Showing posts with label skin allergy test. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin allergy test. Show all posts

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Emergency Skin Kits- Expect The Unexpected

As everyone knows, nothing always goes exactly as planned especially dealing with the public.

Every individual and their bodies will react differently to different items. No matter how skilled you are, you can never truly know if a person is going to have a reaction to something you are using on their skin. Whether they left something off of their intake form or for some reason one day their skin is extra sensitive.

Being prepared can not only quickly ease a client's discomfort but it can be the one step that saves that relationship rather than ending it. Most people understand that sometimes things happen and I know if I had a negative reaction to a product and the therapist/technician knew what to do, I'd go back to them. However if they had no idea what to do and freaked out, I would never go back and make sure to let everyone know how poorly the situation was handled.

So how can you be prepared? First you and all of your staff must always be learning and staying on top of news and trends about products and product studies. You also need to pay attention to any physical clues, the faster you can detect a possible negative reaction, the faster you can remedy it. Is the client suddenly becoming red or blotchy? Does the skin feel oddly hot or is the client experiencing undue discomfort? Being tuned into your clients skin and your clients in general is extremely important.

What to do if you notice a client beginning to have a negative reaction to a service or product you are using on them? Keeping an "emergency skin calming kit" is a great idea!

Having some soothing masks that can be mixed and applied quickly can be all that is needed for slight irritations. Here are a few examples:

Calming Mask / 8 oz. by Ayur-Medic Skincare
Calming Mask / 2 oz. by Ayur-Medic Skincare
Dr. Temt Azulene Gelform Mask

Some other items to consider keeping on hand to help calm skin down include:

Gel Calming Pads by NatraGel
Calming Cream / 2 oz. by Ayur-Medic Skincare 
Calming Gel / 32 oz. by Amber Products 
Calming Cleanse 
Calming Ampoule by Rosa Graf 

It's a smart investment to keep a few of these items on hand in case of emergency reactions that don't require medical attention. You'll have better peace of mind and your clients will also feel more at ease knowing you're thinking ahead for their comfort and safety!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clients and Allergies: Being Aware and Proactive

One of the scariest moments of my life was when I found out that I am allergic to shellfish. I had managed to live for 20 years without ever consuming any variety of shellfish, until, on a whim, I tried some raw craw fish. The end result was me collapsing in a food store with my throat closing due to an unknown and potentially lethal allergy to shellfish.
The reason that I am telling this story is not to instill fear, but rather to help you become more aware of your clients. The majority of slimming treatments on the market contain seaweed and/or marine fango mud. Many collagen treatments use marine collagen as the main source of collagen. How are those related to shellfish? Both contain iodine, which is the root cause of the allergic reaction.

Seaweed wraps are one of the most luxurious and effective treatments, however, they can cause skin reactions on those who are allergic to iodine. I recommend doing to following so as to protect your clients and yourself:
  1. Have every single client fill out an Individual Treat Profile Card. These will help you in finding out what their sensitivities are etc.
  2. Be open with your clients about the products and ingredients that you are using. If there is any concern regarding any of the products, do not use them.
  3. Offer substitutes! Sedona Mud, Coffee and Chocolate are fantastic substitutes for seaweed.

Other types of products that I advise being aware of are Massage Oils, Lotions and Creams. The majority of massage supplies on the market contain nut oils, which many people have sensitivities and/or allergies to. While many massage therapists prefer the nut oils due to their excellent slip, it is important to have nut-free options as well. Both Soothing Touch and Pure-Ssage offer nut-free versions of their products.

What other products can you think of that would be good to have substitutes for?