Do you know which facial is right for your skin?

A facial is just one of the steps to maintaining healthy, clear skin, but can also be a relaxing way to pamper yourself. Facials consist of the cleansing and exfoliating of the skin and the extraction of blackheads or whiteheads that clog pores. Often times, facials are designed or catered to a client’s skin type or problem areas. Everyone’s skin is different, but whether skin is dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal, there is a facial to cater to its needs.

What to expect:

When having a facial it is important to be clear about how your skin reacts to products or to being touched. Your facial technician/aesthetician will be able to diagnose what sort of products will be used during the treatment and what sort of home care regimen should be followed after your appointment.

Facials usually begin with a cleansing and analysis of the skin under a bright light and a magnifying lamp. How the aesthetician proceeds will depend on their diagnosis, but the process usually consists of:

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  • Exfoliation
  • Extraction
  • Massage
  • Mask
  • Moisturizer

Because everyone has different levels of comfort or tolerance, be clear with your aesthetician about how much extraction you can stand as some find the procedure uncomfortable. Extractions are usually followed by a relaxing, stroking massage to stimulate blood flow and circulation to the face muscles. Finally, a mask catering to your skin type will usually be applied before the facial wraps up with the application of moisturizers and home care advice is given.

Popular Facials

Facials are a great way to maintain skin health and treat all skin types.

Signature Facial

Signature facials use a specific skin care product line and technique unique to the spa, distinguishing the service from a traditional or standard experience.

Signature facials may be tailored to the spa’s locale, for example offering facials that target the dry desert heat, the effects of the sun, especially at a beach side location, or spa facials that are developed especially for people who live in areas situated at high altitudes.

Since signature facials are proprietary to each spa, clients have the opportunity to indulge in unique experiences.

Acne/Deep-Cleansing Facials

Acne treatments are not just for teenagers anymore, many people in their 20’s, 30’s, and beyond are dealing with this potentially embarrassing condition. Treatments for acne usually employ deep-pore and deep-tissue cleansing to rid the skin of excess oils and stimulate circulation. Antibacterial ingredients are often utilized in a deep cleansing facial to prevent acne breakouts.

Acne facials or deep cleansing facials are recommended for clients prone to oily or acne prone skin or for those with uneven complexions. Both men and women can take advantage of the benefits of acne/deep-cleansing facials, which generally incorporate a combination of thorough steaming, deep cleansing, facial extractions to remove pore-clogging sebum, and a variation of a healing mask and moisturizer. Salicylic and glycolic acids aimed at managing and thwarting acne flare-ups are often utilized.

For those who suffer from more extreme cases of acne, a spa facial may not be the best treatment. In this case, the aesthetician should advise you to make an appointment with a dermatologist.

In many cases, more than one treatment is needed to achieve the desired result. Generally a series of acne/deep cleansing facials as well as at home care that features a daily skin-care regimen is recommended for ideals results. Hopefully, these treatments will also assist in preventing future breakouts.

Anti-Aging Facials

Anti-aging facials use products and techniques designed to slow the aging process, brighten skin, and reduce wrinkles. If you’re on the quest for younger-looking skin, you’re in luck. There are a variety of anti-aging treatments to select from, including those utilizing vitamin-infused serums, collagen masks/creams, and rejuvenating facial massage techniques. Additional anti-aging solutions include laser skin services and microdermabrasion. An anti-aging facial is an effective preventative measure when it comes to the aging process and is good option if you want to skip the surgery for something less invasive.

Microdermabrasion

Great for all skin types, this popular treatment involves a blast of micro-crystals blown across the skin and then vacuumed out in order to remove dead cells on the surface of the skin. No downtime is required and it is designed to reverse the signs of aging and clear up skin conditions such as acne.

Exfoliating Facial

Exfoliating facials boost circulation, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone by eliminating outer layers of skin and prompting cell turnover.

Collagen Facial

This treatment attempts to halt the aging process by working deep within the dermis layers where collagen proteins can be found.

