If you haven’t been in Barbados for the last few months, you’ll know that here in the UK the weather has been terrible! Cold, wet, windy and frankly miserable. Now it seems that things are ‘hotting’ up and we are just about seeing the turn, from winter chills to a sunnier outlook.
For many beauty and aesthetic businesses, this means a higher demand for skin treatments and offering advice on taking care of the skin in the sun. Plasma is becoming a hugely popular treatment when it comes to skin tightening and rejuvenation and as A|C|C|O|R® offers a low frequency technology which offers less downtime for the client, the treatment can be performed in the summer as well as in colder climates. It’s just a matter of timing and advising on how to manage downtime and aftercare, following treatment.
As plasma technology uses ‘sublimation’ (turning a solid in to vapour instantly) there is inevitably going to be a period of downtime. Swelling can occur, especially when an upper or lower eyelid treatment is performed and small scabs will form where the skin has been sublimated. These scabs should fall off in 5 to 7 days and it is fine for the client to cover these with either our own medicated make up or a mineral based, medical make up such as Oxygenetix™ foundation. However, it is vitally important that after this period and when the scabs have fallen off, that your client invests in a high-quality SPF 50 and uses it regularly. This is because underneath the scabs, newly rejuvenated skin appears, which can be slightly pink. These new skin cells are super sensitive to the sun’s rays and can be permanently damaged by harmful UVA and UVB. Protecting this fresh, new skin is vital to eliminate the risk of hyperpigmentation, sun-damage and other potential sun related issues.
Applying plasma technology in the Spring and Summer is also a question of timing and managing expectations. As there can be a period of downtime of around 7 to 10 days and then new, pink skin for up to 2 months, it’s important to ask your client, at the point of consultation if they are taking any sun holidays in the coming weeks. As well as not wanting to be exhibiting scabbing skin on their holidays, your client will thank you for timing their A|C|C|O|R® treatment so that they minimise any risk of over exposure in the sun and further risk of sun-damage or unwanted pigmentation.
Treating with A|C|C|O|R® in summertime is entirely possible, if you are making sure that you are sensible with your pre-and post-care advice, you’re timing your treatments accordingly and encouraging your client to slather on SPF50 not only following their treatment, but all summer long. You’ll find that if you follow these simple steps when treating with A|C|C|O|R® you’ll have a very happy and loyal client!