I wonder if you’re a bit like me.
I understand and can see instant benefits in a regular back, neck and shoulder massage (I try and have one monthly). I work from a computer, on average, 7 hours a day which is a long time for your body to not move, we’re not designed to be inflexible and the consequence of this is tight muscles and excruciating knots which I simply can’t work out.
I understand and see the instant benefits in regular manicures and pedicures (though I don’t have one as often as I should). Not only do my nails look healthier but I instantly feel uplifted; life can be so manic that I savour the hour or so I sit and have my nails done, allowing myself to converse with someone about the mundanities of everyday life without a care in the world.
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 facials when it’s been incorporated into a package I’ve had at the spa or there’s been an unbelievable deal I simply can’t refuse (this was the case twice when I went through a very traumatic spotty skin phase, caused by hormones). Though I’ve never really regarded a facial as a necessity; I have a regular skincare routine that seems to work for my skin and until now, I really thought that was enough.
Did you know?
- As complex systems our body determines where best to distribute vitamins, minerals and all other food goodness. Often the goodness in food is not fed back to the skin as your body deems organs, muscles and all other aspects of the body a bigger priority- especially if our bodies are under undue stress.
- 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, causing fine line, wrinkles and sagging.
- 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.
So what actually is a facial?
At a basis- it is a cleansing, exfoliating and a nourishing ritual which can draw out toxins and impurities, improve tone, texture and complexion giving you luminous skin.
Applying product to your face without knowing your skin type or potential problems that may be lurking, without considering the deeper levels and the functional properties of the skin and/or considering the influences that affect the health and appearance of skin- our efforts and money is wasted. We need to make sure that our skin is clear of buildup- which can occur out of the products we use not just hormonal or environmental factors- and that we’re working our products to a deeper level. 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.
Who do you need to see?
If you’ve got skin concerns (e.g. concerning 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. There are extensive treatments available and it can be a minefield to know which is appropriate to your needs- let the specialist tell you.
At a basic level, a routine appointment with a facialist can improve the overall tone, texture and appearance of skin.
If your skin is lacklustre, dehydrated, feeling clogged and/or lacks a little tone then make an appointment to see a facialist. A facialist will have had basic training that will enable them to identify your skin type (oily, normal, dry, combination etc.) and basic skin concerns (spot types) that enables them to tailor products specific to these basic 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 appointment (like any other massage) will 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/skin concerns you’ll want a regular appointment with a dermatologist- though if you’re looking for preventative methods (such as specialist anti-ageing products) a dermatologist has the know-how and access to a whole range of products you’ll otherwise not find on the market.