Before you rush out and book yourself a facial, make sure it is the right match for your skin. Using the wrong products or skin regimen can aggravate the skin condition and leave you with unwanted blemishes or something even worse! Skin type should always be kept in mind before selecting a facial treatment.
Know your skin type.
Skin types are classified into – normal, oily, combination, dry or sensitive. We’ve devised an easy way to identify your category.
- Combination Skin
This is one of the most common skin categories where the forehead, nose and chin are oily while the area around the eyes and cheeks is generally dry. Changes in skin conditions such as completely oily or extremely dry can be noticed with changes in the weather/season.
Recommended – Pearl Facial
This facial is ideal for a combination skin type and helps to get rid of the tan, giving an even colour tone and a healthy radiance. It even helps to transfer the melanin to the skin surface which counteracts damage caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.
- Oily Skin
If your skin generally looks shiny and slightly moist, it belongs to the oily category. The oiliness tends to increase as the day progresses and the face tends to have clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads with inflammatory acne adding to the woes.
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Recommended – Gold Facial
Used with a combination of aloe vera, wheat germ oil or sandalwood, gold facials provide a revitalizing and rejuvenating effect bringing a glow to your face. It also helps to reverse oxidation damage, slows down melanin creation to prevent tanning and controls pigmentation too.
- Normal Skin
If you have a balanced complexion with a radiant and glowing even skin tone which is neither too oily nor too dry, then your skin type is a normal one. Unlike the above mentioned skin types, there are rarely any noticeable changes in your skin throughout the day and acne is not something you have to be bothered about too often. A common misconception about normal skin is having a ‘flawless complexion’. A bit of oiliness and dryness is experienced in this skin type too, but is more easily resolved than the other skin types.
Recommended – Fruit Facial
Though most products can be used if you have a normal skin, a fruit pack with tomato or watermelon is a good option. These not only help in toning, but also aid in tan removal and make the skin firmer.
- Sensitive/Dry Skin
Generally, in this category, the skin tends to have reddish patches often resulting in a rash-like condition. The skin tends to become tighter and drier quickly. If you have a dry skin, you will need to apply a good moisturizer regularly. The skin tends to get very dry and slightly rough during the colder months requiring generous and frequent application of moisturizing products.
Recommended – Silver Facial
Generally used with a glow scrub, this facial helps to detoxify the skin and restores the skin’s natural pH balance. With the right amount of moisture, a silver facial can help to unblock pores, removes dead skin cells and even relaxes the facial nerves and muscles.
The skin type need not remain constant. Based on several factors such as age, stress, hormonal changes and amount of sun damage your skin has endured over the years, the skin tone slowly changes too.
What you need to bear in mind before booking yourself a facial –
• While a complete facial treatment is good for the skin every 4-6 weeks, a clean-up is recommended once every 15 days.
• Check the products and its ingredients thoroughly before starting the facial if they are suited to your skin type. Using the wrong products may result in damage to the skin.
• The massage, which is a part of the treatment, must be gentle and relaxing.
• The complete facial regimen includes – cleansing, exfoliation, removal of blackheads and whiteheads, massage, face mask, steam and moisturizing.
• If your skin is dry, ensure that a hydrating product is used. For oily skin, avoid cream-based massages; use of products with alpha-hydroxyl acid and beta-hydroxyl acid is highly recommended. These help reduce the excess oil in the skin. Fragrance-based products are best avoided for sensitive skin as these may lead to eruptions in the skin.
Your skin could use some TLC (tender loving care); so go ahead and take the first step towards a healthier and happier skin and enjoy the various benefits of a good facial treatment.