With many different options of facials to choose from, determining the right facial for you can be a bit difficult. When choosing a facial there are many options to consider such as skin type, skin condition, medications that you may be taking, and where you fit on the fitzpatrick scale. Some of this sounds a bit foreign right?!
Getting it right is best determined during a professional consultation with an esthetician or dermatologist, but we are here to help you go in with a bit of knowledge and the right questions to ask your provider.
European Facial (also known as Signature Facial)
This is quite easily the most common facial in the US, and probably one that you’ve heard of. It typically consists of a double cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation, mask, relaxing massage, serums, moisturizer and a toner to seal everything in. It is typically safe for most skin types as the products used can be adjusted depending on oily or dry conditions of the skin. This session ranges from 50-60 mins.
Clarifying Facial (also known as Acne Facial)
For acne prone or oily skin, this would be an ideal facial to help clear up those problem areas. This facial consists of double cleanse, manual or chemical exfoliation (enzyme or chemical peel), high frequency or LED light therapy, extractions, mask, moisturizer and toner. If your skin is heavily inflamed or irritated you may require a visit to a dermatologist for further evaluation. This session typically ranges from 60-90 mins.
These facials are often requested by those with mature skin seeking non-invasive procedures to help their skin maintain it’s healthy glow, tighten, and to remove fine lines around the eyes, forehead, mouth, and neck. This type of facial is often customized to the clients skin conditions and skin goals. Standard treatments include a European facial along with microdermabrasion for fine lines, red LED light therapy to tighten, and Galvanic Current to push serums deeper into the skin. This session typically ranges from 60-90 mins.
Microdermabrasion Facial (Physical Exfoliation)
Microdermabrasion is one of our favorite non invasive facials as it produces instant results with no downtime or special care required afterward (a normal daily routine should be maintained for best results). It targets, blemishes, fine lines/wrinkles, acne, and dull skin. The standard procedure includes a European facial along with physical exfoliation from a crystal or diamond tip wand. The wand passes over your face a few times with a suction attached to gently remove dead skin cells. For best results this facial should be done every 2-4 weeks until desired results are achieved. This session typically ranges 60 mins. There may be a mini microderm session available that includes microdermabrasion and mask for 30 mins.
Chemical Peel (Chemical exfoliation)
Similar to microdermasion a chemical peel exfoliates the skin and sloughs off dead skin cells. The difference is that chemical peels dissolve the dead skin cells instead of manually removing them. This treatment targets acne, fine lines/wrinkles, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation. There is special care required after a chemical peel and must be followed as directed by provider to avoid any burns or increased hyperpigmentation. Treatment typical includes cleansing, toning, peel, serum and sunscreen. There are many different types of peels available and your provider will be able to provide you with the best option for you. Always ask questions about the peel and do your research if you have further questions. The results are beautiful and will be seen overtime. Peels should be done in a series and 6-12 are recommended for best results. This facial can be done on your lunch break in just 30 mins.
Now that you have learned about some of the most common facials it’s time to take action and contact a provider to get you skin healthy and glowing for this summer! Remember to go with someone that you trust and check out reviews. From there it’s time to relax under the aromatherapy!