A professional facial provides more than just a thorough cleansing of the skin, it provides a tune-up for the face. A professional facial will give an up-close, real time analysis of the skin’s condition (which does change over time) and advice on how to best care for facial skin in it’s current condition.
Who Should Perform the Facial?
A licensed esthetician will have received more in-depth training in skin care than a cosmetologist. There are two types of licensed estheticians – one type will zone in on every dirty pore on the face, getting the facial skin squeaky clean and the second type will cleanse facial skin with a lighter, more nurturing touch. Decide which type of professional esthetician will better suit your needs before booking an appointment.
What Type of Facial Should I Have?
The menu options for facials at most spas are numerous and it’s difficult to decide what may be the right choice for your skin. It’s best to book a segment of time with a licensed esthetician than to book a particular facial service. A facial should be designed and customized on the spot to meet your individual skin needs. The skin technician should ask if you are pregnant, taking medications or undergoing any type of medical treatment as all these factors will impact the skin.
Where Should a Facial Done?
Find a reputable establishment that focuses primarily on skin care and employs a licensed esthetician, such as a spa, skin care clinic or dermatologist. The local hair and nail salon may offer facials, but skin care is not their primary focus, it’s just one of many services the establishment offers.
When is the Best Time to Have a Facial?
The best time for a facial is when the seasons change. The change in weather does have an impact on the skin, and four times per year (at the beginning of each season) will prepare facial skin for the change. If skin changes mid-season due to health-related issues, a facial can help get the skin back in shape.
How is a Facial Performed?
The facial begins with a skin cleansing. A skin technician will apply a skin cleansing agent to the face, using long, smooth strokes, then remove the cleanser with cotton pads and warm water.
Eye pads will then be placed over the eyes to soothe the delicate skin around the eyes while the skin technician does a thorough skin analysis by studying your skin under a magnifying lamp.
Next comes the skin exfoliation, which is necessary to remove dead skin cells so the skin care ingredients can be readily absorbed. Various methods are used for facial skin exfoliation, such as a scrub or peel, depending on the skin type.
A short, soothing massage of the neck, upper chest, arms and hands will follow the exfoliation. The massage is done while the face is being steamed to open the pores, allowing for easier extractions of blackheads, dirt and oil accumulations.
A customized facial mask will be applied next to address any post-extraction skin irritation, redness or oiliness. The facial mask will sit for ten minutes, then after it’s removed, a topical moisturizing cream will be applied to the face, and the facial treatment will end with advice from the licensed esthetician on at-home skin care.