We’re all doing our best to take care of our health and wellbeing. That could mean sweating it out at a spin class, swapping our morning croissant for a green smoothie or religiously hitting our daily 10k step count.
But when it comes to taking care of our largest organ (a.k.a. Our skin), many of us are missing out on the easiest way to give it some must-needed TLC. No matter what skin type you have or what skin concerns you’re navigating, booking a monthly facial treatment need to be a non-negotiable part of your self-care routine.
To help you ditch the confusion and figure out exactly what type of facial treatment is right for you, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about how facials work, what type of facials you can choose from and what to expect every step of the way.
What is a facial and how does facial treatment work?
So, what the heck does a facial treatment actually do? Aside from being an oh-so-relaxing self-care experience, a facial is a wellness treatment that works to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and plump the skin.
A facial treatment is performed by a skincare pro (a.k.a. An esthetician) who has an in-depth understanding of the epidermis, or the outermost layer of your skin. Some facialists also have specialised expertise in specific styles of facial treatments (such as microdermabrasion, LED treatments and even chemical peels).
In general terms, the goal of a facial is to cleanse away impurities and dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated and glowing.
To achieve this, your facial treatment will usually include cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, extraction (if you’re navigating congestion or acne-prone skin) and well as hydrating masks, lotions and creams.
What are the benefits of facial treatment?
Booking in for a facial has a stack of benefits, aside from leaving your skin looking and feeling its best. We know that our skin comes into contact with everything from pollutants to harsh weather conditions, which can clog our pores and strip the skin of its healthy natural oils.
That’s why booking in a regular facial treatment is key to supporting healthy, nourished and glowing skin. Let’s run you through the key benefits you can expect from a facial:
- A facial detoxifies and deeply cleanses your skin: while washing your face on a daily basis can wash away some of the dirt, pollution and impurities in your skin, it won’t be enough to deeply penetrate below the surface. With a facial treatment, your therapist will be able to exfoliate, cleanse and extract impurities that might be causing congestion or breakouts.
- A facial improves skin texture: a build-up of dead skin cells can stop our skin from appearing soft and smooth. That’s why a facial is such a powerful tool to improve skin texture and wash away impurities or roughness and leave your skin feeling bright and rejuvenated.
- A facial boosts circulation and promotes collagen production: facial massage is a helpful way to support blood circulation and help oxygenate your skin. That’s why a facial treatment can encourage vibrant, healthy skin and a glowing complexion.
Plus, facials aren’t just women either! Facial treatments for men offer the same cleansing and hydrating benefits, especially if you’re living an active lifestyle. With a facial treatment, you can wash away any dirt, sweat or pollutants more effectively than with a standard fash wash or cleanser.
What are the different types of facial treatments available?
If a spa menu has ever left you scratching your head, you’re not alone. The truth is there are plenty of different types of facial treatments available, each offering a unique set of benefits for your skin.
Let’s cut through the confusion and explain exactly what each facial type is and how to pick the right treatment for your skin.
As the name suggests, a classic facial is a signature treatment perfect for all skin types. The goal of this type of facial treatment is simple: to leave you feeling relaxed and your skin radiant.
Rather than focusing on specific skin concerns, classic facials deeply cleanse your skin, remove impurities and use masks to leave your complexion bright and hydrated. Expect your face to feel soft, clean and rebalanced.
Whether you’re navigating sun damage, fine lines, or even acne scarring, a microdermabrasion facial can help you unlock fresh, even skin.
The goal of a microdermabrasion facial is to buff away dead skin cells and reveal soft, youthful skin. This facial treatment uses a pressurised jet that gently sands away targeted areas of your outer skin layer. Usually, your therapist will use a tool with micronised crystals to buff away your dead skin cells before vacuuming them away.
The amount of abrasion used will depend on your skin and the concerns you’re looking to target. This non-surgical treatment will usually take around an hour and may leave your skin feeling tender or red for a few hours afterwards.
If you’re looking for a facial treatment that fights the signs of aging, redness or relieves acne-prone skin, an LED facial needs to be on your radar.
This specialised facial uses LED (a.k.a. Light-emitting diode) therapy in a short, concentrated dose. Typically, red light is used for its anti-aging properties, while blue light is used for acne treatment.
