Regardless of age, one of the most common cosmetic issues that men and women struggle with is the presence of dull skin on the face. This can be caused by numerous factors, including the presence of dirt, grime, and dead cells on the surface of the skin. It is easy to feel self-conscious about your facial appearance if you suffer from worn out skin, which often makes you look older and more worn down than you actually are. While you can try to cover up some of these facial skin impurities with makeup, clothing, and/or accessories, you are only covering up the issue. And, in fact, using makeup actually works against you when you achieve the skin quality that you desire. So, if hiding these issues away is not the best option for you, then what is? Well, the answer is simple: treat these facial issues directly so that you can actively fix them.
There are numerous cosmetic skin treatments available on the market. And though many of them are successful in giving patients softer and smoother skin, one of the most trusted and effective non-surgical skin rejuvenating treatments is a facial. At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we do not simply offer a standard facial. Rather, we offer the HydraFacial® to help you renew your facial skin so that you can achieve an even more youthful appearance than a traditional facial treatment offers.
What Is a Facial, and How Is It Performed?
The central purpose of a facial is to gently exfoliate (scrub away) the top layer of the skin–this is the layer of skin that often appears dull and lifeless. Essentially, a facial removes impurities from your skin while restoring moisture to protect your skin over time.
At your facial consultation, your skin care specialist will create a customizable plan for your facial treatment. During the actual procedure, your skin specialist will use the HydraFacial® handheld device to rejuvenate your skin. This treatment is comprised of three different steps. The first step is the exfoliation of the top layer of skin. After the top layer is gently removed, a new and fresh layer of skin is revealed. For the second step in the HydraFacial® treatment, the handheld device will clean the skin’s pores of any remaining dirt and debris; this is achieved with the use of a suction technique. Finally, for the third step, antioxidants and peptides will be applied to the skin to offer lasting protection for the new and healthy skin.
Not only can you expect softer and smoother skin on your face after your procedure, but your facial treatment will be pain-free. In fact, many patients have even reported feeling a reduction in stress and a calmer mindset during and after their facial.
What Does a Facial Treat?
Facials treat a wide variety of skin issues on the face. While the most common issue is the presence of old and dead skin, facials also clean the skin of everything from dirt to grime to environmental factors. Facials have also been known to help treat acne and other skin blemishes that often cause men and women embarrassment.
What Are the Benefits?
Men and women have facials for a multitude of reasons; however, the benefits they receive all help to increase patients’ sense of comfort and confidence in the way they look. There are numerous physical benefits that patients achieve after their facials, including:
- Rejuvenated skin
- A more youthful facial appearance
- Clean skin to help patients look healthier
- Renewed skin cells
- Better blood circulation and flow
- Minimized puffiness in the face
- Increased collagen production
What Are Some Side Effects of a Facial Treatment?
Every cosmetic procedure carries some side effects, and the good news is that the side effects caused by facials are minimal. In fact, there is no downtime associated with this procedure. However, after your facial treatment, you can expect to have some swelling and redness on your face for a few hours. Some patients have reported feeling some discomfort in the skin, though this dissipates after the first day or two. Before you know it, you will be able to look at your reflection in the mirror and smile at the beautiful and smooth face looking back at you.
How Long Will Results Last?
It is important to understand that our skin functions in a cycle. This means that skin eventually dies off, while new skin grows in its place. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of skin care is that this old and dead skin tends to remain on the surface. Your facial treatment is simply a way of clearing away this unwanted and dull skin. The unfortunate reality, though, is that the new skin uncovered by your facial will eventually become old, and the cycle will continue on and on. That is why we recommend that patients undergo routine facial treatments. Although every patient and their skin is different, most men and women require maintenance facials every four to six weeks to continue looking their best. If you maintain scheduled facials, then you can expect continued success.
In addition to maintenance treatments, it is important that you establish a good skin care routine. This should include washing your face every night, minimizing direct sun exposure, including tanning beds, and wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when you are out in the sun. Another way to help prolong your results is to stay hydrated. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and eating nutrient-rich foods.