When you’re choosing a facial there are three things that come into question – the products, the experience and the outcome. Whether you’re looking for a little lift and plump to give you a youthful boost, a post holiday rejuvenator, a pre party glow or a deep cleanse, each facial has its own unique purpose.
First of all, feel free to ask questions when you’re booking a treatment. Talk to a therapist on the phone and ask their advice, after all, they know the therapies better than anyone. Buzzwords when it comes to spa-chat include refreshing, hydrating, revitalising, rebalancing, relaxing, renewing, regenerating, restoring, detoxifying, soothing and nourishing.
The truth is that the use of anti-ageing products is recommended for anyone over the age of 25. If you’re looking to plump up your skin, target age spots, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, you’re looking for an anti-ageing facial. Facials are likely to include collagen based products including reference to enzymes or enzyme peels. Descriptions may refer to words such as age-defying, lifting, rejuvenating and electro-stimulation.
For dry skin you’re looking for treatments that are designed to nourish, hydrate, restore and revitalise. Look out for hydrating masks in particular. Avoid scrubs that are too harsh or that are likely to dry out skin further. Facials including oxygen and fruit extracts are a definite plus.
After a long week at work surrounded by city pollution, you’re looking to revitalise and rejuvenate skin. You may also be looking to add a detox element to get rid of the working week before the weekend. Look for exfoliating treatments, deep cleansing masks, cleansing products in general, and oxygen and enzymes in the product descriptions.
If you’re under the age of 25 you do want to be gentle with your skin and a lot of the best skincare includes an SPF and maintaining a good daily routine. Of course, it’s possible that at this stage you’re more prone to oily skin or acne, so choosing a facial that will help means managing some of that oiliness. Look for clay or mud mask elements, but avoid scrubs and aggressive cleansing treatments, especially if acne is a problem – you want to be gentle with your skin!
Change the products you use on your skin depending on the seasons. People tend to stick to the same ones all year round, but actually we need more hydration in the summer, and protection is key.
Protect the skin from the sun; ESPA Pro Defence is great as it contains an SPF and works well under make-up too.
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