The IMPORTANCE OF FACIALS
Getting a facial is commonly seen as something you do only when you want to treat yourself, or as a luxury service whose benefits are reserved for only the rich and famous who can afford it. Let’s face it; they can be a bit pricey. But take a moment to consider where your money is spent instead. Are facials really more expensive in the long run?
A staggering amount of pollution, dirt, grime, and dead skin accumulates on the face. This build up is an unavoidable fact of life. We can do the best we can to keep the skin clean, but it is not always enough.
Many advocates compare getting a facial to going to the dentist. We brush our teeth, floss when we remember, and still acknowledge the importance of going to the dentist for a regular deep clean. Keeping up with dentist appointments saves us a lot of money down the road. A root canal is hundreds of dollars more than a regular cleaning. Like our teeth, the skin needs to be evaluated and cleansed by a trained professional every so often to maintain a healthy complexion. An esthetician should be seen as the dentist for our skin. Getting facials on a regular basis, even once every few months or years, will save you from needless spending in the future.
How can facials save you money at AliciaDion Beauty?
Makeup and Skincare Products:
After receiving a facial, makeup goes on more smoothly and evenly. You may be surprised at how little, if any, is needed. In terms of skincare products, a facial will help make sure you are getting your money’s worth. An esthetician deeply cleanses and exfoliates the face, allowing all your products to fully absorb and do their jobs properly. Having your skin examined by a professional can also teach you a lot about what products are appropriate for your skin type.
Anti-aging Treatments: Facials are the best anti-aging treatment around. Treating yourself to a facial every so often will decrease your chances of having to dish out money for expensive procedures and injections. Facials improve the skin’s tone, texture, and elasticity by counteracting the damaging effects of air pollution and sun exposure.
Other Benefits of Facials…
Refreshed and Relaxed Skin:
With each facial, a facial massage is often incorporated. The massage alone works wonders on tired, wrinkled skin. An esthetician is trained in how to appropriately massage the face. Believe it or not, certain areas of the face need to be massaged in different ways. If done incorrectly, a massage can do more harm than good, and lead to sagging the massage also encourages lymphatic drainage as it flushes out toxins while promoting circulation.
Skin Cell Renewal:
One of the most important steps of a facial is exfoliation. Having your skin exfoliated by a professional often means getting microdermabrasion or having a fruit acid peel to help remove dead skin. This part of the facial process helps jump start cell turnover, encouraging the growth of new, healthy cells. Regular exfoliation by a professional will work wonders are those looking to diminish the appearance of acne scars and for men, help reduce the number of ingrown hairs and skin outbreaks.
Noticeable and Instant Results:
The best part about getting a facial is that the results are instant. Rarely do you come across a skin treatment or product that lives up to your high expectations. After just one facial, you will see an immediate improvement in the appearance of your skin.
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The following conditions may prevent or restrict you from receiving specific services at AliciaDion Beauty, LLC. Please note that while this list covers many contraindications, there may be others not listed below that would also prevent you from receiving services, and we reserve the right to determine what constitutes a contraindication. Speak with your skincare professional and your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Contraindications that PREVENT a facial treatment: Viruses such as colds, cold sores, warts, Bacterial infections such as impetigo, boils, conjunctivitis, styes, Fungal infections such as ringworm, blepharitis, Undiagnosed lumps or swelling, Broken bones, known sensitivity or allergy to products. Eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, fresh bruising, open sores, bleeding, tooth abcess, broken jaw or other facial bone, facial cancer, head lice, recently consumed alcohol, under the influence of drugs, unstable blood pressure, recent head injury, recent neck injury, fever, contagious disease, recent haemmhorage, recent scarring, severe acne
Contraindications that could RESTRICT a facial treatment: The following conditions are contraindications that will not necessarily stop the treatment from taking place but they may mean that the treatment is restricted or may have to be adapted: Cuts/abrasions/broken skin,Bruises or swelling, Recent scar tissue (less than six months old), Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne vulgaris, Acne rosacea, Skin tags, Milia, Recent sunburn, Current medication that may affect treatment needs to be disclosed, Claustrophobia,Broken capillaries/veins. Immediate aftercare: The skin has been deep cleansed, stimulated and nourished. No aftercare is needed except to leave it alone. Avoid picking, squeezing pimples or touching the area. Do not apply make-up for at least 8 hours if possible, Avoid any further overstimulation and heat treatments for at least 12 hours, Avoid highly perfumed products, No depilation (hair removal) should take place after a facial, If any rash, irritation or itching occurs just apply a cool flannel to the area. Long-term and homecare advice: Regular use of homecare products will help the skin, Regular facials will help to regulate a problem skin.
- Skin Conditions (Active Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis)
- Acne Vulgaris.
- Acne Rosacea.
- Skin Tags.
- Broken Capillaries/Veins.
Any known sensitivity or allergy to products should be disclosed.
Check any condition that is already being treated by your doctor or any other practitioner.
Consult with a Doctor if you are taking any medication that may have an effect on your treatment.
Cardiovascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, hypotension, angina, pacemakers)
Neurological conditions (epilepsy)
Recent scar tissue (less than 6 months old)
Viruses such as fevers, cold sores, warts, herpes
Bacterial infections such as Impetigo, facial boils, conjunctivitis, styes
- Fungal infections such as ringworm, blepharitis
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SKIN AFTER A FACIAL:
Regular facials leave your skin looking and feeling its best, but depending on the facial you receive, it may not happen right away. Directly after your session, you may notice redness even with a gentle treatment, and post-facial breakouts are a common phenomenon when skin doesn’t receive the tender care it deserves. Here’s how you can minimize redness, blemishes and discomfort following your facial.
Over-zealous scrubbing and harsh cleansers can leave skin that’s already undergone exfoliation and extraction feeling irritated. During your facial, your esthetician has already performed the deep cleansing and exfoliation you might otherwise do weekly or monthly, so give your face a break from vigorous scrubbing for at least 48 hours after your session.
WASH WITH THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
When it’s time to wash your face, choose gentle, non-comedogenic cream or foam cleansing agents. Use your fingertips, not a sponge or washcloth that could contain trapped bacteria and feel too harsh for sensitive post-facial skin, and wash with lukewarm water. Forget the toner for the first few washes after your facial; the astringent ingredients in toners aren’t needed for your freshly cleaned face, and they could sting.
SKIP THE STEAM ROOM AFTER A FACIAL
Depending on the kind of facial you choose, you may have already had steaming or heat treatment for your skin. Under an experienced esthetician’s care, steaming sessions last long enough to stimulate circulation and open pores, but too much of it can lead to broken capillaries and skin sensitivity.
SWITCH YOUR SUNSCREEN
On the day of your facial, take an umbrella or a broad-brimmed hat with you. Your skin needs sun protection. In fact, limit time spent in the sun after a facial since some chemical exfoliations can leave skin more photosensitive. If are going into the sun and you normally use a chemical sunscreen, you might find it uncomfortable for a few days after a facial. New versions of titanium oxide sunscreens are just as effective and don’t give you that lifeguard look of a stripe of chalk-white on your nose. Be lavish with your sunscreen use for at least a week following a facial.
BE ESPECIALLY TENDER WITH YOUR SKIN AFTER EXTRACTIONS
Extractions are sometimes necessary for clearer skin in the long run, but they leave your skin vulnerable right after your appointment. Your aesthetician will apply soothing and protective products to minimize post-facial breakouts, but avoid using non-sterile makeup applicators on your face or touching your hands to your skin too often following a facial that includes extraction.
The key to getting your best skin possible from facial treatments is setting a schedule. Skin loves routine, so work with your esthetician to develop a post-facial regimen that leaves your skin healthy and happy.
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