Skin is a reflector of overall health, from getting a healthy diet to getting sufficient hydration and adequate sleep. When skin issues are present, estheticians can perform facial treatments to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and tone the skin. Most spas will provide a list of standard facials, but it is also common to ask for a custom facial. Since everyone's skin is a little different, customized facials use specific products and techniques to achieve individualized results.
Before any kind of facial, it's important to have a consultation with your esthetician. One of the first things estheticians will do is identify your skin type and whether it is dry, oily, or combination. They will then talk you through any skin issues and suggest the facial routine that will target these concerns.
Here are some of the most common skin concerns custom facials can address:
As your skin attempts to shed the topmost layer, it is natural to have some dullness or patchiness where dead skin is left behind. Sunspots, melasma, or other conditions can cause skin discoloration. Some people find that they are dry only in certain areas of their face, and a custom facial can hydrate those specific areas to even the overall appearance of the skin. Exfoliation, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion are options for removing the top layer of skin to reveal fresh skin underneath.
To combat acne, estheticians steam the face to open the pores and extract blemishes and impurities. Estheticians are trained to do this safely without scarring the skin. Acne facials also involve ingredients that combat bacteria and prevent future breakouts. For oily skin, masks can reduce excess oil and purify the skin. If the skin is sensitive, estheticians will avoid fragrances that can lead to skin irritation.
Signs of aging
Even though growing older is inevitable, it is possible to minimize the effects of aging by taking care of the skin on your face. Exfoliating peels and facial massage can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and stimulate collagen production, which an important ingredient for youthful elasticity in the skin.
Most facials work best in a series of treatments over a few months' time. To maintain healthy skin between appointments, ask your esthetician for a skincare regimen to take home that will complement the results of your facials. With the combination of professional and at-home care, you can be confident putting your best face forward.