There are many reasons to love fall. This transitional season yields vibrant colors, rich food, and plenty of outdoor activities before winter sets in. However, fall weather is not always so kind to our skin. The crisp, dry autumn air can remove moisture from our pores, leading to inflammation and irritation. Couple that with the stress of holiday planning and crunch time at work and school and you might end up breaking out, too. If you plan on enjoying some fall fun outside, sun damage is still a significant threat to your skin. For all these reasons, it is especially important to take great care of your skin this fall. In addition to wearing sunscreen and moisturizing each day, consider enjoying a fall facial to look your best this season.
“Facial” is an umbrella term that refers to various cosmetic dermatology treatments and procedures meant to promote skin health and beauty and, in some cases, treat specific skin issues. A facial might include the use or performance of steam, exfoliation, extraction, masks, peels, massages, lotions, creams, and more.
Facials improve the health and appearance of skin in multiple ways. One of their main functions is to remove impurities from the skin by opening up the skin’s pores and flushing them out. Doing so helps even out one’s skin tone and reduces acne. Facials also promote the production of collagen and new skin cells by removing layers of dead skin. This lessens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, making the skin brighter, more elastic, and more youthful-looking overall. Lastly, a proper facial can restore hydration to the skin by providing moisture on a deeper level, which is vital for getting through the fall and winter.
Ultimately, facials can repair the damage done to your skin during the summer and protect your skin from further harm for the seasons to come.
A classic facial usually includes steaming, exfoliation, extraction, massaging, and moisturizing. The two main categories of facial are mechanical (also referred to as “physical”) and chemical. The former refers to procedures that exfoliate the skin via mechanical processes, such as microdermabrasion, which “sands” the top layers of skin and vacuums the debris (this promotes cell turnover). Chemical facials, such as a chemical peel facial treatment, involves sloughing off old layers of skin using acids (typically alpha hydroxy acids) in order to stimulate the growth of new skin cells and collagen. Laser resurfacing can also be considered a type of facial -- during this process, a laser targets portions of skin to create small wounds that signal the skin to heal itself, which leads to new skin cell growth.
We’ve only scratched the surface (no pun intended) of all the variations of facials you might receive. Some are more expensive, invasive, and time-consuming than others, and your skin type might be suited to a specific type of facial. Ask your dermatologist about different fall facials to consider so you can look and feel your best this season.
At Premier Dermatology Partners, we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your skin’s health and appearance. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.