Facials are one of the most misunderstood beauty rituals out there. Often seen as unnecessary or ineffective, the treatments are rarely thought of as part of a healthy skincare routine -- and they're pricey. But regularly seeing an aesthetician should be thought of as essential part of any glowing skin regimen. Check out Berthelot's tips below and consider making time for this indulgent extra step. Facial treatments are a lot more preventative than they are curative. Think of visiting the spa like a trip to the dentist: "I always make the analogy that going to the dentist to clean your teeth is like your facial, whereas brushing your teeth at home is your home care maintenance. Just like you should leave handling your cuticles to the professionals, you should also save extractions for your next appointment with the aesthetician. According to Berthelot, you must use a specific technique to remove a blackhead: "It must be pushed up from underneath. If it's not done properly, it can create an irritated surface.
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The one thing you should know is that skin regenerates every 28 days. New skin cells are born in the basal layer , the deepest of the four layers that make up the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of our skin. Thick and column-shaped, these new cells divide in two with half of them remaining where they are and the other half pushing up through the different layers, changing shape and appearance as they move along. By the time they reach the surface of the skin, the cells have lost their nucleus. So, given the amount of time it takes new cells to generate and rise to the surface, you run the risk of aggravating your skin if you have facials too often. After all, your skin is going through stages of recovery after a facial: Within 24 hours, your complexion is still pink after a chemical peel treatment; 48 to 72 hours, the skin might continue to purge impurities, and up to five to seven days, the skin could still be healing from vigorous extractions. In addition, your skin is waiting for new cells to come to the surface. After you have completed your treatments, the esthetician will typically reassess your skin and follow up with monthly visits. Like acne, hyperpigmentation facials also employ chemical peels to treat dark patches like dark spots, areas affected by injury and skin inflammation, and melasma, which sometimes appear on women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills.
Why Get a Facial?
How often should you get a facial? But can it become too much of a good thing? The best way to ensure your skin is healthy and clean is to have routine facials coupled with a good at home skin care regimen. To maximize the results of a facial and reap its benefits, set up a routine that works best for you and your skin. So how often should you get a facial? There are several factors to consider when you gauge the length of time between facials. What works well for a friend might not work for you.
According to a article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, some aestheticians recommend quarterly facials administered by licensed professionals. According to a review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, face masks are the single most used beauty product to aid in facial rejuvenation. In most cases, these benefits are based on anecdotal evidence and not backed by clinical research. Start with the individual product guidelines included in or on the packaging and adapt as needed. You may find that your individual needs differ, so pay attention to how your skin reacts to any new masks or other changes in your routine. You should also do a patch test by applying the mixture to a small area of skin.