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Today's Esthetic Toolbox

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: November 25, 2008, from the December 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Also available are scopes that attach to a computer allowing for skin magnification and documentation of a variety of conditions that can’t be seen with the naked eye. “These judge hydration, look at veins, moles, a bit of pigment or things like a ruby point. They look at a very small area and are for really close magnification,” says Hinds.

This type of device offers a more convenient and multifunctional way to see the skin, which Crossett sees as a new trend. “Any equipment that is more user-friendly is going to attract attention,” she notes.

The future

The future of the industry is clear. More research, more scientific documentation, more analysis and more proof are going to help back up the results of spa treatments, enabling clients to realize that spa services aren’t just luxuries; they are effective at maintaining skin wellness. Using diagnostic and analysis tools, whether they are classic, current or the equipment of the future, will go a long way in helping clients know what a good esthetician knows all along—the condition of the skin and the effectiveness of the services received.