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What do you think of when you hear the word “esthetician”? Often people confuse the word esthetician with “anesthesiologist”. While we can both “knock you out”, we just have different ways of doing it!

As a long-time esthetician, I have become aware that clients don’t really understand exactly what we can do for them. Despite industry claims that consumers are savvy and looking for high tech treatments, my experience has been that clients rarely know about all the amazing treatments we can offer. Few understand that we can actually affect a change in the skin. One of the ongoing perceptions of esthetics is that it’s just a feel-good service. What we, on the clinical side, call a ‘fluff & buff” service, meaning the old school basic facial of cleanse, extract, massage, and done.

In the modern world skincare has advanced light years beyond this old school model. Today’s “facial” can actually make a change in your skin. And with proper home care products and protocols, an esthetician can teach you how to have the best skin of your life. If you only let them. Let’s explore some of the modern services available from a trained clinical esthetician.

Products: An esthetician has advanced treatment products and in-depth training on how to use those products. Modern skin treatment products have specialized delivery systems, specialized ingredients, specific protocols for use, and they can be biomimetic, meaning they are skin similar. It takes a trained esthetician to understand how these products work together to best benefit your skin and teach you how to use your home care to your best advantage.

Microcurrent: This extremely low level of electricity mirrors the body’s own natural electrical rhythms. It acts as an external source of energy that the body can use to accelerate healthier looking skin. Not only does it recharge your skin cells and promote hydration, it also helps to re-educate your facial muscles to tone and return them to their former firmness.

LED Light Therapy: This technology was originally developed by NASA and has been scientifically proven to re-regulate cellular function stimulating the body’s cells towards balance, resulting in cellular regeneration. LED Light Therapy is amazing for the treatment of acne, killing acne bacteria in the skin, and for the rejuvenation of aging skin, and lightening of pigmentation issues.

Collagen Induction Therapy: CIT is a holistic alternative to medical CO2 laser resurfacing treatments. Unlike laser treatment, CIT has little to no down time. CIT stimulates the body's own production of collagen within the dermis, resulting in firmer, smoother, more even toned skin.

Electrocoagulation: Also known as Diathermy, this is a method for removing small spider veins, telangiectasia, cherry spots, age spots, milia, skin tags, and sebaceous hyperplasia via electro-desiccation. No down time, minimal pain and near immediate results. It’s a great way to get rid of all those weird skin “things”.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage: This gentle, non-invasive manual technique has a relaxing and calming effect which reduces pain, while enhancing fluid movement in the skin, reducing puffiness and promoting detoxification. It assists in reducing inflammation, clearing acne, relieving migraines, and creating a deep sense of well-being.

With all these amazing treatments available, there is so much more to a facial today than in days gone by. A well trained, clinical esthetician will be able to use a variety of these treatment methods to create a comprehensive and holistic program that will restore health and integrity to the skin allowing for a more youthful appearance. Gone are the days of only addressing symptoms, the future of skin care lies in looking at the underlying causes and developing a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan to ensure healthy skin for life.

Trust a trained esthetician for some amazing treatments, your skin will thank you!

Multiple modalities available in modern facial treatments


Cassandra Lanning, LME, FNTP, CPE, CLT

Cassandra is a Master Esthetician and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in the state of Washington. She has over 27 years of experience in the beauty industry including electrolysis, laser hair removal, skin care, nutrition, and teaching. She is a member of the International Association for Applied Corneotherapy, the Association for Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, the National Aesthetic Spa Network, and the Nutritional Therapy Association.

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