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The one thing that will ruin your next facial

The one thing that will ruin your next facial

Have you ever left a facial with burning, red or painful skin? Facials, chemical peels and other spa treatments should both relax you and target your skin concerns. However, there is one thing that may ruin the treatment and its results: contraindications. Keep reading to learn what a contraindication is and how it can impact your spa experience.


What is a contraindication?

In the spa industry, a contraindication is anything that would prevent an esthetician from performing a particular service or using a specific product safely on your skin. A contraindication can be many different factors. For example, chemical peel contraindications include:

  • Sensitive skin
  • Skin that has been waxed within 48 hours
  • Rosacea, eczema or any skin disorder (without a doctor's permission first)
  • Currently taking medication that leaves skin dry, sensitive or otherwise vulnerable

If you have any of these contraindications, it means your esthetician cannot perform a chemical peel on you. Contraindications can include smaller factors, like sensitive skin, or more serious factors, like these contraindications for massage:

  • Infectious disease
  • Severe hypertension
  • Fever or other illness
  • Recent surgery
  • Recent burn
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Allergies to massage products

Your esthetician will avoid performing massage therapy for both your safety and hers if you have any of these contraindications. If your esthetician ignores your contraindications it can lead to injury, irritation, allergic reaction, and more.


Why does my esthetician ask so many questions?

If you book a treatment with an experienced, professional esthetician, you might notice they ask a lot of questions. This helps them not only uncover possible contraindications, but also allows them to customize the treatment specifically to you.

"As estheticians our number one priority is to ensure that our professional treatments are safe and will do no harmto your skin. Our second highest priority is to give you the best results possible. To do that we need as much information about your skin, lifestyle and health as you can give us." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

The questions your esthetician asks during the consultation portion of your treatment will include questions about your skin concerns, health, lifestyle, habits, allergies, medications, and more. Your answers will always help your esthetician make the best treatment and product decisions for you.

Whether it's your first appointment or tenth, your esthetician should ask these questions every single time you enter the treatment room.

"Even if this not your first facial, your skin may have changed from one visit to the next, based on what's going on in your life.  We need to determine if anything exists that might make your skin more sensitive, reactive or even become injured due to these circumstances. These questions are necessary to ensure YOU get the best results, every time." –Teresa Stenzel


How to choose a good esthetician

The more questions your esthetician asks the better. It is a huge red flag if they don't ask you a single question before beginning your treatment. Any Bioelements esthetician will have you fill out a form answering most of their questions during the SkinReadingportion of your facial and use this tool throughout their treatment.

There are many other traits that separate a good esthetician from the not-so-great. See the full list here.

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