Professional facials bestow a radiant glow to the skin, reduce tension, and stimulate collagen and elastin all while increasing microcirculation and vitality. Professional facials come along with expert opinions and guidance. Before any facial treatment, an esthetician evaluates your skin type and any skin issues you want to address, choosing products and procedures that are beneficial for your skin. Without this expert advice, you may end up wasting your money buying the “latest and greatest” products that aren't necessarily the best for your skin conditions. Here are five skin-glowing benefits of treating your visage to regular professional facials.
1. Slows Down the Aging Process
Younger looking skin is work. Take care of your skin on a regular basis, with a daily regimen and regular facials. With age comes the loss of skin elasticity as the production of collagen diminishes. During facial treatments, professionals use chemical peels, face packs, masks, serums and creams enriched with botanical extracts that stimulate the production of collagen and reduce the signs of aging. Routine professional facial massages can also boost cell regeneration and promote collagen development!
2. Exfoliates Skin
Exfoliation is the process where dead skin cells are gently sloughed off your skin’s surface. When skin cells die and pile up on the surface, your skin can become rough and dry. While you can exfoliate your skin using a scrub at home, if you want to see better skin-brightening results, go for a professional facial, it’s your best option. The use of high-quality chemical peels thoroughly cleanses the skin’s surface, revealing a healthy, glowing layer of skin beneath.
3. Improves Circulation
Improved blood circulation in the face means that your cells are getting plenty of oxygen and nutrients carried along with the blood. Improved blood flow translates into healthier and more efficient cells along with a radiant face. At your next appointment, ask your esthetician about adding oxygen to your facial to bring some much-needed circulation and hydration to the skin! Oxygen infused facials may also help the skin generate new cells, stimulate collagen growth, and kill bacteria for a radiant, lasting glow.
4. Reduces Stress and Distress
There are hundreds of pressure points on the face connected to various systems in your body. An excellent facial massage not only keeps your skin glowing, but it also affects the functioning of the other organs. Think of it as a kind of an exercise for your face! And since it is not possible to know all of your facial pressure points, visiting a professional for your facial massage will offer a broad range effective methods, from facial reflexology to lymphatic drainage.
5. Detoxifies Skin
It’s impossible to avoid all the pollution and damage caused by environmental free radicals. These accumulate on the skin’s surface and clog the pores. Your skin needs to rid the waste that accumulates on it on a regular basis, and if not performed correctly, it results in breakouts. Apart from cleaning and washing your face daily, professional facials aid in the detoxification process. Therapists use ingredients, such as antioxidant-rich creams, sea salt, herbal extracts, and oils, to make your face fresh and radiant. During a facial, the professional opens up the pores and removes all dead skin cells, thus minimizing acne and other skin issues.
How Often You Need Facials Depends On Several Factors
Skin Type: If you have oily skin that’s prone to acne and breakouts, try a facial treatment every two weeks to calm down the skin. And in the case of combination, dry, or normal skin, once every month is sufficient.
Skin Condition: Do you have blackheads or dull skin? Acne and hyperpigmentation? The frequency of your facial treatments depends on the problem you have.
Skin Care Goals: If you want beautiful, younger looking skin for a lifetime or if you have concerns about your skin's appearance, you should follow the facial routine suggested by your esthetician religiously. During your mid-twenties is a great time to start a regular professional skincare routine.
Budget: If you have a tight budget, try getting a facial done quarterly.
Precautions to Take During & After Facials
- Go to a trusted esthetician or spa for your facial. Professional knowledge of skin types, skin issues, treatments, and products is of the utmost importance. Don’t trust just anyone with your chemical peel.
- Always talk to your esthetician and inform him/her if you have any product allergy. In case you are under medication or using any skin ointment, make sure you consult a doctor and the esthetician before applying any other product on your face.
- If you are pregnant and if any particular ingredient is not suitable for you, inform the esthetician immediately.
- Do not undergo a facial procedure if you have bruises or burns on your face. Wait for them to heal first.
- Avoid going out in the sun just after getting a facial done. Use a sunblock cream, a hat, and an umbrella for at least a week following your facial.
Facials are much more than just an hour of sheer bliss. They are a way of saying “I love you” to your skin. So here’s to defying the aging process!
Lori Vargas, Spa Vargas Wellness founder, entrepreneur, spa consultant, mother, ironman triathlete
Lori Vargas founded Spa Vargas Wellness in 2001 and currently has 3 locations in the Chicagoland area. Since then, she founded Vargas Consulting with projects that include Hilton, Sheraton, Wyndham, and Key Lime Cove, and in 2009, the International Massage and Spa Academy. Based on her experience in the spa industry, the curriculum focuses on educating students to become business minded nurturing massage therapists. As a mother of two boys, Lori strives to create a balanced life and is always in the pursuit of living in the present. “My children have become my inspiration, and I am grateful to them for the happiness they have brought to my life. Of course, we have a dog, two cats, two parakeets and three fish, so our home is not a tranquil environment!