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Your guide to the benefits and risks of facials

Your guide to the benefits and risks of facials

shereeBy Sheree Epstein

 Facials are known to be one of the most popular spa and salon treatments worldwide behind massages, manicures and pedicures.

Facial treatments cleanse, smooth, exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Not many people have absolutely flawless facial skin without Photoshop or airbrushing of a picture. Therefore, there are always ways to help improve the look and feel of your skin.

Nowadays, more and more men, and even teenagers are having facials and deep cleanses with the hope of improving the skin’s look by minimizing its impurities and increasing the cleanliness of the skin.

Many people swear by facials, by not only as a way of relaxation and de-stressing but also as a means of making their skin look and feel healthier.

Benefits of facials:

  •  Removes dead skin cells with a good exfoliation.
  • Softens the skin by using a steamer for easy and deep cleaning i.e. blackhead, whitehead and breakout removal, as well as to open the skins pores.
  • Moisturizes and improves the skin that is either too dry or too oily.
  • Rejuvenation of the eyes and skin that has begun to look “old” or wrinkled.
  • To de-stress and to relax.
  • Makes dull skin glow from the impact of weather and climate changes.
  • Increases blood circulation by means of a facial massage and the use of a steamer.

Considering all the benefits of facials, it is not a magic cure. In order to look and feel healthy you have to be willing to take proper care of yourself, both as living a healthy lifestyle as well as to take the necessary home care into consideration, i.e. to have your facial products and cleansing routine at home.

Although facials have many positive results and benefits there can be some risks:


  • Allergic reactions – Some people can react to certain facial products and you may find that some products increase breakouts on your skin. Therefore, to prevent this from happening, it is important to know how certain products react on your skin by either trying testers or samples beforehand, or to perform a “patch test.” (this involves applying the product behind the ears or on the inner part of the arm where it bends to see if there may be any reactions of redness, irritation or swelling.)
  • Frequency of facials – It is also very important to realize that having facials too often can also have an adverse effect on the skin as it can sometimes be ‘too much’ for the skin to handle. It is recommended to have a regular facial approximately every 4-6 weeks depending on the client and his or her skin.
  • Resolving skin complications – Although facials can help the skin look and feel better, it cannot successfully treat every single skin problem, such as: severe acne, skin cancer, general infections etc. Therefore certain skin problems would require a medical specialist or dermatologist.
  • Selecting your beauty therapist – It is also important to ensure you are having facials done by a therapist who is well trained in the industry. They must be experienced in facial treatments and within the products being used, as ultimately you want to know that they have the best interests for you and your skin.

A well qualified therapist will be informative about how to keep your skin looking its best. A beauty therapist who is passionate about what she does will always welcome any questions and will always be willing to offer any advice and share her knowledge and expertise with you.

It is important that both the salon and therapist come recommended and that a professional product range is being used. Ultimately this should ensure that you receive an overall professional treatment.