Updated 5/29/15. What are the benefits of getting a professional facial from an esthetician? If you’re seeking healthier, clearer and more beautiful skin, a facial can make a dramatic difference. Here’s ten reasons why.
1. Expert Skin Analysis
Wherever you go to buy your skin care products (department stores, boutiques, 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 type. 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 also 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.
2. Professional Strength Exfoliation…
Most facials include a form of exfoliation using ultra sound, bio brasion (a more effective form of microdermabrasion), enzymes, or acids. Some of the exfoliating ingredients mentioned can be found in your 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 topically 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 using hyaluronic acid like Skin Drink 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. One important benefit of a facial is a massage to the face. Along with warm steam, both processes help to increase blood flow bringing new nutrients to the skin. This will encourage a youthful radiance and glow to surface in the face. Here’s a 3-minute a day trick to get your skin to glow at home.
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. From studying skin all of these years, I knew that skin cancer does 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. This may not have been a successful outcome if it wasn’t for her getting a facial with me.
7. Stress Release
Aside from the various skin benefits facials offer, they are also extremely relaxing and immediately de-stress you both physically and psychologically. Imagine a room with dim lighting, soft music, and a warm, comfy bed. (At Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas, I must say that we do have the 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? Schedule so me-time for yourself.
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, estheticians 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 their professional advice, skin tips and tricks, and plenty of time 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!
Humans tend to spend an exceptional amount of time caring for the other people in their lives. While this can be rewarding, 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. If you’re in Texas, Los Angeles or NY, schedule an appointment with us.
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