I read a very interesting article the other day about the benefits of having regular facials, and it struck me that not many people see a facial as something other than a one-off, special occasion sort of treatment, so I thought I would share with you some of the main points from the feature.
Most of these points are relevant not just to facials, but also to other facial aesthetic treatments, such as light skin peels, microdermabrasion and medical micro-needling. The take-home message is that if you really want to see long-term benefits from any skin treatment, you really need to be having it done on a regular basis, but here are some other good reasons for repeat visits:
Professional tools beat home-use products
There is no doubt about it – no matter how much you might pay for a home-use ‘microdermabrasion’ kit, or dermal roller, you will not be able to achieve the results possible with the tools used by skincare professionals. This is because the products you buy to use at home have to be deemed safe for use by the public, which means they often can’t inflict the ‘damage’ necessary to actually penetrate the skin and do the job they set out to do.
Aestheticians really know about skin
Cosmetic doctors, aesthetic nurses, aestheticians – call them what you will, these people are trained in how the skin works and how to make it look and feel good. They understand which products or ingredients will help acne-prone skin and which will help moisturise dry patches, and they will customise your facial accordingly, as well as advising on what you can use at home to maximise the benefits.
It’s an investment
Whilst a really good facial won’t come cheap, having it done regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking younger for longer, as well as dealing with any problems you may have.