How To Find A Skin Care Pro
As products become more sophisticated and effective...it's becoming more difficult to sift through the pseudo-science and misinformation to find out what works for you.
Everyone's skin is different and the skin is a dynamic organ that requires individual attention. One size fits all just does not apply to your skin and what is working now for you may not be so good 5 years from now.
However, just because someone declares themselves a skin care pro doesn't necessarily mean that you find the ideal solution for you. I hear about horror stories almost everyday about laser mishaps, allergic reactions and inappropriate behavior coming from individuals in our business.
To find a skin care pro you can trust, your best bet is to get a referral from someone you know. This can be very difficult for most people and the internet is starting to become an alternative. However, I place a very large grain of salt on anonymous reviews...so, finding someone you know that has found success is your best bet.
Generally speaking, I find that the older 40+ pros that have been in the business long enough to see through all the BS can steer you to a solution that is best for your skin. Plus, they could not have been in business long if they haven't successfully helped create results.
That doesn't mean that there are not younger professionals that don't know their stuff. They are just harder to find and you need to be able to ask critical questions to get to their knowledge on the subject of skin care. If they don't lead with a physical sunscreen and a retinoid...you may be in the wrong place.
I would avoid anyone that:
- Has an attitude of superiority...I see this alot in the Medical Spas, Plastic Surgery Centers and Spas...these places want to peddle exclusivity instead of knowledge and results.
- Promises instant results...first, there is nothing on the planet that delivers instant results...if it does... there are going to be serious long term side effects you need to consider.
- Tries to sell you skin care products that are over $100 a bottle, tube or can...Consumers have the perception that expensive is better. I have never seen a product that costs that much that delivers consistent measurable results.
- Advertises excessively...good skin care pros survive on word of mouth and don't need large ads to bring in customers...the best skin care pros I know are booked several months in advance and I never see them advertise.
In a slow economy where we all have little time, going through the process of finding a skin care professional can be exasperating. However, the results will be worth it. If you don't find the perfect person for you first time out, don't get discouraged...there are good people out there and your skin will thank you.