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All About Facial Skin Care

Prerna Salla
The skin is an important organ of our body. Healthy, radiant skin can be easily achieved with proper care. This story takes you through what facial treatments are, some beauty product for healthy skin, and the benefits of facials.
It is extremely important to take care of your skin. The facial skin, especially needs attention. Facial treatments can be done at a parlor and also at home.

Facial Treatments

Our skin is our largest organ, performing several functions including protecting us from invasion by foreign substances and serving as the transfer point for the release of toxins from our bodies. Facials are deep skin treatments that cleanse, rehydrate, and rejuvenate the skin, and also minimize skin blemishes, acne, dry skin and wrinkles.
These treatments vary depending on your skin type, the kind of treatment you've chosen, the products used, and the person's age. However, it is advisable to start getting facials in your late 20s.

Beauty Products

The skin provides an honest mirror of our inner health and well-being. It is thus especially important to use only natural, gentle ingredients on your skin whenever possible. Application of fresh, natural products such as essential oils, plant waters (also called "hydrosols"), and cold pressed unscented oils helps maintain a youthful, glowing complexion.
Essential oils and hydrosols are the fragrant liquids that are distilled from different plant parts, such as flower petals, herbs, leaves, and tree barks, and are fundamental components of any natural skin care regime. Cold pressed unscented oils are extracted from various fruits, nuts, and seeds, and include olive oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. Essential oils, hydrosols, and cold pressed unscented oils work together to soothe and nourish the skin, encouraging a healthy, radiant complexion.

Benefits of Facials and Massages

Facials involve a cleansing procedure, a massage, a steam session, and the application of a face mask. They remove the dead, dull outer layer of cells that make up the skin's surface or epidermis along with pollutants. The massage, which is an important part of this treatment, helps blood circulation, which in turn aids lymphatic drainage (the removal of toxins and waste from the body). A massage also relaxes the facial muscles and is very important to delay the onset of wrinkles.
The face is steamed for two main reasons; firstly, steam helps the skin absorb the moisturizer better, and secondly, it helps in softening blackheads and whiteheads so that they can be removed easily. The application of a face mask at the end helps tone and clear the skin. Face masks are also used to treat dry and acne-ridden skin.

Different types of facials

  • Basic clean up
  • Normal
  • Special
  • Bio-lift
  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
  • Paraffin
  • Anti-oxidant and pollution-fighting
  • Acne
  • Collagen
  • Aromatherapy
  • Galvanic
  • Gold