I understand and can see instant results in a regular massage; I work from a computer for at least 7 hours a day, which is a long time for your body to not move. The consequence of this is tight muscles and excruciating knots which I simply can’t work out.
I also see the instant benefits in regular manicures and pedicures. Not only do my nails look healthier but relaxed for taking a little time our for a pamper.
But when it comes to facials there has been huge gaps in my knowledge.
facial massage is also beneficial in stimulating collagen production which slows down with ageing
I’ve had facials. But I can probably count the amount I’ve had in my lifetime on one hand. Mostly, I’ve had them as part of a package or when I had particularly problematic and stubborn skin. But its not something I’ve regarded as a necessity as I have a regular skincare routine that seems to work. That is, until now.
- As complex systems, our body determines where best to distribute vitamins, minerals and all other food goodness. Often, our skin is the last to benefit from the nutrients and vitamins we consume, as the organs, muscles and all other aspects of the body get first priority. This is especially if our bodies are under undue stress (ever wondered why your skin gets worse when stressed?).
- It is the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) that is responsible for the look and health of our skin
- The middle layer (dermis) is where you’ll find the elastin and collagen fibres. This is what deteriorates as we age and causes fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
- Our skin is heavily influenced by stress, hormones, environmental factors, age and diet. A change in these often leads to a change in our skins behaviour.
What does a facial actually entail?
At a basic level, a facial, is the process of cleansing, exfoliating and a nourishing ritual for that face that draws out toxins and impurities, improves tone, texture and complexion.
Without really understanding what your skin is experiencing, you’re likely to be applying products that are unsuitable. Not only can this aggravate your skin but ultimately your wasting your money. It’s always important to ensure that our skin is clear of buildup, which can occur from products, hormonal or environmental factors, and that the products we used are pushed deep within the skin. This is why we need to consider regular facials.
Our skin is heavily influenced by stress, hormones, environmental factors, age and diet to name a few causal impacts on the appearance, health and feel of our skin.
Where to get the best facial?
Where you go for a facial, depends on what you’re looking to achieve:
When to see a dermatologist
If you’ve got skin concerns, e.g. spots, scarring, ageing lines, sun damage etc., you should make an appointment with a dermatologist. A dermatologist has had extensive training, and therefore able to identify and treat problematic skin. The identification in skin flares/conditions is at the core of being able to manage and potential rectify skin concerns. You’ll want a specialist that is able to distinguish the causation of your problem; be it acne, diet or some form of damage to ensure appropriate and relevant treatment. They can also then determine which treatment is right for you.
At a basic level, a routine appointment with a facialist can improve the overall tone, texture and appearance of skin.
When to see a beautician
If your skin is lacklustre, dehydrated, clogged and/or lacks tone, then make an appointment to see a facialist. A facialist will have had the training to identify skin type (oily, normal, dry, combination etc.) and basic concerns (spot types) that enables them to tailor products specific to your needs.
At a basic level, a routine appointment with a facialist can improve the overall tone, texture and appearance of skin. The massage they conduct during a facial will help to drain toxins and stimulate the muscles in your face to give you definition. A facial massage is also beneficial in stimulating collagen production which slows down with ageing.
For more problematic skin concerns you’ll want a regular appointment with a dermatologist. If you’re looking for preventative methods (such as specialist anti-ageing products) a dermatologist has knowledge and access to a whole range of products you’ll not find.