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face time • skin analysis continued from page 62 Larkey. The system is continually evolving with new features such as an advanced eyelash mea-surement and analysis consultation toolkit, a new product recommendations database, and Intelli-Flash technology to produce better photographs. What also helps it stand out is the vast database of skin analysis subjects, which represent a wide range of ages and skin types. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that not every woman will leave your spa feeling happy and relaxed after having her skin compared to other women her age, especially if she learns that 88 percent have fewer wrinkles. The fact that pictures don’t lie, however, can moti-vate your clients to take action. At Quy’s Salon & Spa (Maumelle, AR), each new client gets a free VISIA analysis. According to owner Quy LaMas-tus, morphing, which shows a client what they might look like if they don’t begin caring for their skin, is one of the most beneficial measurements the system delivers. “We convinced a man to have a VISIA analysis, and he was absolutely stunned by the amount of sun damage he had,” says LaMastus. “For the first time in his life, he has started using sunblock and wearing a hat while he fishes.” Estheticians who prefer to be more mobile will find the SkinLite from Skin Care Consultants, introduced in 2006, and the SkinLite II, which debuted in 2009, useful in providing an in-depth view of the skin. According to co-founder Pat Lam, both were created to fulfill the need for a lightweight and portable instrument that would enhance examination capabilities and support cli-ent consultations. Using patented cross-polarized light technology to drastically reduce surface reflection from the epidermal layer, the SkinLite provides a deeper look into the skin. “The focus of the SkinLite technolog y is on depth, not magnification,” says Lam. “By enabling skincare practitioners to view the skin at a 2mm depth, skin structures such as dilated capillary networks can be identified and pigment color can be recognized.” The SkinLite and SkinLite II, which has a wider lens to view broader areas of skin, make it easier to examine and assess clogged pores, hyperpigmenta-tion, ingrown hair, milia, sun damage, and more. A recent candidate in the skin analysis game is mySkin Dermograph, which was introduced at Corbu Spa & Salon (Cambridge, MA) last Sep-tember. Founded by two Harvard Business School classmates, the company initially developed a system to detect melanoma. Recognizing there was no accurate way to measure the health of the skin, the founders created the world’s first transdermal skin imaging system. “The dermograph’s proprietary technology uses ordinary visible light to analyze different skin characteristics,” says co-founder and CEO Rahul Mehendale. “As the light interacts with various tissue structures like oil glands, collagen, and elastin, among others, the imager sensors decode this information and give a detailed understanding about the true tissue and cellular characteristics of the skin in the form of easy-to-understand mea-surements, such as moisture, firmness, luminosity, texture, pigmentation, and more.” The system also has a recommendation engine that chooses the best products for the client based on the spa’s inventory. “The response at Corbu has been overwhelm-ing,” says spa director Aimee Hollingsworth. “Clients are thrilled to become more educated about their skin and eager to return to measure their improvement.” —Heather Mikesell Consultation Corner Want to make sure your clients are getting the most from their skincare treatments? Then consider incorporat-ing a skin analysis system from one of these companies into the consulta-tion process. Canfield Imaging Systems www.canfield mySkin Dermograph Navone Engineering/ DermaFlash Division www.derma Skin Care Consultants 64 a m e r i c a n s pa • w w w. s pat r a d e . c o m • m aY 2 0 1 2 photography: shutterstock

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