There have been times when I have wondered if getting that expensive exotic facial was worth my time and money?! There is an endless misinformation available about exactly what a facial can do for our skin and hence sometimes facials become confusing!! So what do you think about your Facials – Are They Totally Worth It!
I have met women who always have a mixed feedback after a facial. Sometimes they love how the skin looks, sometimes they see no change in the skin, and other times they feel their skin has ended up with more problems than before the facial.
So here are a few important questions being answered
Are Facials mandatory for everyone? Without question, facials are not mandatory for you to have beautiful, healthy skin, but for some skin types, and when done right, facials can be a beautiful addition to your skincare routine. On the flipside, when done wrong, they are a waste of time and can even damage your skin.
It’s important to keep in mind that what you do daily to take care of your skin is more important than what you do occasionally, but the combination of a great facial and a great skincare routine can have impressive results.
Fact of the Matter : The fact is any kind of result of the facials depends on the person who performs your facial, what exactly they are using, and what they are doing to your skin. Aestheticians often don’t know which products are right for the skin of each client and facials (most of the time) cause breakouts. Salon staff often receives training from the product lines themselves, which, as you might expect, often is biased, based on a lot of hype and reinforcement of the brand’s claims.
What a Facial Cannot Do?
We look up to facials to address a range of skincare concerns. A skilled aesthetician, using superior techniques and products, can help you address most of the issues to some extent, however, when it comes to “anti-aging” , will facials fend off wrinkles? Probably not. Wrinkles are more about genetics and lifestyle (i.e. no smoking, diet, regular exercise) than they are about superficial skin care. Some products, however, may temporarily diminish the look of fine lines by plumping the skin. Here is what a facial cannot do:
(a) Completely eliminate acne.
(b) Permanently fade discolorations.
(c) Replace cosmetic corrective procedures such as Botox, lasers, or dermal fillers.
(d) Treat rosacea or persistent redness or other such dermatological conditions
(e) Lift sagging skin.
(f) Completely eliminate dark circles or puffy eyes.
Things that should be kept in mind while having a facial
Any facial procedure includes cleansing, scrubbing, steaming, extraction, massage and then a mask followed by a moisturiser with some SPF. However, depending on the season and your present skin condition, few things are to be kept in mind:-
(a) Steaming If pores are clogged, steaming lets you clean out dirt without excessive pressure, which can cause inflammation. It works on all skin types, but the facialist should do it only on clean skin. This step should be very short during winters. Also the steam should not be abnormally hot as it can worsen redness and potentially result in broken capillaries that show up as thin, spider-like lines.
(b) Extraction If your skin is sensitive, the extraction may cause mild redness or irritation. Bottom line: Proceed with caution as being too aggressive with extractions for acne or blackheads can make clogged pores worse and push acne lesions deeper into your skin. Also this step has to be done by a well experienced practitioner.
Attacking a pimple on your own causes redness and swelling, because your fingers carry bacteria,” explains Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist.
(c) Products As much as the value of a facial is about the knowledge, training and experience of the aesthetician, it is equally about the product. Using products that contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol, camphor, or menthol. Even if you cannot see or feel the irritation, it’s happening beneath the skin’s surface. The result?
Damaged collagen production and destruction of vital substances that your skin needs to look young and healthy.
(d) Masks Soothing and exfoliating masks tend to have the best results, but doctors are less laudatory of collagen masks: “Topical collagen cannot penetrate the skin,” says Leslie Baumann, a Miami Beach dermatologist.
As for antioxidant masks, “the ingredients begin to work on the surface to neutralize environmental damage, so there may be some benefit,” says Day. Bottom line: Don’t waste your money on the collagen variety.
(e) Peels Experts agree that any peel with glycolic, salicylic, malic, lactic, or citric acid will exfoliate skin’s top layer more effectively than will a grainy scrub. There is also evidence that a high-concentration AHA peel (20 to 30 percent) can increase collagen production. This is where you should spend your money.
(f) Devices : Using “facial rejuvenation” devices without proper training or a working knowledge will either provide with no benefit that the device claims or may even harm your skin. So again, be sure that the facialist is a knowledgeable one and knows exactly how is it to be used.
There is no doubt in the fact that facials are relaxing and provide our skin with moisture (when done correctly!). These days facial don’t limit to face and neck, but also are followed my back and shoulder massages which are very soothing. They definetily give us the feel good factor.
But we have to remember that one size does not fit all. “Customization” is the operative word today. You have to use the creams and techniques according to your skin and weather conditions.
Also, whether done once or routinely, facials cannot perform miracles, and they have their limits. So if you have a specific skin condition, then it is recommended to visit a dermatologist than banking completely upon facials. Also they absolutely do not replace what you use at home on a daily basis.
So be religious about an at-home skin care routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing daily, exfoliating once or twice a week and using a hydrating mask once or twice a month. Skin care routine also extends to eating lots of fruit and vegetables and exercising regularly.
So stay healthy, eat healthy, exercise regularly and age gracefully!!
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