Is a facial a luxury or a necessity to keep your skin healthy?

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Do I really need a facial? This is a question that I get asked quite a lot. Surely it’s just a relaxing treat? With so many different types of facials currently available, it can be very difficult to choose which one to try out.  How do you really know which one is going to be of benefit to your individual skin?

Firstly, think of your skin as you would your car.  Your car needs regular maintenance to keep it in tip top shape!  Without attention, it is going to become sluggish and slow and maybe even breakdown!  I am sure you would agree that as your car is a valuable commodity so it makes good sense to take it to a professional for maintenance rather than a cowboy!

The market is flooded with products that really won’t make much difference to your skin and many that can even cause a lot of damage, so it’s always worth contacting a professional to ensure that you are giving your skin the TLC it deserves.  If you put the wrong type of oil or petrol in your car it’s not going to work efficiently and same goes for your skin. 

Our skin doesn’t contain plant extracts, however it does contain vitamins.  It’s these vitamins that are proven to keep our skin working in tip top condition and help to prevent skin cancer! Vitamin A is proven to keep our cell DNA healthy and help prevent the free radical effect. Other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E also help provide protection against the damaging free radicals on the cells of your skin.

Homecare is a very important part of any skincare routine, and facials are always meant to be provided as part of a programme. Applying any product to our skin manually will only penetrate so far into the skin, with most cosmetic skincare brands only sitting on the surface. Cosmeceutical skincare brands will penetrate further into the epidermis thus having a more active result.

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Facials, using sonophoresis (soundwaves) and iontophoresis are proven to drive the active ingredients in skincare into our dermal layers of the skin where there is a lot more cellular activity.  By driving these ingredients further down we can have a huge impact on the skin, reversing ageing, photo-damage, softening fine lines and wrinkles, along with normalising skin suffering with acne and many other conditions.

So back to the original question, is a facial a treat or a necessity to keep skin healthy?  In my opinion anyone who is serious about preventing skin cancer and keeping their skin in excellent condition then facials really are a must! Don't forget we take good care of our cars and they are easily replaceable but our skin is not!

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So go on book a facial now, not because you deserve a treat but because your skin deserves to be healthy.