Prior to studying esthetics, I had no idea what a facial included. Searching through Pinterest, it’s easy to think you could simply create an at home facial for yourself. Do it yourself (DIY) masks, tips and tricks all flood the search results.
To begin, there is a big difference between a full facial treatment and applying a mask. If you have a daily skincare routine, I believe incorporating a few select masks can be advantageous to your skin. However, attempting professional skincare techniques or creating masks with active ingredients can be damaging. Therefore, I’d like to describe the benefits of a professional facial compared to a DIY facial.
1. Consultation and Analysis
Estheticians have spent many hours looking at skin. During a full facial treatment you’ll be asked questions about how your skin feels, what you use in your daily routine and lifestyle questions to determine how best to take care of your skin. A thorough analysis under a mag lamp, helps me to see clearly what skin type you have, which areas of your face require the most attention and how to lay out your skin care plan. Personally, I have learned where to look and what to ask to help your skin get exactly what it needs.
Having a fresh pair of eyes on your skin and being able to get your skin questions answered can be important. From preventing premature aging to fixing an ongoing skin issue, consultation and analysis can be helpful.
2. Deep Cleanse
Let’s be honest, we are creatures of habit. Washing our face becomes a quick routine that we miss often and never fully complete. Cleansing is an essential step to a facial. I meticulously massage away dirt and oil. From the tip of your nose to your hairline, relaxing motions will purge your skin of impurities. The cleanse is the foundation of the treatment, ensuring your skin is prepped to accept the treatment to come.
Most facials include some type of exfoliation. However, an esthetician knows (from consultation and analysis) what level of intensity the skin can experience. Especially during pregnancy, the skin can be sensitive to these treatments. Furthermore, there can be lasting repercussions to over exfoliating or exfoliating too intensely. The fallout from these blunders can lead to dark spots, increased dryness, redness, irritated skin or scarring.
During my facials I use heat in a number of different forms.
- First, I begin most of my treatments with a hot foot bath to welcome you into the space.
- Next, my product removals are all done with hot towels to melt away stress. I focus different pressure points (during removal) depending on what you need and whether you’re pregnant.
- Lastly, I use a steamer to open your pores, soften your skin and increase the effectiveness of your treatment mask.
Steaming your face at home in the shower or over a bowl of water can be beneficial to your skin. However, the time your skin should be under the steam for it to be effective or if your skin shouldn’t be steamed at all, varies depending on skin type. It is easy to use heat and have adverse reactions such as intense redness, dryness or even burning. I monitor your skin carefully throughout my treatments making sure every use of heat is effective, but gentle.
Most of us pick at our skin. Although I do not advocate picking, I do understand the tendency. Nobody wants to walk out the door with a pimple on their face. I definitely spent a good portion of my teenage years in front of my mirror trying to force away imperfections clogging my pores. Unfortunately as a result, I have post acne scarring to commemorate that time. I always try and encourage my clients on safe steps they can take to prevent damage and still provide their pores with relief.
I have spent years learning how to relieve clogged pores. Everything I do during the beginning of your facial helps to make this process efficacious without causing breakage. For those that require it, I even use a vacuum tool that helps to dislodge debris from the pores and encourages collagen production.
The result of doing extractions include:
- hyper pigmentation/ dark spots
- broken capillaries
- more breakouts
- enlarged pores.
6. Treatments Masks
There are a remarkable amount of masks sold for home use. I designed the treatment masks used in my facials. I think it matters what’s in the products applied to your skin. These masks are created:
- with botanical ingredients
- with only pregnancy and breastfeeding safe ingredients
- to effectively clarify, moisturize and exfoliate without harsh chemicals
- to be boosted with therapeutic essential oils
Whatever your skincare goals may be, I can increase or decrease the strength of my treatment masks to work for your skin. Using certain ingredients i.e.: fruit, baking soda, acids or essential oils at home directly on the face can have negative consequences. Knowing ingredients, their side effects and strength is a top priority to me. I would love to guide you , so you can get the most out of your facial and home care.
My facial treatments include massage to help increase circulation and therefore nourish your skin. In addition, massage is a powerful tool to diminish stress. Nothing compares to soothing techniques, compressions and pressure point work to complete the facial experience. Stress can have terrible effects on your skin and that’s why my facials include:
- facial massage
- decollété massage
- hand/ arm massage
- foot massage
- breathing routines
- pressure point focus
Although self-massage can be beneficial, it’s simple to understand that you reach different level of relaxation when you are not performing the massage yourself.
What can you do?
There is a great deal of home care to be done to maintain healthy skin. Here are some essential steps you can take at home:
drink enough water
I like to say half your weight in ounces daily. Also, getting a fun reusable water bottle or looking up infused water recipes can be the encouragement you need to build this habit.
create a good skincare routine
Making sure you nurture your skin between treatments is a imperative. My clients all walk away with recommendations to establish a good home care. Not the same morning and night routine works for everyone. Different goals, skin type and lifestyle demands a custom skin care plan. I love to help find what works right for your skin and your life.
consume skin benefitting food
What you eat affects your skin drastically. Eat food that nourishes your skin! Stay away over consuming dehydrating beverages like alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Reduce sugar and processed foods. More than anything though, try to encourage balance in your diet as much as possible. I’m not an supporter of overhauling your whole diet if you have other areas of your life that demand a great deal of attention. All this requires is trying your best.
receive professional facial treatments
My treatments are customized, relaxing and beneficial to you as a whole person. Your skin will thank you for devoting this time. I usually recommend every 28-32 days, because that’s how long it takes for your skin cells to turnover. However, depending on your skincare goals or skin concerns the time between facial treatments may vary.
If you ever have any questions feel free to reach out! Also, you can take the quiz to determine which facial treatment is best for you. To learn more about which treatments I offer you can head over to the services page. If you’d like to get into see me, set time aside for yourself today!
Not every facial treatment is created equal. This article outlines my process, but every facial treatment is unique to the esthetician you visit.
Which part of getting a professional facial do you like the most? Steam? Hot towels? Facial massage?