Finding the Right Facial

by Aymee Wilson, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics

While spa facial treatments are frequently viewed as a luxury reserved for special occasions, many people are unaware that facials may also be a practical element of a daily skin care program.

Such a treatment may help you obtain a more youthful appearance. Additionally, a facial regenerates and purifies your skin, making it healthier in the long run.

The appropriate type of facial can help you erase certain skin disorders and faults such as acne, wrinkles and age spots.


Classic — A traditional facial often consists of cleaning, exfoliation, extractions, a mask and moisturizer; ideal for anyone with normal to dry skin. Extractions, the procedure of cleaning out clogged pores, are safe for most skin types, but you should verify that the esthetician uses steam to relax the pores and wraps her fingertips with gauze before beginning.

Lymphatic facial massage — This facial, which is frequently paired with other treatments, involves gentle kneading of some regions of the face to help alleviate stress and decrease water retention, reducing puffiness by stimulating the facial lymphatic glands.

Electric current — An electric current facial delivers low levels of electricity to the face and neck via a microcurrent device and wet sponges. By stimulating and tightening the underlying muscles, the current naturally helps contour the front, making it a less invasive alternative to other injectables.

Anti-aging — An anti-aging facial employs active ingredients and procedures to combat the signs of aging in mature skin — think 30 and older. They may incorporate serums rich in antioxidants and ingredients such as collagen to assist in skin rejuvenation.

Brightening — This facial might assist if you have ashy, sun-damaged or dull skin. It targets hyperpigmentation specifically and evens out your complexion with the help of potent antioxidants such as Vitamin C.

LED facial — Also referred to as color light therapy, a LED (light-emitting diode) facial uses precise wavelengths of light to target acne and inflammation. The painless approach has been demonstrated to stimulate cell growth, improve overall complexion, reduce redness, diminish the appearance of sunspots or fine lines and smoothen wrinkles.

Laser — By removing the top layer of skin using a laser, this facial can gently renew your face and repair minor faults; can be used to treat wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone, sun damage and scars.