We typically view facials as a once-in-a-blue moon treat for our skin. It's time to stop thinking like that, says esthetician Isabelle Daudre to Yahoo! Shine. Regular facials should be part of your weekly skincare routine to fix skin problems -- and to keep the problems from coming back.
"In general, facial treatments strengthen the skin, so it can fight the millions of free radicals that attack it during the day, weakening and aging it," Daudre says.
Hormones, poor nutrition, and the stresses of daily life are among the factors that can leave your skin unbalanced and defenseless, she says.
"A good facial works to rebalance the skin, leaving it stronger, healthier, and better able to do its 'job'," Daudre adds.
Of course, some common skin issues need more corrective treatments to get there -- and facials can provide that correction. But, what is the right facial for you? Let's break down common skin problems and the facials that can help fix the issue.
Hyperpigmentation, an imbalance of color pigment in the skin, is especially noticeable during the summer. Specialized facials using chemicals are the best way to even out the skin tone.
"A corrective chemical peel using L-Arbutin, Kojic acid, Azelaic acid, or retinols will speed up the skin's cell turnover and help to lighten any dark patches, resulting in a more even skin tone," Daudre says. "Follow your peel with regular facials and make sure to re-apply your SPF every 2 to 3 hours to keep the hyperpigmentation from returning."
Adult acne is one of the most infuriating skin conditions, but a series of deep-cleaning facials can help balance your skin.
"Regular facials addressing these issues should be performed every three weeks for the first three months," Daudre recommends. "They will rebalance oil production, remove dead cell buildup, and kill bacteria with the use of topical oxygen, ozone, and other antibacterial ingredients."
A good esthetician will also extract existing pimples. "It's important to reduce the inflammation in the pores that could trigger future breakouts," she adds.
People suffering from Rosacea tend to avoid facials, afraid their skin will become more irritated with any stimulation. However, Daudre says facials are actually one of the better, natural treatments for the condition.
"Specialized facials, ones formulated specifically for rosacea, bring support and nutrition to stressed skin, decreasing vulnerability and reactionary inflammation," she explains. "The ingredients should be antibacterial and capillary-strengthening to help fortify the skin, so it doesn't become red and overheated."
Using cooling oxygen and ice globes also help to calm the skin down and constrict capillaries.
With Eczema, a gentle exfoliating and anti-inflammatory treatment is necessary to increase cell turnover and control the skin thickening that occurs with this condition, Daudre says.
"Like Rosacea treatments, these facials focus more on healing and strengthening the skin using soothing, non-irritating products," she says. "Regular treatments allow for better barrier function so your skin can protect itself from future outbreaks."
You're a little young to be worrying about wrinkles, but anti-aging facials can help keep those fine lines at bay for a few more years.
"Skin that is wrinkled or has lost elasticity can benefit from a stimulating facial that increases blood flow and nutrient absorption," Daudre says.
She recommends a Microcurrent facial to tone facial muscles, energize cells and detoxify the skin.
"It's like a workout for the skin, and just like working out, needs to be done regularly for best results," Daudre says.
Tell us: What kind of facials do you get to fix your skin problems?
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