The Importance of Regular Facials

August 17th, 2008

By Joanna Vargas

Not all facials are created equal and deciding what type of facial you need might be a daunting task. Especially when there are a multitude of facials found in today’s spas and skin care salons. Knowing the basic purpose of a facial will help you in deciding what kind is best for you and what you can expect.

Regardless of the many names spas give facials, in my estimation there are only two types: they are anti-aging facials and deep cleansing facials.

Both use a variety of techniques and skincare products to either rejuvenate or to give you clean and clear and glowing skin. And each can be customized for the specific skin type by using the proper combination of skincare products.

When clients come to Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary, most want a luxurious and pampering experience and indeed, that is what they get. However, there is an underlying practical philosophy that I impart and it is my operating basis for any skincare routine. And that is, that a facial should be done as part of a regular skincare regime and used as a means to prevent and protect the skin from the factors which cause skin to age prematurely.

That does not mean that a facial should feel like work or be painful. A well crafted facial will be something that you look forward to and not something that you avoid because of painful extractions, harsh skin care products or techniques that leave your skin red or irritated. After a facial your skin should be clear and glowing not red or irritated.

Surely you can get facials to handle a specific skincare problem or to even pamper yourself, but its main function for me is that it should be a preventative measure against aging. That is why I craft each part of the facial to give results and the sum of its parts give an overall improvement to your skin that is undeniable.

All facials regardless of their fancy names have a basic purpose and that is to cleanse and purify your face. And that is done by exfoliation, or the removal of the top layer of dead skin and deep pore cleansing. Both essentially act as a means of detoxifying the skin. The end of that process, if expertly done, reveals fresh and glowing new skin.

This simple action alone can handle a variety of skin issues and restore the health of your skin dramatically. The reason? Exfoliation triggers the skin’s natural healing ability by the production of collagen and elastin, two vital proteins that firm and give the skin elasticity, restoring it to a more youthful complexion.

These two essential steps of exfoliation and deep pore cleansing are the cornerstone of most facials as they prepare and allow the skin to more readily absorb the needed skin care products for a more radiant and youthful appearance. I prefer to use organic skincare products for this reason as the skin absorbs a more natural ingredient and they act as a nutritional source for the skin. Chemically base products might irritate the skin or in the long run cause the damage that they were meant to “prevent”.

Our bodies tend to shed the skin every 28 to 30 days. And by properly exfoliating at home or during a facial we help the body get rid of the extra skin that usually clog pores and can cause the skin to become dull and lifeless. Also, oil can get trapped beneath the skin and cause breakouts causing a more complex problem.

The solution to beautiful and clear skin is a skincare regime that includes facials at least once every four to six weeks and a maintenance plan at home that includes: washing your face every night that help remove surface dirt and impurities, using a proper hydrating night cream, to help regenerate and repair the skin, and exfoliating at least once a week if not twice.

As always I look forward to seeing you at Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary in New York City so make your appointments NOW at 212/949.2350. And GET $50 off if you are a first time client.

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