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It is important that clients understand the skin’s
visible surface is just a single element of a broader
complex of physiological systems that function
synergistically to maintain the well-being of skin.
Because the skin is the largest organ in the body—
one that is alive, sensitive and reactive—it is the most
exposed organ to external influences, such as UV rays,
pollution and harsh weather. Skin is equally responsive
to internal processes that can be altered drastically by
stress, sleep and other lifestyle factors.
A whole-body approach to skin care should be
palpable throughout the entire duration of your
interaction with clients—from intake, to treatment,
to post-treatment home care. A focus on diet,
supplementation and lifestyle should also be integrated
into all aspects of your business practice, including
your retail space and marketing campaigns.
INTRINSIC AND EXTRINSIC
The aging process occurs in two ways: intrinsically
Intrinsic aging. This is the progressive
manifestation of a client’s genetic heritage and
physiological degeneration. Although people cannot
alter their genetic codes, they can influence the extrinsic
aging process with lifestyle and dietary choices.
Extrinsic aging. This occurs due to an accumulation
of external influences, such as sun damage, food
selection, stress, sleep, and health and lifestyle choices,
including alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking.
Oxidation is a normal occurrence in cellular
functions. While a very small percentage of cells are
damaged during the metabolization of oxygen, the body
naturally produces antioxidants to counteract the free
radicals and prevent their formation or chain-reaction
replication. However, external contaminants from
dietary and lifestyle habits generate more free radicals
than the body can combat, causing excess damage and
accelerated skin deterioration.
Without the support of a healthy lifestyle and diet
from the client, any professional skin care treatment
has its limits. For example, you can treat a client for
excessive dryness with an intensive moisturizing
regimen, but the skin cannot truly heal if the client
smokes cigarettes and regularly forgoes quality sleep.
Hence, educating clients about how much external
influences affect their skin will benefit them immensely.
As a skin care professional, educating your clients
about the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle and
diet can reduce the severity of the aging process.
Because of this, no skin analysis or skin
consultation would truly be complete
without understanding your clients’
lifestyle and dietary habits.