If regular facials aren’t already part of your beauty routine you need to stop what you’re doing and book one immediately. Having regular facials is a great way to:
- Rejuvenate tired, dull looking skin
- Reduce breakouts
- Improve the skin’s circulation
- Slow down the ageing process
- Even skin tone
- Help reduce acne scarring
- Cleanse the skin from any clogged pores
- Reduce stress
With so many different facials out there it can be hard to know where to start but here are seven of the best facials that will give your skin the pick me up it needs and give you beautiful, glowing skin.
BEST FACIALS AVAILABLE
A radiofrequency facial is a great way to contour and tone your skin and works by stimulating the skin’s collagen production. The facial uses a machine to heat the skin with radiofrequency which then helps soften fine lines, lift the cheeks and tighten the jawline. It’s pain free although you will feel some heat on your skin. So if you’re suffering from rosacea or broken capillaries this treatment is not recommended for you. As well as helping increase collagen production a radiofrequency facial helps boost oxygen levels in the skin, really helping make it glow. If you’re curious about radiofrequency facials you can find even more information here and here.
Dermaplaning is the removal of the soft, fuzzy, hair we have on our faces. This hair is called vellus (more commonly known as peach fuzz) and the treatment involves using a thin blade to shave this off. When we remove this hair we stop any dirt or oil becoming trapped in it which can lead to breakouts. Removing this hair also helps products penetrate our skin better, removing any barriers and letting our skincare really get to work. Once you have a dermaplaning treatment you’ll notice your makeup sits on the face better, giving it an almost airbrushed appearance. Contrary to old wives tales, shaved hair won’t grow back thicker or darker, so rest assured that you won’t end up with a beard if you stop dermaplaning – not that you will want to though once you see the results!
Most of us know the key to great skin is exfoliation and microdermabrasion is one of the best exfoliating treatments you can get! A microdermabrasion treatment uses fine crystals and a vacuum to slough away any old, dead skin, revealing the younger, healthier skin underneath. This is a great anti ageing treatment as it helps reduce any fine lines and wrinkles whilst simultaneously brightening tired, dull skin. It’s also great for helping treat acne scarring and evening skin tone. It might sound like it could be a bit harsh on your skin but your therapist can adjust the strength of the device so it can be used on sensitive skin. You might want to book this treatment for when you don’t have any plans as you skin can be a little bit pink afterwards!
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that uses very thin microneedles on various pressure points around the body. It can be used on the face and is a great non surgical answer to slowing down the ageing process. Acupuncture helps the skin produce collagen and elastin, essential for youthful looking skin. It’s also great for increasing oxygen levels which prevents your skin from becoming puffy and tired looking. It is painless and can be tailored to each individual making sure the treatment is suited exactly to your skin needs and desires.
An LED facial (also sometimes called colour therapy) uses four wavelengths of UV free LED lights to help rejuvenate your skin. A treatment is usually administered via a mask and can be added on to most facial treatments as an additional extra as well as a standalone treatment. The different wavelengths target different areas of the skin by sending energy into the cells to stimulate different responses. For example:
- Red: Increases collagen and elastin production and reduces redness
- Blue: Kills bacteria, regulates oil and sebum production, has anti inflammatory properties
- Green: Targets pigmentation and evens skin tone
- Yellow: Helps heal the skin
LED facials are pain free, suitable for all skin types. And, if you’re feeling flush and have a spare £350 to spend on your own mask, it can also be done at home as part of your normal skincare routine.
Extractions are a normal part of most facials but if you have larger pores that clog easily you might need a facial that focuses solely on extractions. During an extraction facial your therapist will remove dirt, oil and excess sebum from your pores, extracting both blackheads and whiteheads. They will start the facial using steam to open your pores and soften your skin to help the extraction be as painless as possible. Most extraction facials will follow up with a cooling, soothing mask. You might find you’re a bit red afterwards and depending on how deep your extractions are your skin also may be a bit tender to touch.
The HydraFacial has become increasingly popular in recent years and with good reason. One of the best facials for detoxifying and deep cleansing your skin, the HydraFacial follows six steps. They are:
- Cleanse and Exfoliation
Using advanced technology this facial removes any dead skin cells and impurities then hydrates the skin with antioxidants and peptides. The results are refreshed, hydrated skin that all skin types can enjoy.
Choosing the right facial for you
When you’re deciding what facial is right for you, think about your skin’s needs; is it acne prone, dry, oily or do you want to reduce the signs of ageing? Think about your problem areas and the results you want to see and choose a facial according to this.
Everyone can benefit from a regular facial, even if it’s just a simple classic facial once a month. Find a therapist who can get to know your skin and who will be able to decide the best course of action in order to give you the healthiest skin possible.