Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us and reflects our inner and outer health. The one part of our body that we see every day is our face. It can be drastically affected by lack of sleep, yo-yo dieting, medications, harsh or non-existent quality skin care product use, or simply over-indulgence and/or eating and drinking things that are not the best for our bodies. Salty foods or alcohol, for example, can cause puffy eyes, lack-luster and dehydrated skin. We tend to be very hard on ourselves and if we see negative changes on our faces, whether temporary or permanent, it can affect our over-all self-esteem and opinions of ourselves.
Facials can benefit any skin type from Fitzpartick I (fair) to Fitzpatrick 6 (very dark) and any age from pre-teens to older men and women. European countries are more likely to teach their children about skin care at any early age. American’s start to worry about skin care when acne is an issue at puberty or later in life when the toll of neglect or sun damage is noticeable. Aestheticians are trained to really look at your skin and help you to decide how you keep your healthy skin, or regain your skin’s health and appearance.
Unfortunately, our lives are extremely busy and often we skip skin care thinking that it won’t make a difference, worry if there are too many steps involved, or think that just using water will be good enough. We need to take a few minutes to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and even pollution, that can affect our skin.
Using a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sun screen are basic necessities that can be kept simple, yet beneficial. There are many benefits to monthly facials since normal turn over for our skin, until about our later 20’s, is 28 days. For each decade after that, our skin takes longer and longer to produce healthy cells and the appearance of dead skin cells gives us a dull and dehydrated look. Facials help to stimulate collagen and elastin as well as cellular turnover. Let us help you bring out the best in you.
Acne skin, or problematic skin, has more of a build up of “sticky” cells that are trapped in excessive sebum. Excessive sebum and bacteria, in the skin, creates an “infection response” from the body. This in turn creates a cycle of blemishes and breakouts. We use gentle, but therapeutic products to calm the skin, slow sebum buildup and dissolve the “sticky” cells. Light therapy is also used to control the bacteria and control the “infection response”. Depending on the severity of the acne, we recommend either weekly or bi-weekly treatments, until the skin improves.
Benefits of regular facials:
1. Cleanses your skin
Professional facials, use customizable products based on how your skin appears that day. We carefully and evaluate your skin and create a plan to address any issues. We can also determine whether your home care products are causing irritation or excessive dryness, or oiliness, for example.
2. Stress Reduction
Part of the facial process is the facial massage. Not only is this very relaxing, but it also affects the hundreds of pressure points on the face. The facial massage helps with cellular regeneration, detoxification, lymphatic movement, collagen and elastin stimulation, increased blood circulation and product absorption. It will also reduce stress and improve your overall mood at the same time.
3. Improve Acne
Acne is a problem that can occur at different times in our lives. Heredity, testosterone levels/hormones and diet are major culprits in the skin issue.
Using overly harsh skin care products, squeezing and wearing heavy makeup can help to aggravate the skin and can cause further problems such as scarring or discoloration of the damaged area. Our facials help to calm the skin and the professional extractions are far less damaging to the skin as well as the inflamed pores. Aggressive squeezing can actually break open the pore, below the skin, and spread acne bacteria to other pores. Our professional facials work well with antibiotics or other topical medications prescribed by your doctor. Our aesthetician worked for a Dermatologist for many years and understands the frustration with acne skin. Home care is important and can be customized to your skin. Note: cystic acne should be treated by a physician for cyst removal.
4. Blackhead (open comedone), pustules, and whitehead (milia) removal:
Facials include extractions that are much easier to achieve with professional products and steam that softens clogged pores, congestion, hardened oil or proteins in pores. As regular facials are scheduled, the skin will become more cooperative and allow us to remove these issues easily. They can be difficult to properly remove at home.
DermaSweep is a system that provides an advanced exfoliation with the added benefit of medical grade products that are directly “infused” into the skin. These products range from Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, (and more), to Stem Cells. Comfortable treatment that gives immediate improvement to the skin.
Peels are also available to boost the exfoliating properties, or to address specific issues, such as acne or sun damage. Mild to moderate down time is possible with the peel/microdermabrasion combination.