Spa facials are one of life’s little indulgences that cross over into good personal hygiene. They are relaxing and therapeutic as your pours are cleansed and your facial muscles massaged. Unfortunately for most, spa treatments tend to be a bit on the pricey side. This doesn’t mean that you have to forego these yummy treatments. On the contrary you can have them anytime you like once you learn the basics of home facials.
Types of Facials
Facials come in a wide range of products that have different functions. It is important to understand your skin type in order to choose the correct product for your skin’s delicate nature. Here is a basic run down of the different types of facial products:
- Peel-off Masks – Peel off masks are great for removing layers of dry dead skin that may be causing your complexion to appear dry, dull, and listless. This type of mask is good for a weekly or monthly cleansing, but should not be used more frequently than that as over use will cause irritation to young skin which in turn could lead to break-outs.
- Mud Based Masks – Mud Masks are used for deep cleaning of the pours of the skin. Depending on the type of mud used in making your mud mask (generally volcanic ash, or clay are used) you could find that your skin has a bad reaction to the microbes contained within the mud mask, so it is always a good idea to test a small area before applying to the full face. Mud masks are great for tightening and refreshing skin that has larger pours and lots of build-up left behind from daily washing, environmental issues, and daily make-up. Mud masks shouldn’t be used more than once per month (unless your product or doctor recommend differently).
- Salt Scrubs – Salt Scrubs are intended to exfoliate and purify the skin, opening pours in order to remove dirt and oil that has settled deep into the skin’s pours. The salt in these scrubs works as an exfoliator of dead top layers of skin while it absorbs excess grease and oil.
- Sugar Scrubs – Sugar scrubs are for those who need a little bit of moisture added to their skin. The sugar in these scrubs exfoliates as it hydrates the skin leaving it fresh and rehydrated. This type of facial as well as the Salt Scrub facials are usually blended with some kind of light weight oil such as olive or coconut oil; sometimes grape seed oil is used instead. So keep this in mind if you have very oily skin naturally.
Performing a facial at home is not difficult with the many different types that line grocery store shelves, containing everything from fruit, to ground up seeds, to oatmeal. It is important though to understand the basic distinctions between each of these products and what they are intended to do so that you achieve the outcome you are looking for.