by Mary Barghelame

Previously, I have offered informative articles on high impact, high results treatments, including CO2 resurfacing, IPL/BBL laser therapy, and laser hair removal. But perhaps you need to release the ‘winter blues’ with a relaxing experience that will pamper you and improve the appearance and radiance of your skin…. Consider a facial treatment that is designed specifically for your skin type, and for your personal desired results.

A facial can be the most heavenly way to relax your entire body. Done properly, it gently stimulates and refreshes your skin, while the quiet and the subtle aromatherapy scents bring overall relaxation to your body and mind.

Your facial should always start with a consultation. Your therapist needs your input on your skin concerns and issues. Be honest, and let her know areas that bother you or areas of concern. That helps your therapist direct you to the most rewarding facial option. Next, she gently, but thoroughly cleans your face and neck so it can be analyzed to determine skin type (dry, oily, combination, normal, and perhaps sensitive). Acne, aging, dryness, and damaged skin assessment also occurs at this time. Your therapist will suggest facial treatment(s) most appropriate to your skin and desired outcome.

Some facials include gentle steam depending on our skin type. The moist heat is very relaxing and prepares your skin for the next step in a facial. An exfoliant may be follow, which can be mechanical, using a fine textured ingredient or can be chemical, such as an enzyme.

Removal of blackheads and whiteheads if needed occurs next. This can be a bit uncomfortable, so some prefer to skip this step if a relaxing treatment is the final goal. Then a facial mask is applied and chosen with your specific skin concerns in mind. A gentle head, neck and face massage either before or after the mask heightens the relaxing experience.

The final step to this luxurious treatment is application of serums, moisturizers, and a sunscreen specific to your skin type. Your therapist should offer advice on how to maintain your skin and suggest products that can help you maintain healthy, beautiful skin.

To maintain both the health of your skin, and for that relaxation that is essential for all of us, ongoing facial treatments are best to improve and maintain your skin. A monthly or at least quarterly treatment is a treasure for your skin and rejuvenation for the soul.


Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.