When it comes to your face, there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Day in and day out your skin is exposed and vulnerable to assault from sun, wind, pollution, cosmetics and life in general. While your daily cleansing and moisturizing routine is essential for maintenance, in the battle to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and youthful, regularly scheduled facial treatments are the best, most effective defense.
So, What Exactly is a Facial?
A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that generally includes deep cleansing, hydration, exfoliation, nourishment, massage and extraction if appropriate. Whether you are young, or young at heart, your spa facial can be customized to incorporate specialized options that address your particular needs. After assessing your skin type, your esthetician will devise the proper facial strategy and provide skin care guidance that will keep your face well cared for between facials.
What are the Benefits of a Facial?
No matter what condition your skin is in, the results of a facial treatment can be dramatic. The list of benefits includes:
Reducing the impact of sun and wind exposure, pollution, smoking and damage from incorrect use of products.
Alleviating the stress that exacerbates the aging process, kills healthy skin cells, and aggravates acne and other skin inflammations.
Relaxing facial muscles, which promotes skin cell renewal, helps reduce puffiness and supports improved circulation.
Enjoying an hour of relaxing “you time.”
Going home with a plan for continued, ongoing skin care as well as clean, glowing skin.
How Often Should You Get Facial Treatment?
The right facial frequency will vary from person to person. A monthly treatment is ideal as that’s how long it takes skin to regenerate. At least 6 times a year is highly recommended. If you are having a problem with acne or another skin issue, you may want to increase the frequency until the problem is resolved. Be careful not to overdo it, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Extractions, Yes or No?
If you have blackheads or whiteheads, extractions can be an important part of your facial. If you are going to include extractions in your facial, be sure your esthetician has the right training. Your skin must first be totally cleansed, exfoliated, and steamed in order for the extractions to be executed properly and without skin damage.
Whether or not extractions are painful depends on your skin type, the esthetician’s touch and their choice of tools. It is worth your while to have a conversation about extraction options before you begin your facial.
How Long Does a Facial Take?
Different types of facials require different lengths of time. A mini facial may take 20-30 minutes, while a more involved, pampering or issue targeted facial could last between 50 and 90 minutes. Consult your esthetician to determine exactly what type of facial will best suit your goals.
Luxury or Necessity?
Working out or getting your haircut are hardly viewed as guilty pleasures. Proper skin care is no different. It is a necessary, integral element in your healthy lifestyle that will help you maintain your skin’s wellbeing. The fact that having facials near you also happens to be a lovely, relaxing experience that will both a youthful glow and a smile on your face is just a lucky coincidence.