Now this is going to be a long post because the power of a good facial often gets overlooked in the age of Botox and injectables, or is seen as an indulgent treat, but booking in for one of the latest innovative procedures, can be seriously good for your skin’s health so if you are interested in improving the quality of your skin and increasing luminosity then read on!
An experienced facialist will be able to address a particular skin problem, like acne or rosacea as well as educate a patient about the condition of their skin and the products suitable for home use.
But forget any thoughts of pampering. Thanks to revolutionary developments, the latest ‘super facials’ are all about delivering results and use a high-tech approach to sort out even the most troublesome of complexions -think LED lights, micro-needling, glycolic peels and oxygen therapy- to improve blood flow and muscle tone, reduce puffiness and miraculously reveal cheekbones. The results can often mimic a facelift and with the right care and regular treatments your complexion can reach levels of radiance you never thought possible.
But with an overwhelming choice, booking a facial can be a daunting process. How do you know which facial is right for you? If you want your next facial to do more than leave a dent in your bank balance here’s what you need to know, along with details of some of the latest transforming facials available from clinics around the country.
*Regular facials can help prevent serious skin conditions. Think of having one like a trip to your dental hygienist, in that it helps to keep your skin healthy and toxin-free.
*Never go through a facial menu list, picking the one you like the sound of. Do your research and before you book a treatment ask the therapist what the procedure involves, the ingredients she will be using, what the benefits will be and whether the treatment is right for your skin type.
*No two faces are the same. A good facialist will always identify your skin’s concerns and what it needs and will adjust the treatment and products to suit your skin type.
*Skin loves routine. You will see more benefits from facials if you stick to regular treatments every four weeks to six weeks to help train your skin and identify any problems.
*It’s important to maintain the benefits of a good facial with a home care routine. Cleanse twice a day. Exfoliate at least once a week and gently steam your skin in the shower or over a bowl of hot water. When you open the pores, it allows for skin product to be absorbed deeper into the skin.
*A sign of a good treatment is good skin. Unless you’ve opted for something like a Vampire facial or a Dermaroller, which can cause redness for a few days, most facials should leave your skin glowing and plump.
THE PICK OF THE FACIALS
Using everything from hi tech ingredients through to electric currents and light therapy these facials will deliver serious results lasting longer than a few days. I have tried them all so I speak from experience!
Best for: all skin types, particularly oily/prone to breakouts
Results: Helps clear clogged pores to restore radiance
The fastest way to get a healthy, youthful glow is to buff away the layers of dead skin that have accumulated from age and sun exposure. In microdermabrasion, a pressurized jet scours the skin with micronised crystals (usually aluminium oxide) and then vacuums the dead cells away. Always make sure the facialist uses a device that is appropriate for your skin type and allow a day for downtime as your cheeks may be a little rosy. From £60.
Best for: all skin types, especially dull dehydrated skin
Results: Restores moisture for dewy, plumped up skin
This award-winning facial, is loved by A-listers like Beyoncé and Kate Winslet and for good reason as it uses every trick in the book to deliver an immediate radiance boost . Combining cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, light therapy and antioxidant protection all in one session Post treatment, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in hydration as well as lessened hyperpigmentation, oil and congestion around your trouble spots.
From £120 – to find details of your nearest clinic go to www.hydrafacial.co.uk
Glycolic Acid Peel
Best for: all skin types and tired stressed skin
Results: Brighter, more even tone
One of the most popular facial treatments as it delivers a serious brightening complexion boost before a special event. Using a natural substance derived from sugar cane, this peel comes in a variety of strengths and once applied to the skin, helps peel away a layer of damaged skin to reveal a brighter, healthier layer. When the skin begins to heal, increased cell growth produces new healthier skin layers, softening lines and restoring radiance. A course of six, once a week is usually recommended for maximum results. There may be some light redness for few days while the dead skin peels away From £80 0207 436 4441
H20 Glow using Oxygen Therapy
Best for: all skin types in need of a rosy glow
Results: Softens lines and wrinkles, revives dull, damaged skinThis 60-minute treatment delivers a concentrated boost of freezing cold oxygen to the skin through a special hand piece. At the same time, the micro roller creates hundreds of tiny channels in the skin to allow a hyaluronic acid based skin infusion to reach deep down into the epidermis, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin.
Together the intensity of the freezing oxygen pressure and the cocktail of essential ingredients will improve elasticity and firmness of the skin, visibly plumping out lines and wrinkles , leaving your skin glowing.
From £75 go to crystalclear.co.uk for your nearest salon
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Best for: all skin types and to improve dullness
Results :Revitalises skin seen after six weeks
Forget pampering , this facial – also known as a Vampire Facial – is more hard-core and is uncomfortable, rather than painful. It uses your own blood, which is taken from your arm, then spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the plasma . A microneedling device is then used to create microscopic holes all over the skin before applying the blood solution. This helps boost cellular regeneration and collagen production using the body’s natural healing system. But, you won’t see results immediately and your face will look red for a few days later. Around six weeks later you’ll see smoother, firmer and revitalised skin. Expect to pay from £600. 0207 436 4441
Caci Synergy Purifying Facial
Best for: Ageing, dull skin
Results: Lifted and tighter contours
CACI has been around for more than 20 years, but now they’ve added LED light therapy to the mix to help deliver faster, better results. The Synergy Purifying facial targets blemishes, age spots and pigmentation. It combines anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory red and blue LED light therapy to help heal the skin and trigger tissue repair. Tiny electrical impulses are applied to the facial muscles to strengthen and tighten, providing a boost to flagging, sagging tissue. The addition of LED light further stimulates the production of collagen. From £75 caci-interntional.co.uk
Best for: Improving skin texture and reducing pigmentation
Results: Brighter, luminous skin
No need to find a clinic or salon for this laser facial – simply use Tria’s Age Defying Laser and achieve salon style results at home. This clever gadget is one of the most effective home-use anti ageing tools and is backed by leading dermatologists. It uses non-ablative, fractional laser, the same laser technology available in clinics and salons. Simply place the tool on one cheek, and glide it over the skin. Targeted beams of light work beneath the skin’s surface to help boost collagen and elastin and reduce the signs of ageing. Use for four to ten minutes every night for eight weeks. £450 triabeauty.co.uk