No matter your age or gender, your body’s largest organ is your skin. If you want your skin (especially on the face) to look its best and stay healthy, you need to take care of it.
A staggering amount of pollution, dirt, grime, and dead skin accumulates on the face. This build up is an unavoidable fact of life. We can do the best we can to keep the skin clean, but it is not always enough. Many advocates compare getting a facial to going to the dentist. We brush our teeth, floss when we remember, and still acknowledge the importance of going to the dentist for a regular deep clean. Keeping up with dentist appointments saves us a lot of money down the road. A root canal is hundreds of dollars more than a regular cleaning. Like our teeth, the skin needs to be evaluated and cleansed by a trained professional every so often to maintain a healthy complexion. An Esthetician should be seen as the dentist for our skin. Getting facials on a regular basis, once every month or at the least every change of the season will save you from needless spending in the future.
Healthy, good looking skin begins with skin care. Facials are an essential ingredient of your overall skin care program and you will love the benefits.
Here is a list of the top reasons to get a facial regularly:
1. Get the Most out of Your Skincare
Clogged pores and a ruddy complexion can actually work against the very best efforts to take care of your skin. Even the highest quality creams and serums won’t be as effective if your skin is suffering from excess dryness, uneven tone or free-radical congestion. By maintaining smooth skin and refined pores, your skincare will absorb properly and do what it is meant to do.
2. Extraction For Clear Pores
Unfortunately, poorly extracted skin (or "picking pimples") is the reason so many of us have facial scarring, broken capillaries and acne flare-ups. Extraction is a delicate procedure that must be done hygienically and carefully. By regularly getting the congestion out of your pores, your skin will breathe better, look healthier and suffer fewer breakouts and a trained Esthetician is the best person for the job.
3. Seasonal Skin Changes
Our skin is like nature -- it changes with the seasons and has different needs based on the temperature, humidity level and hours of sunlight. In the winter, a super hydrating facial will restore lost moisture, while a summer facial will work to calm sun-damaged skin. Getting a facial in the spring will invigorate and nourish dull post-winter skin, and an autumn facial will prep your complexion for the cold months ahead.
4. Masks and Peels for a Healthy Complexion
When was the last time you used that mask in your bathroom vanity? Probably the last time you had a facial, right? We may have good intentions of up-keeping a healthy skincare routine but, so often, life gets in the way and we forget to do that weekly mask. During a facial, your skin will be steamed to open pores, extracted and then prepared for a mask or two. Depending on your skin’s needs, the mask’s purpose may be to calm, hydrate, plump or decongest the skin.
5. Instant Results Facials
Done right, a good facial will give your skin immediate results. If you have a big event and your complexion needs a boost of radiance or its youthful glow restored, a facial can provide just what you’re looking for. Find a facial that contains collagen masks or hyaluronic acid treatments for instant plumping.
*(At Sweet Saffron we got you covered with both of these masks!)
6. Massage for Lymphatic Drainage
Most facials include a certain amount of face, décolletage and scalp massage. Not only does this send us into deep relaxation but it helps to promote lymphatic drainage–in other words, it gets rid of toxins and reduces fluid retention. By flushing out these toxins we also promote circulation, which leaves skin glowing and youthful.
7. Deep Cleansing
Even those with dry sensitive skin need their cleanser to dig a little deeper. We could probably all afford to cleanse our skin for longer or to cleanse it more effectively. Deep-cleansing facials make up for our lazy ways by thoroughly removing dirt and oil build-up without drying the skin. Proper cleansing means your pores will be refined and your complexion will look and feel rejuvenated.
8. Get to Know Your Skin
Your Esthetician will assess your skin using an intense light and super magnifier. By diagnosing common skin issues, she’ll better be able to advise you on what products you should be using for your skin type. You may not know you have dehydrated or rosacea-prone skin, or that products you are currently using are causing irritation, but regular visits to the spa will guarantee you’ll understand what’s happening with your skin. And, considering your skin is constantly changing, it’s important to get regular updates -- consider it therapy or counseling for your skin.
9. High Tech Treatments
Many facials provide high tech treatments that can only be performed in spa. For instance, Tesla High Frequency therapy is a popular treatment that is used to strengthen the skin, reduce redness, kill bacteria and stimulate collagen production among many other things. This high-tech treatment when used consecutively, can be a powerful, yet gentle, anti-aging tool.
10. Professional Strength Exfoliation
It’s impossible to avoid environmental free-radical damage. We’re bombarded daily with unavoidable toxins, UV rays and dirt that cause our skin to look ruddy and congested. Professional strength exfoliation like microdermabrasion or fruit acid peels effectively remove dead skin cells and promote healthy cell turnover when used regularly. Over time, professional exfoliating methods can also help to diminish acne and other facial scarring. As well as fine lines.
11. Home Skincare Guidance
Estheticians know about skincare – they know what works, and what doesn’t. After assessing your skin, a professional can help set you up with the right products to use at home. By getting to know your skin over time, she can monitor any changes, making sure you continue to use the right products or suggesting others based on your skin’s changing needs.
12. Alleviate Stress
Life is busy, hectic even. Most of us don’t take nearly enough time out for ourselves, to do something that will alleviate stress and help us regain balance. Spending an hour in a peaceful, relaxing environment can help restore balance to your mind, as well as your skin. *A client once told me that she loves our facials because we are gentle but effective. This is important to Sweet Saffron because we live in a world at the moment where everything feels rushed and abrasive. To be able to escape for an hour or two to get a break from that is so essential for our health.
We’re getting older each and every day and because we only have one face, we really need to take care of it. By getting regular facials, we promote cell turnover, tone and tighten facial muscles, boost collagen production and maintain healthy skin balance–all of which are great anti-aging remedies.
14.Teenagers Need Help Too
It’s not breaking news that teenagers struggle with acne and have little – to non-existent – skincare routines. Getting regular facials can help manage the over-production of oils that adolescents experience due to their fluctuating hormone levels. It’s also a great way for a teen to learn how to care for their skin properly: We all know that, to a teenager, Mom’s advice isn’t always well-received, so what better way to be taught than by a professional?!
In conclusion, regular facials are not just an act of indulgence it's a lifestyle. Are you ready to start a healthy change?
Take care and be well,