Spa days should be full of pampering, relaxation and glowing results. Sometimes navigating a spa menu can be daunting -there are so many choices! – and it is important to choose something because it’s a good fit for your skin type, not just because it’s a fad.
You should always keep in mind your skin concern: do you notice some congestion or breakouts? Have you been feeling and seeing rough or flaky patches of skin? Are you noticing more fine lines or wrinkles? Are your sun spots becoming more visible?
If you have very dry skin (skin that feels rough and often flakes), you should look for a hydrating and moisturizing facial. Look for ingredients like aloe vera, honey, hyaluronic acid or green tea. Oxygen facials are great for dry skin!
When you feel like you have oily skin that needs balance, look for a pore cleansing facial. Every season, you should book a facial with a professional to give you effective extractions, which will relieve the skin of the excess buildup and debris (yes, this is the painful black-head removal and pimple-popping process!). One thing to keep in mind is that after a facial that includes extractions, your skin may not look perfect at first; it might be red and blotchy where they cleared pores. But give it a day or two to simmer down, and you’ll find that the skin looks clean and fresh. A clay mask is also a good idea for oily skin; so are fruit enzyme peels. If you do not have a sensitivity to algae, you could even try a seaweed detoxifying facial.
To fight the signs of aging, look for a facial that will provide thorough exfoliation and help to infuse Hyaluronic Acid into the skin. Another good option to try is a Vitamin C facial, which are great for promoting a healthy environment within the skin to stimulate collagen production. Stay away from harsh peels and Retin-A in the summer months as they can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
For skin that is hypersensitive or if you have rosacea, look for a soothing facial that includes healing oils such as Rosehip Oil and calming masks with Arnica or Calendula. Also, be sure that if steam is used in your facial, that your skin is properly hydrated and protected with a serum or moisturizing mask before the steam is turned on, as this will lessen any potential irritation. Cold therapy with stones or globes can produce great results to calm the skin and even the skin tone.
Not quite sure what your skin type is? Reach out to a licensed esthetician to help you determine the type of skin you have, and what facials would provide the most benefit for you. Getting a treatment suited specifically to your needs can yield amazing results. Best of luck, and enjoy!
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