While many of us look forward to the holidays, there’s no denying that this time of year can cause plenty of stress, too. Traveling, hosting, socializing, gift-giving, and getting away from work is both rewarding and taxing. To make matters worse, all of this emotional exhaustion can take a toll on your skin, which is already vulnerable to the cold, dry air. No one wants to battle acne, redness, and/or dry skin while getting ready for the holidays. Fortunately, getting a facial can help you relax and look your best in preparation for the upcoming festivities. Let’s discuss various facials you might consider and how they can de-stress your skin and your soul.
When cosmetic dermatologists and estheticians use the term “facial,” they’re usually referring to the classic or standard facial treatment, which includes processes like steaming, exfoliation, extraction, moisturizing, and light massaging. Different products can be used during a classic facial to accommodate different skin types -- for the most part, classic facials are best for those with dry to normal skin. Most classic facials take about 45 minutes to an hour. This relaxing procedure helps rejuvenate the skin, unclogging pores, removing impurities and dead skin, and restoring hydration.
Depending on where you go to receive your facial, you might get a different version of a “deluxe” facial treatment. For the most part, though, deluxe facials simply take classic facials to the next level, throwing in some additional services and extending the duration. For instance, a deluxe facial might include a deeper massage and conclude with an under-eye and lip conditioning treatment for even brighter, more youthful-looking skin.
As the name suggests, an aromatherapy facial incorporates relaxing scents via incense and/or scented oils that promote tranquility and offer peace of mind. These aromatic plant-based oils also help revive the skin by promoting cellular regeneration. Aromatherapy might be included in a classic or deluxe facial, but it’s worth receiving its own mention since not all facials include this addition.
Usually recommended for people over the age of 30, an intraceutical facial employs hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally-occurring substance that aids in skin hydration, flexibility, and texture. The HA is brought into the skin via pressurized oxygen, infusing cells with antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides. Ultimately, this type of facial yields radiant, younger-looking skin
There is more than one way to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells, and stimulate new cell growth -- this can be done mechanically via methods such as microdermabrasion, or chemically via the application of acids (such as alpha-hydroxy acids). A chemical peel, as its name points out, adopts this latter method. While sloughing off dead skin using acid might not sound pleasant, a chemical peel facial is actually quite pleasant and relaxing when administered by a professional. Best of all, a proper chemical peel can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize scarring, even out overall skin tone, treat certain types of acne, and more.
It’s normal to be both excited and stressed out about the holidays. This season, give yourself the gift of a relaxing facial to mentally and physically prepare for the memorable days ahead. If you’re not sure which type of facial is right for your skin, the cosmetic dermatology professionals at Premier Dermatology Partners are here to help. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.