What’s important about a Facial?
Contrary to popular belief, facials are about more than relaxation…
While some people associate the word with pampering, an effective facial is about the correction of skin concerns.
Facials are designed to produce a response in the upper dermal layers of the skin and to stimulate cells with the aim of revitalising the skin, repairing surface-level damage and slowing the ageing process.
However, it’s the incorporation of specific technologies, ingredients, peels and masks that take this rewiring process to the next level.
A facial is not an indulgence. A facial increases confidence, slows the signs of ageing, helps with stress relief, detoxifies and boosts feel-good endorphins, especially when you receive compliments for your skin!
If you suffer with breakouts and acne, a facial, which includes advanced tech such as high frequency devices or C&B fractional laser, is required. The former produces a high frequency current which stimulates the renewal of cells, regulates sebum production, prevents stubborn acne, unclogs pores, decreases puffiness and is a great anti-bacterial and germicidal option.
C&B laser is a gentle fractionated laser, non-ablative and stimulates rejuvenation by breaking up damaged and scarred cells.
For those looking for an anti-ageing facial, you may again find the best results in technology. Laser resurfacing can aid in the removal of dead cells whilst encouraging new cells to form, leaving you with a brighter complexion.
Another alternative is a LAB Derma Facial, which works to firm and tone the skin and muscle by combining a muscle toning device and micro-current stimulation; gentle electrical pulses work with the body’s own bio-electrical field and tone the appearance of lines, wrinkles and skin texture.
Dehydrated skin is not exclusive to ‘dry’ or ‘ageing’ skin types. Dehydrated skin lacks moisture, not sebum. There are certain facial options which can specifically target dehydration as a concern. An oxygen facial, for example, can replenish cells with hyaluronic acid, nutrients and antioxidants.
Another option is a Peel facial, which is both stimulating and exfoliating and often a better option for dehydrated and dull skin.
The wrong type of facial can not only ignore your actual skin concerns, but actually make them worse, which is why all new clients receive a consultation to ensure best results.
Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis:
Dry skin can be painful, persistent and unsightly. Characterised by red, scaly, itchy and inflamed skin, the cause of these skin conditions is often a genetic predisposition, exacerbated by environmental and immunological factors.
Treatment usually integrates a multiple approach after a detailed analysis identifies the cause. Treatments includes, supplementation, LED therapy, hydration treatments and bespoke skincare.
Any skin tone can suffer with a dull complexion, which can be caused by illness, environmental damage, dehydration and improper skincare products.
Brightening facial treatments are quick and effective in creating a clear, uniform and even textured skin tone. These are not lightening treatments. Of especial benefit is the LAB Skin Polish Facial and Hydrating oxygen facial, supported with bespoke skincare.
Can appear as freckles, melasma, hyper- or hypo-pigmented lesions caused by hormones, pregnancy, a wound, breakouts, or sun damage.
The most effective treatments comprise Laser, IPL facials and at-home skincare products that break down pigment and inhibit the enzymes that produce melanin.
NOTE: We do not recommend Hydroquinone for lightening of the skin.
Rosacea is a common chronic and progressive, micro-circulation, inflammatory skin disorder that results in persistent redness, dilated capillaries, congestion and quite often papules and pustules.
Its origins are genetic and particularly prevalent in women aged 30 to 60 years of age from a Celtic background with fair skin, blond/red hair and blue/light brown eyes (see picture on right).
Often appearing in children with a tendency to blush or flush easily, sun exposure is the most common contributor in the development of rosacea.
Treatments start with avoiding the common triggers in conjunction with LED therapy, IPL (to remove vascular lesions), intense hydrating facials and bespoke skin care and sunscreen.
NOTE: Topical hydrocortisone preparations worsen the condition and should be avoided.
Common Questions Asked About Skin Care
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding facials and skin rejuvenation treatment:
Do facials make your face look younger?
So, do facials actually make your face look younger? The short answer is yes! Facials nourish the skin by locking in plenty of moisture. As such, the signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, and bags under the eyes are reduced and delayed; thus making your skin softer, suppler, and healthier all-round!
Do facials age your skin?
If you have been having doubts and worry that facials may actually age your skin, don’t panic. Quality skin rejuvenation facial treatments from a licensed professional can significantly improve the health and aesthetic appearance of your skin.
Of course, for the best results, you must pay considerable attention to self-care and ensure that you are using the appropriate skin care products. If you have bad habits and don’t treat your skin properly (e.g., smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol excessively), it will become even more difficult for the facials to take full effect.
Do monthly facials prevent ageing?
Is it worth having regular facials, e.g., once a month? Absolutely yes! Having regular facials can prevent a number of common skin issues, combat discolouration and scarring, reverse the signs of visible ageing, and aid in the proper absorption of your favourite skincare products. Additionally, regular facials can help to remove any toxins from your skin, while giving you a more youthful appearance.
While nothing can prevent us from getting older, there are many things that we can do to keep ourselves looking and feeling as young as possible.
What do facial treatments do?
A facial is defined as a skin rejuvenation spa therapy and massage that will leave your skin looking cleaner, softer, and with a more youthful appearance. But, it’s not just the aesthetic benefits that make facial treatments so amazing; facials can help to clear clogged pores, quench dry skin cells, and remove dead skin cells. In addition to that, the massage aspect of a facial treatment can help to promote healthy blood circulation and lymphatic drainage – not to mention the relaxation!
Can facials slow the appearance of ageing?
Again, while nothing can prevent ageing, there are many things that you can do to slow down the appearance of ageing. Having regular facials is a great way of keeping your skin feeling healthy and looking younger!
If you are tired of seeing fine lines and wrinkles appear on your face, we recommend that you treat yourself to a high-performance facial massage now and again!
Is there such a thing as having too many facials?
What happens if you have facials too often? Can it have an adverse affect? Unless you are following a recommended skin care program from your aesthetician, you should avoid having facials more than every three to four weeks. Seeking treatment more than once every two-weeks could potentially do your skin more harm than good.
This is why it is so important that you work with a professional aesthetician; everyone’s skin type is unique and our needs vary. In order to really see the benefits of skin rejuvenation treatments, you should stick to the appropriate professional advice.