I recommend monthly facials to everyone, male and female if you want to have healthy clear skin as in our daily lives we do not stick to a skin care regimen, the same way we dont often stick to a healthy diet.
Not only do I often hear from people that they think facials are unnecessary and a waste of money I also hear “facials just make me break-out”, these things are from people who dont get beauty treatments anyway or they have had a bad experience, dont listen to nay-sayers, get the facts!
As the name implies, a facial is skin treatment for the face, though you may be lucky and get some neck or shoulder massage too. There are a variety of types of facials, different types of products used, and there can be some variation in length. The typical extensive facial generally lasts about an hour or even longer, and other treatments called “mini-facials” may only take about 15-30 minutes
Essentially this is what you look forward to when you come in for a facial
- The skin will be thoroughly (deep pore) cleansed and dead skin cells will be exfoliated.
- The aesthetician will likely evaluate your skin type and find treatments that will best tone and moisturize that type.
- You will have extraction of blackheads & whiteheads.
- You will likely have a skin mask treatment. You may have some degree of facial massage with applications of various creams and moisturizers
- You may have specialized treatments if you have specific skin conditions, like a peel, microdermabrasion, etc
Will your skin look absolutely terrific right after a facial? To be quite honest sometimes it actually may be a little irritated and red especially if you had extraction, pr what was below the skins surface may come through. You shouldn’t plan to have a facial within a few days of major events where you want to look your best like say the day of or the day before your wedding, or a big party. Consultations are also very important so tell the aesthetician every known allergy & every product & medication you are using prior to the facial so you dont have prolonged adverse reactions
Bottom Line is Facials are great for rejuvenation and relaxation. Facials will help improve the health and appearance of your skin especially if you get facials on a regular basis; you can’t expect big changes to your skin if you get facials once a year. After a facial your skin will look brighter and healthier. Additionally your skin will feel softer.
The relaxation portion of the facial does nothing but benefit your skin and your overall mental and physical health. The stress of our hectic daily lives shows up in our skin so taking an hour to relax and be pampered will help you out both physically and emotionally. Massage is a big part of a professional facial. Massage will help you to relax and will also reduce the stress hormone cortisol in your body. If cortisol is left to run in the body it will only hurt you over time, and additionally massage releases oxytocinwhich is one of the body’s feel good hormones.
Next thing, estheticians have available to them a wide variety of skincare products that are professional only products and how estheticians know how to use these products properly. Finding the right skincare products is terribly confusing and expensive. There are hundreds of products in the pharmacy. Getting a professional facial cuts down on that mystery. After cleansing your face the esthetician will analyze your skin and then customize the products she or he uses during the facial according to what they have seen while analyzing your skin. Without the training and knowledge of a licensed esthetician finding the right products for your skin can just be a downright futile endeavor. I not only use great products on your skin during the facial, but I also recommend the right products for your skin type for home use helping to eliminate any confusion. I consider a discussion home care regimes with my clients a HUGE and important part of my job. If you don’t maintain a proper home care skincare regime the positive effects of your facial are pretty much for nothing (except for the relaxation part).
So go get a professional facial in order to relax, rejuvenate, to have your skin thoroughly cleaned and exfoliated, to receive expert advice about what is happening with your skin, and in order to receive home care product recommendations
Yes, for many people facials are definitely a luxury because of the money and time spent receiving them, but think about the importance of that “me” time. Never under-estimate the power of a little rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation in this tuff world