecare products to enable you to maintain the skin's health between visits. 3. You read about it in the brochure; it sounded good, right? No, there is NOT a one-size-fits-most. No, you probably cannot have exactly what your girlfriend had, either. No offense… but selecting your own treatment is like taking your car to the mechanic then telling him what to use to fix it. Fine if you are a mechanic also and you know how all the inner parts work… but if your therapist lets you pick the treatment and just does what you want… you will not get the best results and you will waste your money. See, there so much more to understand about the skin and how it works. New technological advances are made every day. Your educated therapist knows the science and chemistry behind the treatments and products, and keeps current on her education. A true skin therapist will determine your skin type and condition(s). She will listen to your concerns, then recommend the best protocol for your skin. It may be completely different from what you thought you had going on, and what you thought you needed, but it will be the right thing for your skin. 4. You’re sold the same predictable package as everyone else. (AKA: The treatment you are prescribed corresponds to the expensive machine your therapist unwisely invested in and has to pay off. Think laser, microdermabrasion, oxygen treatments, hydro treatments, trendy fad machines without proven science...) The most common routine packages around are a series of 6 peels, or 6 microdermabrasions; or she has you coming in once per week - no matter what your concern. No, there is NOT a one-size-fits-most treatment. No, you probably cannot have exactly what your girlfriend had, either. If the answer seems to be ‘one-size-fits-all’, RUN! A true skin therapist knows that 6 identical treatments in a row aren’t designed with your unique cellular life-cycle in mind. Your skin may need a combination of treatments, timed to where your skin is currently, and how it is functioning. Those treatments may have to be adjusted accordingly. Look for a therapist who can tailor a program that has your skin's health at heart, and your end result in mind. 5. You’re promised the world within a week. A passionate and knowledgeable skin therapist knows that some skin conditions can leave you with outstanding results with just the smallest tweak in your current routine. Other conditions require strategic planning timed to your skin's own cellular life-cycle. The results you can achieve will depend on your age, your commitment, your lifestyle, your skin current condition, the professional products she recommends for homecare, and the level of cellular damage. All of these factors come into play when determining how much time it might take to get your skin back to optimal health. What took years to damage, may take months to start to repair. Without a doubt, a skilled skin therapist can take many visual years off your appearance, but not overnight and not with simply a ‘miracle’ cream or ‘magic’ course of treatments. 6. They go for the big guns first! A skincare therapist is only as good as her knowledge and passion. A product is only as good as its ingredients. A device can improve or destroy. A serious skin therapist knows that there’s more to true skin correction than just whipping out the big guns and firing away. Skin cells need to be prepped and primed so that they know how to communicate with one another. The acid mantle has to be restored. The body has to be healthy and you have to employ proper nutrition. The more prepped and healthy your skin cells are, the quicker they will bounce back from the treatments, and your results will have longevity. A good skin therapist develops a master plan which may take months or more to achieve the best results. Yes, cellular rejuvenation of skin takes time, planning, and action. It also requires cooperation. It’s not as simple as have a facial when you feel like it. Your skin conditions didn’t pop up overnight. Cells have been damaged from many sources, and have been malfunctioning for years; they just gave up working and replicating properly, and now you are seeing and feeling the unfortunate results. If you’re told the cure is only a matter of a zap with a laser, a fill with something injectable, a dash of acid, a magic potion, and no responsibility on your part... politely leave and keep searching for your true skin guru. 7. You still don’t know how it’s all going to help? Did your professional explain everything to you? The treatment, the science, the products, invite you to ask questions, and make herself available to you? If your skin therapist can’t explain to you in easy to understand terms the 'hows and whys' about repairing, rebuilding, or rejuvenating the skin, you need keep looking for a new esthetician. The right therapist will be able to explain all the steps to you. Yes, it’s a lot of things to look for, but you are entrusting one of your most important assets (your face) in someone's hands. Keep these 7 things in mind when looking for a skin therapist. Find someone who is going to help your skin through its ups and downs and help maintain its health throughout all the stages of life. Your esthetician - your skin’s best friend!