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The Essentials about Facials

Receiving routine facials from a trained, professional esthetician offers so much more than just a relaxing experience – it is an important step in keeping your skin healthy, clear, and glowing!

Even if your at-home regimen is working just fine, visiting an esthetician could completely change the way you view your complexion.  Ahead, I’ve detailed reasons why seeing an esthetician for routine treatments should be thought of as an essential part of any skin care routine.

#1 Expert Skin Analysis & Prescription – Getting your skin analyzed through professional facial treatments allows the esthetician to cater to your skin’s unique needs.  Whether you struggle with enlarged pores, pigmentation, or dehydration, you will see the best results  through advanced treatments and suggestions of the best products for your home care routine. Your esthetician will not only identify problem areas and treat skin, but will help you gain a real understanding of your true skin type, providing recommendations to help you achieve optimal skincare results.  Your skin is constantly changing and it is important to get regular updates so that you understand what is truly happening with your skin.

#2 Maintain the Results – One-on-one facial treatments create an opportunity for the esthetician to provide professional advice, skin tips and tricks. During the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions and throughout the treatment you will learn how to care for your skin properly. Facial treatments are a lot more preventative than they are curative. Think of visiting the spa like a trip to the dentist: “I always make the analogy that going to the dentist for a check-up is like your facial treatment at the spa, whereas brushing & flossing your teeth at home is on the same level as cleansing & moisturizing your skin as your home care routine.”, says Jessica Riley, skincare specialist at Spa 901.  Just like you see the dentist for check-ups, you should pencil in time with your esthetician so you know how you can maintain the results of your facial.

#3 Deep Cleaning & Extractions – Extraction is a delicate procedure that must be done hygienically and carefully. People usually have a difficult time eliminating blackheads at home, as there is a higher risk of damaging, contamination and chance spreading bacteria on the skin (which can cause more harm than good). With proper preparation and skin softening techniques, your esthetician will use a skilled method to gently extract clogged pores, blackheads, and impurities without causing harm to your skin. Though you may experience some redness after a professional extraction, be mindful to allow your skin to breathe after the facial and avoid make-up application. When choosing what type of facial, be sure to identify if extractions are included or optional during the service with your esthetician.

#4 Professional Strength Exfoliation – Most facials include a professional form of exfoliation using microdermabrasion, enzymes or fruit acids. Exfoliating ingredients can be spotted in ordinary skin care products but during a facial you will experience the treatment at a professional strength. The exfoliation is specifically catered toward your skin type so that it will smooth the skin, increase cellular turnover, soften lines, and break up skin discoloration to promote more even-toned skin.

#5 Problem Solving – Whether it’s dry skin, brown spots, blackheads, irritation, or inflamed acne, a good facial is always customized to focus on what your skin needs to help solve your skin concerns. Facials are always geared to problem solve, and the level of your facial’s intensity is contingent on the severity of your skin’s problem. By using the right combination of ingredients and high-tech tools, an esthetician can really create change in the skin over time to improve its appearance to achieve your greatest complexion.

#6 Hydration & Nourishment – Every skin type needs hydration. With oilier skin types, the face tends to produce more oil when moisture is lacking — the opposite of what you’d guess. Oily skin needs moisture, but keep in mind that the moisture it’s seeking is water, not oil. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and a facial will help regulate the proper moisture level your skin requires.

#7 Increase Circulation to Encourage a Radiance – There is no doubt that when blood circulation slows, the skin’s health is impaired. Aging leads to slowed circulation, which inevitably results in dull, tired looking skin. Facial massages and steam help to increase blood flow and circulation to bring new nutrients to the skin.

#8 Stress Release – Studies show that stress can lead to unhealthy skin, so what’s a better way to eliminate stress and promote healthy skin? Aside from the various skin benefits facials can offer, most facials include a certain amount of face, décolletage and scalp massage. Not only does this send us into a state of deep relaxation,  it also helps promote lymphatic drainage; a technique that gets rid of toxins and reduces fluid retention. By flushing out these toxins we also promote circulation, leaving your skin glowing and youthful.

Finally…Because You Deserve It!  Most of us don’t take nearly enough time for ourselves, to do something that will alleviate stress and help us regain balance. Spending an hour in a peaceful, relaxing environment can help restore balance to your mind, nourish your soul, as well as your skin. 

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