Good facials deploy your body’s own self-healing mechanisms. They are the best way to make sure your skin stays in tip top condition by clearing out your clogged pores, rejuvenating tired skin and leaving you with thoroughly- cleansed, instantly-plumped and well-hydrated skin.
Facials also help to fade brown discolourations, improve skin tone and significantly reduce wrinkles with professional-strength AHA or BHA treatments.
A series of sessions can significantly lift and open up your face.
Skin is deeply cleansed through the softening and removal of blackheads and whiteheads through manual extraction, exfoliated with a gentle scrub or light chemical peel, and nourished with nutrient-rich masks to restore your skin’s natural barrier function.
As Anti-Aging Specialist & one of the most accomplished Facialists in the UK, Emma Hardie best explains, “Fatigue and stress can cause our features to tighten and our face to look drawn. Your connective tissues harden, and blood, oxygen and nutrients no longer flow freely to your skin cells. The right kind of massage restores the nutrient flow and elasticity of the tissues, and re-boots the production of collagen, elastin, and natural moisturizing substances that are all there in your skin. Those natural plumping agents never die, they just need some encouragement to keep regenerating!”
A great facial complemented by a good skin care regime can produce impressive results for your skin and keep you looking your best. Women who are too busy to care for their skin will definitely find facials helpful in achieving clear and healthy skin. They are absolutely necessary for clearing out clogged pores to prepare your skin for the maximum absorption of nutrients from your skincare products.
Our skilled Facialists adopt the right methodical techniques to feel their way around your face and spot the problems you have and apply what is needed. Without the right techniques, we can damage our skin. A good example is when we try to extract impurities from our clogged pores and end up scarring the skin due to extraction at the wrong angle with the wrong pressure and tools applied. Being too aggressive can push acne lesions deeper into the skin.
A good facial is one that is conducted by an experienced Facialist who uses the right techniques and products to treat your individual skin type. It should be able to address the skin concerns you have and assist in achieving your skin goals.
There are many different facials developed to cater to each and every skin type and condition. Our Facialists are at hand to make suggestions during consultation to help you identify the most suitable treatment instead of having to self-diagnose.
If you want to focus on pore cleansing and heavy extractions, it’s best to schedule your facial for the end of the day when you don’t have to go anywhere after.
If it is in preparation for a big event, schedule the appointment for 3 to 5 days’ before. For those who are getting pre-wedding facials, we strongly suggest treatment is done at least 3 to 6 months before (to start treatment and also in case of any irritation) and again one week prior to the big day.
On the day of your facial, remember to bring an umbrella or a broad-brimmed hat with you. Your post-facial skin, especially after extraction or other chemical peels needs to be protected from the sun.
To get the best experience possible, we advise customers to think about what goals they want to achieve i.e. what bothers them about their skin, what skin concerns they would like us to help treat.
Our Facialists will dedicate time to do a thorough consultation and make the recommendations as to what facial offerings and skin care products best suit the needs of your skin.
You should also share more about your lifestyle, level of stress, how your skin behaves, what skin care products you use at home, ingredients and techniques that don’t work for you and if you have any food allergies. Be sure to let your Facialist know of any medication you might be taking that might affect the sensitivity of your skin.
Our Facialists are always concerned about your home care products as what you apply on your skin on a daily basis is crucial. Caring for your skin in between visits is vital to encouraging the longevity of your facial. It is important to work together with your Facialist to find the best home care range that really works for your skin type in order to achieve the beautiful skin that you desire. A regular facial will support your daily home care regime.
A facial isn’t a makeover. It is more of an external detox session for the skin or akin to going to the gym. It may not necessarily make you more beautiful just after one visit unless it is a treatment that purely provides immediate radiance.
The benefits are experienced a few days later when you skin clears up and can function better without the layer of dead skin cells and a host of other impurities which clog the pores. Your skin will start to look clearer and more luminous after deep cleansing and applying the right products for your skin type.
