Updated: May 7, 2020
It is instinct, as humans to take care of ourselves. Wellness is of such high priority that now the market represents 5.3% of global economic output.
Wellness tourism and communities, spas, cleaner lifestyles and beauty products are all part of the package. Who doesn’t want to look great and feel healthy? And what better way to have both of those things, than with a facial? Whether you are considering having a facial for the first time or forgot the reasons you book in for them in the first place, scroll down for 20 non-negotiable reasons to have a facial today.
What is a facial?
A facial is a skin treatment that in its most basic form, involves cleansing the skin, some kind of exfoliation, massage, extraction and a face mask, usually finished with the application of serums and creams.
The rise of the aesthetic industry has turned the term ‘facial’ into a vague term. Getting a facial can mean anything in 2020. The basic, and more relaxing facials tend to be found in your local beauty salon or spa environments and are designed to relax the client and give the skin ‘boost’ rather than make any significant changes to the skin.
Then there’s everything else. Steamers are sometimes incorporated into facial treatments to aid the extraction blackheads and pustules; cold roller balls are massage into the face to boost circulation and aid lymphatic drainage. Skin peels, microneedling and lasers help to exfoliate the skin at a deeper level, stimulating collagen and elastin induction and can change imperfections like hyperpigmentation, acne and fine lines over time. Blades are used to shave the face in dermaplaning facials, radiofrequency and microcurrent technology are frequently used to help lift the face and even the use of dermal fillers and Botox can be considered a ‘lunchtime facial’ nowadays. The types of facials are endless, and here’s why we should all get one.
1) It reduces muscle tension
There are exactly 43 muscles in the face and tension builds up just as much as in the back muscle. We pull a countless amount of facial expressions every single day, and stress and anxiety can also contribute to this facial tension. Frequent frowning and jaw grinding cause headaches. A facial massage can help release this forgotten tension and help you relax those muscles. Click here to find out more about how you can improve your facial muscle tension.
2) Facials create a zero-distraction zone
The average person checks their phone every 12 minutes, which counts for a lot of daily distraction. We are leading busier lives with more interference than just our phone, which can feed anxiety, a loss of concentration and fatigue, as we loose our ourselves in an endless schedule and tasks. Facials create a humbling space, free of technology (unless it’s for your face of course) and gives you a chance to lie there and think. Without doing anything. When was the last time you did that?
3) The treatment can relieve stress and anxiety
Quite a few studies have highlighted that a facial treatment can reduce stress and anxiety. One trial performed a 45 minute facial on 32 healthy Japanese women ranging in age, and the results showed an increase in sympathetic nervous activity and therefore a significant reduction in a “anxiety and negative mood status.”
Another study revealed that “touch massage movement activates a brain area involved in coding of rewarding stimulation’s. Touch massage decreases anxiety and dampens the stress response by a decreased activation of the sympathetic nervous activity.”
In other words, a facial is a gift to the brain as well as your skin.
4) Facials are guilt-free rewards
Facials are a healthy and effective way to treat your skin, body and mind when you want to reward yourself for something. When we are in reward-giving state, we tend to move towards the unhealthy snacks and drinks, overspending and impulsive decision making. Facials are the perfect alternative to these habits.
5) Facials improve your skin
This one may seem like an obvious point to make, but facials will better your skin. Facials are usually tailored to the client, so make sure you consult with your therapist about the concerns you have, and tell them what it is specifically you want to improve. Monthly skin treatments will help boost the cellular turnover in your skin, waking up collagen and help to improve the skin’s barrier function.
Lasers and IPL work great at reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, skin peels can be great for controlling acne and excessive oil production, radiofrequency and microcurrent facials help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst cryotherapy and oxygen therapy, and LED light therapy can help to enhance the radiance of sensitive skin types.
Before & After LED – via idermaskincare
6) It reminds you to take care of your skin at home
When I know my dentist check-up is looming, you better believe I am on top of my brushing and flossing schedule more than ever before. Perhaps I don’t want to disappoint the dentist, and therefore me with my sometimes lazy, daily dental commitments. It’s the same with your skin. When you see a professional, and invest time and money into something, it will encourage you to take better care of that certain thing. Monthly facials, means more motivation to take your make-up off, moisturise and mask.
7) Facials increase blood circulation
There is a reason that Gua Sha tools and jade rollers are such a hit in the industry, and it’s not just because they look great next to our skincare. One of the key factors in healthy skin is good circulation and research has shown how facial massage can increase blood circulation for up to 10 minutes after a massage.
8) Facials give your skin with a deep exfoliation
Have you ever wondered why exfoliation is so important for the skin? There are endless benefits to encouraging the removal of dead skin cells through a chemical solution or abrasive exfoliant. Pores become unclogged, skincare products can penetrate more effectively into the skin, and long-term exfoliation can also stimulate the production of collagen.
Advanced facials provide the skin with a much deeper exfoliation than everyday skincare, especially treatments like microdermabrasion, skin peels and laser resurfacing.
9) You get to learn about your skin and how you can make it better
Your aesthetician/beautician/therapist is not there just to provide you an amazing, relaxing treatment but to also provide you with advice on how to take care of your skin at home too. It can be baffling to navigate our way through an jam-packed skincare world of hyaluronic acid, BHAs, retinols and antioxidants, so take advantage and ask the questions you need answering when it comes down to your skin.
10) Facials give the face an instant lift and glow
When facial massage stimulates blood flow and provide oxygen to facial muscles it can give a temporary lift to the face. Don’t believe me? Then check out Facegym’s Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/facegym/?hl=en and spend a few minutes scrolling through their results.
11) Having a facial improves your lymphatic drainage
The lymphatic system is made up of tissues that help deliver a clear fluid called lymph around the body – its main role is to help rid the body of toxins, waste and unwanted materials. As well as encouraging healthy blood circulation, massaging the face can also help with this process and its called lymphatic drainage. This can benefit us all, particularly when applied to the face as it helps to reduce puffiness and relieve a build up of toxins.
12) Facials even out skin tone
I have already mentioned that the combination of tools, massage and skincare applied in a facial help to boost the cellular turnover in the skin and an added bonus to this is a more even complexion. Skin peels, lasers and medical-grade skin kits can help to lift more serious cases of hyperpigmentation.
13) Facials help to prevent breakouts
The combination of advanced facials and skincare can help regulate oil production and breakouts. If acne is a recurring problem you are dealing with, it is best to consider all influences and not just skin treatment, such as your gut health, lifestyle and dietary habits, stress management and hormonal changes in the body. However if you are looking to extract those blackheads properly, reduce the shine that builds up throughout the day, or speed up the acceleration of healing from old spots, then a facial treatment can give you that.
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