Facials are not only a luxurious way to pamper yourself, they are also a fundamental way to care for your skin and ensure that you are always putting your best face forward. At Balanced Bodies, Anti Aging Clinic, located in Sandy Springs, GA, and Lawrenceville, GA, our team of highly trained estheticians is well equipped to give you a relaxing treatment that will ensure optimal skin health.
If you are unsure about how often you need to schedule this type of treatment to ensure optimal results, we have some advice below. We know that you can never be too kind to your skin, but also understand that time and finances do not usually allow for daily professional treatments! A balance can be struck to ensure that your skin gets the professional care it needs on a reasonable schedule.
Making Your Skin a Priority
When we neglect our skin for even a short time, the results can often be difficult to reverse. This is why ensuring a regular skincare maintenance routine is so important to the long-term health of your skin. Following some basic self-care steps at home is of course important, but nothing replaces a professionally administered skincare treatment that will really make your face glow.
How Often a Treatment is Recommended
Depending on the condition of your skin and the types of treatments that are being performed during your customized facial, we generally recommend scheduling an appointment once every 2-4 weeks. If you have a big event coming up that you really need to look your best for, ramping up this interval to once per week is a great idea.
Factors That Affect How Often You Should Book an Appointment
If you keep up a meticulous skincare routine at home, you might find that you only need a professional’s touch once per month. However, if you are going this long between treatments, you will likely need a deeper exfoliation at each appointment. A great deal of dead skin can build up over a one-month period that can really dull the complexion.
If you have problem skin (for example, a face that is very oily, acne-prone, or with a tendency towards rosacea), you will ideally want to schedule an appointment at least once every two weeks. This gives your aesthetician a chance to help you stay ahead of flare-ups.
What Happens During a Facial?
If you are a newcomer to the world of professionally-administered skincare, you might be wondering exactly what happens during your appointment. This luxurious treatment lasts one hour, during which time your skin is cleansed, exfoliated, massaged, and treated to the lotions and serums that are specifically selected for your skin type.
If you have acne-prone skin, or blackheads and whiteheads, extractions will be recommended. If your skin is particularly dry or sensitive, we might apply a calming or moisturizing mask. Each appointment is completely customized to what your skin needs at that moment, but also with an eye to your long-term skincare goals.
The Benefits of Professional Skincare
Having your skin pampered by a professional has numerous benefits. Within your first visit, you will notice a reduction in puffiness, dull skin, and blackheads. Over the long term, you should experience fewer acne breakouts, a reduction in hyperpigmentation, and an overall glow that can only be achieved through professional-level treatments.
The Use of High-Quality, Concentrated Ingredients
The products carried in a spa or anti-aging clinic tend to be much more concentrated and effective than those sold over the counter. This is one of the reasons why you will notice more dramatic results from professional treatment. Products sold in a store also tend to be formulated for a broader audience and will not be able to target your specific skin issues as effectively.
Deeper, More Effective Exfoliation
Exfoliators designed for home use tend to be weak to the point where they do not achieve any kind of noticeable result. Clinical-strength exfoliation is much more effective at removing the top layer of skin to reveal the soft, glowing skin underneath. Naturally, this type of treatment should only be performed by a trained professional so that you get the results you want without any damage or irritation.
If there are rough, dead cells sitting on the surface of your skin, your face will not be able to properly absorb the products you put on it. You might be wasting your money on expensive creams that are not even sinking into your dermis! This is among the reasons why the professional exfoliation you get from an esthetician is so critical.
Stimulating Blood Flow to the Face
An esthetician not only cleanses and exfoliates the face, but also administer specialized massages to stimulate circulation in the face and neck. This is not only wonderfully relaxing but also serves to create a beautiful glow in the skin that lasts all day. Most importantly, improved circulation stimulates the lymphatic vessels which in turn detoxifies the skin.
The Importance of Detoxification
Our skin is exposed to countless toxins every day, and nobody is better equipped to purge these toxins from your skin than a trained esthetician. They have the right products and tools to get your skin clean from the inside out.
It is never too soon to start planning your anti-aging strategy, and an esthetician can work with you to make sure this strategy is as effective as possible. Your skin care treatment plan can be customized to address suppleness, tone, and prevent fine lines from developing any sooner than they need to.
Special Care for Under-Eye Skin
A trained esthetician knows that the delicate skin beneath the eyes cannot be treated in the same way as the skin on the rest of your face. They will use special products and techniques on this fragile part of the face to help you avoid irritation and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
Addressing Specific Skin Conditions
Anyone can benefit from regularly scheduled facials, but if you have any kind of skin problem then these are an absolute must. A DIY approach will not help you combat more serious issues such as scarring, dermatitis, rosacea, fungal infections, or acne. Working with both a dermatologist and a skilled esthetician can go a long way towards making life with these conditions much easier.
Why a Regular Skincare Routine is a Must
Once you have determined how often you need to space out your treatment intervals, it is important to stick with this timetable. If you start to miss appointments, you will notice your skin gradually returning to its previous state. Being proactive about your skin care is the best way to ensure long-term results and to nip minor skin issues in the bud before they become more problematic.
Proper skin care, however, does not end with your appointment! Keeping up with great habits at home will help you to maximize the health of your skin. Your esthetician will give you some tips for at-home skin care and can also recommend products that will be suitable for your skin type.
Maintain Glowing, Radiant Skin with a Licensed Esthetician
While it might be tempting to save money by doing your own DIY treatments at home, be aware that not all tools and products designed for this job are created equal. A facial kit sold at a pharmacy or online will only get part of the job done and will not be customized to address your specific skincare concerns. Likewise, homemade “recipes” can be irritating to the skin and do not typically create the noticeable results that you get from a professional treatment.
Working with a licensed esthetician who gets to know your skin is the best way to build a long-term skincare plan that really works. Someone who has been professionally trained to address dermatological issues in the most effective way possible is a good person to have in your corner! They can also give you the best advice for maintaining your results in between appointments.
Start Pampering Your Skin Today!
If you would like to try a facial for the first time, or if you are thinking of getting into a long-term professional skin care routine with our exceptional team of highly trained professionals, contact us today at one of our two Balanced Bodies Anti Aging Clinics, located in Sandy Springs and Lawrenceville, GA. We can’t wait to start transforming your skin!