Why Would You Need a Facial?
Skin gets dirty and damaged - it’s called living. But just because we enjoy life, doesn’t mean we have to enjoy wrinkles, fine lines and clogged pores. This is why medispa facials are so great.
First, it is important to understand that not all facials are created equally. As the name implies, medispa facials are medically driven and offer skin correction, deep cleansing and hydration. If spa facials are like a massage offering a relaxing one-time cleanse, then medispa facials are like practicing yoga as they actually reveal stronger, more flexible skin, with relaxation as an added bonus.
How do facials help?
Medispa facials consist of several steps. The first of which is cleansing using an enzyme that eats away dry, dead skin cells. Dead skin makes gives a dull appearance, and for acne-sufferers, contributes to the problem. After breaking up the bacteria, a spin brush helps exfoliate away the dirt and dead skin. Next, steam is used to open up pores and allow for the extraction of blackheads and other blemishes beneath the surface. Clearing away the dirt, dead skin and clogged pores resets your body’s process of generating new, healthier skin. As we get older, new skin is regenerated more slowly, but facials can help by taking off the outer dead layer of skin. The final step of a typical medispa facial includes the application of a hydrating mask with vitamins that nourish skin. Hydration is also important because with age the structure of our skin begins to break down and it is harder to retain moisture. The specific products used in medispa facials are tailored to your skin type. We offer several special facials at Real Skin Health to deal with specific skin conditions, such as acne and aging.
Regular facials (maintained every six to eight weeks) improve the appearance of skin and help you maintain your skin’s health. If you are on a tight budget, saving up for a facial every three months can help you avoid more costly treatments later. Facials also allow serums to absorb better and work more effectively. Serums do what a facial does at home nourishing skin, supporting its functioning and protecting skin cells.
Facials benefit everyone, but sometimes certain conditions, like acne scars and sun damage are better treated by procedures that go deeper. This is because sun damage and scarring actually penetrate beyond the surface of the skin to the dermis layer.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels like facials help new skin develop. These special treatments take away more skin cells, going deeper into the outer skin layer for bigger cellular turnover. Side effects of these types of facials include greater sensitivity.
Microdermabrasion is like sanding off imperfections. It is recommended that six treatments be undertaken for best results, which may include finer pores, softening of fine lines, diminishment of acne scars and overall rejuvenated skin.
Written by Journalist Annie Van Cleve based on an interview with Angela Vyskocil, LME, LT.