If you’re seeking healthier, clearer and more beautiful skin, professional facials are a must. Here’s ten reasons why!
1. Expert Skin Analysis
Wherever you go to buy your skin care products- department stores, pharmacies, etc.- chances are they see your face with your make up on. The benefits of getting your skin analyzed through professional facials are that the esthetician will see you without makeup to reveal your true skin complexion. This allows the esthetician to cater to your unique needs through professional treatments and suggest the best products for your home care routine. In addition to his or her ability to identify and treat your needs, your esthetician works with your skin for over an hour so he or she will achieve a proper analysis of what type of skin you have. This is exposure that a consultant in a department store may not be privy to.
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Most facials include a professional form of exfoliation using ultra sound, microdermabrasion crystals, enzymes, or acids. Some of the exfoliating ingredients mentioned 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 towards your skin type so that it will leave you with results that smooth the skin, increase cellular turnover, soften lines, and break up skin discoloration to promote more even-toned skin.
3. Clean Out Blackheads and Clogged Pores
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. People usually have a difficult time eliminating blackheads at home because home care products can only help to reduce clogged pores. It takes a professional esthetician to properly prepare and soften the skin before manual extractions can take place in a safe and effective way.
4. Intensive Hydration
Every skin type needs hydration. It does not matter if you have oily, acne prone skin, or dry and flakey skin, your skin cells are like fish and need water to survive. In order to maintain healthy skin it is imperative to keep it hydrated. With oilier skin types, the face tends to produce more oil when moisture is lacking which is the opposite of your intention and need. Oily skin needs moisture, but the moisture it’s seeking is water, not oil. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and a facial will help to regulate the proper moisture level for whatever skin type you may be. For home use, serums are beneficial for hydrating the skin.
5. Increase Circulation to Encourage a Glow
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. A benefit of facial massages and steam is that both processes help to increase blood flow and this increase in circulation brings new nutrients to the skin. The new nutrients in the skin allow and encourage a youthful radiance and glow to surface in the face.
6. A Scope for Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is on the rise so it continues to become increasingly important to regularly check your skin for changes to moles and to look out for abnormal skin growths. Usually these changes are so subtle and develop at a slow pace so over time you may not notice what’s going on. A benefit of having a professional esthetician work with your skin is that he or she will analyze your skin and bring to your attention any potential skin abnormalities that they feel you should check out with a medical doctor. An esthetician can be viewed as a new set of eyes that may notice skin imperfections that you have been blinded to, over time.
For example, years ago I had a client who had a dry patch on her nose and no matter how much she moisturized, it wouldn’t go away. So when she came to me I knew, from studying skin all these years that skin cancer did not always evolve and take shape from a mole. Skin cancer can be as simple as a rough, dry patch. I advised her to get it looked at as soon as possible. The small dry patch of skin on her nose ended up being skin cancer that caused her to have the lower part of her nose removed. She continues to thank me to this day because, although she still faced a challenge, we caught it before it could spread further.
Aside from the various skin benefits facials offer, facials are extremely relaxing and immediately de-stresses you physically and psychologically. Imagine a room with dim lighting, soft music, and a warm, comfy bed. (Read why we have the world’s most comfortable facial beds.) Then add on a face, neck, and shoulder massage. This is the ideal environment to completely relax and unwind, and it is the general description of a basic facial. Studies show that stress can lead to unhealthy skin, so what’s a better way to eliminate stress and promote healthy skin, than a facial?
8. Problem Solve
Whether it’s dry skin, brown spots, redness, irritation, or inflamed acne, a good facial is always customized to focus on what your skin needs to help solve your skin problems. For example, if your skin is prone to brown spots and discoloration, your esthetician will use skin brightening or lightening treatments. If your skin is dry then he or she will use lipid increasing ingredients to repair your skin’s protective barrier to reduce dryness. 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, we can really create change in the skin to improve your skin’s appearance to achieve your greatest complexion.
9. Professional Advice
During a facial you are with an esthetician for over an hour. This creates an opportunity for the esthetician to give you her professional advice, skin tips and tricks, but also, during the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions that you have been curious about. Part of getting a facial is receiving a lesson from experts, on how to care for your skin properly. This “lesson” includes which products will work best for your skin type and you will learn how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.
10. Because You Deserve It!
Women tend to spend an exceptional amount of time caring for the people in their lives. Caring for the people you love is rewarding, but at times it can be mentally exhausting. Take just a couple of hours to yourself to do something that you won’t be required to share with anyone else. A facial is just for you and will give you time to re-energize and clear your mind. Nourish your soul and pamper your skin in just a few blissful hours at the spa.
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Posted January 24, 2011 by Renée Rouleau
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