Going to a spa isn’t just as simple as ordering a facial. When you get there, you’ll be asked about the type of facial you want. Sure, you could ask the person what the differences are and how they’ll help you, but wouldn’t you prefer to go in knowing the different types of facial treatments?
Some facials are designed to leave you tofeel stress-free and beautiful. Others can help reduce acne and unlock the strain build up behind the eyes. There are certain types of facials that can only be performed by certain staff members, meaning spaces are limited, and costs are higher.
So it’s time to know all the different types of facial treatments available. You’ll get that with this all-in-one guide.
Your Home Facial Treatments
Let’s start with the ones that you don’t need a spa for. The simplest of all options is your home treatment. You can make your spa treatments or opt for store-bought ones.
Most home facial treatments will use face peels and masks to add antioxidants to your skin. You’ll be able to massage the face, reducing stress and improving collagen production. You can get rid of the strain you feel on a daily basis through a nightly routine that boosts blood flow and improves relaxation.
There are some types of facial masks that are designed to exfoliate. The latest craze is a charcoal mask that sticks to the skin. When you peel it off, you remove dead cells, dead skin, blackheads and much more. There are mixed reviews on these products, and they can be damaging if you have sensitive skin. You can get softer options instead.
Facial treatments can cost virtually nothing. By making your own with coconut oil and essential oils, you can make them last for months (and sometimes years). There are others that will cost a few dollars at a time if you want to buy the products over the counter, such as facial masks.
All home treatments tend to cost a lot less than spa treatments. They could be an option for a weekly or monthly treatment in between your spa sessions.
Get a Youthful Glow with Microdermabrasion Facial
Microdermabrasion is now a popular way to get rid of layers of dead skin on your face. The sun ages you over time. It will kill off your skin cells and cause dark spots to form. Even a healthy diet isn’t always enough to protect your skin.
With a microdermabrasion facial, you buffer away from the impurities. It vacuums out the dead skin cells, after releasing them from the skin through microcrystals in a pressurized jet device. It doesn’t feel as painful as it initially sounds. The friction pressurized on your face is soft enough to protect the fragile skin on your face.
In fact, the jet’s speeds can be changed. You can reduce the grit of the crystals if you have extremely sensitive skin or it’s your first time. If you have thicker skin and are used to it, you can increase the pressure and grit.
By getting rid of the dead cells, you bring the newer ones to the surface of your skin. This gives you a more youthful and brighter look. The microdermabrasion can also boost the collagen production and renewal process of the cells, leaving you with softer, blemish-free skin. You get a facelift without the surgery.
The downside is you can get some redness on your face. This isn’t something to do the night before a big event or your wedding day, as the redness can stick around for about 24 hours.
While you will need someone, who is experienced and knowledgeable, most spas now offer this service, and it is affordable.
Ease Stress with Acupuncture
You’ve heard of acupuncture for healing shin splints, back pain, and some chronic pain, but what about in the form of a facial? Acupuncture helps to relieve stress and strain, meaning you get rid of all the side effects. Tension headaches become a thing of the past, and your frown lines will disappear.
A professional will place 30 needles about a millimeter into your skin. It sounds painful, but it’s not as the nerves aren’t in this part of the skin. The needles are left for 15-20 minutes, and you’ll see the differences an hour later.
This is a Chinese medicine and highly effective. It’s now offered through mostspas, and you’ll find they offer a range of other facials and treatments linked to ancient Chinese arts. Aromatherapy can also be offered at the same time, helping you relax deeply to reduce those tension headaches.
The needles help to promote collagen production, making your skin more elasticised. There will be fewer wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Remove Tension Headaches with a Lymphatic Facial Massage
If you’re not into the idea of needles in your skin, then you could consider a lymphatic facial massage instead. This is highly effective for those who have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws. The action will cause the muscles around the mouth and in the rest of the face to knot and tense.
The massage involves physically kneading the muscles, gently enough not to cause pain. You can see the puffiness in the face reduced, as inflammation is no longer a problem. Kneading at the muscles will help to reduce water retention, also helping to get rid of the puffiness.
A lymphatic massage isn’t going to solve the actual problem of grinding your teeth. It just solves the side effects.
Opt for a Classic Facial
How about just a simple facial that allows you to sit back and relax? Well, if that’s what you want then you need to ask for a classic facial. This is one of the most widely offered services in spas around the world. While some will involve different oils and lotions, they all offer the same benefits.
The whole point of the facial is to leave you feeling relaxed and pampered. Most of the treatments aren’t just about massaging the facial muscles, but also offering a head and neck massage. Your whole face is deeply cleansed, getting rid of impurities that knock your hormones off balance. By looking after your skin afterward, you will reduce pimples and acne.
Don’t worry if you fall asleep during the facial. Plenty of people do! You’ll wake up with a refreshed look, though.
Add Moisture Through a Hydrating Facial
The clue honestly is in the name with this facial. The whole aim is to add moisture to your skin while offering you the rest of the benefits of the classic facial.
This is something you want if you just can’t seem to lock in the moisture at home. The companies use products that are specially designed to get deep into your pores and boost the natural oil production. You’ll feel relaxed and stress-free, helping to improve the oil production and keep it balanced.
Your skin will also feel plump and soft afterward. It won’t feel withered or cracked as your dry skin leaves you. It’s worth asking about the types of products used to make sure they are suitable for your skin.
