Updated: Jan 19
If you're wanting to take better care of your skin but don't know where to start. You're in the right place.
Let's get into it!
WHAT IS A FACIAL?
a treatment to improve the condition or appearance of the facial skin.
The most common skin concerns I hear and treat...
Acne (Blackheads/whiteheads and cysts)
Dry Dehydrated Skin
Fine lines and Wrinkles
Rosacea, redness, sensitivity to most products
ALL of which can be managed with a proper skin routine and consistent facials. If you need more guidance than this, schedule a consultation with me.
WHY SHOULD I GIVE MYSELF A FACIAL?
Facials remove dead skin cells, cleanse and remove unwanted dirt/bacteria, and repair the skins moisture barrier. You can read more about your moisture barrier here.
If you’re a busy person, and simply don’t have time to schedule monthly or quarterly facials. This is a great way to take care of your skin while you're at home multitasking.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GIVE MYSELF A FACIAL?
To keep it simple, at least once a month.
Not to get too nerdy on you, what you need to know is that your skin has multiple layers and it's in a constant cycle of regenerating new skin and sloughing (Desquamating) off the old. Aka the skin cycle.
A skin cells life cycle is roughly every 5-6 weeks. This cycle depends on your age, stress levels, hormones and condition of your skin.
WHEN IT COMES TO SKINCARE, THE EPIDERMIS IS THE LAYER TO FOCUS ON!
Here are the layers that you should know about.
Stratum Corneum - Composed of Dead skin cells that were once in the bottom layers
Function - To prevent bacteria, viruses and fungi from penetrating the skin. Protects the underneath layers and prevents dehydration of the lower layers
Stratum Granulosum aka Granular layer - Where the binding of Keratin filaments happen. And Lipids are released into the 2 layers above to create the lipid barrier aka moisture barrier.
Function - To prevent moisture loss and protect from environmental stressors and trauma.
OK NOW WHAT?
Now that you understand the skin and its function. Here's my facial routine. Your products may change depending on what your skin needs are. But this is a basic facial anyone can do at home safely!
Cleanse - To remove any unwanted dirt, oil, bacteria and debris from the surface of the skin. This is important! So when you're exfoliating you're not pushing dirt or bacteria further into the skin.
Exfoliate - With a chemical or manual exfoliant. Chemical exfoliants will chemically remove skin. Manual exfoliants remove skin through a manual manipulation. Usually through micro scrubs, brushes, textured sponges, etc.
By exfoliating you are allowing the topical treatments you're about to apply reach further into the layers of the skin. In return, speeding up the skin cycle.
I then like to finish off with a Sheet mask or my Skincare routine.
This step helps repair the lipid barrier (moisture barrier) and keep the skin strong and healthy
If you already have similar products, use them and tag me while your masking!
If you need products or just aren't seeing the results you want with what you currently have. Checkout my faves Here.
If this still isn't enough for you. Schedule a phone consultation and I can point you in the right direction.
If all of this seems like too much work and you want to get pampered! Schedule a facial with me today!