Facials are so much more than an hour of indulgent pampering. They have enormous benefits to the health and wellness of your skin, both in the short and long term. When you consider all of the regular visits you make (dentist, hair salon, gym), you'll realize you really should be focusing some of that time on your skin—even if it's just when seasons change and your skin is at its most vulnerable. Here are 14 reasons why you should get facials regularly.
Get the Most out of Your Skincare
Clogged pores and a ruddy complexion can actually work against the very best efforts to take care of your skin. Even the highest quality creams and serums won’t be as effective if your skin is suffering from excess dryness, uneven tone or free-radical congestion. By maintaining smooth skin and refined pores, your skincare will absorb properly and do what it is meant to do.
Extraction For Clear Pores
Who doesn’t love extracting blackheads, pores and pimples?! Well, unfortunately, poorly extracted skin (or "picking pimples") is the reason so many of us have facial scarring, broken capillaries and acne flare-ups. Extraction is a delicate procedure that must be done hygienically and carefully. By regularly getting the gunk out of your pores, your skin will breathe better, look healthier and suffer fewer breakouts and a trained aesthetician is the best person for the job.
Seasonal Skin Changes
Our skin is like nature -- it changes with the seasons and has different needs based on the temperature, humidity level and hours of sunlight. In the winter, a super hydrating facial will restore lost moisture, while a summer facial will work to calm sun-damaged skin. Getting a facial in the spring will invigorate and nourish dull post-winter skin, and an autumn facial will prep your complexion for the cold months ahead.
Masks and Peels for a Healthy Complexion
When was the last time you used that mask in your bathroom vanity? Probably the last time you had a facial, right? We may have good intentions of upkeeping a healthy skincare routine but, so often, life gets in the way and we forget to do that weekly mask. During a facial, your skin will be steamed to open pores, extracted and then prepared for a mask or two. Depending on your skin’s needs, the mask’s purpose may be to calm, hydrate or decongest the skin.
Facials, done right, give your skin immediate results. If you have a big event and your complexion needs a boost of radiance or its youthful glow restored, a facial can provide just what you’re looking for. Find a facial that contains collagen masks or hyaluronic acid treatments for instant plumping.
Massage for Lymphatic Drainage
Most facials include a certain amount of face, décolletage and scalp massage. Not only does this send us into deep relaxation but it helps to promote lymphatic drainage–in other words, it gets rid of toxins and reduces fluid retention. By flushing out these toxins we also promote circulation, which leaves skin glowing and youthful.
Even those with dry sensitive skin need their cleanser to dig a little deeper. We could probably all afford to cleanse our skin for longer or to cleanse it more effectively. Deep-cleansing facials make up for our lazy ways by thoroughly removing dirt and oil build-up without drying the skin. Proper cleansing means your pores will be refined and your complexion will look and feel rejuvenated. It's kind of like supplementing regular toothbrushing with visits to the dentist.
Get to Know Your Skin
Your aesthetician will assess your skin using an intense light and super magnifier. By diagnosing common skin issues, she’ll better be able to advise you on what products you should be using for your skin type. You may not know you have dehydrated or rosacea-prone skin, or that products you are currently using are causing irritation, but regular visits to the salon will guarantee you’ll understand what’s happening with your skin. And, considering your skin is constantly changing, it’s important to get regular updates -- consider it therapy or counselling for your skin.
Leave it to a Professional
Skin Therapists are trained to look for and deal with complex skin issues that you shouldn’t try to tackle yourself. For instance, milia are a common skin issue that, if approached incorrectly, can result in scarring. Tiny white bumps, often found around the eyes, are a build up of keratin and can be difficult to remove at home. Your well-trained aesthetician will be able to safely pierce and extract them without damaging the skin. Recurring skin concerns such as these can be kept under control with regular facials.
Professional Strength Exfoliation
It’s impossible to avoid environmental free-radical damage. We’re bombarded daily with unavoidable toxins, UV rays and dirt that cause our skin to look ruddy and congested. Professional strength exfoliation like microdermabrasion or fruit acid peels effectively remove dead skin cells and promote healthy cell turnover when used regularly. Over time, professional exfoliating methods can also help to diminish acne and other facial scarring.
Home Skincare Guidance
Skin Therapists know about skincare – they know what works, and what doesn’t. After assessing your skin, a professional can help set you up with the right products to use at home. By getting to know your skin over time, she can monitor any changes, making sure you continue to use the right products or suggesting others based on your skin’s changing needs.
Life is busy, hectic even. Most of us don’t take nearly enough time out for ourselves, to do something that will alleviate stress and help us regain balance. Spending an hour in a peaceful, relaxing environment can help restore balance to your mind, as well as your skin.
We’re getting older each and every day and because we only have one face, we really need to take care of it. By getting regular facials, we promote cell turnover, boost collagen production and maintain healthy skin balance–all of which are great anti-aging remedies.
Teenagers Need Help Too
It’s not breaking news that teenagers struggle with acne and have lazy – or non-existent – skincare routines. Getting regular facials can help manage the over-production of oils that adolescents experience due to their fluctuating hormone levels. It’s also a great way for a teen to learn how to care for their skin properly: We all know that, to a teenager, mom’s advice isn’t always well-received, so what better way to be taught than by a professional.