By Lenora Houseworth
There is a common belief that black women either don’t need or partake in cosmetic surgery or other procedures. You’ve probably even used the term, “Black don’t crack.” Well, this is not completely true. As an aesthetician, esthetician and Director of Skincare Services/Partner of Lavish Medical Spa, Leslie Nesbitt has seen the cosmeceutical aka the non-surgical industry become more inclusive while finally addressing the unique skincare needs for people of color.
In recent years, the New York-based Lavish, seen in The New York Times, has exploded with an uptick in procedures like skin lightening, or IV whitening, among women of color.
You of course can’t talk about skin lightening without acknowledging it is a controversial topic in the beauty world often rooted in colorism. Yet, it has become a multi-billion dollar business worldwide, and growing. Nesbitt asserts IV whitening treatments are completely different from more commonly-known over-the-counter skin bleaching systems, which she warns against. She says,
“I have clients of all ethnicities and backgrounds coming in for IV treatments for different reasons to address different skincare needs, many times after botched, topical skin bleaching.”
“IV whitening is not really skin bleaching because there’s no topical bleach. It suppresses melanin with vitamins and minerals, and helps to break up melasma. Anybody that has pigment or hormonal changes, may have dark patches (or melasma). Most patients just want overall clarity.”
Men surprisingly are making up a growing number of clients requesting these treatments in order to even their complexion. A month lead time is recommended before a major event for any skin treatments. As with any procedure, make sure you follow the directions from the skincare specialist for optimal results. Nesbitt explains,
“Do your research and just make sure that you don’t just sign the form. Make sure that you understand the treatments that you are getting. A lot of times if something goes wrong, that means the person didn’t do something right. So follow the (post-procedure) instructions.”
Lavish will soon expand its business into the Los Angeles area, providing the same services while serving as an alternative for those who don’t want to go under the knife to change their appearance.
“Society tries to define how we should see beauty …I believe beauty starts first in the soul. How you feel about yourself is important to me, “says Nesbitt. “Giving someone the tools to achieve those goals are important to me.”
What do you think? Would you ever try this procedure for your skin?