Selecting a Soothing Facial

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated April 27, 2011)

Whenever I hear the word facial, I picture women in a salon with their hair up in a towel, cucumbers on their eyes, and wearing a facemask while they sit alone in a dimly lit room. It's very stereotypical and also very relaxing and cleansing. There are facials that are supposed to do different things, but really all facials are cleansing and rejuvenating so choosing any kind of facial will result in a soothing experience. Facials are an excellent way to keep your skin healthy and looking young.

There are a few different parts to a facial and all are beneficial and add to the overall experience. The first part of a facial is the cleansing process which rids the skin of all contaminants and oils on the surface. The cleansing process prepares the skin for the more in-depth cleansing and rejuvenating to happen later on in the process.

Next you receive a face massage, which is crucial to the overall method; the massage increases and improves the blood circulation in the face, helping toxins and waste leave the body.

Following the massage you undergo a facial steam that helps release more toxins in your skin and makes it easier to dislodge blackheads and whiteheads.

The last step is the facial mask, which can do a myriad of things for your skin depending on the type you receive. This step gives your skin more tone and clarity, putting the perfect finishing touch to your face.

There are quite a few different kinds of facials and they all do slightly different things. This is where your esthetician can help you figure out what would be best for what you want.

Clean up and normal facials: your basic facial (as described above) including cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. The clean up facial is best for people under 25.

Special facial: more intense moisturizing, uses special rejuvenation and cleansing techniques. This is good for people with sensitive skin.

Bio-lift facial: aimed to reduce dark circles under the eyes, tightens and tones skin

AHA facials: targets aging signs, focuses on making skin smoother, healthier, and more youthful looking

Paraffin facial: used often for brides, enhances radiance of skin

Anti-oxidant facials: pollutants removed and skin is deep cleansed. This is great for people who are outdoors often.

Acne facial: targets blemishes and fights acne on teenagers and adults. To be effective, this facial should be done every two weeks until problem subsides.

Collagen facial: targets environmental damage, wrinkles, and dark circles and can be used on all skin types

Aromatherapy facial: relaxes body and mind while still rejuvenating skin

Galvanic facial: works best with dry skin, intense moisturizing, aids in clearing up congestion

Gold facial: uses twenty-four caret gold, results in increased softness, smoothness, resilience, elasticity, and radiance, induces faster cell regeneration

All these different kinds of facials, while unique in their own skin-rejuvenating ways, still all do basically the same thing. They recharge your skin and keep you looking younger and more radiant!

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