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Is Your Work Environment Healthy for Your Estheticians?
By: Lydia Sarfati
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The hands are often the keystones of an esthetician’s treatments and, after years of relying on your hands, you may now feel aches and pains. Some professionals might even experience arthritis in their hands later in life. A multifunction appliance for treatment rooms with desincrustation options can help ease the removal of comedones during extractions, and help decrease the pressure on estheticians’ fingertips during this process. Of course, after extractions, be sure to use high-frequency current for its germicidal benefits to protect yourself and your clients. These machines can be expensive, although they are often worth the investment due to the results they can provide. It may not be in every spa owner’s budget to have a machine in each treatment room. If that is the case, there are desincrustation masks available to apply before extractions to help ease the removal of comedones. These work great alone or in conjunction with galvanic current.
Another way that spa owners can ensure their estheticians’ and clients’ comfort is by providing express treatments in barber-style chairs in the front area of the spa. With this model, clients don’t have to disrobe if they aren’t comfortable doing so, and estheticians can take a break from their dark treatment rooms. Getting out onto the spa floor and doing some express treatments while standing will allow them to stretch their back and re-adjust their posture while getting the circulation flowing in their legs again. This is perfect during their downtime or, if you have a larger staff, you could put them on a rotation: A few hours in the treatment room, and then a few hours working in the front of the spa or in the retail area. Not only will your estheticians appreciate the time to walk around and stretch, but your business will also see the benefits, as well. With your estheticians on the floor, they will be able to communicate with clients and make retail sales. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Take care of yourself
It is important that you are taking care of yourself outside of work, as well. Set aside 30 minutes each morning for walking outdoors. This simple act will help clear your mind and start your day off right. Regular exercise releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. And why not treat yourself? Stop into the spa and enjoy a deep tissue massage to help detox and release stress from your muscles. The work you do can be rigorous and strenuous; if you’re doing a body treatment on a client, it can often feel like a workout, so the perfect way to ease any body aches is a wonderfully relaxing massage. If your feet are what tend to bother you more than your body, a spa pedicure can help alleviate soreness and make you just as relaxed and calm as your clients. By allowing yourself to enjoy soothing treatments, you will be serene when you come in to work and excited to provide your clients with the most fantastic spa experience.
Lydia Sarfati, president and founder of Repêchage, is an internationally recognized skin care expert quoted in Vogue, InStyle, Glamour and The New York Times, and she has been featured on CNN, CBS and Fox. Sarfati has more than 30 years of experience as an esthetician, spa owner, manufacturer and consultant.