What are Skin Care Treatments?
Skin care treatments are specific to the face and neck and aim to clean, balance and refresh the skin to help it look its best. Treatments can target aging, dryness, dullness and acne, and combat the effects of the environment that can be damaging to your skin.
Benefits of Skin Care Treatments
- Refines and cleans out pores
- Rejuvenates collagen fibers and helps slow aging process
- Regulates immune system
- Detoxifies, reduces fluid build-up and puffiness
- Relieves stress and tension
|Type of Skin Care Treatment||Description / Process|
||What are Facials? The second most popular treatment after massage. They clean, exfoliate and nourish your skin.Types:
Duration and Recommended Frequency: Usually lasts 50 or 90 minutes. You should have one every 4 – 6 weeks (this is how long it takes your skin to regenerate). At very least, have one 4x a year as the seasons change.
|Facial Enhancements||What are Facial Enhancements? Targeting eyes, lips and neck, these are “Add-ons” to a facial. Each type provides specific benefits to the targeted area:Eye:
Neck and Chest:
Duration and Recommended Frequency: As frequently as facials.
Process: As part of a facial, this treatment is often applied during the Mask and Moisturize and Protect stages of the Facial.
||What is Microdermabrasion? Also known as particle resurfacing, power peel, derma peel and parisian peel, it is mechanical exfoliation that removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells from the face, chest and hands by using a powerful device to spray microcrystals of aluminum dioxide – a very fine, very hard, sand-like material (corundum powder) – across the skin’s surface. Microdermabrasion does not require medical oversight and is commonly used in conjunction with facial spa treatments.
Duration and Recommended Frequency: Session usually consists of 1 – 3 passes with the tool and lasts about 20 – 30 minutes total. Most practitioners recommend 5 – 7 treatments over the course of 2 months for optimum effect.
||What is a Superficial Peel? A safe and effective treatment that uses alphahydroxy acids (naturally occurring acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and fruit acids) and betahydroxy acids (salicylic acid) to systematically destroy parts of the skin to allow new skin to grow. Glycolic and salicylic acids can be found in daily facial care products. Superficial peels can be done to the face and body and are sometimes used to prepare the skin for a deeper peel*.
Additional Benefits: Decreases appearance of acne scars, mild sun damage, or fine wrinkles.
Duration and Frequency: As often as you would have a facial.
Process: Spas often include a superficial peel as part of a facial treatment. If so, it is done during the Steam and Exfoliation step of the facial. If it is done alone, the process is as follows:
- Superficial peels: The mildest type and can be used on all skin types
- Medium peels: Penetrate skin more deeply and cause a second-degree burn. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is main peeling agent, though it may be done in several steps using a different chemical solution followed by TCA
- Deep peels: Penetrates several layers of skin, causing a second-degree burn. Deep peels may bleach the skin. It is the most invasive and can be done only once in most cases.