What are Facials?

Facials are sort of like thorough dental cleanings during regular dentist checkups — but for your face. Like cleanings, they perform deep cleansing that regular daily routines do not, whilst analyzing the skin for specific issues. They will also attempt to assess your specific skin type to better determine what your specific composition needs.

Facials are performed by a specialized people called an estheticians, who are licensed to give facials and upper body messages, chemical peels, and a few other services, but are not qualified to perform a full body message. The amount and type of training an esthetician must receive depends on state, and typically includes training of around five hundred hours before they are allowed to perform this service on someone. Sometimes, cosmetologists may also perform facials.

What to Expect?

During a facial, you will usually:

  • first, be asked by your esthetician about your skin care regimen, home habits, diet, etc;
  • receive a skin analysis, detailing your skin type, such as dry, oily, porous;
  • be within a scrupulously clean, as well as amiable, environment;
  • receive a steaming, to loosen blackheads (not for sensitive skin);
  • deep exfoliation, which softens skin by removing dead skin;
  • a message (again, not full body, but face and possibly shoulder and arms), possibly accompanied by aromatherapy (this relaxes you whilst helping detoxify your skin);
  • extractions, in which the esthetician remove blackheads and whiteheads;
  • often, a mask will be applied near sthe end;
  • and any serums or lotions, such as moisturizers or sun screen, will be applied last.
  • Estheticians should always redirect you to a dermatologist for serious skin issues.

Different Types of Facials

Although most facials follow the basic steps listed above, there are different types of facials that may be performed, depending on your skin type and issues.

Typical Facials

The most common facials perform basic cleaning and exfoliating, like the steps described above, with little extra.

Acne Removal Facials

These are, obviously, focused on removing white – and – black – heads, especially in those with excessively oily skin. Deep cleaning and exfoliating is performed to unclog and cleanse pores. Steaming will be done prior to extraction, to get rid of any existing blemishes. Masks designed to reduce and eliminate acne will also be applied. For regular treatment of acne, this type of facial should be done frequently.

Paraffin Facials

Paraffin facials utilize paraffin wax for dry, undernourished skin. A mask is applied to the face, and warm wax applied over that. These more extreme facials serve to beautify, as well as nourish, clean, and hydrate skin.

Electrical Current Facials

Serving a similar function to face lifts, electric current facials work by exposing the face to a mild electric shock to increase circulation and improve skin quality. They make the skin look more bouncy and young.

Fruit Facials

These are the most environmentally friendly and affordable facial option. Various fruits, such as those high in vitamin C, are applied to the skin in a therapeutic way. The type of fruit determines its use; citrus fruits add shine to the skin, and skins high in antioxidants (i.e., blueberries) help to improve aging skin. For some exciting DIY fruit facials check out The Organic Authority.

Anti-Aging Facials

Many different facials, like collagen facials, are designed specifically to target skin aging. Microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells to rejuvenate skin more effectively than simple exfoliating. Collagen add volume and youth to skin.

Why are Facials important?

Facials can serve various purposes, from dulling the effects of aging to nourishing the skin, but basic facials are essential as they provide deep cleaning and essential care to your skin.

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