There are many reasons people get facials – they can aid with keeping your skin and pores clean, improve balance and moisture in your skin, reduce the effects of aging, and relax your mind and body.

Many people will think that you need to use machines and harsh products to really achieve results from facials. But depending on your skin care needs, gentler, more natural treatments can be just as (if not more) beneficial for your skin. So how do facials actually do all these miraculous things they claim to do? We explain how below…

Skin diagnosis

Every facial should start with a basic skin diagnosis. This may not involve crazy lights and magnifying glasses, but will involve a discussion between you and your therapist about how you feel about your skin, your concerns, how it feels day-to-day, your current skin care routine and more. This process provides an idea of not only your needs, but also how your daily routine might be affecting the condition of your skin.

The therapist will also analyse your skin after the cleansing step of your facial, so see how your skin looks and feels once it is clean. Looking and touching skin can reveal a lot about your skin, including elasticity, hydration, texture and the amount of heat in your skin.

Using all this information, your facial therapist will then go ahead and customise your facial to ensure you receive the best results!

Product selection

Facials give you the opportunity to use stronger products with more concentrated ingredients, where you wouldn’t be able to safely do this at home. Not all products are created equal. A facial therapist will be able to decide on which products are best for your skin, and the facial treatment allows you to try many products to see how they react with your skin. They will also explain why they used the products they did, and how you should expect them to make your skin feel over the coming days after your treatment.

Having an objective view of your skin will also allow you to experiment with the right products for your skin. Often, we will use products that aren’t best for our skin based on how we subjectively feel about it, rather than how it can best be helped in the long run.

Facial techniques

There are many manual facial techniques that are incredibly beneficial for your skin. One of many is massage. For starters, we all know how relaxing massage can be, where this can reduce stress and lead to the production of less stress hormones which can greatly affect your skin (in a good way!). Being relaxed can also help to reduce fatigue, which in turn means your skin becomes less sluggish and performs its core functions (like protection and regeneration) more effectively.

Massage also improves blood flow which increases your skin cell turnover (keeping your skin looking fresh and younger), improves elasticity of your skin, reducing tension in your muscles to relieve strained facial muscles, and more.

Other facial techniques can include lymph drainage to reduce puffiness and congestion in your skin, the use of cooling tools to reduce redness and inflammation, exfoliation techniques (either gentle or vigorous depending on the needs of your skin) to smooth skin texture and improve clarity, and even heat or steam to unblock pores and allow products to penetrate your skin better.

Ongoing care

As with any practice you undertake, you need to be consistent to achieve the best results! This means just having one facial a year without appropriate at home skin care will not get you very far. Facials should be partnered with good home care to ensure your skin is looking and feeling its best. A good facial therapist will never recommend a product or treatment that you don’t really need, so be sure to find one you feel like you can trust.

To achieve the best results, you should be having a facial every 4-12 weeks (your therapist can recommend an appropriate time frame based on your skin care goals) to give your skin a boost of professional level skin care. You should also be using quality products on your skin every day. One of the most handy things about regular facials, is that you can treat it as a check up – where your therapist can assess your skin and recommend you add or remove anything from your at home regime.

So there you have a few ways that facials can work to improve your skin, and keep it strong in the long term. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, yet many of us don’t do enough to keep it healthy. Facials are one way to keep your skin working effectively to protect your insides and help you feel good!

If you have any more questions about how facials can benefit your skin specifically, get in touch with the experienced team at Pure. We specialise in natural Aveda facials, providing high performance results with a gentle approach.

You can read more about our facials here.