If you feel like your skin is looking a little lack-luster and you’re ready to do something about it, it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment with an aesthetician. But how do you know which facial you need? Oxygen? Electric? Or just some moisturization? Here’s a look at some of the facials you may come across on spa menus, and which one might be right for you.
European: This is the classic facial that spas offer. It’s a blend of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. The aesthetician may also perform extractions to clean out your clogged pores (read: whiteheads and blackheads). This is the optimal facial to fit into your regular skin-care routine for relaxation and glowing skin. It won’t go very far in easing wrinkles, but you’ll feel relaxed after and your skin will look radiant.
Oxygen: This multitasking facial does wonders for skin that’s breaking out or dehydrated. Through pressurized oxygen, your skin will absorb a large dose of serums that help boost collagen production and increase elasticity, making it ideal for aging skin, too. Jennifer Lopez, who has phenomenally glowing skin, is said to be a fan of oxygen facials.
Electric: If your skin is showing early signs of sagging, an electric facial, which uses microcurrents to manipulate underlying muscles, may do the trick. Giving your deeper skin cells a zap provides energy that can reduce puffiness and even stimulate circulation and collagen production.
Medical grade: For those experiencing a more serious skin issue, such as rosacea, eczema, chronic acne or severe photo damage, your physician may suggest a facial with prescription-grade ingredients and antioxidants to relieve your skin. These may be deeper and require a day or two of recovery time, so plan wisely.
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