5 Dead Giveaways You're Getting a Bad Facial
Are you getting second-rate facials? How to tell when your skin care specialist is cutting corners
The Mag Lamp: It shines light and magnifies your pores, freckles and scars to terrifying proportions, so the aesthetician can see just how badly you were lying about wearing sunscreen and never performing extractions on yourself.
The Woods' Lamp: This handheld lamp uses ultraviolet light to allow the aesthetician to zone in on areas of dryness, congestion and hyperpigmentation. Certain skin conditions that involve bacteria or infection will show up as bright white under the Woods' lamp. If you're infected, a good aesthetician will refuse to work on you, instead directing you to a doctor.
The Skin Scanner: A black box equipped with ultraviolet light that you stick your head in. When the light turns on, the sun damage comes out., meaning you see all of the freckles that are currently on your skin, plus the brown spots under the surface that might come at a later date. Dry skin is seen as white, while oily skin or clogged pores is orange. Aestheticians use these to diagnose skin conditions early on -- and perhaps to scare their clients into wearing sunscreen.
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