Sure it feels good when someone treats you like a queen, but do facials actually benefit you? Here are 5 Real Benefits of Facials that are more than just fun.
Thanks to Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa at Lincoln Square in Arlington, Texas for sharing this great pore-opening sponsored experience!
Spa days for most of us are just one of the many dreams that the Real Housewives. Most the time the only “steaming” I had was when I dumped the spaghetti out of the pot and the steam hit my face.
(I’m always multitasking.)
However, with age, like everything in my parenthood, I’ve learned hanging with my “squad” for hours is not really possible to get on the calendar, but a routine, one-hour appointment to get a facial had real merit. And while I’m pretty good about washing my face, there’s so much more than getting it cleaned. And if I counted all the bottles of stuff I have to put on my face, I could easily have a new Louis V (no kidding.) BUT it doesn’t mean I’m doing it right or as good as they do when they perform facials professionally.
I was surprised that turning off my phone was so hard to do – even if for an hour to an hour and half, but after a glass of coconut water (they make the drops in-house), I was able to take a deep breath and let go. While that alone time is worth it, there are several other benefits for a frequent facial.
5 Real Benefits of Facials
1. Facials Get Your Face REALLY Clean
Washing your face daily has many benefits, but getting it cleaned through a facial is a whole other ballgame. Actually think of it more like a car wash. You’ve probably cleaned your car at home with the waterhose and a bucket. It was clean but it wasn’t near as clean as when you took it to the carwash and let them wash it, right? Normally the first step of a facial, the pores need to be cleaned out, preventing the increased size of pores and acne. Steaming, also part of the facial process, helps open things up, making it much easier for your skin to accept all those serums and creams you put on your face. It’s kinda useless basically to buy all those treatment if your skin doesn’t ever absorb them for them to work.
2. Then there’s all the Scrubbing
Exfoliation, or careful scrubbing, exfoliants to stimulate cell renewal, remove dry skin, break down stubborn discoloration (brown spots) and fade post-breakout red/dark marks. The scrubbing helps to get all the old crap out of the way so you can get the right crap on it. While at Hand & Body, my facialist asked all kinds of the questions to help find out all the things I did (and didn’t do right) to my skin so she can recommend the right masks, products, etc.
Actually, there isn’t just one exfoliation for everyone, either. With the help of your Hand & Body esthetician, you can experience several of their facial peels and exfoliation services depending on your needs including:
- glycolic peel
- salicylic peel
- lactic acid peel
3. Massaging Does More Than Make Your Feel Good
And what about all that rubbing and massaging? It can aid in the detoxification process.
Facials drain all the crap under the skin that cause puffiness, ruddiness, and crap in the lymphatic system by actually pushing it out manually to drain. This way the crap detoxifies your skin both inside and out. Also, facials help your circulation to get the skin cells renewing and that color all pretty and pink.
…But yes that massaging on your face, neck, and shoulders does feel amazing. And nothin’ wrong about that.
4. Professional Consultation
All the Pinterest, Facebooking and reading you can do does not a dermatologist make you. While not every facialist is a derm either, they are educated about the skin, how best to treat it and prevent additional issues. These products can be applied during the facial (and this could be during repeated treatments) and also other products you can be using at home on a daily basis. This way you don’t just keep buying stuff at the drug store that doesn’t work and isn’t right for your skin.
5. Facials are Anti-Aging
When you’re 20 you aren’t thinking about anti-aging. But when you’re 30, those words get real. Facials help slow the aging process making your skin healthier by getting rid of all the old, dead skin cells, then increasing the rate of collagen production to make your skin healthier and more radiant. And all those products reduce the fine lines, lighten those age spots and give your skin that heavy drink of water (hydration) it needs.
Bottom line? Facials are good for you and do more than just make you feel good. Find somewhere you are comfortable with and keep facials in your routine; not just once in a while will create the best benefit for you. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa make it easy for you at a price that is also affordable, too. And your first service is always at a special introductory rate to try it out! You can’t beat that!