Glycolic Acid Facial

These skincare treatments utilize glycolic acid, one of a family of acids called alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) that are common in anti-aging preparations.

Oxygen Facial

Oxygen facials are said to combat visible signs of aging linked to poor conveyance of oxygen from subcutaneous capillaries to the surface of the skin. They address the deficiency by delivering highly concentrated oxygen molecules directly to the epidermis. A stream of high-pressurized oxygen infused with botanical, vitamin, mineral, and nutrient extracts is applied to the face and neck. The oxygen absorbs the moisturizing agents into the skin for a smoother, plumper look, providing a healthy glow. The oxygen facial is a popular treatment to indulge in prior to a big event or soiree, and it can be performed on all skin types.

Many spas also are offering add-on oxygen infusions following most traditional facial treatments. These add-on treatments are designed to nourish the skin and stimulate new collagen growth. Oxygen infusions can include antibacterial, brightening, green tea, vitamin C, and collagen.

Many experts suggest that environment, smoking, and excessive amount of make-up lead to lack of oxygen to the skin.

Galvanic Facials

Galvanic facials use a direct galvanic electrical current to introduce water-soluble substances through the skin’s surface in an effort to improve absorption and moisture retention. Galvanic facials are best offered for spa-goers with dry, dehydrated skin, though it also aids in treating those with oily complexion due to its effective removal of congestion. The benefits to receiving a galvanic facial are numerous. Along with hydrating the skin, this facial is said to counteract complexion dullness brought on by aging or stress, eliminate sebaceous blockage and congestion (major causes of blemishes), increase circulation, and create a healthier glow. Galvanic facials are also a good anti-aging treatment for those who want a fresher look because they are non-invasive and aim at tightening and firming the skin and softening lines and wrinkles, resulting in a plumper, smoother look.

Having a galvanic facial is a painless procedure, though some people say they experience a slight tingling sensation. There is no downtime necessary. Galvanic facials are not for everybody, including those with hearth conditions, pace makers, braces, and those who have undergone major metal dental work.

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Men's facial

 

Spas are not just for women anymore, these days more and more men are seeking out spa treatments! Some spas cater exclusively to men with high-tech amenities like flat screen TVs that play sporting events, wireless internet access, and IPod docking stations.

Men’s spas may have sleek interiors that incorporate stainless steel, leather, and wood and have full barber shop facilities and bars when men can unwind with snacks like chips and even beer!

Facials for men are specifically formulated to male needs, which are often shaving-related, such as razor burn, or other conditions like skin sensitivity and dullness. There are also men’s facials that target skin roughened by spending time in the great outdoors and ones that are tailored to acne, excessive sweating, living in a city, and skin conditions related to aging.

Deep-pore cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliation, toning, and vigorous facial, neck, and shoulder massages are sometimes included during men’s facials, which usually last from 30-minutes to a few hours long.

Different products are used for men’s and women’s facials, and when essential oils are used, more traditionally masculine scents are the norm and masks, lotions, and hot towels are often utilized. Men may need to schedule a series of facial treatments to see optimal results.

After their treatments, men should ask their spa therapist about special skin care products that are formulated to treat skin concerns that affect men and any skin care regimens that they can follow on their own at home.

Back Facials

Back facials can be beneficial in cleansing those tough-to-reach spots, targeting a variety of skin care needs such as clogged pores, back acne, and dehydrated skin. This treatment mimics many of the traditional techniques used while performing treatments for the face, and incorporate deep cleansing, extractions, and purifying masks.

Back facials are particularly fitting treatments during bathing suit season or for people who wear low-back attire.

Back facials are, for the most part, a painless extraction process. The facial typically begins with a gentle steaming to open pores and lift impurities, followed by a deep cleansing and exfoliation. The facial for back concludes with a therapeutic mask; some spas also offer a relaxing neck, back, and shoulder massage. Additional skin treatments usually reserved for the face such as Glycolic peels and Microdermabrasion are now available for facials for the back.

Rita-Claudia
Esthetician  & Spa Director