As a skin therapist I believe knowledge is power, and I put continuing education at the top of my list. I strive to get down to the International Dermal Institute in Chicago to take classes as often as I can.
Last week I had the pleasure of having Sarah, a Dermalogica educator, come to Sparkle for a private training session on any subject I wished to learn about. What a treat! It was so much fun to show her around and have her in my treatment room for a change.
I recently invested in a new electrical modality called an Ultrasound machine (also called ultrasonic) and wanted to learn how to use it with Dermalogica products. When you think of ultrasound you usually think of diagnostic ultrasound, the type used on pregnant women. In skin care we are using therapeutic ultrasound, which uses a completely different frequency. It uses vibrating sound waves, which provides enhanced cleansing, exfoliation, disincrustation (preparing skin for extractions) and product penetration, allowing for the delivery of active ingredients.
Ultrasound is beneficial for all skin types. It increases collagen and elastin, increases hydration, helps to manage rosacea, acne and aging skin, controls hyperpigmentation, and helps repair cells. There are some contraindications for ultrasound so clients with the following cannot receive this technology: cancer, epilepsy, pacemaker, hemophilia, any contagious diseases, skin irritations, using Retin-A, Tetracycline, Isotretinoin, or any drugs that cause photo sensitivity.
It was so wonderful to have Sarah in to go through everything with me step by step. She also taught me some new deep cleansing movements, and we reviewed my extraction techniques as well. It’s always exciting to learn new skills and brush up on old ones. I have a renewed confidence and absolutely love my profession. I feel like I’ll never know enough about this industry!