When concerning the realm of skincare, there exist treatments that are catered to your skin type. There are various types of skin, ranging from dry to oily, and each skin type requires a different sort of treatment in order to manage it. What works for dry skin does not necessarily have the same beneficial effect for oily skin types, as products meant for dry skin may feel overly greasy for those with oily skin and cause breakouts. As such, having personal knowledge of one’s skin is pivotal in searching for what products and skin treatments work best for your skin.
How to know your skin type?
Before diving into various skincare products and treatments, it is essential to discover what your skin type is. There are seven sorts of skin types: normal; dry; oily; mature; sensitive; combination; acne-prone. Take note, however, that dry and dehydrated skin exhibits similar symptoms, but are actually dissimilar in how to treat it, for the former is a skin type while the latter is a skin condition.
There are certain tips and tricks to figuring out your skin type. For instance, one method to identify your skin type is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Then, pat dry and leave your face bare for around 15-30 minutes. After waiting 30 minutes, touch your face and examine it, as well as checking how your skin feels. If you try smiling and your skin feels tight, then you probably have a dry skin type. Noticing shine only on your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) indicates combination skin while having shine on both cheeks and your T-zone points to oily skin.
Another method to ascertain your skin type is through the use of blotting paper. Simply press the blotting paper to different areas on your face, and once you do so, examine what’s leftover on your blotting paper. If the blotting paper used to display oil gathered from all over your face, then you have an oily skin type; oil picked up from only the T-zone indicate, as mentioned above, that you have combination skin. If your blotting paper does not display any amount of oil, then it means that you have dry skin.
When it comes to sensitive skin types, check to see if your skin does or does not cope well with fragrance or if it develops rashes more frequently. Sensitive skin types are more prone to redness and flushing of the skin, therefore it is advised to proceed with caution when trying products. Patch test first before applying it directly to your face.
What are the different types of facial treatments?
Similar to skincare products, facial treatments are catered to your skin type, and what your skin suffers as a direct result of the latter. For instance, breakouts for acne-prone skin or sagging and fine lines for mature skin. Even if you are blessed with normal skin and rarely develop blemishes, facial treatments can still benefit you, as they give your skin a deep cleanse and bolster the appearance of healthier skin.
One type of facial treatment is chemical peels. This type of facial treatment is used especially as a skin treatment for acne, as well as an anti-aging treatment. Doing chemical peels encourages skin cell turnover, which brings to the surface newer and healthier skin and assists with the lightening of pigmentation from sun spots or acne scarring. Peels clean out your pores, resulting in a lower frequency of acne breakouts.
Microdermabrasion is a facial treatment specialised in healing blemishes as well as reducing the signs of aging (i.e. sun spots, fine lines, etc.). Small crystals are applied to the skin through an instrument, which allows for exfoliation of the skin when suction is used to extract dead skin cells, leaving behind healthier, smoother skin.
Laser skin rejuvenation is—as its name suggests—a skin rejuvenation treatment devised for wrinkle removal, and as such, for those with mature skin. Through the use of infrared light, it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to encourage collagen production.
Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for those with mature skin as well as acne-prone skin and people suffering from uneven skin tone. This treatment involves short, powerful light rays to heat up the deeper levels of the skin in order to stimulate collagen production. The effects of this treatment are long-term and can last for years.
Vitamin infusion facials infuse the skin with vitamins—either vitamins A or C—to help give the skin a healthy glow and assist in pigmentation and wrinkles. This treatment involves the use of micro-currents to deliver the vitamins and other nutrients from applied serums into the deeper layers of the skin. Results are instantaneous, and there is no downtime involved.
What is the best facial for the face?
It is quite difficult to say what the best facial is, for facials are personal and should benefit you based on skin type and condition, as well as your age. As listed above, there is a range of facial treatments to choose from. For instance, a standard or signature facial is ideal for those with normal skin, individuals who do not suffer from acne, fine lines, or pigmentation, but are looking to cleanse their skin from daily cumulative pollutants.
