Here’s a rather shocking statement: skincare professionals say we should invest in a good facial treatment once a month. At least once a month. And, although it might seem a little over-the-top, there is actually some truth behind the statement.
Most of us book in for a facial when it comes to an occasion, say as a birthday treat or before a holiday, so we can put out best skin forward. But in reality, regular facials allow us to maintain better skin quality all year-round. Like everything in life, you’ll achieve better results with regular treatments.
As we get older, we start to notice small but significant changes in our skin. To put it bluntly, our skin simply doesn’t bounce back the way it used to.
When we look into facial treatments, it’s easy to get lost in all the jargon (refining and enzyme what?), especially when it comes to figuring out which facial to book. First, determine what your skin needs and what your skin type is. This will help you understand what you’re going to get the most benefit from.
Then, choose a treatment that targets the concern. For a little helping hand, we’ve decoded a number of skin types below to make the facial choosing decision easier…
If you suffer from dry skin, you’ll probably find that very little lotions or creams in your bathroom seem to cut it. A solution is to look for a ‘Hydrating Facial’ – these help to dial up the intensity of your hydration routine.
Hydrating and Hydra Facials: Look for a facial that focuses on moisturisation, skin plumping, softening and nutrient-rich infusions. Many of these should usually be named as a Hydrating Facial, but you may find some called ‘HydraFacial’.
HydraFacials work via a device, which essentially sucks all the dirt and grime out of your face like a vacuum. Then, the same tool helps infuse your skin with vitamin-packed serums. It’s surprisingly gentle, so your skin looks soft and radiant immediately without any redness or inflammation.
Don’t be surprised if you keep hearing about HydraFacials over the next year or so – they are literally getting more and more in demand! They have fast become a celebrity favourite, making Hydrafacial in London a hot search topic! Just remember to find a high quality salon or clinic which has the latest technology and highly skilled staff who can carry out the best treatment and aftercare. If you live in London 23MD is a great one to check out.
Oily skin produces more oil than it needs. The problem here is that the oil then becomes a magnet for debris, such as skin cells, makeup and pollution, which can cause congestion inside the pores. Over time, the congestion becomes hardened.
Chemical Peels: Look for facials that include a chemical exfoliant, in particularly glycolic acid or salicylic acid infused. These don’t have to be harsh – you can get so many gentle formulas across salons and spas these days. Plus, the results of a good quality, professional skin peel are instant and can have zero downtime.
Choose a skin peel rich in AHA’s, which will penetrate the pores and melt the congestion. Oily skin also benefits from extractions to remove any hardened debris within the pores (so long, blackheads!). Skin extractions can take place alongside mattifying and pore tightening facials, and you’ll find its much safer to have a fully trained aesthetician to do this alongside a facial, than to ever attempt it yourself.
Mature skin can be challenging, because not only do you have the battle of fine lines and wrinkles, it can be oily or dry/dehydrated at the same time. Mature skin also slows down in general (cell production and circulation), so there are many issues to address.
The best facials to invest in for mature skin is to look for the ones that focus on cell renewal, ones that increase circulation and saturate the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Hyaluronic acid and Collagen facials: For aging skin, think of hyaluronic acid and collagen as your skins best friend. Any facial which infuses hyaluronic acid into the skin is going to plump up the skin and smooth away lines and wrinkles. It isn’t going to make them magically disappear, but it works to even out the skin from the lower layers, filling out any sagging areas and deep lines.
Dermaroller: Collagen is also key for anti-aging, as the older we get, the less we produce. Dermaroller – also known as micro needling – is one of the best facial treatments to have to generate natural collagen production. The hundreds of tiny needles cause small trauma to the skin, which in time, kicks the body’s natural collagen production into order, creating a rush of collagen to the skin. After a course of three, you should start to see a more youthful, plumped and glowing complexion.
HydraFacials: Again, HydraFacials work well for those with mature skin, because the older the skin, the more depleted of moisture it becomes. Once you reach your early thirties, your skin will crave an intense hydration boost much more often than it once did. These are one of the fastest facials to encourage hydrated skin, along with one of the deepest cleanses you’ll ever have! Check out 23MD -who offer this treatment in London – for more info.
If you’re prone to acne, you’ll potentially have a few skin issues that need addressing. First, active acne, and then red marks, pigmentation and scarring.
Led Facial: One of the latest facials doing wonders for acne prone skin is this space-age-y facial which works with the power of LED. It harnesses the specific wavelengths in LED light to calm breakouts and inflammation, making it ideal for those with acne-prone skin and redness. A single treatment can improve both, but for severe breakouts, it may take closer to three sessions to notice a dramatic reduction.
Salicylic acid and Lactic acid skin peels: If you have active acne, inflammation and scars, an infusion of Salicylic and Lactic acid can work together to calm the inflammation and soothe breakouts and fade red marks. Depending on the severity of the acne, you can now get skin peels which tailor the percentage of salicylic acid to work for your skin.
We all have days when our skin looks tired, dull and uneven. Breakouts, blotches, sun damage and larger pores can leave anyone feeling self-conscious about their skin. Dull skin is quite common, and the treatments to improve it can work quite rapidly.
Microdermabrasion: If your complexion looks constantly dull and in need of a refresh, Microdermabrasion is a good one to book in for. It’s one of the fastest way to get a healthy, youthful glow.
During microdermabrasion, a pressurized jet scours the skin with micronized crystals (usually aluminum oxide) and then vacuums the dead cells away. It’s usually always followed by a vitamin boosting facial. You may be a little red after it, but your skin will feel silky smooth to touch, and radiant and fresh in appearance.
Enzyme peels: Another facial for skin that can look dull and tired is a brightening enzyme facial. A brightening facial usually involves a combination of masks, enzyme peels, and acid treatments to remove dead-skin build-up. The result? Dewy, megawatt glow-y skin.
Of course, these are just some of the facial treatments you can book in for to get your skin back on track and feeling fabulous. With the ever-improving advanced skin treatments out there, you’ll find (when you investigate) that you’re actually spoilt for choice these days on facials available. Why not have a browse at some of your local salons, and see what they have to offer?