If you are the kind of woman who finds the time and makes the effort to follow a skin care routine, we applaud you. But how often does it happen that for a few extra minutes in bed, we forgo our beauty routines? We often forget to take care of our skin due to our busy lives. And with the many articles discussing the importance of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, it can get a little confusing to figure out what works. If you have still not achieved that glow you are looking for, chances are you haven’t figured out what your skin needs.
Anushka Makar breaks down the pros and cons of types of facials to find out what could work for which skin type
Facials are the one form of skin care guaranteed to make your skin glow and look healthy, as it is a beauty treatment specifically designed to cleanse the skin and leave it clear. Additionally, it is an amazing way to pamper yourself. But there are certain factors to keep in mind while deciding which facial to go for. You need to identify your skin type and understand exactly what you are hoping to achieve from the facial. Luckily, there is a facial for every skin type.
If an hour to unwind and forget about the world is what you want, we suggest opting for a basic facial. The skin care treatment includes cleansing the skin and is followed by a steam and massage. This facial is very calming and helps eradicate skin impurities by opening your pores. The goal is to wake up looking and feeling refreshed.
Best for– A quick energy boost for your skin.
Pro– Low cost, reduces tan and gives you a soft glow.
Con– Does not involve using masks that soothe and energize skin.
If dark puffy eyes from horrid days and nights in office are your ailment, this soothing facial is what you require to calm those nerves. A Bio-Lift facial uses mild electric currents to restore liveliness, youthful luster and contour to your face. The idea behind this facial is that the electric charge resembles the current in our body, so, when it is applied to damaged areas it can restore the natural flow and begin healing it.
Best for– Women looking to treat the under eye area or tighten skin.
Pro– It tones and makes skin look younger
Con– Not suitable for people with heart problems or other major health issues.
Isn’t acne and blemish free skin a fantasy we all hope to live? If adult acne is an embarrassment you wish to find a solution for, try a deep cleansing facial. These include a combination of thorough steaming, deep cleansing and a variation of different skin-calming masks and moisturizers to remove all skin impurities. To achieve ideal results, it is recommended to do the treatment more than once every few months.
Best for – Oily or acne-prone skin.
Pro– Reduces acne and uneven complexion and is suitable for men and women.
Con– Can be harsh on the skin therefore not suitable for sensitive skin.
If you’re in the hunt for younger looking skin, you’re in luck! Anti-ageing facials use treatments to reduce wrinkles and brighten the skin. They include cleansing, resurfacing, hydrating and brightening with acid peels. There are many different forms of anti-ageing facials but we recommend you ask your skin specialist which one will best suit your skin type.
Best for– Women trying to reduce signs of ageing.
Pro– Helps slow down the ageing process and can help you win your war against wrinkles.
Con– Can flake and peel skin depending on the strength of the peel.
Exfoliating your skin should be a part of your basic skin regime as it has endless advantages. Exfoliating facials remove dead skin cells and oils that are a major cause for blackheads, whiteheads and acne problems. Exfoliating can be done manually through different agents, like sugar and coffee scrubs, or chemically with different masks. The struggle for skin superiority is real and an exfoliating facial might help you as it can work wonders on your skin.
Best for– All skin types and for people living in cities and highly polluted areas.
Pro– Removes dead skin, offers better complexion, reduces ageing effects and increases blood circulation.
Con– Causes initial redness
Don’t you hate it if someone asks you if you are sick or tired when you are actually completely fine? Galvanic
facials are perfect for people with pale and dull complexions. It uses a direct electric current to introduce
water-soluble substances to improve absorption and moisture retention. In simple words, it keeps the skin hydrated and the ability to absorb increases due to the water-soluble substances used. It reduces dullness in complexion that are caused by ageing and stress.
Best for– All skin types
Pro– Several benefits including healthier complexion, better blood circulation, hydrated skin and also tightens the skin.
Con– Not suitable for people with heart conditions and braces or those who have received major dental treatment.
As the name suggests it uses acids from different fruits to improve skin tone, stimulate collagen and reduce age spots, wrinkles, scars and pigmentation spots. The facial process includes moisturizing, sunscreen, cleansing and toning. If you are one of the many that do not want chemicals coming in contact with your skin, fruit acid facials might be the answer to your skin problems.
Best for– Acne or oil prone skin
Pro– Little to no side effects and it is a quick procedure eliminating dead skin and other issues.
Con– Can cause a little redness and itchiness.
Facials are not necessarily offered for just the face. Many spas provide back facials, which have a similar process as normal facials. Looking to get ready for swimsuit season? A back facial could be the perfect treatment for you. They usually start with a steam to open the pores so the impurities can be removed. This is followed by a deep cleansing and ends with masks. It is a painless and relaxing procedure.
Best for– Back acne, dehydrated skin and clogged pros.
Pro– Reduces back acne and clears skin
Con– Can cause certain side effects, such as rashes if you have sensitive skin.