Why facials are important

Why should I have a facial?

Regardless of your age or gender, if you want your skin to look its best you have to take care of it. A facial does for your skin what a month of exercise and good nutrition does for your body – noticeably improve its look and feel. Through exfoliation, deep-cleaning of the pores, stimulating improved circulation, and use of professional-strength products, your esthetician can make a lot of progress towards improving your skin in a single session. Like the personal trainer, she has experience, techniques, products and equipment that cannot be replicated at home.

Why should I have regular facials?

While a month at the gym will achieve great results (as will a facial), if you stop exercising and eating well, your body will start heading back to its previous condition. You’re still better off than you would have been without that month of conditioning, but if you keep up the program, you will continue to improve your appearance and your health. Likewise, regular facials (especially with an active home-care regimen) will help prevent breakouts, keep your surface cells newer and healthier, and thereby ensure that your skin looks its very best. Your esthetician can recommend the optimal frequency for your particular skin – it will vary from person to person.

Why should I choose Christiaan to have my facials?

Your facial will be as effective as the training of your esthetician, and the quality of products and equipment at her disposal. Christiaan Salon carefully hand-selects only the top licensed estheticians who are both clinically skilled and possess a nurturing, client-focused approach to skincare. Every individual’s skin is unique, and therefore, each service is customized to the individual. Regardless of the type of facial you select, your esthetician will select the products used following complete skin analysis. Further, all products used in Christiaan facials contain the most effective ingredients available.  Finally, all standards of hygiene and sanitation are rigorously followed for your safety and comfort.

Read More about facials at Christiaan Salon in Providence R.I. Here

What is involved in a facial at Christiaan?

Some or all of the following steps will be performed, depending on the analysis and the facial selected: cleansing with the Clarisonic cleansing brush, skin analysis, exfolation (removal of surface cells), extractions (see below), massage, balancing mask and/or other treatment products, hydration and skin protection. Suggestions for home care will be provided.

Meet Tasha, one of the Christiaan Day Salon Estheticians here.

What is an extraction?

Extractions are considered the heart of a clinical-style facial – they are the manual removal of sebum (oil and dirt) from your pores. It is the sebum, trapped within the pores beneath the skin’s top layers, which can cause breakouts. Once your esthetician performs exfoliation, she will proceed to apply pressure to congested areas on your face, using either her fingers, cotton swabs, or a metal extractor in order to remove the sebum from your pores. Sebum-free pores not only don’t develop pimples, they appear much smaller, making your skin look clearer and brighter.

I’ve heard a facial can cause you to break out – is this true?

Properly performed, facials generally do not cause breakouts – rather, they speed up the healing process and prevent future breakouts. Improperly performed, the reverse can be true. This is one reason you should carefully select where you choose to receive your facials. The most common cause of post-facial breakouts is incomplete extractions (see above). If an esthetician chooses to extract a pore which is not ready, or if she begins to extract a pore and does not finish the extraction process, this can bring the sebum to the surface and cause a pimple to form. This boils down to the expertise of the esthetician. The facility’s investment in products and equipment also play a role. Low-quality products and unnecessary ingredients can cause negative skin reactions. Finally, the use of “high-frequency” equipment (to kill bacteria and close the pores at the end of a facial) will decrease the likelihood of post-facial breakouts.

Meet Desiree, one of the Christiaan Day Salon Estheticians here.

What if I just want to relax and drift off during my facial?

We encourage it, and our estheticians are trained to follow your cues as far as how much talking and information you want during your treatment. Christiaan facials are designed to be a mix of clinical treatments and relaxing spa experiences. You are under no obligation to make conversation with your esthetician – this won’t hurt her feelings! However, please do communicate any discomfort, preferences or questions you may have at any time.

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