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The Basic Parts Of A Facial 

- Determining Your Skin Type: It's important for you and your Aesthetician to understand your skin type. By knowing this, products and techniques used can be specifically customized to meet your needs.

- Deep Cleansing: With the correct product, a gentle, but deep cleaning is obtained. And depending upon skin type, the correct pressure and movements can be employed to stimulate or calm. Steam and/or hot towels are often used to soften and expand the pores.

- Proper Exfoliation: I say "proper" because you can over-exfoliate. Skin must be manipulated with awareness so as to not cause unwanted reactions. This exfoliation may be done manually or chemically with the use of an electric brush, scrub, enzyme or acid.


​- Taking Away: After cleansing and exfoliation, the skin is prepared for extraction - or cleansing of the pores.

- Giving Back: Now the skin is ready to receive vitamins, hydration and minerals in the form of serums, lotions, creams and masques applied with manual techniques or massage appropriate for your particular skin type.

- Additional Pleasures: During this process, you will often receive a hand and arm massage, a facial massage and a neck and shoulder massage.

Here's how I like to explain a facial: What is the one part of the body that is exposed most often? Your face.

The surface of our skin is dotted with tiny pockets called pores. These pores allow for the transfer of materials like sweat and oxygen into and out of the body. Oil glands, located within the pores, secrete sebum. Dust, pollution, free radicals, wind and sun are a constant source of irritants and debris that can stick to the oil or sebum on our skin. Since our skin grows from the inside to the outside, dead cells, though they act as protection from the sun, come to rest upon the surface too.

I like to compare the surface of our face to your stovetop. When you cook with oil and it spatters onto your stovetop, the surface becomes sticky and other matter - like dust - will cling to it. It works the same way with your face. Matter, including dirt, dust and dead skin cells, stick to your sebum, blocking the exit of your pore. The result is dull skin, or eventually a blackhead or pimple (pustule).

However, when you have a professional facial - that is, one performed by a licensed aesthetician - the dead skin cells, dirt, and debris may be removed. What's left is cleaner, shinier, healthier, newer skin that is able to breathe and do what skin is meant to do. The added bonus is a tremendous sense of well being and relaxation.

How often should you have a facial? Generally, every 8 - 10 weeks; however, you can certainly have them closer together, especially when working on a particular concern like acne, aging or sun damage. At the very least, it's good to try and have a facial once per season.

In conclusion, the answer to "Why Do I Need A Facial" is that generally, we aren't able to cleanse and exfoliate our skin the way that a professional aesthetician can, and the benefits are tangible. 



            ANTI     WRINKLE     RECIPES

Below you will find some anti-wrinkle facial treatment oils for various age groups. Use them every night on the face and, if you wish, on the neck and chest, as far as the collar bone.

WRINKLE PREVENTATIVE FOR THE OVER-TWENTIES
Dilute the oils below in 30 ml of either Hazelnut, Almond or Apricot Kernel Oil
Neroli  8 drops
Lavender 5 drops
Fennel 5 drops
Chamomile 3 drops
Geranium  8 drops
Carrot 1 drop

 ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-THIRTIES

Dilute the oils below in 30 ml of either Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel Oil
Yarrow 10 drops
Patchouli 2 drops
Palma Rosa 10 drops
Clary Sage 8 drops
Fennel 7 drops
Carrot 5 drops
Rose 8 drops
Borage Seed 5 drops
Jojoba 5 drops

 ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE  OVER-FORTIES
Dilute the oils below in 30 ml of either Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel Oil

Neroli 10 drops
Lavender 10 drops
Frankincense 10 drops
Rosemary 2 drops
Fennel 10 drops
Lemon 3 drops
Carrot 10 drops
Evening Primrose 10 drops


ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-FIFTIES
Dilute the oils below in 30 ml of either Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel Oil
Violet Leaf 5 drops
Galbanum 5 drops
Rose 5 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Lavender 3 drops
Myrrh 2 drops
Carrot 10 drops
Bois de Rose 10 drops
Evening Primrose 10 drops
Borage Seed 10 drops