Many beauty salons are now offering facial treatments just like spas. Spas offers a wide range of facial treatments for everyone. Facials, are described in numerous different ways by spa brands, who uses a variety of products, massage techniques and equipment to give you cleaner, healthier, more radiant-looking skin. If you haven’t had a facial before, or just haven’t found a spa that you like, please continue reading.
What is a facial good for?
This depends largely on the type of facial that you have. The titles and descriptions of facials give you a vague idea of their general intention. The aims of most facials are the same:
– To clean and smooth: sloughing away dead skin cells with an exfoliate, and deep-cleaning pores with a cleanser, helps prevent acne and dull skin, and leaves skin feeling smoother and softer
– To balance and moisturize: Hydrating skin with the right facial oil, serum and/or moisturizer for your skin type will nourish your skin and balance over-dry and over-oily patches
– To target specific skin concerns: healing and brightening products and toning techniques can be used to make your skin look clearer, firmer, fresher and lovelier!
All facials are meant to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise your skin. A good facial will leave your skin looking and feeling better, and also leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
What to expect from a facial?
A spa would have a spa treatment menu, which should have what type of facial is to be done and the skin type, all of which should be properly explained in the spa treatment menu.
– Preparation: The therapist will take off your make-up as part of the treatment, so you can arrive without any special preparation. In a spa you will usually receive your facial lying down on a massage table. Generally speaking you will asked to remove any clothing or swimwear from the top half of your body and lay underneath a duvet or a sheet to protect your modesty. Your therapist will usually cover your hair line with a protective band, too.
– Products: Your therapist will then apply various skincare products to your skin. Your therapist may use a spatula to apply products such as masks, while she is likely to use her hands to massage on cleansing creams and facial oils. Your therapist will gently remove the skincare products using damp cloths or towels, which are usually warmed up first.
– Massage: Most facials feature some form of facial massage, often extending this to your neck and shoulders, your head, and your arms and hands. Facial massage is usually a form of acupressure and/or lymphatic drainage. Acupressure, a light pressure-point massage, can help tone skin by stimulating facial muscles, while lymphatic drainage massage helps to decrease puffiness. Some facials might even include a back massage to begin with too.
– Equipment: Some facials rely on more than just potions and lotions and the massage skills of the therapist. For example, microdermabrasion facials use a machine that blasts tiny crystals onto your skin for a deep exfoliation; micro-current or galvanic facials use a low electrical current to boost circulation and muscle tone; oxygen facials use high-pressure jets to push serums (or oxygen itself) into your skin.
– Duration: A full facial will usually take between 60 and 90 minutes. A taster or express facial usually lasts about 30 minutes, and includes the usual cleanse/exfoliate/tone/treat/moisturize routine, but is unlikely to include any specialist equipment or techniques, unless otherwise stated.
– Precautions: If you have any skin allergies or conditions, make sure you tell your therapist about them, not just the receptionist when you book. If you are, or think you might be, pregnant, you should always tell the therapist as well; some products may not be suitable for you.
What are the different types of facials?
There are numerous types of facials that your therapists might use, but here are a few of them, which comes highly recommended, such as:
– Prescription facials: This is tailored to your skin type and what you are hoping to gain from the facial. The facial should include a consultation before the treatment begins, so the therapist can have a look at your skin, and choose the skincare products that meet your needs.
– Deep-cleansing facials/Balancing facials: These are most often recommended for combination, oily or spot-prone skin, as the aim will be to thoroughly clean the skin, unblock pores and balance over-oily patches.
– Nourishing/Hydrating facials: This type of facial is great for dry skin, but can also be recommended if your skin is temporarily dehydrated.
– Brightening facials: This is usually recommended for dull skin, or skin with uneven pigmentation. This type of facial will usually include a thorough exfoliation to buff away dead skin, and an application of a specialist serum or cream that aims to boost skin radiance and even out skin tone.
– Anti-ageing facials: This type of facial is aimed to improve the look and feel of skin that has visible signs of ageing. Depending on the brand, these facials may include specialist equipment or massage techniques to help stimulate the facial muscles, to help lift and firm skin. They may also include a gentle peel or deep exfoliation followed by hydrating serums and creams, to help the skin look plumper and smoother.
– Facials for sensitive skin: This will include gentle, calming skincare products. If your skin is very reactive, your therapist should be able to give you a patch test to check your skin doesn’t react to the skincare products. Facials for sensitive skin are unlikely to include abrasive exfoliators or harsh chemicals.
Please note very carefully – that most facial treatments do come with conditions, in cases like if you have had a peel, your therapist is likely to advise you not to use any heat facilities afterwards, and to use sunscreen.
A good facial might leave you feeling radiant, but you might also look a bit unkempt (for one thing, your fringe will be sticking up having been swept back during the treatment). Do have a quick check in the mirror before you leave!