Treating Nordic Skin

Nordic skin originated in Scandinavia – in other words, Nordic skin is Viking skin. However, due to the Vikings’ tendency to explore and raid, Viking features can be found in many Northern European countries including Ireland, Iceland, and Greenland. Due to human evolution, people farthest from the equator developed very pale skin, particularly in the northernmost areas of Europe and Asia. They did not need…

Cultural Sensitivity

Me Too, Black Lives Matter, Time’s Up, and the implementation of STEM in education are a few of the movements making progress in creating awareness about injustices, including the lack of equality in our society. Despite improvements, injustices regarding gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, and economic status still abound. Cultural awareness is a personal journey that starts when we understand that not everyone has…

Consultations and Skin Analysis with Skin of Color

Your consultation with a client is absolutely the key interaction, no matter what the client’s skin color. Establishing your role as the skin care expert early on will build trust with the client. Ask the right questions, dig a little deeper, and learn as much about them during the first consultation as this will help prevent problems in the future, since you will have solid…

Skin of Color and Waxing

The key to a lucrative career in aesthetics is developing excellent waxing skills and that requires educating yourself on how to properly wax skin of color. Each ethnicity has specific considerations when applying wax and removing hair. ASIAN SKIN Asian skin tends to be sensitive. An Asian client needs to abstain from any harsh skin care products to the area being waxed in order to…

Laser Treatments and Skin of Color

Laser-based treatments can be some of the most transformative treatments for a client, but also some of the riskiest, as improper application can result in blistering, delayed healing, infection, and even scarring. If your scope of practice includes light-energy devices, you need to know how light energy is absorbed by the skin. Skin of color requires additional consideration when performing laser treatments. UNDERSTANDING WAVELENGTH Lasers…

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