Facials can be a confusing issue, primarily because of the endless misinformation about exactly what they can do for your skin.
In fact, more often than not, women who have gotten facials give us mixed feedback:
Some tell us they love how their skin looks, others see no change in their skin.
Still others report that they’ve ended up with more problems than they had before they got a facial.
A good facial can make you look and feel better than when you first arrived for your appointment.
Whether done once or routinely, facials cannot perform miracles, and they have their limits.
Here are just a few types of facials to give you an idea of what it is you need from your treatment.
A facial that uses collagen-stimulating ingredients, like AHAs which exfoliate skin and encourages new cell production.
When new cells are produced, skin produces new collagen and elastin, which are essential for achieving healthy skin structure.
Peptides and vitamin C are also believed to boost collagen production, making them useful in anti-aging facials as well.
A facial incorporating products like hyaluronate that naturally bind moisture to the skin.
Hyaluronate, a humectant, draws water to the skin so it stays moist and soft.
Natural plant oils are also easily absorbed by the skin and make for a great addition in moisturising treatments.
Just be sure any hydrating facial you book includes a gentle exfoliating step so moisturisers can be more readily soaked up by the skin.
A peel or microdermabrasion to fight sunspots and hyper-pigmentation caused by hormonal changes or acne scars.
Serious microdermabrasion and strong peels are best left to the experts, but some day spas offer lower strength versions of these services as well.
Just be sure to find out what sort of training your esthetician has received before you book the service.
The last step in a brightening facial should always include an application of a full-spectrum sunscreen to help defend skin from future damage.
Go ahead and ask for some SPF if the treatment protocol doesn’t call for it.
A pore-cleansing facial using salicylic acid, which not only clears away debris.
This type of facial also has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to calm irritation and prevent breakouts.
Sebum gets trapped in the pores with dead cells and this becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.
Vitamin A can also help speed up skin cell turnover so dead cells don’t accumulate and clog pores.
A stress-reducing facial that includes tons of extra massage time, is light on extractions or extraction-free.
It focuses primarily on easing muscle tension in the face and elsewhere on the body.
Look for treatments that feature leg, arm, foot and/or scalp rub downs in addition to face massage.
Aromatherapy can also help you relax even deeper.
Bonus: Massaging the skin increases circulation so your complexion will look fresh and healthy post-facial.
The key in any relaxing facial is a great aesthetician with an incredible touch and a passion for what she does.
Many people look to facials to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne to wrinkles.
A skilled aesthetician, using superior techniques and products, can help you address most of these issues to some extent, but facials are not cure-alls.
They absolutely do not replace what you use at home in your skincare routine on a daily basis.
Here is what a facial cannot do: