There are many different types of facial treatments provided by state licensed professionals today; therefore, the procedures and protocol should be somewhat similar no matter where you go to receive a facial treatment. The first thing the client will be asked to do is to complete a client card or informational form. This card will inform the esthetician of your skin type, any allergies you many have and what the best treatment options are for your facial. If you are a returning client, your esthetician should briefly discuss the client card and any changes that may have occurred between visits. Questions determining age, pain threshold, sensitivity, allergies, medications and water consumption are all standard. Never be afraid to ask questions or point out changes in your skin upon return visits. The client card guarantees that the esthetician can provide the best possible facial service.
Most facial procedures will begin with two complete cleanses to remove make up, surface oil and dirt. The esthetician will then cover the client’s eyes briefly and examine the face through a magnified light lamp in order to properly asses the skin’s condition. During the skin assessment, the esthetician may ask questions or describe specific areas of the face, neck and decollate (the area around the collarbone).
Once the assessment is complete, the facialist will continue with the appropriate exfoliate, in order to shed dead skin and increase the effectiveness of the extraction. At this point, a facial steamer may or may not be used on surrounding, exposed skin. Extractions, or purging of the pores, will follow a scrub and steam. The esthetician should never apply too much pressure or cause pain at any time during extractions. Extractions are meant to clear the pores and may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but should not hurt. If at any time the service is uncomfortable or painful, tell the esthetician. During the extraction process, and sometimes the entire treatment, ensure that the esthetician is wearing protective gloves. This protects both you the client and the esthetician. Following extractions, a sterile solution should be swiped over the facial area to clear remaining debris and disinfect the skin.
At this point in the facial, a few things may change or differ depending on the treatment you are receiving. A decollate, neck and facial massage may occur which usually last between 10 and 20 minutes. During the massage, be sure to let the esthetician know if the pressure is too hard or a particular area is sensitive. The best face mask will be chosen for your skin type if needed. A facial mask or peel may follow the extractions or massage, again, depending on the type of facial treatment. After the face mask, peels and massages the esthetician will end the appointment with a variety of facial products such as toners, serums, boosters, moisturizers and sunscreen. Feel free to ask questions about any products applied during this time. The esthetician should then leave the room, allowing you to relax and redress.
At the end of your appointment, the facialist will provide drinking water, as it is critical to stay hydrated after treatments, and will speak to you about an at-home regime or product that will ensure that you take the best possible care of your skin in between visits.
By Tiffany Oney
Tiffany Oney is a licensed esthetician, professional makeup artist and natural skincare authority. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies California State University, Long Beach and interning with Vivoderm Natural Skincare in Los Angeles, California.
Our skin is the largest organ of the body and protects the rest of our organs from outside elements and harm. We have all been taught to take care of our skin not only to look good, but also to be healthy.
The benefits of eating natural, whole foods have been getting a lot of press in recent years. If you want beautiful skin, a healthy inside will reflect a healthy outside. Today, natural and organic skin care is the fastest growing area in the skin care and beauty industry.
Why are natural, facial masks best? Beauty products have been known to contain many chemicals such as parabens, to preserve their shelf life. Parabens are actually harmful to the skin, and overall health. Natural skin care products and facial masks are all natural and do not contain any chemicals or preservatives. The key ingredients used to make these products contain few if any toxins or chemicals.
You may then ask, “Do natural face masks expire more quickly than others?” The answer is no. In order to extend the product’s shelf life, it is best that you use something sanitary–such as a spatula–to remove products from containers and always close containers directly after use. It is widely agreed upon that once skin care products of any kind are opened and exposed to air, they should be used or thrown out after 6 months.
When natural or organic face masks are used to treat skin disorders such as eczema and acne, they are much less likely to cause irritation to sensitive skin. Choosing natural masks are a beneficial and safe way to take care of your skin and overall health. Today there are many natural facial masks and complementary products to choose from, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, make-up and even anti-aging serums.
Some natural facial products you may already have at home are: essential oils like ginger and tea tree, natural plant oils such as grape seed and almond oil, and herbs such as lavender and green tea. You can use these in your bath or make fabulous natural, facial treatments. The internet or your local library has hundreds of great recipes to choose.
Natural, fruit extracts such as papaya, apples, citrus and cucumbers are proven to have a healthy effect on the skin, due to the absence of toxic pesticides. As you can imagine, there are many great natural skin care lines and face masks available for retail, if you’re not interested in making your own home remedies. However, “natural” doesn’t always mean organic or pure and labels can be deceiving; do some research on ingredients that seem skeptical.
The intent of this article is to help you be aware what you are putting on your skin and what harmful ingredients may be looming in your favorite skin care products. Now that you know more about natural face masks follow the below home recipe for a great glow!
Make sure that your at home ingredients are certified organic or all natural.
Moisturizing Avocado Mask:
1 avocado, 1 teaspoon of apple vinegar, 1 egg white, 3 teaspoons of olive oil. Peel and mash avocado. Separate and beat egg white, add to mashed avocado along with other ingredients. Apply to face and wash off after 20 minutes.