The steps of a facial explained

The steps of a facial explained

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If you’ve ever had a facial before you’ll understand that not only is it like a spring clean for your skin, it also makes you feel like a million bucks afterwards. But have you ever wondered about the steps that the therapist follows during your facial? This article will highlight the most important steps of a luxury facial and explain them.

Step 1: Cleanse

Your facial will begin with the therapist removing your make up, should you be wearing any. Once your skin is bare, she will massage cleansing milk or cream, gel or lotion into your face, neck and décolleté. Using facial sponges, cloths or cotton pads, she will remove the cleanser with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Step 2: Consultation

Your eyes will be covered with moistened pads for the next step. Using a lighted magnifying glass, she will evaluate your skin. She may lightly pinch your skin to check for elasticity or press on it to check thickness. During this phase, your therapist may discuss her findings with you and ask you about your skin care regimen and your expectations for the facial.

Step 3: Exfoliation

Now that your therapist understands your skin care needs, she will choose an exfoliation cream, gel, mask, gommage or peel to use. Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells – this helps reduce the size of your pores. Certain exfoliation products, such as enzyme peels, require the product to be left on your face to dissolve the plugs that cause blackheads. Other products require either manual or machine stimulation.

Step 4: Steam

Depending upon the exfoliation product used, steam will either be applied to your face during that phase or after the product has been removed. Some spas may use heated, moist towels instead of steam. The moist heat loosens plugs and encourages skin to sweat out any impurities that may be caught in pores.

Step 5: Extraction

During the extraction phase blackheads and, possibly, whiteheads will be removed. A lighted magnifying glass will be used to examine your skin. Your therapist may use a blackhead extractor, a stainless steel instrument that allows blackheads to be gently expressed. Alternatively, she will cover her fingers with cotton to protect your skin while manually expressing the plugs.

Step 6: Massage

Facial massage stimulates and lubricates skin. Sometimes the therapist will massage your neck, shoulders, décolleté and/or scalp as well. You may notice that your sinuses feel clearer and that you feel deeply relaxed after the massage.

Step 7: Mask

Depending upon your skin’s needs, your therapist will choose a mask for you. If your skin is oily, she may choose a clay-based mask to draw off the excessive sebum. If your skin is dehydrated, she’ll choose one that replenishes moisture. Masks are highly specific and are formulated to treat specific skin care needs.

Step 8: More massage

One of the best parts of the treatment! For the 10 minutes or so that you wear the mask, your therapist may perform a massage on your hands and arms, your feet and calves and/or your scalp.

Step 9: Serum

After your mask is removed,  a specialty serum will be applied to your skin. Some spas charge extra for this step, while others include it as part of the facial. Serums include those for aging skin, for blemished skin and for sensitive skin.

Step 10: Final touches

Before sending you out the door, your therapist will apply a skin-specific cream or gel to your skin. She may also apply an eye gel and/or lip treatment cream.

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Basic Facials using Vitaderm products & includes a relaxing hand massage

  • Basic Facial (45 min.)                                        R280.00
  • Purifying Deep Cleanse (60 min.)                   R300.00
  • Aromatic Facial (60 min.)                                 R330.00
  • Anti-oxidant Facial (60min.)                           R350.00

Vitaderm Specialised Facials includes a luxurious hand and scalp massage

  • Brightening Facial (90 min.)                          R440.00
  • Hydra Intensive Gel Facial (90 min.)           R440.00
  • Firming Sauna Facial (90 min.)                     R440.00
  • Vitamin Masque Facial                                    R440.00
  • Winter Peel: 4 treatments & 1 facial             R1408.00

Rock Paper Scissor is a hair and beauty salon located in the Graanendal Shopping Center in Durbanville. Call 021 9794292 for an appointment.


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