If you have acne, then looking to undergo chemical peels every few weeks would go a long way in managing your breakouts, along with seeing results. People who are seeing signs characteristic of aging skin would prefer to do laser skin treatments, peels, or microdermabrasion in order to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Furthermore, licensed aestheticians would do skin analysis in order to perform a facial that is tailored specifically for your skin type and any skin condition you’re currently suffering from. All in all, the best facial is one suited for you personally, as it is an entirely subjective matter.
What are the steps of facial treatment?
To give insight into what goes on during a standard facial, the steps will be listed below.
1. Skin consultation: Firstly, most facial clinics would ask you to fill in forms as well as answer questions about your skin as well as diet practices and any supplement intake. Any allergies to certain ingredients will also be asked.
2. Cleansing of the face: A cleansing step will be performed, as it is essential for the removal of sunscreen and makeup in order to fully analyse the skin. A gentle cleanser will be used—usually, a brand retailed by the clinic or its own formulated cleanser—its removal from the skin may involve the use of facial cloths or pads.
3. Analysis: Here, your aesthetician will cover your eyes with damp cotton rounds and analyse your skin under a lamp or magnifying glass. Your skin type and any skin condition you’re suffering from will be ascertained in order for the aesthetician to know how to proceed with treating your skin.
4. Steam/Extraction: In this step, a face steam machine will emit warm steam to the face in order to enlarge and loosen the pores. Muscles in the face are relaxed and the steam helps weaken whiteheads and blackheads in the skin for the extraction process.
5. Exfoliation: The exfoliation process could involve the use of chemical peels; exfoliation masks; exfoliation gels; and exfoliation creams. With peels and masks, it is left on the face for a certain period of time in order to expel blackheads and encourage rapid cell turnover to lighten sun spots or hyper-pigmentation.
6. Mask/Massage: A pampering massage is then performed to loosen and relax the muscles after the removal of the exfoliating treatment. In this stage, the usage of oils and creams may be involved.
7. Application of products: In this last step, your aesthetician will apply skincare products, ranging from serums to moisturisers. Sunscreen is applied, especially after the exfoliation process, wherein the skin becomes more sensitive to the sun.
What is the most popular facial treatment?
At present, the pandemic has brought a deep change in our daily routines. The rise in stress levels and restlessness due to staying at home, as well as the development of ‘mask-ne’ from frequent usage of masks, brings in new demands from our skincare routines and treatments. Doing meetings and attending lectures through Zoom calls involves showing your face on camera, which creates the need to have your skin be as flawless as possible.
As such, a popular facial treatment for today’s prevalent skin issues are laser resurfacing treatments. Such treatments help with alleviating a myriad of skin issues, from fine lines and wrinkles to acne and pigmentation. Moreover, such treatment involves little to no downtime (i.e. no makeup or exfoliating acids for 24 hours), making it ideal for those looking to relieve the appearance of stress and acne on the skin.
Is facial necessary after 30?
As one age, the symptoms of aging become ever more prevalent and obvious. The skin starts to sag due to a decrease in collagen production, fine lines form and it becomes easier to develop sunspots. It is recommended to have good skincare habits in your late teens and throughout your 20s, but if you haven’t done so, it is better to start now when you’ve reached 30.
Aside from a good skincare routine (i.e. retinol and sunscreen), facials are also a wonderful way in which to preserve skin youth and health. Get facials that are catered for those with aging and mature skin, such as microdermabrasion or laser rejuvenation treatments. Doing facials every few weeks or once per month is a good way to maintain the appearance and condition of your skin well beyond your 30s.
How many days does it take to glow after facial?
After a facial, you will see instant results, such as a dewy glow due to the increase in hydration levels within the skin. This glow effect may last for the next few days to a couple of weeks, but maintaining that glow is what is essential. For instance, ask your aesthetician for their input on what skincare products would be suited for your skin, as well as note what to avoid post-facial. It is important to remember in doing your part in preserving the youth of your skin, and not leaving it all to the aesthetician.
Author: Charlene Teressa