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A Prescription for Success

By: Pat Lam
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the November 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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How does your skin feel in the morning? The answer to this simple question can be a very good indicator of the client’s skin condition. If it feels oily, it is very probable that oily conditions exist. Combination skin is normal in the 20–30 age range. However, if the skin feels tight and dry without any creams, it probably is dehydrated.

Nutrition. These questions should include: “Do you eat three meals daily?” “Do you eat fast foods regularly?” “Do you get four to five servings of fruits and vegetables daily?” “Do you drink at least eight glasses of water daily?” “Do you consume fish and beans or soy foods?” “Do you eat whole grain foods?” “Do you take supplements?” Knowing the dietary habits of the client enables the skin care professional to provide nutritional advice to improve eating behavior. Obtaining this knowledge is vital to elevating the health and true wellness of your clients.

Having collected sufficient personal history about the client, the skin care professional now should begin the most important part of the consultation: the skin examination. The prognosis of this in-depth examination will determine the treatment objective or goals, and is guided primarily by the client’s main concerns. Find out about the importance of the skin-examination portion of a spa prescription sheet in the second part of this article.