The Benefits Behind Facials (Why Monthly Is Best)
Facials have been popular spa treatments for many years, but is there more to them than pampering and relaxation? As it turns out, facials have numerous scientific benefits—as long as you’re having them done at the right intervals.
We’ve performed countless facials and other vital spa and massage treatments for people in the Calgary area, so we know all about how they work and why they’re good for you. Keep reading to learn all about how facials work, and what the science says about their benefits.
How Do Facials Work & Why Do People Get Them?
Facials aim to cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish the skin on your face. This process can help moisturize your skin, promoting a more youthful appearance.
When we perform facials at My Haven Laser & Spa, we take the following steps:
- Massaging a cleanser into the face, neck, and décolletage. This removes trace amounts of dirt, dust, or makeup that might be embedded in your skin.
- Removing the cleanser. We perform this step with a special facial sponge, cloth, or cotton pad soaked in warm water.
- Drying the face with a soft towel and evaluating the skin. What we notice during this step helps us apply a custom mask to the face later on.
- Massaging the face (optional with some packages).
- Exfoliating the skin to remove blemishes.
- Applying a mask using serums, sun protectors, and moisturizers chosen specifically for your face.
People often get facials for one of several reasons. Typically, they want to:
- Remove blackheads
- Support their anti-aging regimen
- Relax and enjoy the care of our aestheticians
What Does Science Say about the Benefits of Facials?
So, do facials have a measurable impact? According to science, the answer is yes—you just have to be consistent with your regimen and realistic about what to expect.
For example, it’s unlikely that getting a facial could improve the condition of your liver—although such claims have been made in the past. Studies also show that skincare products and routines don’t permanently change the quality of your skin. But facials do have multiple benefits when you have them done on a regular basis.
How Facials Support Anti-Aging
Regular facials have a significant impact on numerous aspects of aging, including:
- Sagging skin
- Deep wrinkling
- Volume loss
Topical moisturizing products that contain collagen builders have also been shown to significantly reduce deep and fine facial wrinkles. Of course, knowing what kind of moisturizer to use for your unique skin type (and how to make sense of what’s in it) isn’t always easy—that’s why we use qualified aestheticians to perform all facial treatments and match visitors with products that are right for their skin.
Do Facials Effectively Remove Blemishes?
The science is also quite clear when it comes to using facials to remove blemishes. Regular facials, when used in conjunction with a consistent at-home skincare routine, have been found to effectively treat blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of mild inflammatory acne.
Do Facials Reduce Stress?
You might believe the massage portion of a facial simply exists to pamper you, but science says that can be valuable in and of itself. For example, one study found that facial massage could reduce psychological distress. Since it’s well-known that stress can have a significant impact on your skin quality, the massage you receive during your facial may support your efforts to prevent conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even hair loss.
How Often Should You Get a Facial?
The term “regular facial” keeps coming up in this article, so let’s be clear about how often you need one. If you want to continue experiencing the benefits listed above without noticeable interruptions, we recommend coming in for a facial no less than once a month.
Why? Simple: the outermost layer of skin on your face (called the stratum corneum) refreshes itself once every 20-30 days, depending on your age. That means new skin cells that didn’t get treated by the last facial you had.
Monthly facials with one of our trained aestheticians give us the opportunity to treat this new layer of tissue, keeping your skin relaxed and properly moisturized. Developing an ongoing relationship with you also helps us learn about your skin in-depth and adjust the products and techniques we use for your unique routine accordingly.
Give Your Face the Love It Deserves
Facials are more than an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon at the spa. They also provide numerous benefits—helping remove blemishes, promoting anti-aging, and contributing to lower stress levels. To book your next facial with My Haven Laser, Massage and Spa, contact us now. We’ll be happy to make an appointment with you so you can experience all the advantages regular facials have to offer.