Facials can seem like such a luxury, but they are essential for the maintenance of healthy skin. What should you expect from your facial and are extractions necessary each time you have a facial?
How often should you get a facial? Apart from simply wanting to be pampered on a regular basis, the frequency of a professional facial depends on your skin condition.
If you are in your 20s and early 30s without a specific skin condition or concern, then a facial every two months should be enough to keep your skin clean, conditioned and hydrated.
As we age, it takes the skin longer to recycle itself and exfoliate naturally. Starting in your mid-30s, a monthly facial would be ideal for sloughing off dead skin cells and encouraging cellular turnover, keeping the skin rejuvenated, bright and youthful.
Assuming there are no conditions like acne requiring regular treatments, a monthly facial that includes extraction to rid the pores of dirt and oil, would be sufficient for most people seeking to keep their skin clean, protected and conditioned. There are of course, all kinds of fabulous facial treatments designed to address special conditions, rejuvenate and replenish the skin – your skincare professional will determine what treatment are appropriate for your skin. Read more about how your skincare professional should assess your skin before treatment.
Extractions are often part of a facial treatment to keep the pores clear. When oil get trapped in pores, it oxidizes and darkens, causing the pore to appear black – hence, the blackhead. Clogged pores and blackheads can become infected if not removed, which leads to inflamed acne, pimples and eventually painful cysts if not treated.
Regular extractions keep the pores clear of oils, dirt and dead skin cells that have not been exfoliated. With clear, grime free pores, the skin is able to absorb creams and serums better, hydrating the skin and preventing it from aging prematurely.
Some skincare professionals use a comedone extractor to do the job of extracting blackeads, while others are trained to perform the extraction manually with the sterile-covered fingertips. Either way, if you don’t like the extraction portion of your facial and find it a little painful, taking an OTC painkiller before treatment will help. Also, avoid going for a facial during your menstrual cycle – your skin is more sensitive and tender at that time.
Whatever you do, do not pick your own skin! If you simply must pop the occasional pimple, read up on The Correct Way to Pop A Pimple.