By Jessica, January 21, 2008
A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the face to promote clear skin and a youthful, radiant complexion. A facial is the second most popular spa service after a massage.
Facials involve a cleansing procedure, a massage and steam, and the application of a face mask. Facials help remove the dull outer layer of dead cells that make up the skin’s surface or epidermis along with pollutants. An important part of a facial is the massage which improves blood circulation and aids lymphatic drainage – that is the removal of toxins and waste from the body. A facial massage relaxes the facial muscles and is proven to delay the onset of wrinkles.
The face is steamed during a facial for two reasons. Steam helps the skin absorb cream better and also softens blackheads and whiteheads so that they can be removed easily. The application of a face mask in the end helps to tone and clarifies the skin. Face masks are used to treat dry and acne-ridden skin.
A facial is also a relaxing experience as it requires taking the time to be pampered by a professional therapist who will leave us looking and feeling our best.
Facials will vary depending on skin type, the kind of treatment, products used and the person’s age. However, it is advisable to start having facials in your late 20’s.