What is facial?
There are many different kinds of facial therapy, as we said before. Here are the most popular and vastly-used therapies:
- Moisturizing facial
- Anti-aging facial
- Exfoliation facial
- Basic skin care facial
- Chemical facial
- Rhytidectomy treatment
- Skin whitening facial
- Facial rejuvenation
- Botulinum toxin facial treatment
- Dermabrasion facial treatment
The facial treatment has become the most popular spa treatment after a massage in the world. Basically, what facial is, is a method consisted of multiple steps towards taking a better care and cleansing of your skin.
What it does is exfoliation of the skin, providing nourishment of it and a continuous care to maintain the wanted results. People who undergo facials often in a regular manner get well-hydrated, clear and glowing complexion, and are able to maintain their youthful look longer.
As an added bonus, the professional dermatologist who provides facials for you will give you additional tips and advice on how to take care of your skin in-between treatments in the best way.
Note that you can derive the best results from your skin regimen when you include facial treatments as part of your on-going skin care program.
This is why before choosing the salon and dermatologist, you should make sure you go with a licensed esthetician who is highly experienced and knowledgeable.
Namely, a cosmetologist is also able to provide facial treatments, however, their primary training isn’t facials, so you might want to go with a fastidious esthetician who specializes in professional facial massage steps and will provide you with the best service.
What does a facial do for you?
Since a facial is a unique experience of its own, we will try to explain the process for those who haven’t tried it yet but intend to undergo one. The basic steps of a facial are as follow:
- Consultation and advice: All facial treatment series begin with a consultation in which your aesthetician will ask you of your diet, water intake, skin concerns, supplements and your line of work. Some of your basic habits are crucial to understanding what the main causes of problems on your skin are. Also, you should be straightforward about the products you are using, starting from makeup to creams and lotions because sometimes those are the main troublemakers.
- The beginning: The facial treatment starts with your esthetician wrapping a towel or a headband around your hair in order to remove any bacterial infections. The first step starts with a thorough cleansing of any skin products or makeup with cotton pads, wipes or sponges.
- Thorough cleansing: In this step, your esthetician will perform a skin analysis by looking at your skin closely through a magnifying lamp under bright lights. This allows them to see any blemishes, your pores and the type of your acne. This will also allow them to determine your basic skin type – sensitive, normal, oily, dry, or combined – and all the proprietary skin conditions. Based on this, the esthetician is able to choose the most suitable products and treatment of your skin.
- Steaming: This step is practically the base because, without the warm steam that opens up your pores completely, you cannot get a proper facial. This is a very relaxing method through which your pores are opened up and any oil, sebum, blackheads, whiteheads are easily extracted. On the other hand, if your esthetician determines that you have a very sensitive skin, they might choose to skip this step and use a different pore-opening method that will cause less irritation to the surface of your skin.
- Exfoliation and extraction: After the pores are opened, exfoliation occurs where mechanical or chemical substances are used in order to rub away the dead skin cells and any other sebum and black or whiteheads. The use of mechanical or chemical substances is yet to be determined by your esthetician depending on your skin and severity of your problems. Note that extractions of any acne, black or whiteheads can cause discoloration and broken capillaries if they aren’t done by a professional.
- Massage and mask: After the exfoliation and extraction processes are done with, a facial massage follows which is done to relax you and stimulate your facial muscles by using classic strokes. After the massage, the mask is applied that specifically targets your skin type and condition. After this, a final application of a toner, serum, moisturizer and/or sunscreen will be applied and your aesthetician will let you know whether you should repeat the treatment, how often and how to take care of your skin in the meantime in order to maintain the results.
How long do the effects of a facial last?
This depends on the type of the facial treatment you get, and how you take care of your skin afterward. However, in general, the effects of a facial last up to 10 days or two weeks maximum.
How many times should you do a facial?
This is a question that should be answered by your dermatologist, but also something that you should see by the changes that occur on your skin. Namely, in the beginning, facials are done more frequently, and then they are spaced further apart as time passes and as your skin problems diminish.
Do men get facials too?
Facials aren’t determined by sex but rather by skin problems. If you’re a man who has skin issues, a facial is definitely something you should consider. Taking proper care of your skin isn’t limited to your gender.