How does a Professional Facial Work?

A professional facial is a multi-step skin treatment performed by trained estheticians in beauty salons or spas.

There are several steps:

Skin Analysis: The esthetician examines your skin to assess its condition and tailor the treatment. Factors like texture, color, and any underlying issues are considered.

Cleansing: A thorough cleanse removes dirt, oil, makeup, and dead skin cells. It prepares your skin for subsequent steps and helps serums penetrate effectively.

Exfoliation: Exfoliating products remove dead skin cells, revealing a smoother complexion. This step enhances cell turnover and promotes a healthy glow.

Extractions: If needed, the esthetician performs gentle extractions to clear clogged pores. This helps prevent breakouts and improves overall skin health.

Facial Mask: A customized mask is applied based on your skin type and concerns. Masks can hydrate, soothe, or address specific issues like acne or aging.

Final Application: The esthetician applies serums, moisturizers, and sun protection. This seals in the benefits and leaves your skin refreshed.

Who is a Professional Facial recommended for?

  • Acne-prone skin: Facials can help manage breakouts and prevent future ones.
  • Aging skin: Facials address fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity.
  • Dry or dehydrated skin: Hydrating facials restore moisture balance.

What are the Optimal Results?

Improved Skin Texture: Facials exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother and more refined. Regular treatments enhance cell turnover and promote a healthy glow.

Hydrated and Nourished Skin: Facials often include moisturizing masks or serums. Hydrated skin appears plumper and more youthful.

Reduced Pore Size and Blackheads: Extractions during facials help clear clogged pores. This minimizes pore size and reduces blackheads.

Considerations before Treatment

Avoid Active Ingredients: If you’re planning a facial with exfoliating acids or enzymes, steer clear of other strong actives leading up to your treatment. Skip retinol for at least 10 days before your facial to prevent sensitivity.

Botox and Filler Timing: Wait two weeks after Botox or filler injections before scheduling a facial. Massaging during the facial could potentially affect the placement of injectables if they haven’t settled yet.

Communicate with Your Esthetician: Discuss your skin condition, recent treatments, medications, and pregnancy/breastfeeding status with your esthetician. Clear communication ensures personalized care.

Pore-Cleansing Prep: De-clog your pores by removing any buildup and debris before your facial for optimal results.

Importance of Cosmeceuticals in Professional Facials

Enhanced Efficacy: Cosmeceuticals contain stronger concentrations of medical-grade ingredients.

Targeted Benefits: Ingredients in cosmeceuticals enhance skin hydration and restore the skin barrier function.