A facial is a deep cleansing treatment applied to the face for healthy skin hygiene. Facials are designed to eliminate clogged pores, blackheads, and other impurities affecting the appearance of the skin. Facials can incorporate several different steps that can include the use of creams, masques, peels, steam, exfoliation, lotions, and massage. These treatments were once thought to be only for women, but today many men are getting facials on a regular basis as well.
What exactly does a facial involve?
A facial usually involves a few basic steps, but each one is customized for your skin’s specific needs. Initially, your skin is cleansed and then the esthetician does a skin analysis while looking through a brightly lit magnifying lamp. You then undergo exfoliation, usually while a steam vapor is directly at your face. Extraction of blackheads then follows, if appropriate for your skin condition. To relax you and stimulate your skin and facial muscles, the esthetician will perform a facial massage and then apply a masque designed for your specific skin type (e.g. dry, oily, sensitive, etc.). Finally, there is the application of specific protective creams and sunscreens.
Who gives a facial?
The facial is given by our licensed esthetician, who has special training in skin care.
How often should I get a facial?
Initially, it’s best to have a facial about every four to six weeks. After several facials, you can decrease your frequency to about four times per year, usually as the seasons change. You may need one more frequently if you are trying to clear up acne, especially when just starting off.
How long does a facial last?
A facial usually lasts about one hour.
What types of facial variations are there?
There are many variations on the classic European facial, including the “mini-facial” (cleansing without extractions) and specialty facials. Our esthetician will discuss your concerns and tailor the facial to your specific needs. Each of our facials is customized for your skin.