Leading Types of Facial Treatments

by Marisa Amorasak

facials

Facials are an incredibly relaxing way to purify and treat your skin. They usually performed at a spa or clinic by a certified esthetician with experience dealing with all types of skin. Since there are so many different skin types and skin concerns, there are also various types of facials. Some facials are designed to deep clean problem skin while others brighten the skin and fight off aging. There are also basic facials that don't treat any particular problem, but can help boost the appearance and health of the skin. Routine facials can improve your skin's overall condition and keep it looking young for years to come. Read on to determine which type of facial is right for you:

Note: Not all facials will include everything mentioned in these descriptions. There will likely be some variation amongst estheticians. The purpose of this article is to provide a general sense of knowledge for different types of facials.

Basic Facial

The basic facial is also commonly called a Signature Facial, Traditional Facial, or Cleansing Facial. It is targeted toward people of all skin types who don't have any specific problems to deal with. They may just want to improve their skin or treat themselves to a relaxing service. The basic facial will start with a thorough skin cleansing. During this time the esethetician may massage your skin so that the cleanser can better penetrate your skin. They may also use a skinbrush, which is an electronic tool that sends vibrations through a specially designed brush to gently buff away dead skin cells for a deep clean. Then, the esthetician will steam your skin using a machine. Steam helps to soften the skin and open up pores, so that extractions will be easier. Extractions are usually performed with a metal tool that forces debris and sebum out of clogged pores. Extractions can be slightly painful, depending on the severity of your blackheads and whiteheads. After the extractions are finished, the esthetician will finish your facial with a calming moisturizer and massage. If you're lucky, your esthetician may give your neck and shoulders a little rub down as well!

Acne Facial

An acne facial, or Purifying Facial, is designed to deeply cleanse, calm, and treat skin that is prone to acne blemishes. First, the skin is cleansed thoroughly. Your esethetician will likely use a gel or medicated cleanser with acne-fighting ingredients. He or she probably won't massage your skin, which could cause further irritation, but may use an electronic skincare brush in order to cut through surface oil. Then, your face will be steamed to open up pores for easier extraction. The extractions will likely be the lengthiest part of the facial, and they will probably be uncomfortable. If you have a lot of acne, it may be wise to pop an aspirin before your facial so that your skin is less sensitive to pain. Your esthetician should only extract open and closed comedones. For open comedones, the extraction tool places pressure around the sides of the pore and presses the debris out. Closed comedones will be pricked with a lance to create an opening, and then pressed out. Cysts and nodules should not be prodded, as they aren't ready to come to a head yet. After the extractions, your esthetician may apply an oil-absorbing mask like one made out of clay. After it's removed, a light moisturizer will be smoothed over your skin.

Renewing Facial

Renewing facials are ideal for people who have hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines, or just find that their skin is looking a little dull. A renewing facial will likely utilize Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). After the skin is cleansed, an AHA solution is applied. AHAs are made from natural ingredients, most commonly fruit. Pumpkin enzyme, papaya, and citrus are popular AHA derivatives. They offer a fairly gentle way to chemically exfoliate the skin without irritating it. The AHA solution will be applied to your skin, and then left to sit for a few minutes. Since AHAs are active, giving them time to penetrate your skin will enhance your renewal results. After the AHA solution is removed, your esthetician may follow up with manual exfoliation, like a scrub or a skincare brush. An oxidizing or blue light tool may be used to increase circulation. Your skin will be finished off with moisturizer and sunscreen. After a renewing facial, be extra wary of the sun: your skin will be fresh and vulnerable to burning, so don't skimp on sunscreen for the days following your renewing facial.

IPL Photofacial

An IPL Photofacial is a light-based therapy designed to treat a range of skin ailments, including fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and large pores. Unlike the other facials listed, the IPL Photofacial doesn't involve any exfoliation or manual extractions. All of the work is done using the Fluorescent Pulsed Light System, which uses the power of light to penetrate through the skin and reach parts of the skin that other facials just can't. It promotes collagen formation, which leads to skin that's younger-looking with more elasticity. An IPL Photofacial can make a huge difference in the health and appearance of your skin in only thirty minutes. Plus, since the IPL Photofacial doesn't include any abrasive services, you can return to your regular schedule immediately afterward.

If you're interested in the IPL Photofacial or any other skin boosting treatments, contact us today! We'll set you up with a skincare specialist in your area who can set you on the path to the skin you've always dreamed of.

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