What Lies Beneath


Yes, Halloween is just around the corner and you might be forgiven for thinking that the photo above is a suggestion for a fright mask.

However, it is actually of a very attractive young woman whose skin has been analysed by the Observ diagnostic device.

Succesful outcomes for treating skin conditions depends on the skill of a skin therapist – their understanding of the problem and the right treatments and products to prescribe – but even the most talented and proficient can’t always be expected to interpret the body’s genetic and chemical makeup.

These dictate how skin ages and reacts to external stimuli and what we inhale and ingest – and contribute to a large variety of skin concerns.


A new generation of skin diagnostic tools has emerged that will help make skin assessments more accurate and thorough, thus facilitating more effective treatment protocols.

The Observ skin diagnostic device has five different skin analysis modes – including Daylight, simulated Woods Lamp and True UV Illumination – in one device with digitally adjustable intensity, providing a modern day black light of irregularities and pigment conditions both on and under the surface of the skin.


The system’s LED polychromatic technology captures a clear, multi-dimensional image of the highlighted facial areas while also examining the severity of various age-related conditions such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and enlarged pores.


Observ has a smart phone and iPad cradle so you can take clinical reference pictures immediately and monitor the progress of the treatment programs and products you recommend for your clients. These images are clearer and more detailed than those provided by conventional fluorescent tube UV devices.

The device is lightweight (6.5kg) for easy transportation and has a magnified client mirror so they can see what you are doing.


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