For the beauty do-it-yourselfer, we live in boom times. Between masks and eye strips and deep-cleaning products and YouTube videos on face massage, you can do a pretty good approximation of a spa facial in the confines of your home for a fraction of the price.
If consistent runs can help sculpt killer calves, can regularly exercising your face condition the muscles to promote a more youthful look? That’s the notion behind workout facials.
Aestheticians and spas have long promoted such routine facials as required maintenance for radiant skin. But dermatologists don’t necessarily agree.
Can anyone say what long-term benefits you get from a facial? I don't know of any. Sure, you get a glow, but at best it lasts for just a few days.
For many facialists, extractions play a starring role in a skin-care treatment, with steaming, cleansing, and exfoliating all playing beauty-boosting backup. For others, extractions are cruel and unusual, banned by the Geneva Convention of Aesthetics.
The days of the ‘steam and cream’ facial are over. They are far more personalized and results-oriented than ever and if your goal is to care for your skin in the best way possible (even if no acne or brown spots are present), then be sure to make a facial treatment a regular part of your skin care maintenance.
Now that is the million dollar question, isn’t it?! Everyone you ask has a different opinion, but in general it can be safe to say that facials offer temporary relief.
In pursuit of this goal, I spoke with four dermatologists and two estheticians. Here are their perspectives on how to keep your skin (and liver) in the best state possible. Final lessons: use sunscreen, Vaseline, and retinoids; don’t bother with facials; don’t rub poison ivy and citrus juices on your skin; and don’t be seduced by fancy packaging and high prices. Easy enough!
In Paris, where the body is so pampered, torture seems particularly sinister, not because it's hard to understand but because—as the dark side of sensuality—it seems so easy. Beauty care is among the glories of Paris.
People get facials for different reasons: While some people want to remove those horrible blackheads, others want some help with an anti-again regimen. And, then there are the people who just want to relax and be pampered.
As your complexion reaps the benefits of all that pampering, your mental health will get a boost as well, thanks to a tension-taming combo of soothing scents, soft music, and gentle massage.
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.
Facials, while sometimes painful, have the power to seriously transform your skin. Using a combination of steam, scrubs, cleansers, and extractions, facials can make skin less prone to acne and have major anti-aging benefits. There are a bunch of things you should know before you get your first facial, but how are you supposed to know if your facialist is legit?
The debate may never be settled completely, but to help (and to give both sides some new ammunition), we got the inside scoop on facials from Arielle Snyder, an esthetician at Club Prive Salon in Los Angeles. We fired all of our burning questions at her, and she actually had the guts to give us honest answers.
I asked top aestheticians for their basic rules for having great skin. Here’s what’s in their own routines—and what should be in yours too.
There's a wealth of information about skin care that's readily available to us at the click of a mouse. That more than likely means your bathroom is already filled with products—peels, masks, scrubs, etc.—that can give you a serious deep clean. But while it's great to practice good skin care, that doesn't necessarily mean you should be skipping out on seeking professional help.