Do you view facials as a treat reserved for special occasions like before your wedding day or a party, or maybe a once per year appointment when transitioning your skin from winter to summer? Beautster wants to help customers understand facial treatments, so we’re digging deep to answer questions like: should you be getting facials more often, and can facials help maintain the overall health, glow and youthful appearance of your skin?
While many people think of facials as a luxury service reserved for certain occasions, it’s unclear where this perception stems from.
In reality, it’s a good idea to think of facials as an integral part of your skin maintenance program and something to plan for in your budget just like a high-quality moisturizer or serum. Depending on which spa you choose, facials can be a bit pricey, but when you think about how important your skin is to your overall self-confidence and happiness, you’ll be more likely to view facials as an investment in your outer self rather than an indulgence. Your skin is the only one you’ll ever have, so it’s important to take regular care of it to keep it healthy looking, soft and supple.
How often should I be booking facial treatments?
Facials generally result in an instant glow and fresh-faced look and feel, but if you want to keep that glow and see long-lasting results, consider having regular facials. A skin’s cycle is about 6 weeks long, meaning that to achieve noticeable, long-lasting results, it’s best to work with the natural cycle of your skin and have a facial about every 6 weeks. According to Dr. Zein Obagi, he “defines one full skin cycle as the time it takes from baby cells to be born at the deepest layer of the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer), and mature as they rise to the surface of the skin, and ultimately are shed off”.
Professional facial skin treatments are like committing to a gym routine. If you only go once or even once in a while, you won’t see results, and any results you are able to achieve won’t last long.
Should I get the same type of facial each time, or switch between treatments?
If your purpose for getting a facial is to relax and unwind, it can be tempting to switch from one type to another. If you’re looking for long-term results, choose facial types carefully and with the help of a qualified professional, who will help you understand what’s best for your skin type and goals. Once you’ve found a treatment and routine that works for you, stick with it and have ongoing conversations and follow-ups about your skin’s progress. As we age, and also through the seasons, our skin constantly changes and evolves, so a trained skin therapist is the best person to help you formulate a treatment plan that will meet your unique skin care goals and needs. Your skincare tech will also advise you when it’s time to switch to maintenance appointments rather than your regular 6-week appointments.
How important is consistency?
Truthfully, this depends on your skin’s needs as well as your goals and how quickly you’d like to achieve them. While you might not need extractions at each appointment, a deep cleansing pore scrub or gentle exfoliation might be beneficial. Your skin care professional will determine what’s needed at each follow-up appointment.
How do I decide what’s the best type of facial for my skin type?
The key to choosing the right facial and skincare routine starts with understanding your skin and how it behaves. Once you’ve determined what your skin needs and how to achieve your goals, you can begin treatments. That’s why an initial skin consultation is so important.
If your skin is acne prone, it will benefit from blue LED light therapy, which helps improve skin texture, reduce enlarged oil glands, improve skin texture and remove sun spots and scars caused by acne. If your skin is dull or congested, it will generally respond well to microdermabrasion. If you’d like to tighten or lift your skin, focus on facials with intense lymphatic draining or microcurrent facials, which deliver precise dosages of energy to the skin and work simultaneously to repair and produce collagen in the dermis, which is the deepest layer of the skin, while gently erasing signs of ageing in the epidermis, which is the top layer of your skin. If your main focus is on restoring hydration, focus on humectant-rich products, which are water-rich, mimic the skin’s sweat and help to hydrate the skin.
There’s so much available technology today, that choosing not to get facials means you’re not making the most of advanced research and professional quality products that have been designed to help you look and feel your absolute best. If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to a qualified skincare provider on Beautster, and book an initial consultation.
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