Choosing the Right Facial Treatment

facial_brushing_XSmallLook at a menu of services for facials. Does it feel more like reading a medical textbook than choosing a luxurious experience? Descriptions include multi syllabic words that sound impressive, but how do the products and services help your skin? Do antioxidants actually work? Do people really need to exfoliate? Why would anyone want a peel? Should you have an effervescent mask, an enzyme mask, a clay mask or a purifying mask?

Deep Cleanse: A deep cleanse of the skin is a first step to most facials. A facial treats common skin problems to improve its health and beauty. The deep cleanse prepares the skin surface for other treatments. Consider it like washing an item before repainting it. Clean skin allows other treatments to be effective.

Aromatherapy steam: This is like a little sauna for your face. It opens up the pores, improving circulation and to remove toxins. The essential oils added to the steam make it relaxing and helps combat common problems like dryness or oiliness. The esthetician knows which essential oils work best with your skin type. Aromatherapy steam is often a first step to extracting blackheads gently.

Professional Extraction: No one likes pimples and blackheads. It’s so tempting to just pop them in front of the mirror. Don’t! It opens the pore up to possible infection and scarring. The solution can be worse than the original problem. Professional extraction simply means that the material inside the blemish is taken out gently and safely.

High Frequency Treatment: Low current, high frequency alternating currents converts ambient oxygen into ozone. It helps with healing and pimples.

Exfoliating scrubs: Skin has many layers and the top layer should get gently scrubbed off occasionally to let the world see the radiant beauty of the newest healthiest skin. Everyone should exfoliate at home a few times a week. A spa treatment uses the same idea but exfoliates to an even deeper level. It is often used before other products, allowing serums to penetrate deeper into the dermis. It’s easy to exfoliate too much and irritate the skin. Leave deep exfoliation to the experts.

Peels: Peels are like exfoliating but even more effective. They are generally done in a series to even out skin tone and reduce fine lines. They unclog pores so peels are effective for reducing acne. Different peels target different issues. Oily skin often benefits from an acid peel but pumpkin peels are milder and help hydrate. People with dry skin should use a pumpkin peel. Sufferers of rosacea and eczema should only get peels rated for ultrasensitive skin.

Face masks: Face masks are done after the exfoliating and can serve a variety of needs. The esthetician applies the formula matched to your needs to the face to treat different skin types. Dry, flaky skin needs a different mask than skin that needs tightening and toning. An esthetician will help determine the best mask for your skin type. He or she will analyze your problem areas and help find the best solution. Clay has been used since ancient times for beautifying the skin and it remains popular mask choice today. Not all clays work the same though, some are best for detoxifying the skin and others are good for drawing excess oils from the skin.

Serums: Serums are those magical creams that reduce fine lines, improve skin elasticity and tighten loose skin. Serums are applied with and ultrasonic device that will get the serum to penetrate the pores.

Antioxidants: These chemicals neutralize damage from sun, pollutions, stress, and other free radicals that damage the skin cells. People wanting to look younger and reduce fine lines often find antioxidant facials to do the trick.

What products and services have you found effective in the past? Please share your comments below and tell us what you think.