Facials: What Good Are They?

Different Faces of Different Woman

Different Faces of Different Woman

If you are like most women, it goes without saying that you want to look your best and put your best face forward. In a perfect world, we would all wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with flawless, glowing skin - ready to take on the world but let’s face it, that is just not reality. What is girl to do?

Start with a twice a day skin care regimen consisting of cleansing for makeup removal, toning for pore cleansing and pore minimizing. Moisturizing is a definite must. Remember to drink lots of water to help keep your skin hydrated. Most liquid foundation and daily moisturizers contain enough SPF to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays. Which as you know, speeds the aging process, enhances the appearance of fine lines and well, just dehydrates your skin.

The average face is exposed various free radicals that can wreak havoc on the health of your skin every day. Pollution, stress, smoking, lack of sleep, poor diet, dehydration are all factors that can reduce the overall health and appearance of our skin, causing premature aging, fine lines and blemishes. Perhaps you suffer from acne, eczema or have naturally dry or oily skin. Maybe you just want to regain your youthful glow. Go ahead, treat yourself to a spa quality facial.

Spa Facial

Spa Facial

There Many Facials to Choose From:

With so many options and facials to choose from, you are sure to find the one that is right for you and your skin type. You definitely want to consult with a professional to determine your specific needs. Here we will list a few of the most popular trending facials available at most local spas and beauty salons near you.  

Acne Reducing – In this facial, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and toned. Your skin will be exfoliated. Your esthetician may use gentle acid exfoliator depending on the severity of your acne. Once the exfoliator is removed, toner will be applied to make sure skin is free from any residue.  Gel may be applied to the skin and steam will be directed at your face to soften the skin. The steam helps with pore cleansing to break up any blackheads and whiteheads under the skins surface while enabling the gel to penetrate the skins surface. Next, extractions will be done wherever needed with clean soft cloths or gauze over gloves. An extracting tool may also be used. Skin should be cleansed again. Toner will be applied once more to ensure skin is left squeaky clean. Moisturizer/sunscreen will be applied to hydrate and protect your skin.

Photo Facial (IPL)– This facial consists of Intense Pulse Light, also known as photo rejuvenation. IPL works by focusing intense light beams into the skin. This type of facial aids in treating irregular pigments, skin tones or vascularity. It also treats acne, reduces scarring and sunspots and helps in minimizing pores. It is important to get this treatment by a practitioner who is knowledgeable and qualified to use (IPL) effectively to get best results. First, the face is cleansed. Then a numbing gel may be applied to the area to be treated. Ultrasound gel is applied and must be used with the IPL but is removed after the treatment. The process is fairly quick. However, there may be some redness and dark patches may appear where you received treatment in the days following your treatment. You will experience peeling as the dark spots or treated skin lifts away and peels, revealing new smooth, more evenly toned skin.

Anti-Aging Facials

A Glowing and Smiling Face

A Glowing and Smiling Face

Our faces will typically show signs of aging in our 30’s. Smile or frown lines appear more prominent, and skin may begin to lose that youthful glow. An anti-aging facial will help brighten your complexion while tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Microdermabrasion Facial-This type of facial may be available at any spa or beauty salon near you. You can ask your beautician which type of microdermabrasion machine they use. Some use crystals while others use diamond machines. It is basically exfoliation on steroids. Unlike other exfoliating products used in basic facials for pore cleansing, microdermabrasion treatments use a machine which blasts tiny crystals into the top layer of your skin while vacuuming up the dead skin cells. This process helps rejuvenate your skin with a deep cleansing of your pores. Other benefits include, decrease or elimination of acne scars, reduces sun damage while minimizing pores and wrinkles.

Glycolic Acid Facial-Also known as a chemical peel, is a pretty invasive treatment with quite a bit of aftercare required. You should do your research and choose a professional spa or beauty salon to administer this type of treatment. In this facial treatment, the skin is cleansed thoroughly first. Your skin will be tested with a small amount of acid to see how your skin will react. After the initial test, a thin layer of glycolic acid solution is applied to the face for about 5-10 minutes. After which a neutralizer is applied atop the acid to stop its reaction. Cold packs will be applied to the face to soothe the skin and help reduce any redness or residual stinging sensation. Immediately after your treatment, it is imperative to moisturize well and protect the treated skin from bacteria and UV rays for at least 5 days. During which time the treated area will peel and expose softer and smoother skin. Skin will look tighter and more youthful. This is yet another pore minimizing facial which also produces a more even skin tone.

Basic Spa Facials Available at Select Brow Arc Locations

There are a few types of spa facials which are gentler on the skin because they do not use harsh chemicals or heavy products and are not too invasive. If you are looking for simple pore cleansing and pore minimizing facial, this is a refreshing way to relax and enjoy a 30 to 60-minute facial, which can be found at most spas and beauty salons near you.  As with most professional facials, your beautician will consult with you about your skin type to determine which products to use in your treatment.

Your beauty professional will cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Steam will be applied to loosen debris for extractions. A detoxifying or clay may be applied. While the mask is setting, most professionals will give you a relaxing scalp or neck and shoulder massage. Once the mask is removed, toner will be applied to remove any excess residue from the mask. The final step is moisturizing. Your professional may offer you products to take home to step up your skin care game and keep you glowing and feeling fresh until your next visit. This is the best facial for you if you do not have problem prone skin but want to be pampered and feel rejuvenated at a reasonable price.