FACIALS DURING A PANDEMIC: How to care for your skin

Every industry has been impacted by the pandemic, particularly services such as beauty salons and spas.

“As the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, we realize business practices once accepted will now need to change. Our clients will want assurances they’re in a safe environment with every precaution being considered. We believe in creating exceptional standards in sanitation for the safety of our clients and all spa workers,” says Agnes Konsik, Lead Esthetician at Hand and Stone in Barrie.

Hand and Stone worked closely with the Dermalogica Institute to establish a Virtual Skin Analysis. “The whole process was done online and involved client consultation, skin analysis, and product recommendation. As of now, we’re still waiting for the green-light on doing facials, but we’re open for laser, waxing, massage, and retail,” informs Konsik.

Verbal consultations were provided by phone or appointment for continued facial regimes, while clients stayed safe at home.

“A facial is a great way to achieve healthy and youthful skin. It’s a relaxing multi-step skin treatment that involves skin analysis and consultation, exfoliation of dead skin cells, steaming, extracting blackheads, facial massage, a mask, and an application of a moisturizer with SPF. Usually, it’s done by professional skin care therapists in a relaxing spa environment,” shares Konsik.

Darlene Price, Aesthetician & Owner at Skinsational in Barrie is ready to offer facials once the Health Board gives the go ahead.

“I’ve ordered space age plexiglass shields for over the client, so we can safely perform all face services while keeping the staff and client completely safe. In the meantime, it’s important to treat your skin care home regime as you would your dental regime. Make sure you cleanse, tone, and use your moisturizer and eye cream every morning and night,” says Price.

Both Konsik and Price recommend monthly visits to a skin care professional and to exfoliate up to twice a week. Also, be careful when changing your facial routine and products.

“Many clients just pick products off the shelf based on advertising claims. Sometimes clients are actually treating their skin for a condition they don’t have, or for dryness instead of dehydration.  It’s important to drink plenty of water and keep skin well hydrated to protect it from toxins and pollution in the air. Many people don’t realize there’s a difference between dehydration and dryness. Dehydration is lack of water. Dryness is lack of oil. Many people are afraid to moisturize because they’re afraid they’ll break out. The opposite is actually true,” educates Price. “The skin can’t replenish its own water, so if it’s feeling unprotected, it’ll produce oil to try and combat the lack of protection, sometimes leading to unnecessary breakouts.”

Also, consider using makeup with a mineral base because it won’t clog pores and is fragrance free, says Konsik.
“Ingredients such as parabens have proven to be carcinogenic. Also, a good foundation will either have a large molecular structure and be called non-comedeogenic (it won’t clog pores), or have skin care ingredients built in,” advises Price.

Skinsational Inc.

Hand and Stone

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