Just think about it … if we’re truly caring for our bodies, we’re probably seeing our primary care physician once a year, our dentist twice a year, and attempting to work in a few hours of exercise each week. We wash and style our hair, shave or wax the parts we’d prefer weren’t so hairy, brush our teeh and apply makeup, all in an effort to be, or at least “appear” to be healthy. Oh, and let’s not forget the trips to have our hair cut and styled, perhaps colored, then our finger and toe nails groomed and polished to perfection. It’s easy to see why skin takes a back seat to all of this personal maintenance, in spite of the fact that, as our largest organ, it is part of both the integumentary AND the excretory systems. Our skin works HARD and deserves to be cared for and loved so it can do its jobs both efficiently and effectively. Let’s be honest … applying makeup over skin that’s less than healthy is NOT a good look (ever applied foundation over skin that’s dry and flaky?), and only contributes to its degradation.
The increased level of pollutants we are exposed to daily leave all kinds of ick on our skin … dirt, grime and even chemicals. A great facial treatment can address all these issues and more.
• Deep cleansing the follicles so the skin can breathe, thereby preventing blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts. Deep cleansing also allows for deeper penetration of products (hopefully high quality) into the skin.
• The stimulation of collagen and elastin production by the use of chemical exfoliants such as alpha or beta hydroxy acids, lactic acids, enzymes, etc., or physical exfoliants like microdermabrasion. The ingredients contained in today’s professional products are designed for deeper penetration into the skin. In addition, when certain types of non-invasive electrotherapy modalities are used, the products can penetrate even more deeply … at a cellular layer, where skin is continually renewing itself.
• The increased hydration introduced during a facial helps stimulate the cells to work more efficiently. As a result, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are softened and, giving your skin a smoother, firmer appearance.
SO WHAT HAPPENS IN THE TREATMENT ROOM?
For someone who has never experienced it, what is a facial like? Trust me … it is one of the most relaxing experiences a person can have. But first, let’s talk about what to expect when you walk through the salon/spa door.
• If it’s your first facial at this facility, it is likely you will be greeted with a clipboard containing a questionnaire regarding your general health and current skincare habits. Just like at the doctor’s office. Why? Because before treating you, we need to know that the products and procedures used during the facial have no potential to harm you in ANY way. We are very cautious about this. For example, a client might have a pacemaker. If I were thinking, ‘gee, I think I’ll use the galvanic treatment on this client to ensure excellent product penetration’, without knowing about the clients pacemaker, I could cause serious harm. Or perhaps a client has an aspirin allergy. Using salicylic acid in the treatment room could cause a reaction. I just had a client who told me she is allergic to pumpkin. Pumpkin enzyme masks are quite popular. If I hadn’t been aware of that sensitivity, and had used a pumpkin enzyme mask, a reaction could have occurred. So you can see why obtaining this information from you, the client, is so very important.
• Once you’ve entered the treatment room, you’ll be instructed to remove your clothing from the waist up, and don a wrap. You may leave your bra on, but be sure to tuck the straps under the wrap to avoid getting them wet. You’ll also want to remove your shoes and any jewelry you’re wearing, but everything else can stay. There should be a chair, or perhaps wall hooks to hang or place your garments/jewelry on. Now, you may lie on the bed, under the sheet and blanket usually covering it. That’s it … your job is complete.
• When the esthetician enters, she will either wrap your hair in a towel, or use a headband to keep your hair back … sometimes both. She should ask if you’re comfortable, and perhaps provide a bolster for under your knees, or maybe a neck roll. Then the treatment will begin. Once the esthetician is finished, she will let you know, leave the room so that you can get dressed, and provide you with any further instructions such as to where to meet her when you’re ready.
So there it is … easy peasy, and delightful. Your skin will feel and LOOK amazing, and chances are, you’ll want a repeat performance. And why not? You, and your skin, are SO worth it!