Taking time to pamper yourself with a facial can go beyond relaxation. Not only can a professional facial improve stress and rejuvenate the mind, but it can also help slow the hands of time or improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Facials can help regenerate the skin, and work to keep your appearance healthy, youthful, and glowing. That’s because the right facial can keep your skin hydrated and plump or work to boost your skin’s collagen production over time.
Facials are usually a minimal investment and a non-invasive option to help improve your skin’s appearance. They are also a good starting point for patients who are not ready for deeper treatments or procedures but for those who still want to look their best.
How to Choose:
There are generally two areas of improvement that patients are looking for with any skin treatment or regime. When considering the right facial for you, first determine if you are looking for anti-aging or anti-acne results.
For patients who want to see improvements in acne-prone skin, it’s best to look for a facial that offers deep cleaning to remove oil build-up on the face and pores. A facial combined with any extraction or exfoliating techniques would be ideal to see clear and brighter skin faster. Those with acne-prone skin should avoid facials using heavy oils or products that could further clog pores and prevent new pimples.
There are also many ingredients to consider when choosing any anti-aging facial. Choosing a facial with Retinal, or other resurfacing acids such as alpha-hydroxy and glycolic acid is a good place to start. Alpha-hydroxy and glycolic acid are widely used to combat wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines.
The second factor to consider when deciding what facial is right for you is to choose an option based on the type of skin you have.
For Oily Skin:
If you tend to have oily skin, choose a facial that will remove excess oil and shrink or close your pores such as a deep cleaning facial and toner. Avoid facials with excess oils or heavy moisturizers.
For Normal to Dry Skin:
For dry skin, choose a facial that includes a deep moisturizing mask, steam, or hydrating serums.
For Sensitive Red-Prone (Rosacea) Skin:
For sensitive skin, avoid facials that exfoliate, deep scrub or use acids as these types of products could irritate sensitive skin. Instead, choose a facial with gentle products that will calm and hydrate the skin.
For Combination Skin:
Because combination skin has both oily and dry patches, the different areas of the face may need to be treated separately. Make sure the facial you choose usies mild and natural ingredients to avoid the aggravation of one area over the other.