When we think about having a facial, we think about the time that would be spent on our skins, the relaxing experience of being pampered and the end product of having a fresh, clear, hydrated skin. There are the “good facials”, which would include the basics such as a cleanse, mask, tone and moisturise. Then there are the super skin glow facials that promise to act as a skin treatment. These could be intense, starting with a face mapping, a cleanse, deep-pore cleansing, an intense hydrating pore-tightening mask, a steam and then ending with the concluding three steps: second cleanse, tone and moisturise. If you are lucky, the therapist may add a sunscreen. But how many beauty houses really care about your needs and what you would require to be done for your facial? I’m referring to a custom-blended facial, and not what is necessarily on the spa menu. As far as I know not many beauty spa’s offer this, but if you want something more personalized, be sure to look around before committing to any one treatment.
“Why would you even need a facial?” the uninitiated might be wondering at this point. Well, taking care of your skin is just as important as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. Treating your skin to a facial once every four weeks can benefit its condition in many ways. Noticeable improvements might be seen in skin texture, tone and appearance. Some treatment products can delay the signs of aging, eliminate black heads and improve skin texture and elasticity.
Healthy skin is the body’s first line of defense against illness and bacteria, so taking care of your skin is vitally important. The change of seasons, pollution and environmental changes all affect the skin so having a facial regularly is the best way to feed the skin with nutrients and eliminate dirt and grime on the skins’ surface. A qualified esthetician will start by assessing the skin to determine skin type and any skin conditions. This will help them decide what products and treatment they will be using for your face. The second step is the exfoliation, whereby a non-abrasive product is used to remove dead skin cells, which often is the reason the skin has a dull, tired look. Exfoliation encourages the renewal of healthy new cells that will give your skin a fresh, healthy look. If need be the therapist will proceed with a facial extraction. This procedure entails removing any congestion of the pores, such as blackheads. An appropriate mask will be applied onto the skin. A mask targets specific skin conditions and is soothing, calming and purifying. Clay masks are suitable for removing impurities and excess oils from oily or acne skin. Masks made from natural ingredients such as grape seed oils, coconut oils and alpha hydroxyl acids work deep into the skin, for hydrating and anti-aging benefits. After removing the mask a toner is gently swept over the skin, which is an excellent way of restoring the skin’s natural pH balance. This also prepares the skin for the application of the moisturiser. This is a much needed step in a facial, as it puts back water back into the skin.
Finally, the most relaxing, most necessary part of the facial is the massage. It is soothing and stimulates circulation, which helps bring back oxygen back into the skin. Having a facial on a regular basis can help promote firmer, more radiant skin by combating fine lines and wrinkles. And yes, it costs nothing to ask your therapist to talk you through the facial while it is being done.