There are a wide array of treatments available to address each skin concern and a facial treatment may be a great addition to your skincare and even self-care routine which can use more potent and targeted ingredients and formulas to aid you in your journey to healthy, replenished skin! In this blog, we will discuss some of the best facial treatments on offer in London, why they are so effective, and how they can help you resolve any outstanding skincare concerns.
What is a facial treatment and why is it so important?
A facial treatment is a cleansing process where a licensed professional or dermatologist carries out a treatment that may include cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, moisturising, massaging the skin. There are, however, many different types of facial treatments for targeted skin concerns such as chemical and laser peels for hyperpigmentation treatment, or retinoid or micro needling for skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing treatment.
A facial treatment is an important addition to your routine and can be used to maintain healthy skin. Further for those suffering from congested skin with skin breakouts, regular facial acne treatment can help to regulate sebum production and cleanse the pores of excess dirt to prevent rather than correct acne breakouts. Regular facial treatment can also improve and stimulate blood circulation which is important for skin hydration and pigmentation. Treatments can be great and important for those looking to treat and resolve skincare concerns on a deeper level that is not possible with drugstore and over-the-counter products.
The key benefits of having a facial treatment
Facial treatment benefits depend entirely on your skincare concern and the treatment you decide to opt for.
On a mental health level, facial treatments can be a great time to reduce facial and psychological stress, relax muscle tension built up in the head, neck and shoulders from a busy working week. Additionally, a facial treatment can be beneficial in stimulating the nervous system by activating specific pressure points and promoting steady blood circulation and reducing tensions which we may be holding onto unknowingly.
For those opting for more targeted treatments such as a chemical peel, which is great for those suffering from congested acne-prone skin and as a hyperpigmentation treatment, the key benefits can be a reduction in the skin’s production of sebum, oil and dirt, major triggers of acne and a fading of acne scarring or discolouration through a course of treatment which is generally between 3-6 to see results.
For those looking for treatments for anti-ageing or sun damage, then treatments such as micro-needling or LED light therapy, such as the Osmos Glow/Anti-ageing treatment, can be beneficial due to their triggering of the skin to produce collagen which can reduce wrinkles, calm inflammation and promote overall better circulation.
Therefore there are various skincare benefits of facial treatment that can heal and resolve current skincare concerns and rejuvenate the skin’s complexion.
What facial treatments are good for acne?
iS Clinial Acne Peel
Chemical peels are a great solution for those suffering from acne. The iS Clinical Acne Peel is particularly effective due to its combination of glycolic acid and pineapple and papaya enzymes. The glycolic acid in the peel is an AHA that functions by breaking the bonds of the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis, and the next layer, the dermis. This causes a peeling effect, shedding dead skin cells, and any oil, dirt and bacteria in the pores which could be aggravating breakouts. Glycolic acid is an ingredient therefore which can improve overall skin texture, whilst declogging the skin’s pores of oils and dirt which are possible breakout factors.
Both papaya and pineapple contain the enzymes papain and bromelain which are plant enzymes that contain natural exfoliation properties, promoting the shedding of dead skin cells from the skin’s top layer, enabling fresh skin to the surface. Therefore, combined with glycolic acid, the iS Clinical Acne Peel is a perfect option for those looking to clear congested skin and improve overall skin texture and tone. A choice in your step towards clearer, glowing skin.
Osmosis Acne Healing Treatment
This facial treatment is great for those suffering from persistent, stubborn breakouts due to the star ingredient Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great as an anti-ageing and acne clearing solution due to its anti-inflammatory and free-radical damage fighting damage properties. By calming redness, irritated, breakout-prone skin, vitamin A can reduce the aggravated appearance of acne and also protect from environmental factors such as free radicals which may be causing breakouts.
There is also evidence to suggest that the use of Vitamin A can reduce oil/sebum production therefore acting as a preventative for future breakouts which can occur from a build-up of oil, dirt and bacteria in the pores. The best facial acne treatment for healing the skin from previous damage whilst ensuring the skin is protected from further environmental aggressors. Potent healing, preventing and protecting trio makes this Osmosis Acne Healing Treatment a great solution for those fighting pesky, painful breakouts.
What is the best facial for anti-ageing?
iS Clinical Anti-Ageing Peel
At dermoi!, this is the best anti-ageing facial. This is a popular facial amongst celebrities and Hollywood also known as the ‘Fire & Ice Facial’, and it is clear to see why. This facial is broken up into two parts, the first being the fire element where a resurfacing masque is applied to the skin containing ingredients such as vitamin B3 (niacinamide), retinol (vitamin A) and sugar cane extract (a natural source of glycolic acid). All three ingredients combined work to shed excess dead skin on the outer layer and promote collagen production to produce fresh, new skin in areas where the wears and tears of everyday life including fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage, have started to appear.
