How do you know what type of facial is right for you? The first step is knowing your skin type – different skin types have specific needs that should be taken into consideration when choosing a facial treatment. Facials are a great way to give skin the boost it needs to be smooth and glowy, but with so many treatment options it’s important to know which is right for you and your skin at the time of your facial.
Do you find yourself looking shiny, with visible pores that look like they are filled with gunk (hello, blackheads)? Are you going through blotting papers throughout the day like it’s your job? You probably have oily skin; your skin is producing more oil than it needs, which causes your pores to become congested and clogged with excess oil, makeup, skin cell, and pollution (oil is like a magnet, sucking all the things you DON’T want in). Your pores become clogged with this debris, which hardens within the pores. You may need a facial that includes a chemical exfoliant, like glycolic or salicylic acid, to penetrate into the pores and melt away any congestion. The salicylic acid also helps with acne-prone skin, which commonly accompanies an oily complexion. The good news: your skin already glows! The natural oils are great for a radiant complexion, so you probably don’t have to worry about extra moisturizing.
Are you suffering from flaky, scaly patches of skin? Do you feel like your skin looks dull and lackluster? Your skin type is most likely dry skin; dry skin lacks the natural oils and lipids necessary for healthy, glowing skin. Dehydrated skin also has a slow exfoliating cycle, leaving you with flaky, dry patches. Facials with gentle exfoliation (like enzyme facials) are a great way to get rid of these dry patches. Since dry skin also needs both oil and water to balance it out, mask facials are an option to help penetrate product into the skin – any moisturizing product you put under the mask will be pushed into the skin as it sets, leaving your skin hydrated and refreshed!
Combination skin has both oily and dry areas, and each needs to be treated in its own way. Facials like enzyme, chemical, or microdermabrasion exfoliants could be great options for this skin type. The chemical facials will help with the oiliness, and the enzyme or microdermabrasion will tackle the dry areas. You might also consider a mask to help replenish and soothe skin. You have a ton of options with combination skin!
Whether your skin is oily, dry, or combination, a sensitive skin type needs to be dealt with carefully to avoid irritation. All skin needs exfoliation to remove the build-up of dead cells; for sensitive skin, facials need to be extremely gentle with exfoliation so you aren’t left with raw, red skin. Facials that use enzymes to exfoliate are a great option because they don’t irritate the skin. It’s also important to make sure your facial uses lightly fragranced or fragrance-free products to avoid excess irritation.
Mature skin can be a combination of any of the above skin types – oily/sensitive, dry/dehydrated, acne-prone, etc. When treating mature skin, it is important to keep in mind that there are also other issues, like slower circulation or cell production, that the facial should address. A facial that first treats the skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc.), and then focuses on increasing circulation and saturating the skin with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals with give mature skin a healthier, younger look and feel.
Our school offers medical and natural facials at discounted prices. Our estheticians evaluate your skin and skin type to give you the right type of a facial your skin needs. You will also receive information on how to best take care of your skin at home. Give yourself this treat of a relaxing facial.
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