Get a Beautiful Glow with a Brightening Facial
How about turning that dull complexion into one that’s bright and glowing? You can do that with a brightening facial. You’ll get rid of the tired look and add nutrients that work with the sun’s rays to lighten your skin. If you have an issue with pigmentation or the sun’s UV rays have caused some dark spots to occur, you want to opt for this facial.
Antioxidants and good acids are added to your skin. They will lighten up the patches and add some protection to your cells. The free radicals are kept at bay, so you don’t end up with cells dying early or developing abnormally. You can get rid of many signs of aging.
One thing to be aware of is the use of some acids. Watch out for sun exposure immediately after the facials. You’ll need extra sunscreen or avoid the sun completely, as the acids will make you more sensitive to the UV rays.
File Diamonds Over Your Skin
What about the facial of royalty? The diamond file facial is exactly as it sounds. Crush diamonds are put together to file over your skin. Don’t worry about any pain, as it feels like the roughness of a cat’s tongue more than that sander image you’re getting right now.
The diamonds will lift dead skin cells and allow the newer ones to shine through. You are getting rid of layers of damaged or dead skin, brightening your face up instantly. You’ll walk out feeling renewed, and your dark spots will disappear completely in no time.
One of the downsides is the redness afterward. Like with microdermabrasion, you’ll want to avoid having this done the day before an event. Your cheeks can be left a little rosy.
You can also opt for other gems used instead of diamonds. Amber and Onyxare commonly used because of their medicinal benefits. Both gems have been linked to reducing pain, helping to relieve tension headaches and chronic ailments while you get all the other benefits.
Gold facials are also very similar in nature. Gold has been linked to fighting free radicals to leave your skin blemish free. There are theories that Cleopatra used gold masks on a night to leave her skin soft and youthful.
This is also one of the more expensive treatments on the list. If you want a cheaper option, you should choose microdermabrasion.
Get Colour Light Therapy with a LED Facial
LED light has been linked to reducing inflammation and pigmentation issues. LED facials are also known as color light therapy, because of the use of light to stimulate the re-growth of cells, reduce redness in the skin, and kill bacteria that commonly causes acne.
You’re left with a soft and bright complexion, free from hyperpigmentation and acne. You can usually treat redness issues in one or two sessions. If you have a severe acne issue, you’ll need to consider three or more sessions to clear up the problem completely.
Those with fine lines and small wrinkles will also see some benefits. The LED light helps to boost collagen production, improving the elasticity of the skin.
Look Youthful with an Anti-Aging Facial
What if you could get rid of all the pesky signs of aging in just one facial? Sure, a few above have shared ways of getting rid of some signs of aging, but you’ll need to use them together. Well, it’s time to get a facial that will offer to cleanse, brightening, resurfacing, and hydrating in one go.
The facial will involve some microdermabrasion, an acid peel, a cleansing, and a hydrating facial. Most of the time, it will feel like you’re following a standard facial, but you’re getting extra nutrients and active ingredients added in. Thisis designed for skin that is on the aging side, where the cells just don’t grow back that well.
You will usually find deep cleansers, and exfoliation masks are used. Antioxidant-filled creams and serums are also common to help fight off the free radicals and boost cellular growth.
You’ll want to opt for this at least a week before a big event. There is a lot of skin flaking that happens afterward, depending on the peel used for the brightening. Your skin will also be extra sensitive afterward, so make sure you use a strong sunscreen to protect from UV damage (which causes aging).
Create a Natural Scrub with Fruit Acid Facials
Going to a spa doesn’t mean you have to opt for chemicals and lotions. The majority of spas focus on natural techniques that will add balance and rejuvenation properties to your skin. One type of natural facial that you want to consider is the fruit acid facial.
As it sounds, the facial will use a range of natural acids in fruit. Malic acid and citric acid are among the most popular for exfoliating and brightening at the same time. You can cleanse deeply, improve pigmentation issues, and soften the skin to leave you feeling youthful and ready for action.
All facials are hydrating while offering their natural benefits. They will also tone the skin, improving the collagen production to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
Do ask about the types of fruits used. Lemon and other natural brightening acidic fruits will leave your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
Eliminate Breakouts with an Enzyme Facial
If you suffer from acne issues, then you’ll want to find a facial that deeply cleanses. An enzyme facial is one that you need to consider, especially one that uses an acne-removing ingredient. Fruit enzymes are highly popular, as they include a variety of antioxidants to get into the acne-causing bacteria.
One of the benefits of enzyme facials is that they are natural. You don’t need to worry about the chemicals added in.
They won’t damage the top layers of the skin, so redness and blemishes (even just temporary) are a thing of the past.
Opt for Kim Kardashian’s Vampire Facial
Have you ever wanted a face like Kim Kardashian’s? She seems to have a perfect complexion, right? Well, she puts it down to her vampire facial.
It’s called this because it uses blood injected into the skin to rejuvenation the skin directly. Don’t worry; you’ll use your blood! There’s no worry about cross contamination. You will need to hire a professional for this, though!
These types of facials will also include added hyaluronic acid, which is commonly recommended for those looking to boost collagen production and clear pores. The acid will brighten and improve skin tone immediately. You’ll be wrinkle-free in no time.
Get the Best Results with the Right Facial
Now it’s time for you decide on the exact results that you want. Look into all your options and find a facial that offers all the benefits without the downsides, while staying within your budget.
While home facials can be cost effective, sometimes you need a professional to do the work. After all, you want to sit back and relax right? Enjoy a spa treatment, even if it is just monthly or bi-annually. You will not regret it when you get youthful, toned, glowing skin with added nutrients.