An intro to facials

Checking out of life for an hour and getting a relaxing facial is one of life’s little luxuries. But what are the different types and which is the right one for you?

Woman getting a facial

Facials aim to cleanse, tone and moisturise your face and neck, and benefit the tissues that lie beneath. They’ve been said to remove dead skin cells, boost circulation, minimise the signs of ageing, clear blemishes, hydrate the skin and remove toxins.

There are many different kinds of facials on offer, so it’s important to choose the one that’s best suited to your skin type or problem area.

Types of facials

Standard facial

Standard facials simply offer a facial massage, a cleanse and a steam. If you’ve got normal skin and no specific problems, this type is your best bet for a broader treatment. It’s low-fuss and easier on the budget than specialised facial treatments.

Anti-ageing facial

These aim to stimulate regeneration of skin cells. Many use products containing antioxidants to fight free radical damage, as well as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), which are derived from fruits and flowers and are said to improve the overall appearance of your skin. If you’re concerned about wrinkles, pigmentation or signs of ageing, this is likely to be the right facial for you.

Anti-pigmentation facial

Women of many different ages can suffer from pigmentation, which is essentially uneven colouring, or dark patches on the skin that can be caused by the sun, acne, hormonal disorders or ageing. This facial will help combat the problem by aiding exfoliation, potentially lightening the problem area and evening out the overall appearance of your skin.

Acne/Deep-pore cleansing facial

Women who suffer from blemishes may opt for an acne facial, which offers a super deep cleanse. It aims to remove blackheads and whiteheads, as well as speed up the healing process and ease inflammation of the skin. These treatments are generally recommended to be taken at regular intervals but for shorter lengths of time.

Dehydrated skin facial

If you’re suffering from dry and dull skin, these types of facials can help hydrate your face and rejuvenate your skin. Dehydrated skin facials are particularly great during winter when your skin might be suffering from the effects of cold weather, icy winds and dehydration. These treatments essentially use ingredients that help draw water and oil into the skin to combat dryness.

Aromatherapy facial

These facials use pure, natural essential oils to benefit the skin and promote wellbeing. Facial masks are often used to cleanse the skin, help it to perform optimally and reduce congestion. You’ll also leave smelling fantastic!

Things to look for in a beauty salon

  • Trained staff: Ask about their qualifications and commitment to training.
  • Welcoming atmosphere: Staff who don’t care for their customers definitely won’t care for your skin. You want to find a professional who’ll try their very best to ensure you have as pleasant an experience as possible. Those who offer skin consultations get bonus points!
  • Quality products: Ask what brands of beauty and skin care products they’ll be using on your skin.
  • Cleanliness: You can often tell within five minutes of stepping inside a beauty salon whether it’s a business that places a focus on hygiene!
  • Affordable: Don’t waste your annual salary on a facial. There are plenty of salons out there, so shop around and find the best balance of quality and price.

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