What are the Benefits of a Facial?

When looking at the array of options of things to do at the spa to treat yourself, you’ve likely looked at facials as an option. However, professional facials are more than just a treat for you every once in a while. It’s important to understand the importance of regular facials to your overall health and well-being.

Benefits for your skin
Professional facial treatments can be likened to seeing your dentist. It is important to brush your teeth twice per day between visits to keep bacteria and other issues at bay. Similarly, you should be washing your face at home twice per day. Just like your dentist does much more for the overall health of your teeth, so do regular visits to your licensed esthetician. The good news – going in for facials is far more enjoyable than sitting in your dentist’s chair!

The first major benefit you’ll see is cleansed skin. Not cleansed like you just washed your face in the shower, but deeply cleansed. Your esthetician is going to use special products and steam to really open your pores. From there, they will be able to extract blackheads and whiteheads. If you have acne, they will use special products to fight and clear the bacteria living on your skin that causes the condition. Also, because they skin is cleansed and pores are free and clear, the skin will better be able to absorb products like masques, serums and moisturizers.

The additional cleansing and exfoliation will promote skin cell turnover, which is a key factor in aging prevention. Furthermore, dead skin cells cannot absorb moisture – only living cells can. By ensuring the top layer of dead skin has been thoroughly removed, your skin will look and feel softer and have a glowing appearance to it. Your skin will look and feel rejuvenated for days following your treatment!

Your skin is the first line of defense against the external environment. Your face is special because it is one of the few areas that is consistently exposed to these elements. Most areas of your skin – such as our arms, legs, and torso – are covered in part or entirely by clothing that acts as an additional barrier. If you take a moment and think about what is invisible to the naked eye in the air – dirt, dust, air pollution (like exhaust from cars) – ALL of that is being filtered out by your skin to prevent it from getting into your bloodstream and internal organ systems. A facial provides a deep clean to detoxify the skin from these nasty elements in our environment that your normal cleansing routine may not be getting to.
Regular facials also promote even skin tone. From acne marks, to aging spots, to redness of the skin – your esthetician has a customized treatment that is ready to help you achieve your best skin!

Let’s take a moment and talk about one very important area on your face – your eyes. The window to your soul. The skin around your eyes is very different than the rest of your face. This is why you likely started seeing crow’s feet in the corner of your eyes before seeing any other signs of aging. The skin around your eyes typically has the most motion when showing expression. It is also the thinnest area of skin on your entire body – meaning all that motion shows more wear and tear than any other area. A professional facial will also include products that will help prevent the signs of aging and help rejuvenate the area around your eyes.

Benefits for your well-being
Unlike sitting in your dentist’s chair, which is likely to induce some stress – sitting in your esthetician’s chair might be likened to taking a stay-cation. Regular professional facials are a regular break from the hustle and bustle of life and activity. It is a chance to lie back (literally), and let someone else care for you for a bit. Regular self-care and relaxation practices – like monthly facials – have also been linked to reduction of anxiety and other psychological distress.  Furthermore, there are hundreds of pressure points located on your face that connect to various systems in your body. During a facial massage (included in professional treatments) these pressure points are activated, and your body responds. 

The combination of facial massage and the professional products used during your treatment will also result in increased blood circulation. Increased blood circulation yields more oxygen and nutrients getting to the cells, which translates to a healthier you. 

Getting regular professional facials is more than a treat – it is one of the ways to promote a healthier YOU.

If you have any further questions about how a professional facial could benefit you, we encourage you to book an appointment and consult with one of our licensed estheticians who would be more than happy educate you further!

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