When you're choosing a facial for your skin issues, here are the things to consider:
- Know the basics. A class facial usually involves cleansing, exfoliating, extractions, a mask, and a moisturizer and is great for anyone with normal to dry skin. Extractions do pinch, but if the pain is too intense, just ask her to stop. Too much pressure can break capillaries. Never let the facialist use a metal extractor; it can cause scarring and discoloration. Anyone with rosacea or eczema should skip the steaming and use a warm cloth instead.
- Treat it right. If you have acne, the lotions in a classic facial - and even the massage itself - can cause a breakout. The words "clarifying" or "purifying" on the treatment menu usually means that the facial is designed for acne-prone skin. It should include a cleanser with salicylic acid, a clay mask, and a lactic acid peel. Make sure they avoid scrubs, which can irritate and cause scarring.
- Get a glow. To address fine lines and other aging issues, pick a facial with extra exfoliation. If your concern is dull skin, look for facials that combines a mild peel and brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C or kojic acid.
- Splurge on the right things. Treatments that sound a little crazy, such as the ones that use caviar, snake venom, or gold dust, are often just gimmicks.
However, LED facials that use red and blue light will kill bacteria and help heal acne, while red-and-white light treatments stimulate collagen production with no recovery time.