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Skin Science 101

By: Ada Polla
Posted: August 29, 2011, from the September 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Fat-melting. Yes, there is such a thing as fat-melting. Since the emergence of fractionated resurfacing, this may be the most significant breakthrough in medical devices. Some brands claim to be able to get rid of stubborn fat through cryolipolysis, or the freezing of fat.

Although these treatments are typically performed in a medical setting, numerous traditional skin care treatments can be combined with these for optimal therapeutic results.

The reality of retail

As a skin care professional, it is your responsibility to educate and treat clients, and to enhance their wellness. Part of the latter responsibility lies in making sure they leave your skin care facility with a regimen of at-home care—whether that includes skin care products, body products, vitamins or supplements—that will potentiate and enhance the benefits of the treatments they have received in your facility. The science described in this article should help you make the optimal retail recommendations. For example, if your client’s skin is reactive and inflamed, explaining the benefits of anti-inflammatory products, including their anti-aging effect is ideal. Further, focus on the need to complement slimming treatments, such as fat-melting, with proper exercise and the right topical product to ensure higher satisfaction among your clients. Overall, every additional nugget of knowledge enables you to not only be a better therapist, but also to be a more successful salesperson.

The ultimate purpose

No matter how important science is to skin care, and to the skin care industry as a whole, your ultimate purpose is to make your clients feel better. Look better, yes, but ultimately the mission of the skin care industry goes beyond looks. It is as crucial as ever to remind clients to take care of themselves, and to encourage them to disconnect and de-stress


1. MA Dibon, Inflammation and Aging, GCI magazine, 179(4) 48–49 (Mar 2011)