Following this is the ‘ice’ element of the treatment which contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extract, which after a potent exfoliation, is a relaxing experience that calms the appearance of redness and irritation on the skin. A great 2-in-1 facial which is both targeted and therapeutic.
Microneedling is an all-around option for those seeking to target signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles and also to tackle sun damage and photoaging which may be accelerating the signs of premature ageing. This treatment also goes by the name of collagen induction therapy and is a fine-needle roller or pen device which cause micro-injuries and punctures to the skin. And, although this may seem scary and counterproductive to ‘injure’ the skin, this creation of trauma on the skin’s dermis encourages the body to make new fresh collagen in order to heal the ‘wounds’ which include fine lines, saggy skin and damage on the skin’s surface. Generally, it is recommended to have between 3-6 treatments spaced out at least 4 weeks apart to see optimal results.
The best treatment for pigmentation on the face
Chemical peels are a great option for those dealing with hyperpigmentation, discolouration or acne scarring. This is due to the fact that this peel contains a combination of mandelic acid and a retinoid booster. Through the inclusion of mandelic acid, this peel has the benefits of lightening dark spots and toning discolouration and uneven skin texture. Mandelic acid is a great exfoliant for shedding the skin of ‘imperfections’ such as scarring and hyperpigmentation whilst promoting collagen production. This, in turn, enables the skin to ‘fill’ the lines, texture and areas of scarring on the skin’s surface. A great option for those looking for bright, radiant even skin. As with any facial treatment, it is recommended to follow a course of 3-6 treatments, depending on the severity of the pigmentation and/or scarring in order to get the most out of the treatment.
How can a man take care of his face?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there is a list of things that men can do to take care of their faces, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it doesn’t seem to differ all that much from what is recommended for women. This is simply because looking after your skin should be seen as hygienic, not feminine.
The AAD recommends washing the face daily and especially after exercise to get rid of any excess sweat, oil and dirt which may sit on the face waiting to clog the pores and break out in the form of acne. Additionally, they recommend taking care of your shaving technique such as shifting to a single or double blade razor to reduce the likelihood of razor burns or ingrown hairs.
Other simple steps include moisturising and applying sunscreen daily, because sun damage and ageing is a people issue, not a female issue, and we should all try to take the safest measures to look out for and care for our skin. This is not simply in terms of photoaging from the sun, but also, from skin conditions that can affect men and women at a similar rate such as melasma and even further, skin cancer.
How can I facial my face at home?
During the pandemic, it has been more important than ever to seek out individual ways of performing self-care to relieve the stress and tensions you may have been experiencing. However, though professional beauty and skin treatments are not currently open, it is possible to give yourself an at-home facial to calm and reduce stress. You can do this in the form of a lymphatic drainage massage. The lymphatic system is your body’s way of eliminating waste. You can use tools such as a guasha or jade roller to do so, although this is not necessary. A lymphatic drainage massage can be great for those looking to remove tensions, puffiness and swelling of the face.
When carrying out the facial massage, heavy pressure is not necessary, gently moving the skin with your fingertips or a tool from your chin across your jawline, from the sides of your nose to the top of your cheekbones and from the middle of your forehead outwards. Simple movements such as this can increase blood circulation and relieve any minor tensions you may be holding onto on your face. You can also carry this out on your body or neck, wherever you feel you may be holding onto any excess tension or stress. And, also it is another great way to relax and take time for yourself, especially in the current climate.
It is not recommended to carry out any professional level treatments at home, such as micro-needling or microdermabrasion which can be found online. These facials are best left to a professional as the tools need to be properly sterilised before and after treatment and without training, you may cause more damage than good to the skin by using such tools. At home, it is best to go for simple facial massages like treatments and exfoliating masks, if you so wish and head to a professional once able to, to seek out more targeted treatments for your skincare goals.
How often should I do a facial treatment?
How often you should do a facial treatment entirely depends on the treatment you choose to go ahead with and your current skincare concerns.
As a general rule for treatments such as facial peels and microneedling, it is recommended to leave 4-6 weeks between treatments, giving the skin a chance to heal and produce fresh, new skin before going ahead with more treatments. This is also so you do not do further damage to your skin and risk over-exfoliation which can cause dryness and damage the skin barrier.
It is best to speak with a professional who can specifically analyse your skin’s current condition and advise a personalised plan, as for example if you suffer from sensitive skin, it may be required for longer intervals between treatments so as to not overwhelm your skin. And for others dealing with persistent breakouts and using milder chemical peels, it may be possible to go in for treatments every 2-4 weeks.
There is an abundance of choices, which can make it overwhelming and a difficult decision to choose which one is best for you. But this also means that whether you are looking to heal hyperpigmentation issues, fighting sun damage and signs of ageing or acne breakouts, there is a treatment which can help you. I hope this blog has helped in breaking down the how’s and why’s of some of the skin treatments and what they can offer you to help you on your journey to healthier, fresher skin.
Author: Charlene M Teressa