Healthy skin is moist, soft, smooth, with no breakouts, and somewhat acidic.The aging process
Aging of the skin is a process influenced by many different factors including heredity, sun exposure, the environment, health habits, and general lifestyle.What does a facial treatment do?
A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin to promote clear, well-hydrated skin. A facial is the second most popular spa service after massage.
The Facial Bottom Line, the CRF (Cell Renewal Factor)
The CRF (Cell renewal factor), or cell turnover rate, is what keeps cells from building up. This process slows down with age. The average rate of cell turnover for babies is 14 days; for teenagers, 21-28 days; for middle-age people, 28-42 days; for those 50 and older, 42-84 days.
Factors influencing CRF include genetics, the natural environment, one’s medical history, lifestyle, personal care, natural exfoliation, physiological desquamation, and accidental desquamation. The keratinized corneum layer is composed of approximately 15-20 layers and varies in thickness in different body areas.
Increased circulation and detoxification
Relaxes the senses, nerves, and muscles
Stimulates the skin functions and metabolism
Slows down premature aging
Corrects or alleviates conditions such as dryness, oiliness, or redness
Softens wrinkles and age lines.
Helps clear up blemishes and minor acne.
A Facial Treatment
The Basic Steps of a Facial
A facial involves a few basic steps:
- Skin analysis, where the trained esthetician looks at your skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp to determine pore size, skin texture, and correct treatment approach.
- Exfoliation, usually while a steam vapor is directed at your face.
Exfoliation, or the removal of dead corneum cells, can improve the look, of most skin types. Mechanical exfoliating ingredients are added to products, often cleansers, to literally obliterate the dead cells on the skin’s surface. The ingredients include polyethylene and jojoba beads, ground nuts such as almonds, and various seeds.Exfoliation can also be achieved through chemical action. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and betahydroxy acids (BHAs) include glycolic lactic, malic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids. These work by loosening the bond between cells in the surface of the corneum. Any of these exfoliants can be added to gels, lotions, serums, or creams. Enzymes such as papaya, bromelain, and pancreatin are also used in exfoliating products, primarily in salon products.
- Galvanic machine use for certain ethnic groups
Constant and direct current (DC) having a positive and negative pole, and producing chemical changes when it passes through the tissues and fluids of the body. Iontophoresis is the process of introducing water-soluble products into the skin with the use of electric current. Desincrustation is a process used to soften and emulsify grease deposits (oil) and blackheads in the hair follicles. This process is used to treat acne, milia (whiteheads), and comedones.
- Extraction of blackheads as needed
- Tesla High Frequency for germicidal effect on extracted pores.
TESLA HIGH-FREQUENCY CURRENT
The Tesla high-frequency current is a thermal or heat-producing current with a high rate of oscillation or vibration. It is commonly called the violet ray and is used for facial treatments. Tesla current does not produce muscle contraction, and its effects can be either stimulating or soothing, depending on the method of application. The electrodes are made from glass, and only one electrode is used to perform the service. Benefits include:
Stimulated blood circulation
Improved glandular activity
Increased elimination and absorption
Improved germicidal action
Relief of congestion
- Facial massage to relax you and stimulate your skin and facial muscles
Massage during the facial:
Relaxes the client and the facial muscles.
Stimulates blood and lymph circulation.
Improves overall metabolism and activates sluggish skin
Helps muscle tone.
Assists in cleansing the skin of impurities and softens sebum
Helps slough off dead skin cells
Helps reduce puffiness and sinus congestions
Enhances product absorption.
Relieves muscle tension and pain.
Provides a sense of physiological and psychological well-being.
- A mask targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature).
Masks are designed as an intense treatment for various skin problems. Manufacturers can blend almost any performance ingredients into a mask.Masks fall into two general categories: setting masks and nonsetting masks. Setting masks harden and dry after a few minutes of exposure to air. Normally used for cleansing, to remove surface dead cells, and to absorb sebum. Also are used to firm mature skin, and work by trapping moisture in the surface layers. Setting masks normally use clays, derived form the earth as their base. Nonsetting masks are primarily moisturizing and soothing masks. They do not harden or dry, and some absorb very readily. These masks are generally intended for dry and sensitive skins.
- Application of an acid peel or specific serums.
Serums are a fairly new treatment technology. They are highly concentrated products that generally penetrate deeper than products that are based in crèmes.
- Application of toners and protective creams, including broad spectrum sunscreen.
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Sunscreen helps protect against sunburn, premature aging, skin cancer and all forms of sun induced damage to the skin. . They work by either absorbing or reflecting the ultraviolet rays of the sun.Physical screens, or particulate sunscreens, contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which reflect or scatter the sun’s rays. Absorbing sunscreen ingredients, sometimes erroneously called chemical sunscreens, absorb and neutralize UV rays. Both types of sunscreen may be combined into one product that provides broad-spectrum protection.Ingredients that improve cell metabolism and oxygenation
A major goal in advanced skin care treatments is to help the skin function at its maximum capacity at any age. Improvements in cell turnover that emulate younger skin, together with nutrients to facilitate this process, can slow the appearance of aging. While it is impossible to reverse major damage, a well-planned skin care program can reduce the symptoms of aging. A number of high-tech ingredients serve as antioxidants and actually stimulate metabolic processes.
- Advice on home skin care
Who Gives A Facial?
- A facial is given by a licensed esthetician with special training in skin care.
Frequency of Facial Treatments
Ideally, a client will be advised to schedule a facial every four to six weeks; after that, at least four times a year, as the seasons change. Certain individuals may need more frequent appointments based on their own skin needs.
Client skin analysis is an important part of an esthetician’s skills, since recommending the appropriate skin care products and regime must be individualized to suit each person.
This also helps determines skin type: dry, normal, combination, and oily.
Product review and usage:
Dan Chisholm will review your current products, application, and regime. People often use products that can actually worsen their skin problems. Find out how to effectively use products and when to use specialized product categories. Ingredient analysis and explanation offered.
How Much Does a Facial Cost?
- $60 for 60 minutes
- $90 for 90 minutes
Location of Facial Treatments
Andersonville, Downtown, Sorry no outcalls available
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