A facial can soothe, disinfect, unclog, clean and even hydrate the skin. All of these things combined make for one effective skin care technique. This might help to make sense of the facials fad that is sweeping the nation right now. Getting facials while young can preserve your youthful glow and create younger looking skin for you as you age. A facial can also be used as a relaxation technique.
Understanding the basics of a facial is necessary. Depending on where you go for your facial and who is actually giving you the facial, there are many variations. Nearly every facial available could be done with different steps. However, while the techniques may differ, the idea behind them is quite similar.
What is a facial?
A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that is a great way to care for the skin on the face. A facial can cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, promote well-hydrated skin and promote younger looking skin. A facial will work best when it is a part of an ongoing skin care routine that you handle at home. Upon completing your facial you might even receive information about your particular skin type and how to best care for it.
Who gives facials?
It is vitally important that you are aware of who is able to legally give you a proper facial and who is not. The skin of your face is very delicate and if put into the hands of someone who is unaware of what they are doing, damage could be caused.
When getting a facial you will, in most circumstances be meeting with an esthetician. This is someone who administers facials and other skin care treatments to clients. Their goal is to help your skin looks its best. They can give treatments that help clear up acne, get rid of blackheads, make dull skin look brighter, and advise you on which products are going to be best for you and your skin type.
Estheticians are licensed to do these types of procedures. However, their training only goes so far. They should only be working on the superficial layers of your skin. This means that they can only treat the outermost layers of the epidermis. The dermis, which is beneath the epidermis is not part of their expertise and for safety reasons, they should not be interacting with this deeper layer of your skin. They can treat the superficial layers of skin on your face, neck, shoulders and head.
Do your research though. There are several states that do not require any training to give facials. This might be something to look into before paying a few hundred dollars to someone who might not know what they are doing concerning your skin.
It is a common belief that someone who trained at a cosmetology school is also trained in facial procedures. While this is partly true, before receiving a facial it is best to know all of the facts. Cosmetologists are trained primarily in hair. During their training they do cover an hour or two on the process of giving a facial to a client. However, their training does not go in depth and they are definitely not taught as well as someone who went to esthetician school. While someone who is a cosmetologist is licensed to give a facial, the amount of knowledge they have is far less than that of an esthetician.
What are facial extractions?
Facial extractions are becoming very popular and knowing what to expect before heading into this procedure can help you to prepare. The basic definition of the word extraction is, “the action of taking something out, especially using effort or force.” A facial extraction is exactly that. During a facial extraction, the patient undergoes the clearing of clogged or compacted pores by mechanical or manual means. This process physically removes impurities from the skin. These extractions are for the most part performed as one single part of a facial. Some people receiving a facial can undergo many extractions during one sitting.
Blackheads are the most common reason for an extraction that is done to the face. Scientifically known as comedones, these are pores that have become clogged, usually with excess oil and dead skin cells.
Expectations when receiving extractions on the face
There are preliminary steps in the facial process before the actual extraction takes place. Usually the esthetician will begin by cleansing your skin.
Following the cleansing process steam is directed at the skin and/or a fluid will be applied to help soften the sebum in the pores and make it easier to extract. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your sebaceous glands. Your esthetician may also use something to scrub your skin during this step to loosen the impacted pores.
The actual extraction will be done under a magnifying lamp with bright light. This is the easiest way for your esthetician to see the pores that are clogged. They will use a metal extracting device to push down on your face to unclog pores. Or they will use their hands in more of a squeezing motion to unclog the pores.