Here is some information to consider when you decide to book a facial.
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What to expect during your facial
· Consultation. A facial should begin with a consultation. The esthetician might have questions about your skin concerns, your diet, how much water you drink, drugs and supplements you take, and products you are currently using. This can affect your skin and what kind of treatments.
· Cleansing. The esthetician begins a facial with a thorough cleansing, using cotton pads, or sponges.
· Skin Analysis. The esthetician covers your eyes and looks at your skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp. He is determining your basic skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive or normal) and skin conditions (acne, blackheads, whiteheads, aging, sun-damage, dehydration, etc.) The esthetician then chooses the appropriate products and treatments, and consults with you about what he sees and recommends.
· Steam. A thin vapor of warm steam, with ozone, is then directed to your face. This is relaxing and helps softens up any blackheads and whiteheads to be extracted. If you have very sensitive skin, the esthetician may modify the use of steam.
· Exfoliation using a mechanical or chemical exfoliant. Mechanical exfoliants have a gritty texture that rubs away the surface dead skin cells. This type of exfoliation usually happens during the steam. Chemical exfoliation uses enzymes and acids to loosen the bond between skin cells. A gentle enzyme treatment can be done during the steam. Stronger chemical peels, which vary in intensity, can be a stand-alone treatment or part of the facial. It is an "upgrade" and may be done in a series. It is not done with steam.
· Extractions. This is the removal of blackheads or whiteheads. People have different pain tolerance for extractions. They can be uncomfortable, especially on thin or ruddy skin. One reason to go to an expert is that extractions can cause broken capillaries and discoloration if done improperly.
· Facial massage using classic techniques is then used to both relax you and stimulate your skin and facial muscles.
· A facial mask targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature) and condition.
· Final application of toner, serums, moisturizer and sunscreen if it's daytime.
· Advice on home skin care. The esthetician will tell you how he thinks you can take better care of your skin and recommend products. Some people feel uncomfortable with this step because it involve product recommendations, but it is an important aspect of every facial. You aren't obligated to buy anything.