4 Benefits of Spa Facials
Why are facials necessary? Can the treatment be performed at home by anyone? Actually, there are many techniques in an Eminence Organics facial that go far beyond simple cleansing. Incorporating massage, specialised treatments and extractions are just some of the benefits of a spa facial. Learn what is a facial, including four reasons why you should book spa treatments on a regular basis.
What Is A Facial?
A facial is a multi-step treatment completed by a beauty therapist that supercharges your skincare.
Let’s start out with an obvious question: What is a facial anyway? A facial is a multi-step treatment completed by a beauty therapist that supercharges your skincare. We asked our Product Support Team to define the process:
“A facial can be a number of things. It can be a deep cleansing pore refining treatment, an anti-aging treatment or an hour of relaxation to pamper yourself. It can be a customised skincare treatment to address the individual’s skin concerns, and range from a 20-30 minute peel or express facial, to a more luxurious 90-minute treatment.”
Our Australian National trainer Rae Williams also added:
“An Eminence facial is not only a sensory journey, with the beautiful smells and textures, it also treats any skin concerns you may have. Your beauty therapist will take you through a consultation to find out more about your skin, health and current skincare routine and then ensure your treatment is customised to suit. Eminence facials incorporate our Hungarian facial massage techniques which is amazing to experience, leaving a smooth radiant complexion.”
Steps In A Facial Treatment
In fact, you can expect nine or more steps in a professional facial. Building on this explanation, your facial is likely to include:
- Assessment: The beauty therapist learns about your current skin care routine and any concerns you have.
- Cleansing: The beauty therapist removes any makeup and surface buildup with a cleansing product such as a cleansing gel, oil or water.
- Skin analysis: The beauty therapist takes a close look at your complexion, often using magnification, to identify your skin’s current state.
- Steaming: The beauty therapist often incorporates steam to soften pore congestion and assist with extractions, should you need them.
- Exfoliating: The beauty therapist applies an exfoliating treatment to remove the buildup of dead skin cells. Typically, this treatment will be of a higher concentration than the exfoliants you use at home.
- Extraction: The beauty therapist performs extractions if needed, clearing away blackheads and whiteheads.
- Facial massage: To relax the facial muscles and assist the skin with absorbing further products, the beauty therapist massages the face gently but thoroughly.
- Masking: One or more face masks are applied, each of which are carefully selected based on your skin assessment and analysis.
- Finishing: The beauty therapist completes the treatment with the appropriate finishing steps including toner, serums, moisturisers, eye care and SPF to condition and protect your skin from environmental stressors.
You will find that the beauty therapist will adjust these steps depending on your skin type or concerns. For example, should you be a sensitive skin type, they may not use steam. If clogged pores are not an issue, your beauty therapist may not perform extractions. If you have concerns about any step during a facial, don’t hesitate to ask the beauty therapist to explain their process.
Why Do I Need A Facial?
A facial is the best way to ensure you see the long-term results you want in your skin. Our Product Support Team says: “Estheticians, also called skin (or beauty) therapists, can teach you how to care for your skin properly. The practice of esthetics covers a variety of different techniques and treatments, one of which includes providing facials and caring for the health of the skin.” To simplify why this all matters, we’ve broken it down into four key benefits.
1. Get A Thorough Cleaning
Dermatologists liken spa facials to visits with your dentist. Sure, you brush and floss daily, but you still get your teeth professionally cleaned. In the same way, regular spa treatments are an essential complement to your daily skincare routine. Professional facials, especially acne facials, take the state of your complexion to the next level. Many skin conditions require continuous care, and the effectiveness of home skincare needs to be boosted with regular spa treatments. Together, at-home and in-spa treatments produce successful results, better and faster.
2. Hire A Pro Extractor
One of the biggest no-nos for problem skin is picking at your pimples. Every time you squeeze or touch a blemish, you’re at risk for scarring and dark marks. You can cause more harm than good by spreading bacteria across your skin, ultimately leading to more pimples. This isn’t to say that extractions are not effective, but that they can only be safely performed by a professional. A huge benefit to spa facials is that a professional can extract your blackheads and pustules properly, in a sterile environment.
3. Ask For An Expert Opinion
While it isn’t difficult to get a general idea of your skin type, decoding your skin concerns and conditions can make things tricky. With constant changes due to seasons, diet, age and even weather, it’s reassuring to get professional advice on a regular basis. For example, is your skin really dry or is it actually dehydrated? While dry skin is a type requiring more moisturising oils to combat, dehydration is a condition requiring more water-based moisturisers to correct. With similar signs and symptoms, it can be tricky to sort out what you are dealing with, but this is exactly what a beauty therapist is trained to help with. During the consultation, your beauty therapist will be able to diagnose your skin and develop treatments specifically catered to you.
4. Relax And Unwind
Let’s be honest. One of the best reasons for getting a facial is the soothing spa experience. Facial massages, hot towels and the beautiful aroma of Eminence Organics products? What more can you ask for? And since stress always plays a factor on the condition of your skin, we say: Turn up the dial on your chill-out time. A contributing factor to wrinkles, acne and lack of luminosity, stress can impact your complexion. By creating a relaxing environment for your professional facial, your treatment will leave you glowing from the inside out.
What Is The Difference Between A Professional And A DIY Facial?
We know what you’re thinking — but why can’t I DIY this experience? Light some candles, take extra time applying my favorite Eminence Organics mask, how is it really that different? The difference is twofold and both boil down to safety. One: With a professional facial, you are securing treatments that work deeper and are more potent than what you can use safely at home. Two: Treatments are applied with techniques and practices by a trained professional. There is really no way to recreate the results of a professional facial at home because you simply cannot safely perform the exfoliation, massage and extractions that a beauty therapist can — without running the risk of damaging your skin.
The last thing we want is for anyone to inadvertently damage their skin. Even if you avoid the DIY masks and face scrubs known to cause irritation, it is just as important to avoid certain techniques. This is why we are proud to offer high-quality, concentrated home care products that beautifully complement our more vigorous professional-only treatments. Used together, we promise your Eminence home care routine will extend the life of your professional facial, allowing you to reach your skincare goals.
How Often Should You Get A Spa Facial?
The general recommendation for the frequency of a spa facial is around every three or four weeks, or once a month. But this really depends on the skin concern that you’re treating and your age. Your beauty therapist should be able to provide you with a customised recommendation based on your skin. For example, if you’re in your 20s and have healthy skin, you may only need a facial once a month. But if you’re the same age and you have a large number of clogged pores and blemishes, the beauty therapist may recommend a facial every two to three weeks.
To book a facial with an Eminence Organics Spa Partner, visit our Spa Locator to find the location nearest you.