What are Facials?
A facial cleanses, exfoliates and nourishes the skin to promote clear, well-hydrated skin. A facial is the second most popular spa treatment after a massage. It is sometimes called a "deep-cleansing facial" or or "deep-pore cleansing" facial because of the extractions.
Steps of a Facial
Cleansing. A facial begins with a cleansing with cotton pads or sponges and a product chosen for your skin type (normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature.) such as AQUA DEEP CLEAN™ Face Wash. With very rich and lathering properties.
Skin Analysis. The esthetician covers your eyes and looks at your skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp that reveal various skin conditions.
Exfoliation using a mechanical or chemical exfoliant. Mechanical exfoliation has a gritty texture and usually happens while a steam vapor is directed at your face. A chemical peel can be a stand-alone treatment or part of the facial. It is generally an "upgrade" and done in a series.
Extraction of blackheads or whiteheads if you want it and need it. People have different pain tolerance for extractions. They can be uncomfortable, especially on thin or ruddy skin.
Facial massage using classic strokes like effleurage to both relax you and stimulate your skin and facial muscles.
A facial mask targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature) and condition. A facial mask is a creamy paste (or gel) applied to the entire, already-cleansed face. It often contains minerals, vitamins, essential oils, and/or fruit extracts (e.g., cactus, cucumber, etc.). There are different kinds of masks for different purposes: deep-cleansing such as BEAUTY CLASSICS® Pharmacist Formulary Clear Skin Care Hydra Deep Peel™ Face Mask , by penetrating the pores; healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation; brightening, for a gradual illumination of the skin tone. Some masks are designed to dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster; others just remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing, or refreshing; and, may yield temporary or long-term benefits (depending on environmental, dietary, and other skincare factors). Masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping if off with a damp cloth, or peeling off of the face by hand. Duration for wearing a mask varies with the type of mask, and manufacturer's usage instructions. The time can range from a few minutes, to, overnight. Those with sensitive skin are advised to first test out the mask on a small portion of the skin, in order to check for any irritations.
Masks can vary in consistency and form. These forms include: clay, which is a thicker consistency, and will draw out impurities (and sometimes, natural oils, too) from the Pores; a cream, which stays damp to hydrate the skin; sheet-style, in which a paper mask is dampened with liquid to tone and moisturize the skin; and lastly, a hybrid/clay & cream form that includes small beads for removing dead surface skin cells. These different forms are made to suit different skin types (e.g., oily, dry), and different skincare goals or needs (e.g., moisturizing, cleansing, exfoliating). Clay and mud masks suit oily and some "combination" skin types, while cream-based masks tend to suit dry and sensitive skin types. Application of Toners AQUA CLEAR™ Acne Control Toner and protective creams is a final step in the facial.