A Guide To Great Facials

portrait of a young woman getting a facial

(BlackDoctor.org) — No matter how well you take care of your skin at home, there’s always a benefit to be had from getting the full facial treatment at a professional beauty spa. These days, keeping your skin in top shape with frequent facials doesn’t mean spending big bucks on a regular basis.

The Perfect Facial
You know when you’ve had a first-rate facial: your skin is radiant, your complexion is blemish-free, and should feel and look clean. Unfortunately, not all facials have such happy endings. In general, your first step to a fabulous facial is to get one from a licensed esthetician with special training in skin care.

Before a treatment, an esthetician should ask you detailed questions about skin, about your diet, exercise regimen, and any medication you might be on. You’ll also be asked what products you’re currently using, and what results you would like from the facial.

Choose your facial
You can choose from many different facial treatments including masks, peels and toners. Once the facial is complete, the esthetician offers a treatment to moisturize and protect your skin.

Variations on the European facial include the “mini-facial” – cleansing without extractions. Add vitamin C, and you have an “age defense” facial, “oxygen facial” is a mist of pure oxygen and when special collagen sheets are placed on the skin, it’s an “collagen facial.”