Facials are often thought of as an indulgent luxury, or a special treat while on vacation, but rarely as part of healthy skin maintenance. Over the years, the most recurring question I get when I tell people I am an esthetician is, why should I get facials? So as someone who has seen over and over again with my clients, the transformation from skin issues to a glowing complexion, I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the benefits of getting professional facials.
I often liken getting facials to going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned. The hygienist uses professional products and equipment to deep clean your teeth, looks for potential problems, and advises home maintenance for healthy teeth and gums. That’s exactly what your esthetician will do for your skin. Facials are a tune-up, but then you have to maintain the results at home.
So while facials are indeed pampering and relaxing to the body, mind, and spirit, below are 3 of the main reasons you may want to consider them to help you “get your glow on”.
1. Professional skin analysis to prevent and resolve skin issues:
I often find that my clients are confused about their skin type. Traditionally skin types fall into the categories of oily/acne, combination, normal, dry, and sensitive, but every “body” is different, and many people can be a combination of these types. In addition, you may be dealing with skin conditions such as rosacea, adult acne, premature aging, and others that can be frustrating to resolve. Knowing how your skin works is important to determine which types of products you should use and when and how to use them. It also helps prevent issues you may encounter by using products that are not suitable for your skin. For example, I have a client who has oily skin in the t-zone, dry skin on her cheeks, but her skin is very sensitive and she desires anti-aging. She was challenged to figure out how to deal with this on her own, but together we were able to come up with a skin regimen to address her issues.
It can be downright confusing to wade through the endless claims of cosmetic companies and information on the internet to decide what is the best way to treat your skin. Often times the salespeople at the cosmetic counters at department stores may not have the expertise or time to spend getting to know your skin.
2. Deep cleansing and exfoliation:
Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead cells on the surface of the skin. Although our skin naturally exfoliates on its own, the rate of cell turnover decreases as we age and it is necessary to speed up the process. When dead skin cells accumulate, we can be left with dry, dull and lifeless skin and our pores can become clogged, causing breakouts. In addition, if our skin is not properly exfoliated, all those products we spent our hard earned dollars on can’t penetrate our skin and do the work they are meant to do. Although you can cleanse and exfoliate your skin at home, professional products are stronger and more effective than those available to purchase retail and many estheticians will use equipment and technology to increase benefits.
Extractions are a manual method of unblocking clogged pores, or more simply put, “popping zits”. We all know not to pick, but we still do it. When you improperly extract blemishes you make them worse, often causing infection and scarring. During a professional facial, the skin is properly prepared before extractions are done and estheticians are trained to safely do them. Please, don’t try to extract at home, most times it doesn’t work.
Many people with oily skin have built up sebum in their pores causing blackheads and whiteheads. Typically they will try to clear them up by using acne washes and oil reducing products to dry the skin. Unfortunately, these products often over dry the skin causing more breakouts by encouraging the skin to produce additional oil and clogging the pores with dry skin cells. So instead of getting rid of oil, it is necessary to balance oil production. This comes back to the importance of determining the proper products to use on your skin.
How often should you get facials?
Second to the most recurring question of why should I get facials, is how often should I get facials, and of course, that depends. If you are happy with the condition of your skin and use good home maintenance, then quarterly facials or when the season changes will suffice. Some people who don’t like to do regular treatments at home other than basic cleansing, do well with monthly facials. If you are working to correct issues, a series of 6 to 12 treatments, with one per week, can do wonders to help resolve them.
Finding the right esthetician for you.
Always make sure the esthetician is licensed and competent, and that the facility they work in has excellent hygiene practices. It is good to get a referral from a happy client. As a natural esthetician, I always recommend seeking out a skin care professional who uses non-toxic and gentle methods to treat the skin, such as natural fruit enzymes. Be aware of harsh chemical peels. I believe we need to coax the skin, not assault it. Sometimes you have to ask what products they use and do some research before making an appointment.
I encourage you to think about professional facials as part of a healthy skin care practice. As I stated above, getting facials can resolve and prevent skin issues and help you achieve the complexion you desire. At the same time, you will also receive a wonderfully pampering and relaxing treatment. You deserve it!!!
Please share your experiences with facials or ask any questions you may have in the comment section below.
With glowing regards,
About Shelly Abel
Shelly Abel is a Licensed Esthetician and a Certified Holistic Health Coach, who educates and empowers women to have beautiful skin naturally. She believes you can achieve a healthy, glowing complexion at any age, safely and effectively. For the past several years, Shelly has helped women with anti-aging skin treatments and concerns such as acne, rosacea, and sensitivity. With a passion for natural health and beauty, Shelly has also practiced massage therapy for the past 15 years and is an advocate for consumer safety of beauty products. Currently Shelly has a natural skin care practice in Novi, Michigan. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on her website, shellyabel.com.