Get To Know The Different Facials

Generally, as implied by the name itself, facial refers to skin treatments for the face.  It involves deep cleansing and unclogging of the pores to draw out buried dirt, impurities and excess sebum, skin analysis, exfoliation, blackheads/whiteheads extraction (optional), facial massage, mask application, and application of toner and moisturising cream. 


All kinds of facials include these basic steps and they just vary mostly on the length, the skin care products used, the name, special add-ons like maybe a neck or scalp massage to go with the facial treatment, and other methods inculcated to make the facial treatments more customised and personalised. 


Take a look at the different facials currently available at various spas and salons:

Bio-lift facials.  Commonly use for people aged 40 and beyond, a Bio-Lift Facial increases lymphatic drainage and blood circulation.  This type of facial has a face-lift effect creating a tighter appearance of the skin.  This is a non-invasive and non-surgical facial that helps create a nice facial contour.  This facial particularly tones the skin and reduces dark circles and puffiness.

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) facials.  This type of facial is specially recommended for skin that already shows sign of aging like visible fine lines and wrinkles.  Alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs derived from which fruits and flowers rejuvenate the skin allowing dead and sun-damaged surface skin to peel off to reveal a younger-looking skin.   This facial also helps stabilise oily or acne-prone skin and improves skin tone. 

Paraffin facials.  Paraffin is known to have a soothing effect on the skin.  It contains many nutrients easily absorbed by the skin and so is popular for facial use.  During facial, warm paraffin is placed on your skin to help restore and hydrate skin. 

Although this generally works well on different skin types, paraffin facial isn’t for those with sensitive, blemished, or oily skin as it is likely to clog your pores.  But for other skin types, paraffin facial helps you eliminate toxins and get rid of wrinkles and lines. 

Anti-oxidant and pollution-fighting facials.  This facial makes use of creams and masks rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E and beta-carotene, all known for their free radical fighting properties and is, therefore, highly recommended for outdoor people constantly exposed to environmental pollution. 


Acne Facials.  This type of facial is good for those with troubled skin.  An enzyme or glycolic acid exfoliation and a warm vapor mist follow after cleansing.  Then, followed by extensive manual deep pore extractions, electric disencrustation and a skin-calming, anti-bacterial mask.  It is highly advisable that you perform this facial regularly with two-week intervals until the acnes are gone.

Collagen Facials.  Collagen is known as the building block of skin tissue.  This type of facial applies pure plant collagen to your skin to hydrate and tighten sallow skin.  However, please note that this does not make up for the lost collagen as it takes a collagen injection or laser treatment to do that.  This facial is intended to encourage the natural production of collagen in your skin. 

Aromatherapy Facials.  This type of facial utilises different essential oils, pure plant oils as much as possible.  Among the known benefits of aromatic oils are: to purify and soften of the skin, reduce depression, heal skin burns, and restore moisture and detoxify skin.  Different facial techniques are followed depending on the type of skin you have.  The facial hydrates skin and removes toxins.


Galvanic Facials.  This facial uses a galvanic gadget.  With a water-soluble substance applied onto the skin, this galvanic gadget is directly massaged to the face.  The current produced by the gadget helps increase the capacity of the skin to absorb skin care products, thus easier to treat specific problems.  This type of facial helps remove congestion and increase blood circulation and is especially beneficial to those with dry, dehydrated skin. 


Gold Facial.  The concept of gold facial is believed to be based on Ayurveda that acts as a powerful anti-aging treatment, facilitating the removal of toxins and reversal of oxidation damages.  As this facial is very costly involving a 24-k gold, aloe vera, wheat germ oil and sandalwood, only a few beauty salons offer this service.  This facial is mostly beneficial to those with dry and oily skin.