DEALING WITH SENSITIVITY:
KNOWING YOUR CLIENT'S SKIN
For years, the term “sensitive skin” has been used by skin care product manufacturers as shorthand for skin that is highly reactive and displays allergic responses to common ingredients. These manufacturers identify sensitive—as well as dry, oily and combination—as a skin types. This approach has contributed greatly to the current misinformation and confusion about the subject. The real downside is that often, a client's skin is not correctly treated, so problems persist and sometimes worsen as a result. Your skin type is genetically coded, thus it is highly likely that you inherit it from your parents. More often than not however, skin conditions are what plaguing you with skin troubles, and they are mutable and constantly changing, a result of exposure and contact with the environment and external factors.
Skin type also changes over time as you age. For instance, younger people are more likely to have a normal skin type as compared to when you are older.
It is essential that you know your client's skin type and diagnose his/ her skin conditions correctly before proceeding with any treatments or recommending any products. This will not only prevent further aggravating the client's condition, but also ensuring the effectiveness of your treatments and products on their skin to produce positive results.