Especially among those who have not had facials before, there seems to be a misconception that facials are basically a method for deep cleansing. Indeed, most facials are designed to strip impurities, dirt, and oil from deep in your pores. However, this is far from the only benefit of a facial. Here are a few other things that a facial can and should do for you.
Most facials start with steps that clean the skin and remove things from the skin, but the final few steps are focused on adding things back to the skin. What those things are depends on the facial. But most of them are, by their nature, moisturizing. Some facials include essential oils; others contain specific fatty acids or lipids. If you had dry skin before the facial, you should emerge with a lot more moisture afterward. Adding moisture to the skin can also help ease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
One facial will not erase any scars you may have on your skin. However, it should make those scars less apparent. The steps of most facials are designed to reduce inflammation in your skin, and reducing inflammation makes scars less visible. Also, alleviating inflammation allows the body to do more work to repair the scarred area permanently. If reducing the appearance of scars is a priority, then your esthetician can recommend a facial that has a lot of collagen-boosting ingredients. This will further help flatten any raised scars and fade any dark scars over time.
As mentioned above, the moisture-adding steps of a facial can help ease the appearance of wrinkles. Collagen-boosting ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, can also help plump up the skin and ease wrinkles. Plus, getting a facial can help relieve your stress, and reducing your stress can help make your wrinkles less obvious — while also preventing them from worsening over time.
Facials are great for treating active blemishes and breakouts, but they can also help keep you from breaking out in the weeks that follow. And this is not just because they remove impurities from the pores. It's also because they reduce stress levels and fill the pores with healthier sources of moisture.
Facials are amazing. Even if you can only get one a few times per year, it's worth it! Your wrinkles will fade, your breakouts will take a break, and your scars will fade.