Usually, the treatment only lasts for 20 minutes and you may notice immediate results (however multiple sessions may be needed if you’re navigating severe breakouts or acne).
Lymphatic massage facial
Bringing together the best of massage therapy and facial treatment, a lymphatic massage facial can help to relieve stress, muscle strain and reduce puffiness. Also called lymphatic drainage facials, these treatments target the lymph nodes across your face and neck.
The massage involves light pressure and targeted movements (such as tapping, stroking, rubbing and pushing) to stretch the skin and encourage lymphatic flow. While there is limited research to back up its effectiveness, some suggest it can help to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and support plump skin appearance.
Looking for the ultimate dose of hydration? Look no further than a HydraFacial, a treatment similar to microdermabrasion that gives your skin an intense dose of hydration.
Using a specialised tool, a HydraFacial deeply cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates your skin all at once. Expect your skin to be infused with a vitamin-packed serum, tailored to your skin needs.
From flushing away blackheads to combating rosacea, this gentle yet effective facial treatment is perfect for unlocking soft, radiant skin.
What types of facials can you book through Blys?
Looking for the best facial treatment near you?
Here at Blys, we believe the best wellness treatments should happen on your own terms. That’s why our experienced mobile facial therapists come to you, whether that’s your home, hotel or office.
Plus, we offer two indulgent facial treatments to keep your skin plump, hydrated and silky smooth.
Perfect for anyone looking for a quick treatment on the go, our Express facial takes just 45 minutes (making an easy way to fit a treatment into your lunch break). Your therapist will start with a skin analysis and consultation to understand your unique skin concerns and tailor your treatment to your needs.
Ready to really indulge? Look no further than our Signature facial, offering 60 relaxing minutes of pampering. Again, your therapist will kick off with an in-depth consultation and skin analysis before tailoring the facial to suit your needs.
Plus, you’ll score a relaxing face, neck and scalp massage to help you bliss out during your treatment.
Want to turn your facial into a self-care session? Why not book add a relaxation massage onto your Express or Signature facial? It’s the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate your entire body from top to toe.
What should you do before getting a facial?
Preparing for a facial treatment is as easy as washing your face (seriously). The only thing you need to do before your appointment is to make sure your face is cleansed and free from make-up.
It’s a good idea to keep yourself hydrated prior to your session to help your skin reap the full benefits. If you’re booking an at-home facial with Blys, make sure you’ve got a clear space for your therapist to work (ideally 2x2m of clear space).
What to expect during your facial treatment
Your treatment will be tailored to your unique skin needs. But there are a few key steps to expect from your facial treatment, including:
- An initial consultant: your therapist will ask you a range of questions to understand your concerns, allergies and lifestyle and conduct a skin analysis to help them make informed treatment and product recommendations based on your skin type.
- Cleansing: your therapist will begin by gentling washing your face and preparing your pores for the treatment. They may also steam your face to soften your skin, too.
- Exfoliation: from gentle chemical peels to exfoliating tools, your therapist will flush away any dead skill cells.
- Extractions: if you’re navigating acne-prone or congested skin, your therapist will gently remove any impurities from your skin.
- Facial mask: a nourishing mask will be applied to your skin to deliver a potent dose of nutrients and ingredients to target your skin concerns.
Plus, if you’ve booked in a Signature facial with Blys, you’ll also score a relaxing face, neck and scalp massage to round out your session.
How to keep your post-facial glow
So, what should you do after your facial is over? To give your skin the time it needs to soak in the benefits of your facial, here are a few top tips to make the most of your post-facial glow:
- Don’t pick at your skin or pop any pimples (as this can increase the chance of scarring).
- Skip heavy makeup or skincare products and give your skin time to breathe.
- Use a gentle cleanser that’s free from irritating chemicals or harsh fragrances.
- Skip any exfoliators or face scrubs that could irritate your skin.
- Apply plenty of SPF and stay out of the sun (as much as possible).
How often should you book a facial treatment?
Ideally, professional facial treatments should be booked at least once a month. That’s because our skin cell turnover cycle is 28 days. So, by booking a monthly facial treatment you can match your skin’s natural cycle and keep your face glowing and radiant all month long.