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Which facial is right for your skin?

Facials are just one of the steps to maintaining healthy, clear skin but can also be a relaxing way to pamper yourself. Facials consist of the cleansing and exfoliating of the skin and the extraction of blackheads or whiteheads that clog pores. Often times, facials are designed or catered to a client"s skin type or problem areas. Everyone"s skin is different, but whether skin is dry, oily, a combination of the two, sensitive or normal, there is a facial to cater to its needs.

What to expect:

When having a facial it is important to be clear about how your skin reacts to products or to being touched. Your facial technician will be able to diagnose what sort of products will be used during the treatment and what sort of routine should be followed after your appointment.

Facials usually begin with a cleansing and analysis of the skin under a bright light. How the aesthetician proceeds will depend on their diagnosis, but the process usually consists of:

1. Exfoliation
2. Extraction
3. Massage
4. Mask
5. Moisturizer

Because everyone has different levels of comfort or tolerance, be clear with your technician about how much extraction you can stand as some find the procedure uncomfortable. Extractions are usually followed by a relaxing, stroking massage to stimulate blood flow and circulation to the face muscles. Finally, a mask catering to your skin type will usually be applied before the facial wraps up with the application of moisturisers and home care advice is given.

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