The Classic European Facial, also commonly called a spa facial, is a quick, simple, and often very relaxing way to improve and maintain your skin’s overall appearance, especially if done on a regular basis. A typical facial involves thoroughly cleansing and exfoliating the skin, then massaging it to boost circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage. One or two masks will be applied, followed by toners and moisturizers appropriate for your skin type.
There are various types of Classic European Facials, such as anti-aging, oxygen, collagen, deep cleansing, and other signature protocols which can be tailored to your skin’s needs. “Properly analyzing your skin type provides a custom treatment for each individual client,” says Aesthetician Jillian Wright, owner of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa.
With such a variety of methods and potions available, Classic European Facials are customizable to accommodate almost every skin type. “People who have severe acne and are taking Accutane or have chronic rosacea should avoid facials and consult their dermatologist,” warns Wright. Also, pregnant women and people with any kind of heart condition should avoid microcurrent therapy, which is often included in a Classic European Facial, so be sure to let your cosmetic doctor or aesthetician know if you have these conditions. As always, clearly discuss any allergies or sensitivities you have, as well.
Almost every Classic European Facial follows the same basic steps. First, you’ll have a quick consultation to discuss your skin concerns and your usual maintenance routine, then the aesthetician will cleanse your skin to analyze your skin type and devise a customized treatment. Generally, next comes steaming to help soften up any pore-clogging congestion, followed by exfoliation, extractions, massage, a mask, and finally, a cream application.
Besides the quick pinches from extractions, which involves using a small amount of pressure or a stainless steel extractor tool to remove trapped sebum and blackheads, you’re likely to drift off to dreamland throughout the treatment.
60 to 90 minutes
$100 to $400
Extractions may cause some redness or inflammation depending on skin sensitivity, but a trusted aesthetician will know how to minimize that.
You’ll definitely see a new glow post treatment. After receiving a Classic European Facial, your skin will immediately appear brighter, tighter, smoother, and more even in tone and texture.
Most aestheticians suggest getting a Classic European Facial once a month, but that ideal can be hard to fit into a busy calendar. Don’t be discouraged. Quarterly treatments would also be beneficial. At the very least, sneak one in whenever you can etch out the time because it’s also a great way to de-stress and relax.
A Classic European Facial should be administered by a trained and licensed aesthetician. “An aesthetician has to be licensed in the state she is practicing in. There are several different schools you can attend, but ultimately you have to pass a state administered written and practical exam to get your license,” explains Wright.
Getting a Classic European Facial as part of your regular skin routine ensures you’ll never have to look in the mirror and say, “Gosh, I need a facial…”
Skin changes with the seasons, so make sure you adapt your spa facials and skincare regimen accordingly. Talk to your aesthetician about how your skin is behaving to make sure you’re making the most of each visit.
Extractions are a very tricky business, and things can go very wrong when done improperly. That’s why you should leave that dirty business to a pro. Despite the temptation, never pop a pimple on your own or you could risk creating a scar. Sit on your hands if you have to!
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