According to its beauty definition, a facial is a skincare treatment typically performed by a licensed esthetician or another skincare specialist that knows how to treat the skin with care while cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, or performing treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments. And while facials vary in their providers and method of treatment, they’re designed to give your skin a boost (whether that’s more hydration, less pigmentation, or stimulating collagen production).
Below, we’ve highlighted 5 benefits you can expect from getting a facial and why it should be a regular part of your skincare routine.
- Improves Your Skin’s Appearance
This is one of the primary goals behind most facials. While with some treatments your skin won’t look immediately better (it can take days to weeks to see improvement after some procedures), the purpose of a facial is to improve the overall look and feel of your skin. Even the most basic facials can boost your skin’s appearance by cleaning your pores, exfoliating the top layers of skin, and adding plenty of hydration to your skin.
- Provides a Deep Clean
Clean skin is the foundation of healthy skin (and a good skincare routine). That’s why when you get a facial, your facialist will go through extra steps to ensure your skin is prepped and clean before treatment. Experienced facialists can also perform extractions if your skin needs it, helping clean out your pores and safely extracting pimples, so your skin is fresh and clear.
- Boosts Skin Youthfulness and Glow
When it comes to skincare, few things are more satisfying than that post-facial glow. One of the ways many facial treatments help boost your skin’s natural glow is through facial massage. Whether facialists use a gua sha tool or their fingertips, massaging your facial tissue will release tension, help with lymphatic flow, and boost blood and oxygen circulation, so your skin looks youthful and invigorated.
- Bye-Bye Stress
When picturing someone getting a facial, we often envision a spa-like setting where the person is completely relaxed as the facialist massages their skin. And while this is totally the case for some facials! Not all facial treatments you get will be relaxing (especially if needles or lasers are involved), but that doesn’t mean they won’t de-stress your skin.
Facials are a great way to combat built-up stress in the skin that can accumulate as breakouts, dullness, or muscle tension. So whether you’re stressed, your skin is stressed, or a combination of both—facials can be fantastic tools for getting you and your skin back to a balanced state.
- It’s an Act of Self-Care
Need we say more? One of the main reasons we and so many others love skincare is because no matter how much time you have (if it’s five minutes or an hour), dedicating that time to nourish your skin is the ultimate act of self-care. Whether you get a facial once a year or every month, this self-care ritual is sure to make you feel amazing. Bonus: your skin will look great too.