Are you itching to book a facial treatment but holding back because you don’t know what’s right for you or what to expect when you get there? For many people a facial treatment at a spa can be a luxurious indulgence, however, a good facial is much more than a way to relax and unwind while pampering your skin. Facials are actually the second most popular spa treatments after massages.
It’s not a requirement for a healthy glowing complexion, but there’s no doubt that when done correctly, a regular facial can make a noticeable difference to your appearance, as well as help you stay on top of the general condition and changing needs of your skin. On the down side, choosing the wrong practitioner, the wrong products or the wrong type of treatment can sometimes do more harm than good.
Whether you are doing a little pampering to look your best for a special occasion, looking for help with a certain skin condition, or as part of a regular skin care routine, make sure you do your homework before you book:
- Thoroughly check out the spa, salon, professional or aesthetician; ask for recommendations from a friend or look at online reviews.
- If you are getting a facial for a special occasion, plan ahead, don’t leave your booking until the last minute.
- A facial treatment draws out impurities from the skin, which can cause irritation and even breakouts. For this reason, make sure you have a facial no less than one week prior to your special event.
- Discuss any concerns or skin conditions with your spa professional or skin aesthetician before your appointment. Tell them if you have any allergies or are taking any medications.
- If you have sensitive skin, ask your specialist to perform a patch test or ask for product samples to test for sensitivity at home.
What Does a Facial Involve?
Facial treatments will vary considerably depending upon type of treatment, the products used, the spa you choose (as well as what you are willing to pay). The basics of a good facial should:
- Provide deep cleansing
- Remove or reduce blackheads and whiteheads
- Soften and moisturise dry or dehydrated skin
- Smooth or remove dry skin through exfoliation, a gentle scrub or gentle peel
- Strengthen the skins natural barriers
- Plump the skin and temporarily smooth out wrinkles
- Help to reduce discolouration, improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles following more intense treatments
- Target any skin conditions or sensitivities
- Be appropriate for your skin type and any skin sensitivity you may have.
Who Can Give A Facial?
Facial treatments should only be provided by trained skin aestheticians. You can usually find a specialist at a local day spa or beauty therapy treatment centre.
How Much Does a Facial Cost?
Prices for facial treatments vary significantly depending on the spa, the treatment type and the products used. Most basic facials start at around £60 (less for an express facial) and can go as high as £200 for specific anti-ageing facial treatments. Read our handy Price Guide for more information.
How Often Should I Get A Facial?
This varies from person to person. For some women a facial can be a luxury ‘one off’ treat while others choose to have a facial once a month as part of an ongoing skincare routine. Many women choose to have a facial with the change of each season, but be careful not to overdo it, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
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