The Top 5 Benefits of a Facial

| by Michelle Pezzato, under Skincare and Beauty
You may not think about it, but your skin is the largest organ in your body and it does a lot of work.
 
It acts as a barrier, protecting you from dirt, germs, toxins, and environmental stressors.  It helps regulate your temperature and prevent dehydration. Through sweating, it also helps to eliminate waste and toxins from the body.
 
Your face is the most exposed part of your skin, so it’s the most vulnerable to sun damage and other environmental stress, not to mention all the things that touch your face every day, like your phone, your hands, makeup brushes, etc.  With all that stress, your face deserves some extra care on top of your everyday skincare routine.

Professional facials offer benefits you can’t get at home.

Customization

A professional facial is not a one-size-fits-all affair.  Each facial is customized to your skin’s needs.
 
First, your esthetician will use a pre-cleanse to remove makeup and oil from your skin, then follow that with a cleanser.
 
After that, they will examine your skin to determine your skin type, check for any trouble spots, and look at your specific concerns such as acne, fine lines, or sensitivity.  This close examination allows your esthetician to choose the best strength of peel, the right scrub or mask, the best tools and techniques, and the ideal treatments for your specific skin.
 
They have plenty of products to choose from, so you’ll be sure to get a facial that’s designed just for you.
 
Maybe in the winter, you’ll want more hydration, maybe you’ll prefer brightening in the summer, or perhaps you’ll need to handle a breakout.
 
Each time you get a facial, it will be customized for your skin at that point.

Exfoliation

For many people, the deep exfoliation a facial provides is the main attraction.  Your skin naturally sheds skin cells every day, but the process slows down with age.  Slower cell turnover or oily skin can cause a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface, which in turn makes the skin look dull or rough and can contribute to breakouts.  Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing softer, brighter skin underneath.
 
Usually, a professional facial will use chemical peels of varying strengths, some of which are only available in a medical setting, although some also use physical exfoliants such as scrubs.  Exfoliation of this strength can help brighten and even out your skin tone and even make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.
 
The exfoliation step of your facial should never be uncomfortable, so don’t hesitate to speak up if you experience any issues.  If you’re concerned about sensitivity, discuss it with your esthetician before getting started so they can choose a gentle product for you.

Safe, Clean Extractions

If you have blackheads or whiteheads (also called comedones), your facial will include extractions.
 
After thoroughly cleansing and exfoliating your skin, your esthetician will prepare your skin with steam or a hot towel to soften the skin and loosen the pores.  Then, using sterilized tools, they will carefully extract any comedones.
 
Unlike what you might do at home, professional extractions don't risk spreading the infection or pushing bacteria back into the skin, nor do they cause skin damage or scarring.
 
There are many different extraction techniques, but they all involve the preparation, sterile tools, and clean environment that protect your skin.
 
Extractions shouldn’t hurt, but you may feel a pinch or slight sting.  Again, don’t be afraid to tell your esthetician if you’re uncomfortable.

Targeted Treatments

Almost all facials include a step designed to treat your specific skin concerns, be they fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, dullness, acne, or anything else.
 
This step might consist of microdermabrasion and antioxidant serums for an anti-aging facial, a vitamin C peel for brightening, a deep hydration mask for dryness, or even an intensive eye mask.
 
After exfoliation and extractions, your skin will absorb these high-potency treatments more easily and thoroughly, so you can see noticeable results fast.

Massage

Another favorite part of the facial process is a massage.  Some facials include lymphatic massage to minimize puffiness, but there are benefits to a massage in every facial.
 
Massage increases circulation, which brings vital nutrients to your skin from the inside and helps to extend your rosy glow.  It also relaxes the tension in the facial muscles, which can help ease pain such as tension headaches, TMJ pain, and sinus headaches.
 
While working out tension, it also stimulates the facial muscles in ways you don’t normally use them, working against habitual expressions that create frown and worry lines.
 
Facials offer benefits that you can only get in a professional setting.  Whether you get facials as a regular part of your skincare routine or as a pampering treat for special occasions, you’ll enjoy the specialized treatments and extra moisturizing care, not to mention the pleasant results.
 
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