Facials: What Are They?

Your face on a daily basis is exposed to bacteria, pollution, dust, the sun and even makeup which makes for dirty skin! This accumulation of debris will not come clean from a 20 second cleansing routine. A facial is a specialized form of cleaning where a trained, licensed skin therapist (esthetician) performs a series of steps to cleanse your face. It works wonders for those with a dull complexion, breakouts/acne and a superficial skin issue. It aids with stress relief and helps the client get into a skin care routine which coupled with a good at home regime helps keep your skin looking its best. It is recommended that you get a facial every four to six weeks and men as well as women need facials as they tend to accumulate debris and blackheads. Facials for backs and the buttocks are also popular for men and women as breakouts tend to occur in these areas.

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There are Several Steps to a Facial:


A facial begins with a double cleansing with cotton pads or sponges with a pre cleanser to remove makeup and debris and a cleanser chosen for your skin type. Steam is generally used to open the pores.

Skin Analysis

The esthetician covers your eyes and looks at your skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp that reveals the condition of your skin such as dryness, redness and blemishes. She then chooses an exfoliator based on your skin type. Skin type is determined genetically by our parents and can be measured by the amount of oil secretion in the skin. The skin types are: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, and Sensitive.


An exfoliant is any agent that removes dead skin cells from the outer most layer of your skin to reveal newer, smoother skin cells that are underneath. When we exfoliate we automatically cause skin renewal from the deepest layer of the skin. There are different methods of exfoliation: acids, enzymes, Vitamin A and scrubs. The esthetician is trained in using exfoliants and there are generally no side effects. A stronger type of exfoliation is a peel and there can be some redness and skin sloughing associated with this treatment.



Blackheads and whiteheads are gently extracted if needed. It is very common to have blackheads.

Facial/ Shoulder Massage

The face, neck, and shoulders are massaged using movements such as effeurage (stoking technique), pressure point and drainage massage to stimulate your skin and facial muscles.


A facial mask is applied based on your skin type. Some masques draw out impurities, others tighten pores and yet others rejuvenate and hydrate. After about 10 minutes the masque is removed; toner, moisturizer, sunscreen and an eye cream is applied and you are set to go! Your skin is clean and glowing and you feel relaxed and wonderful

About Me, My Facials and My Education:

The facials that I provide as a licensed skin therapist are based on your skin type. Depending on your skin type, as outlined above, different products are used to achieve desired results. I will not use the same products on a client with acne as the client with sensitive skin. One of the advantages of coming to see me is that I can steer you in the right direction so you don't purchase products that are not right for you. What works for your best friend does not generally work for you.

I am licensed in the State of California but have taken post graduate education from The International Dermal Institute (IDI) operated by Jane Wurand, a leader in hands on education for skin therapists. Today, IDI is considered the international gold-standard for postgraduate skin and body therapy training with 37 locations worldwide. As a result of the education taken at Dermalogica, I have achieved EXPERT Certification. The Dermalogica Expert Program is the branded education pathway regimen of practical and business-building classes offered to licensed therapists employed by Dermalogica accounts in the USA. The three-tiered program - Certified, Specialist, and Expert - empowers skin therapists with world-class skills to build confidence, professionalism and facial techniques that are unique to Dermaologica such as skin analysis, exfoliation, extractions, skin-calming and massage modalities.

I am also a registered nurse licensed in the State of California and have seen many skin conditions, am observant and will answer all of your questions. I have been giving facials for 8+ years, am skilled and compassionate and believe and use the products that I sell.

Following Your Facial with At Home Skin Care Product

The best thing you can do for your skin after your facial is to continue maintaining it with an "At Home Regime". This involves using a Cleanser, Toner, Exfoliant, Moisturizer (preferably one with sunscreen), and eye cream. Based on your age and your skin type other products can be added. Getting the basics with a good product will extend the life of the facial you had; maintaining it are a conduit for the products you just bought to penetrate.

I recommend Dermalogica - a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances). Products are manufactured in the USA, there is no animal testing, and Dermalogica is sold only where professional consultation and professional treatments are performed by professional skin therapists. I carry it, use it and recommend it.