What is a facial?
A facial is typically an hour-long experience. It is designed to cleanse your skin and treat it for your specific problem areas, but it is also an hour of relaxation and rejuvenation. Let me tell you about my most recent facial with Debbie at Lake Havasu CosMedics. I hadn’t had a facial since my best friend got married in 2010 (Hi, E!), so I was a little unsure what to expect. The treatment room is the same where I received my VI Peel—it was dimly lit with soft music and a wonderful relaxing aura. Debbie left me alone to change into a wrap (undies only!) and to snuggle under the covers on the treatment table. I have to admit, I almost fell asleep I was THAT comfortable.
Debbie, a licensed esthetician, began by placing a headband around my face and a warm towel under my neck. A steamer began to moisturize my face, and she was able to adjust the level of steam for my comfort. The steam is important because it begins to soften the face and open pores for deep cleansing. After cleansing my face, she began extracting the milia on my forehead by using a lancet. This was mildly painful as she sliced through the first layer of skin to get the white bumps out, but the extraction process for my whole face only took 10 minutes. After extractions, she used a high-frequency wand with a small electrical current to kill bacteria since parts of my skin were open from the extractions. This was a little zap, nothing too uncomfortable.
Debbie then customized a few treatments for my skin type. She applied a mask, and while it was setting, I got a wonderful neck, shoulder, and chest massage. After the mask was an exfoliator, and while that set, I got a wonderful arm and hand massage. After rinsing and applying high-quality A-Cute Derm products such as the Glycolic Acid Ultra 10 lotion, which is a fast-acting treatment that stimulates the exfoliation cycle to produce everything healthy in your skin including collagen, fibril tissue, and hyaluronic acid.
So why get a regular facial (aside from the amazing pampering and obvious glowing skin)?
1. Your skincare routine will work better.
Dead skin and clogged pores do not readily absorb your skincare products. Even the highest quality products won’t be as effective if they aren’t making it deep into your skin. You must maintain the health of your skin to get the most from your products.
2. Professional extractions leave fewer marks.
Who doesn’t love to squeeze a white head or coax a black head from a clogged pore? But at-home picking causes more acne flare-ups (think bacteria!), facial scarring, and broken capillaries. Leave it to the professionals.
3. Personalized skin care
With a deep cleanse and an inspection under the magnifier, your esthetician can immediately apply the most helpful masks or peel as well as recommend the correct products for your skin type and condition. This might also change seasonally, so if you can’t make it for a monthly facial, at least try to get in seasonally. Regular visits will help you understand what’s going on with your skin and what to do about it.
4. Professional services you can’t get at home
From milia extractions to LED therapies and professional strength exfoliation, you will receive treatments administered by a licensed professional that you can’t do yourself at home. Over time, these professional treatments can diminish acne scars and reduce wrinkles and age spots.
5. At-home guidance
A facial is relaxing and rejuvenating, but it is also educational. A good esthetician will tell you where your problem areas are and recommend products and routines you can do at home. For example, I was able to choose and purchase medical grade products right then from Lake Havasu CosMedics. Not only did I get to take all my products home from the office, but I also received personalized instructions on which products to use in the morning and at night. I felt confident that my skincare routine was changing for the better. That night, I started my new skincare routine, and in the morning, I had a healthy glow and smoother skin.