Sometimes drinking plenty of water and getting a good night’s sleep aren’t enough to get the glowing skin you want. That’s when you have to call in the professionals. Spas offer up different facials to accommodate your skin’s needs. The plethora of treatments available can often fall into one of the following categories: moisture therapy, masks, peels and massage. These spa services also include a bevy of exotic botanicals, luxurious ingredients and high-tech hardware.
Clay masks are the go-to facial if your skin is oily or prone to acne because it draws out grease and impurities. These clays are derived from some of the most mineral-rich terrain in countries such as China, Morocco and France. Different spas infuse clay masks with a myriad of luxurious materials and essential oils to give the client a sense of luxury. Notable additives include 24-karat gold flakes, silk extract, lavender oil and chamomile flowers.
For those who have normal to dry skin, hydration can be the key to making your skin soft and supple. In contrast to clay, a moisture mask is often a thick, creamy mask that never dries out. Fruit and organic facials fall into this category, as aestheticians can mix anything from rose water to collagen-infused substances to plump the skin. For those looking for a more natural facial, do not despair as some spas use botanicals and herbs—such as seed extracts, plant oils and beeswax—to brighten the complexion and help provide that sought-after glow.
Power of the Peel
Peels are often pulled out of the professional’s back pocket to help give aging skin a more youthful appearance. These therapeutic sessions reduce wrinkles and create glowing skin by removing the skin’s outer layer. Peels can include anything from natural, fruit-derived acids and enzymes to more caustic acids. If you are looking for a more decadent treatment, some spas specialize in an exfoliating diamond peel, which uses the crushed gem to uncover that youthful skin.
Magic of Massage
Massage isn’t just for the body. In fact, most skin types can benefit from a facial massage, a technique that increases blood flow and oxygen to the skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, there are water-soluble gels that won’t further clog your pores. A facial masseuse can also use a rich cream or oil for dry skin or a light lotion for combination skin. And if the everyday massage is not for you, try the hot stone facial technique, a Japanese massage therapy that relaxes the skin with warm volcanic stones.
References and ResourcesAllure: The Right Way to Use a Clay Face Mask
T Magazine: The Peel Sessions
Skin Inc. Magazine: Facial Massage: More Than Relaxation
Organic Magazine: Top Ten Natural and Organic Facials
Harper’s Bazaar: The “IT” Facials to Book This Spring
ResourcesAllure: How to Choose The Right Facial
Washingtonian: Great Day Spas 2013: Our 14 Favorite Facials