Directly after your facial, there may be a little redness especially after the extraction procedure.The mild redness goes away within hours. There is no downtime or recovery time. Post-facial breakouts are a common phenomenon. You can minimize redness, blemishes and discomfort by following our post-facial skincare advice below. Bear in mind that reactions do vary depending on skin sensitivity and intensity of your facial.
We advise clients not to put on makeup inclusive of concealers, bb creams, liquid foundation and loose powders as these may congest your freshly- cleansed pores right after the facial. Let your skin experience the maximum effects of the facial treatment. Avoid using non-sterile makeup applicators on your face.
Clients can apply aloe vera to soothe and repair post-extraction skin. Choose gentle, non-comedogenic cream or foam cleansing agents. Use your fingertips instead of sponges or washcloths that might be too harsh for sensitive post-facial skin and that might have bacteria trapped within. Remember to wash with lukewarm water. If you use astringent toners, skip that for the first few washes as they could sting. Don’t overscrub or use harsh cleansers for at least 48 hours after your facial after your skin has undergone exfoliation and extraction. Your facialist has already done that during the facial.
Post-facial skin can be more photosensitive especially if you have had chemical exfoliations. If you are going into the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen for at least a week following a facial. Do not go to the steam room if you already had a steam extraction which is sufficient to open pores and stimulate circulation. Too much of that can lead to broken capillaries and increased skin sensitivity. Try not to touch your skin too often following a facial that includes extraction. And lastly, remember to treat your skin tenderly!
If you facial is done right, your post-extraction pores will remain clear for a few weeks. Applying makeup the next day will not clog up your pores immediately and render your facial ineffective. You will need to maintain your post-facial skin by avoiding thick or super rich moisturizers that can cause extra buildup of sebum. It is essential to exfoliate once or twice a week and use a clarifying serum, preferably one with salicylic acid, to maintain clarity.
Your skin loves routine. Regular facials leave your skin looking and feeling its best. But this takes time and does not happen after just one facial treatment. In fact,like regular exercise to keep your body fit, your skin demands regularity as well. The key to achieving beautiful skin from facial therapies is by setting a fixed schedule. Develop a pre and post-facial home care regimen with your facialist to achieve healthy, happy and beautiful skin.
The frequency of your facials is really dependent on individual goals. If you are suffering from chronic breakouts, you might need a facial every week for a series and then every month after you start to see improvements. A facial done fortnightly or monthly ensures skin problems are treated regularly and are well taken care of before they have a chance to get worse.
There are many misconceptions about facial extraction. The truth is, extractions are a very essential part of a facial as it unclogs the pore entirely. Although there are more advanced machines that offer such extraction, the traditional procedure performed with a metal loop extractor and a medical syringe needle remains the most effective.
However, it is important that the procedure is carried out by a skilled Facialist with experience as extraction does leave your skin sensitive and more vulnerable after the facial. Thorough extraction removes black and whiteheads, comedones, milia seeds, acne, pimples and impurities that clog up the pores. This allows for maximum penetration and absorption of quality serums/ampoules to treat the skin.
A good facialist will allow time in preparing your skin for extraction to ease the impurities out of the pores instead of forcing them out which might hurt the skin. Sufficient time must also be allocated to calming any inflammation and irritation post extractions. Our facialists will apply soothing and protective professional care products to minimize post-facial breakouts and irrititation.
Post-facial breakouts are a common phenomenon. Facials are a detox for the skin and it rids skin of built-up sebum, dead skin cells and sunscreen and some people could have these lying in the skin for many years!
Firstly, some people may react to steam or certain products as well as facial massages or the drawing power of clay. Facials also do stir up bacteria and if it is not well-treated it can cause a post-facial breakout. However, skilled Facialists use anti-bacterial high-frequency wands and light therapy as well as products immediately after extraction to provide the proper treatment of bacteria and induce quicker healing.
Remember facials are an external way to detoxify and that means getting rid of toxins and impurities through the skin. You may first break out in pimples or rashes as toxins are released through the skin and this is normal. Thereafter, it leaves your skin clean, clear and luminous.