For many, their knowledge of popular facialâ€¯skin care treatments begins and ends with the classic faceâ€¯mask everyone knows – think cucumber slices. However, there’s quite a bit to know when it comes to using facials to effectively care for your skin. For example, mask or a peel? Also, what benefit do facial treatments provide to your skin and what are the consequences of not using them properly? And finally, what is the difference between seeing a professional, using at-home facial, and using a homemade facial? Let’s find out.
Simply put, a facial is designed toâ€¯cleanse,â€¯moisturize, and rejuvenate the face (hopefully!). While a facial treatment procedure is not the best treatment for severe skin issues likeâ€¯acne, many suggest they can help you relax while improving the look and feel of your skin.
Some of the benefits of regular facials include a healthier complexion, fewer breakouts, and smoother skin. I mean, who doesn’t love to feel pampered every now and then?
Types of Facial Treatments
- Simple: the most common, basic, and well-known cleansing facial mask treatment
- Bio-lift: treats problem areas under your eyes
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)â€¯facials: this is actually a chemical peel that uses a variety of acids like citric and glycolic acid to remove dead cells on the skin’s surface
For beginners to facials, it’s crucial to know the difference between facial masks and chemical peels. Chemical peels require a little bit more care than a simple facial mask, and administering them too oftenâ€¯can be damaging to your skin.
That said, chemical peelsâ€¯doâ€¯work for a lot of people – it’s just about knowing your skin and ensuring that you trust the person providing the treatment.
One aspect of facial treatments that are less frequently discussed are extractions. Typically done by an esthetician, extractions involve a professional removingâ€¯blackheadsâ€¯and whiteheads from your skin. While this processâ€¯is beneficial for your skin, it is crucial to ensure that the person doing the extractions is wearing gloves, using the proper equipment, and is taking care not to make too many extractions at once (too many in one sitting can be damaging to the skin). Done incorrectly, extractions can harm your skin and leave you looking and feeling worse off than when you sat down.