Getting a monthly facial is not a thing women (and men) do out of vanity. In fact, it’s a necessity for radiant skin, which, unfortunately, is often neglected. If you’re one of the people who wait until you have breakouts, dry skin, or dark spots to bother going for a facial, please stop. As with any other thing, it’s better to prevent than to treat. Preventing these problems is only one of the benefits you get from treating yourself to facials each month.
New to facials? This is what happens
You can go for a facial to a beauty salon, dermatologist, or a spa. Beauty salons and spas are more for pampering, and short-term skin improvements, while cosmetic dermatologists provide you with informed medical evaluation and the most effective treatment method for your skin type and concern. This is about your preferences, where you feel better and safer. The technique may be similar, but the products used are related to your skin type and according to your needs. “If you’re talking about a standard facial”—usually a deep cleaning, followed by some kind of pimple/blemish extraction, a massage and steam treatment, a mask or peel, and a final application of some type of moisturizer—”those are about improving the appearance of skin here and now,” says Dr. Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology and director of translational research at George Washington University for Time. Based on these steps, you can get a deep-cleansing that penetrates the pores, healing acne or hyperpigmentation, slow aging, or brighten the skin.
All the steps, along with professional-grade products, lead to improving your skin in the long term. This is why if you want proper results, you may want to stick to the habit once monthly. Probably these benefits will convince you.
You get to know your skin better
No matter how skeptical it may sound, a visit to a beauty salon can teach you more about your skin than you have done in your entire life. The truth is most people are using the wrong products for their skin type and condition, which could cause the skin to become sensitized. I once found an esthetician who claimed that “without the knowledge of a licensed esthetician, deciding the right products for your skin can just be a downright futile endeavor.” Estheticians can help you understand what your skin needs and why it needs it. Also, estheticians have available professional-only skincare products that you have never tried and may actually work. Simply put, you can’t get a salon-like experience at home because you lack either the knowledge or the resources to do it.
Increased blood circulation
Poor blood circulation can lead to premature skin aging, eventually causing blotchy and uneven skin tone. Facials are a truly powerful means to increase blood circulation. The massage you get and specific ingredients, such as some of the acids, increase blood flow. For instance, my cosmetologist uses nitric oxide acid, which it’s a vasodilator, meaning it relaxes the inner muscles of blood vessels, causing them to widen. This is how nitric oxide increases blood flow in the skin.
When you get a facial, the blood circulation is increased all around the face, delivering revitalizing blood to enrich vitality. That new flow under your skin allows cells to regenerate easier. Faster regeneration leads to a healthier glow, and fresh skin cells are key to having a radiant look.
Sun damage, coupled with the aging process, can lead to deterioration of the lymphatic system. “You might be able to make a case that you could reduce fluid buildup by having a facial to encourage drainage when your skin has fewer lymphatics. So promoting lymphatic flow can have benefits,” said fellow dermatologist Michael Detmar, for Healthline.
When you have one of these beauty treatments, you aren’t just getting rid of old skin cells. A monthly facial will help you eliminate any waste built up underneath the surface by manipulating the lymphatic system. It’s this waste build-up that causes puffiness and ruddiness in your complexion.
Reduce fine lines
A facial and the massage that goes with it is an excellent way to reduce fine lines. Having the face massaged not only makes you feel pampered, but it stimulates collagen production and strengthens muscle memory. In this way, it helps prevent wrinkles, and even sagging in your skin. The increased blood flow in the skin also takes part in reducing fine lines.
Slows the aging process
Going for a monthly facial doesn’t just lessen the aging signs appearance, but it actually slows the process. The enzymes exfoliation, steaming, extractions, and masks have their role in delaying your skin’s aging process. Exfoliation, cell regeneration, skin cleansing, and hydration — all these actions lead to slowing the aging process.
However, if you intend to slow down the aging process, you can try Diamond Abrasion, LED light therapy, microcurrent, or oxygen treatments.
Cleans at a deeper level
If you’re struggling with blackheads and pimples, a monthly facial might be the missing piece. This practice gets into the pores on a deeper level of the skin layers than cleansing your face with water and soap. It’s an excellent way to keep pores clean and keep acne away from forming. Cleansed pores can even shrink in size, while clogged pores stretch and widen to accommodate oil and dirt accumulation. At the same time, the exfoliation of dead cells allows nutrients and antioxidants to get to the healthy cells underneath.
An at-home beauty regimen can be mega relaxing. But having a professional do the job will help your stress flow out of you. It feels extraordinary and promotes both physical and emotional healing. You might even find a nice woman who listens to you and talks to you as a friend, as I did. Every time I have my facial done, it feels like I just had a facial, psychologist meet, and body massage in one. That relaxing! The power of touch, proper technique, and an excellent massage can make all the difference in how you feel at the end of the treatment. You end not only looking great but feeling rejuvenated as well.
Facials are not a one-time cure. With each time, you will look more radiant than before, but it takes time and patience to repair (or prevent) any damage to your skin. If performed with regularity, you could have a healthier, more balanced complexion than ever before!
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