Before I became an Esthetician, I always wondered what a facial was. The word facials appeared in every magazine ranging from Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Vanity Fair. Sometimes, when watching some girly movies (which even some men watch as well) I would notice a female character rub some paste on her face and then put sliced cucumber on her eyes. Am certain many of us noticed this as well.
However, today I can boldly tell you what a facial is – A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin on your face and neck, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion, and can help your skin look younger. A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin, especially when it’s given by an experienced and knowledgeable Esthetician (Like me, Louisa!)
So if you are still wondering why you need a facial, here are 5 beautiful reasons:
5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU GET A FACIAL
1 – Determine what you want before you go: relaxation or treatment
Just like a massage, there are various types of facials- some that are geared towards pampering and relaxation, and some that are geared towards treatment of specific skin issues. Knowing ahead of time what your goals are for the experience will ensure that you get the best results, and that your skin therapist heads down the right path. Relaxation treatments typically consist of a thorough cleansing, minor exfoliation, steamy hot towels, and luxurious masques. While treatment facials are comprised of stronger exfoliators that may sting or tingle, extractions of pimples and blackheads, and the use of agents that may cause peeling (the good kind of peeling that means new shiny skin is on the way!) Be sure you talk to your skin therapist about your skin concerns and goals, so you get a custom result.
2 – Don’t book your facial on the eve of a big event
Facials often leave your skin a little red, especially if pimple extractions took place. Give yourself plenty of time to recover from any redness or peeling that may occur in the couple of days following your treatment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so I recommend about 2-3 days after your facial for anything major such as a wedding or event. Your skin will still be glowy!
3 – Speaking of GLOWY- shiny has a whole new meaning!
Post facial, you’ll be squeaky clean like you’ve never been before! After several cleansing, hot towels, steam, and luxurious products- your skin will be completely free of any dirt, buildup or makeup. This means that when you walk out of the spa and back into the dressing room, you may not recognize yourself when you pass by a mirror. It’s ok- many of the other spa patrons will be in your same boat. And while it is tempting to quickly apply your makeup to feel human again- I suggest you refrain as long as possible to give your skin a chance to really breathe, free from that entire gunk. This means yes, you’ll have to walk to your car with a bare face, and yes, your husband may look at you a little sideways- but if you can handle it… 12 hours sans makeup will do your skin some serious good!
4 – A facial isn’t just for the face
Now, while the vast majority of the treatment concentrates on the face, the rest of your body gets some good vibes too! The facial includes work on the neck and upper chest area, called decollate. It’s all part of the body that needs to be cared for to help prevent aging, and to protect against the suns UV rays. So your therapist will continue the use of the steamy towels, masques, and lotions down on to your chest as part of the whole regimen. Beyond that, your therapist will also offer a nice massage to the hands, head, shoulders or feet- usually while the treatment masques are working their magic on your face. It’s incredibly relaxing and all around good for the body and soul.
5 – The benefits of a facial go well beyond a clean face
Not only does your facial treat the skin, it also treats the systems in the body that provide nourishment to the skin and its cells. While I was earning my esthetics license, I became interested in the lymphatic system and its role in the bodies health. The lymph system resides just under the surface of the skin and can be triggered to carry toxins out of the body with touch. Facial, neck and chest massage trigger movement in the lymph system that in turn, increases blood flow, circulation, and healthy cell turn over. All of which have huge benefits for your overall health and appearance. Pretty amazing, right!?
So, if you’re lacking some luster in your skin, struggling with fine lines or acne, or just need an hour away for some ‘me-time’- I highly recommend you book yourself a facial. You won’t regret it! Be sure you come back next time to learn about my at-home facial routine too.
My name is Louisa… I just want to make you feel like a Natural Woman!