WHAT IS A FACIAL? WHAT TYPE SHOULD YOU TRY?
There are a variety of facials available for all skin types & concerns. To learn more about the differences & benefits of facials, read our 101 guide.
There are a huge variety of facials available targeting all skin types and concerns, from classic facials to microdermabrasion and chemical peels. This is a great thing, but the wealth of choice means it can sometimes be confusing to decide which facial procedure is right for you.
Read on for a comprehensive overview of the different types of facials, as well as facial aftercare advice including our skincare recommendations for serums and moisturisers that can help enhance the benefits of your facial.
WHAT IS A FACIAL
Facials consist of a predetermined set of skin procedures and can come in a variety of forms depending on your skin type, skin concerns and individual needs. The different types of facials may combine multiple skin procedures such as steaming, extractions and masks, or they may focus on highly targeted procedures like microdermabrasion or HydraFacials.
WHAT DOES A FACIAL DO?
Because facials are such a broad group of procedures, the benefits and possible results vary widely. A classic facial can create a hydrated and re-plumped complexion, whereas microdermabrasion and chemical peels resurface the skin.
HOW TO CHOOSE A FACIAL
Given the differences in methods between types of facials, it’s important to assess your skin type and needs to help determine the right facial for you. For example, some facial procedures are targeted towards acne-prone skin, whereas others target visible signs of ageing.
It’s also important to consider that some types of facials require recovery time due to peeling, redness or sensitised skin. If you’re booking a facial in preparation for a big event, consider timing your appointment to allow recovery time or choosing a facial option with no downtime.
These multi-step facials are a classic for good reason. The typical steps involved in a classic facial can benefit all skin types and tailor to your individual needs, however normal to dry skin may see the most benefits from the hydrating aspects. This type of facial usually includes cleansing, exfoliation, optional extractions, a mask and finally moisturiser. If you have very sensitive skin it may be advisable to skip the extraction stage, as the steaming used to prepare the skin could possibly exacerbate your skin concerns.
In terms of downtime and recovery, we recommend booking a classic facial at least several days out from an event
If you’re seeking out a facial for acne-prone skin, microdermabrasion may be right for you. This highly effective procedure uses a microdermabrasion wand to exfoliate the skin and deeply cleanse pores via suction. Depending on your clinic, the wand will use either tiny crystals or a diamond tip to exfoliate thoroughly, meaning microdermabrasion is the facial to help remove blackheads.
You can expect a recovery period of a few days after this type of facial, wherein redness, swelling and sun sensitivity are possible side effects.
HydraFacials are similar to a microdermabrasion procedure in that they both use a device to thoroughly exfoliate the skin and deeply cleanse the pores. However, HydraFacial devices use a vortex flow of water to achieve these effects. This gentle yet effective facial for pores is suitable for most skin types and works especially well for those with combination or congested skin.
CHEMICAL PEEL FACIAL
Chemical peels are one of the best types of facials for acne scars, because this procedure utilises hydroxy and other acids to intensely exfoliate the skin. This procedure can also target the appearance of fine lines, superficial pigmentation and enlarged pores, but is not well suited to sensitive skin types. A chemical solution is spread across the skin to gently remove the outermost layer of dead cells, revealing a refreshed looking complexion underneath. Side effects vary depending how deep the peel is, but redness, tightness and flaking are all to be expected.
LYMPHATIC MASSAGE FACIAL
Lymphatic massage may be included as part of a broader facial package, or be offered on its own. Targeted areas of the face are gently massaged to stimulate the lymphatic glands. As part of the immune system, these glands help waste and unnecessary fluids leave the body. The benefits of a lymphatic massage facial include reduced facial muscle tension and reduced puffiness. This type of facial is suitable for all skin types.
Facial anti-ageing packages are usually quite similar to a classic facial with the addition of targeted ingredients in the form of specific serums or masks. Typical ingredients include antioxidants collagen and chemical exfoliants.
As per the name, these facials are designed for mature skin types experiencing visible signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation or dryness. Most anti-ageing facials have minimal side effects, however flaking or redness may occur depending on whether you receive chemical exfoliation.
IMPLEMENT A SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH SKINCEUTICALS PRODUCTS
Follow some simple recommendations from the SkinCeuticals skincare experts in the days following your facial appointment. Some facials can cause increased sun sensitivity, so it’s even more important than usual to frequently apply a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen such as our Ultra Facial Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.
To enhance benefits of facials designed to brighten and even out the complexion, follow up with an antioxidant enriched product like one of our vitamin C serums. If you’re experiencing dryness and flaking, our Emollience Moisturiser has a rich yet non-comedogenic formula suitable for post-procedure skin. For something lighter but still hydrating, we recommend our Phyto Corrective Essence Hydrating Mist.