Wellness & Rejuvenation Skincare
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 310-488-6990
What is a facial? Why do I need one?
A facial is a professional cleansing, purifying, and beautifying treatment of the skin on the face and neck. Facials are the number one treatment performed by estheticians, and a good way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin prior to suggesting more aggressive treatments.
For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule. There are many variations of facials based on different needs, as well as different lengths of time. A mini facial may be only 20–30 minutes in length, while a more luxurious version may be 75–90 minutes in length. Tell your esthetician exactly what you want to get out of your facial, and she/he will be able to recommend a facial to meet your needs.
Preparing for a facial
Be sure to allow enough time to fill out a comprehensive intake prior to your treatment. Plan to arrive a little early so you will not feel rushed and can enjoy the entire length of your treatment. Remember that your hair may become damp during the facial, and will usually be held back from your face with a soft wrap or headband, so you may not want to schedule a public appearance right after your facial! There is no need to remove your makeup prior to the appointment, as it will be cleansed off during the facial.
What to expect
Facials are generally very relaxing and soothing. Your esthetician will explain to you what the treatment steps will be. Be sure to communicate with your esthetician during the facial if any product burns, itches, or if you need anything or have any questions. Otherwise, just lie back and enjoy the experience. A basic facial generally includes the following steps:
Makeup removal and cleansing of the skin.
Exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means.
Massage of the face and neck, to aid in relaxation and stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the skin.
Extraction of blackheads and other impurities, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small, sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction).
Application of products targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, mixed, sensitive, or mature).
After the facial
After a facial, your skin will probably be soft, smooth and well hydrated. However, if multiple extractions were needed or if you required a fair amount of exfoliation, your face may be somewhat rosy for one to two hours or more, depending on how sensitive your skin is. This is quite normal. You can apply mineral makeup after your facial if there is some redness you want to conceal.
What about home care?
Your esthetician will go over which professional home care products for you to continue the improvement in your skin following your professional treatment. This way, you will be using products that maximize benefits and prolong the effects of your treatment. Your therapist can explain how, when and how much of the products to use. Feel free to call the therapist later, if you have any questions.
What is microdermabrasion, and how will I benefit from it?
Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation that uses a machine to remove dead surface skin cells and initiate cellular turnover. It was first adopted in Europe in the 1980s and was introduced to the United States in the late 1990s. Its introduction led the revolution of device-driven, noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Today, microdermabrasion remains one of the most popular services employed in both medical and day spas.
The two most common methods are crystal and diamond. The crystal method uses a wand which sprays fine crystals onto the skin, loosening and removing dead skin cells, while simultaneously using vacuum suction to remove the used crystals and dead skin. It has been compared to a mild “sandblasting” of the skin. The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped wand to sand and resurface the skin, combined with suction to remove the dead skin cells. Both methods stimulate blood circulation and revitalize collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number of passes, level of crystal spray or coarseness of the diamond wand, the pressure and suction used, and the frequency of treatment.
Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. It is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crow’s feet. Results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. Microdermabrasion may be recommended for those with chemical sensitivities and can be used on most skin colors and types, although there are some contraindications. Ask your skin care professional if microdermabrasion is right for you.
Preparing for treatment
The procedure is noninvasive and requires little preparation. You may remove your makeup and come to the treatment room with a clean face, or allow your skin care professional to remove your makeup for you.
What to expect
Most clients do not find the procedure to be painful, and it requires no anesthetic. The esthetician will instruct you to relax as she applies the wand to your face in a slow, methodical way. One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterward. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.
Home care after microdermabrasion
Because fresh skin has been newly exposed, it is important to apply sunscreen and to avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths following your session. Also, avoid products containing harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes until the skin has fully healed. Your skin care professional will explain the home care regimen that is right for you, and send you home with written instructions.
Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Your therapist is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professsionals. Our members have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP also provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available.
What is exfoliation and why do I need it?
Exfoliation is defined as the removal of dry/dead skin cells. Exfoliation revitalizes and restores vibrancy as it evens tone and texture to give a more youthful appearance to the skin. Exfoliation removes the excess buildup of dead skin cells that can cause dull, drab and lifeless skin as well as clogged pores and breakouts.
As the largest organ of our body, our skin is constantly regenerating skin cells to protect us from the environment. We can shed up to 50,000 skin cells every minute! As we age, our natural exfoliation (cell turnover) slows down, resulting in an accumulation of dry skin. The resulting accumulation of dead skin cells, combined with a hormonally driven loss of moisture can prematurely age one’s skin. Years of sun damage can create an uneven, blotchy tone and hyper pigmentation (dark spots). Proper exfoliation tricks our skin into acting young again!
All forms of exfoliation are not created equal however and each skin type requires a customized approach to exfoliation. Seek out an experienced esthetician who can recommend proper treatment for you and your particular skin.
Physical exfoliants can be natural or synthetic. They can be very harsh and unforgiving , such as the aluminum oxide or plastic microbeads. Products containing plastic “microbeads” are harmful to the environment and even some “natural” products using apricot kernels or walnut shells have edges that could potentially cause micro cuts on the skin, damaging the protective barrier.
You may get a temporary “glow” from these treatments and products, but it is actually a result of immediate injury to the skin. This especially harmful for skin conditions like Rosacea and can cause broken capillaries in others.
When do you know when you need to exfoliate? How often? What are the best options? Your skin will give you those telltale signs; (dull, lackluster, flaky and/or dry skin, breakouts. Exfoliation should be performed at least once a week, maybe more depending on skin type, skin condition and the strength/type of exfoliant you are using. We can help you determine how often will be beneficial for you.
A good facial will give you a deeper level of exfoliation and get you off to a good start. Try our special offer for “Wet” Microdermabrasion or BT Micro Ultrasound and Microcurrent treatments.
You will see and feel the difference in your skin!
What is Bt- Microcurrent Treatments:
Experience Ultrasonic Exfoliation and Microcurrent Technology
The BT Micro is a hand held device from which uses ultrasound and microcurrent technology. Ultrasonic exfoliation is created by high speed oscillations which leave the skin smooth, fresh and perfectly prepared for product application. By using the gentle BT Micro in our professional treatments we can expedite the removal of the stratum corneum (dead skin layer) in safe way with no downtime or risk of damage.
The miccrocurrent mode allows us to deeply penetrate both serums and creams to a deeper level of the dermis. The results from combining the ultrasound and microcurrent are plumper, firmer skin that enhances the key ingredients of all the products we use in our facial treatments and the products you use at home.