What’s behind door no. 5?: A facial treatment primer!

February 25, 2015

Spa treatmentOk, so you’ve heard about facials but aren’t really sure what goes on in the treatment room (in our case Treatment Room #5 here at Waves of Superior Spa). Maybe you’ve always been a little curious, but didn’t have enough info to help you decide to book the service. After all, a massage is quite nice and it’s what you usually receive during your spa visit with us. Well I’m here to shed some light on what you can expect from a skin treatment in case you decide to experience one the next time you’re on the Shore.

Most of us don’t think too much about our skin, but it’s a marvelously complex living fabric that has evolved over time to become one the body’s most metabolically active organs of the body. Not only does it synthesize vitamins from hormones and interact closely with many major systems such as the nervous system, it acts as a protective barrier to keep us safe from potentially deadly bacteria that threaten our existence. Although the skin of the face and neck account for about 3-5% of our skin’s surface area, its nearly constant exposure to the environment and the free radicals generated by air and water pollution, not to mention daily UV exposure, it becomes quickly apparent why extra care for this part of the body makes good sense in terms of overall health and well-being.

Enough of science you say, just tell me what you do. Here it goes.

Once you’re comfortably settled into the facial bed, you’ll be asked a few questions regarding your daily skin care routine. Your therapist will then chose the appropriate cleanser based on your skin type. A visual analysis of your skin will then be carried out with the help of a mag lamp and at this time the rest of the products will be selected for the remainder of the treatment. Exfoliation or deep cleansing with either a granular, physical exfoliant or mild, plant-based chemical exfoliant follows and extractions (blackhead/debris removal) will be performed at this time. Massage techniques that will benefit your particular skin concerns are given now, frequently with a customized masque as the massage base. The treatment concludes with an application of a hydrating product and at home recommendations will be discussed. You are encouraged at all stages of the facial to ask questions and communicate if anything feels uncomfortable in terms of product on the skin or massage pressure.

I hope this was a helpful overview of a facial treatment; please feel free to contact us at 877-6-OUR SPA (668-7772) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

-Cherie, Waves of Superior Spa esthetician