One of the joys of womanhood is taking
the time to pamper ourselves so we can face each new day looking
and feeling our best. Our skin is our largest organ, performing
several functions, including protecting us from invasion by
foreign substances and serving as the transfer point for the
release of toxins from our bodies. The skin provides an honest
mirror of our inner health and well-being. It is thus especially
important to use only natural, gentle ingredients on our skin
whenever possible. Application to the skin of fresh, natural
products such as essential oils, plant waters (also called
"hydrosols") and cold pressed unscented oils helps maintain
a youthful, glowing complexion. Essential oils and hydrosols
are the fragrant liquids that are distilled from different
plant parts, such as flower petals; herbs leaves and tree
barks, and are fundamental components of any solid, natural
skin care regime. Cold pressed unscented oils are extracted
from various fruits, nuts and seeds, and include olive oil,
sweet almond oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. Used in tandem,
essential oils, hydrosols and cold pressed unscented oils
work together to soothe and nourish the skin, encouraging
a healthful, radiant complexion.
Facials are deep skin treatments that cleanse, rehydrate and
rejuvenate the skin, apart from minimizing skin blemishes,
acne, dry skin and, of course, wrinkles. Facials vary depending
on your skin type, the kind of treatment you've chosen, the
products used and the person's age. However, it is advisable
to start having facials in your late 20's.
Facials involve a cleansing procedure, a massage and steam,
and the application of a facemask. What they help to do is
remove the dead, dull outer layer of cells that make up the
skin's surface or epidermis along with pollutants. The massage,
which is an important part of a facial, helps blood circulation,
which in turn aids lymphatic drainage (the removal of toxins
and waste from the body). A massage also relaxes the facial
muscles and is very important to delay the onset of wrinkles.
The face is steamed during a facial for two main reasons.
Firstly, steam helps the skin absorb cream better. Secondly,
it helps in softening blackheads and whiteheads so that they
can be removed easily. The application of a facemask in the
end helps tone and clarifies the skin. Facemasks are also
used to treat dry and acne-ridden skin.
The different types of facials
A basic clean up
A clean up cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises facial skin.
Ugly blackheads and whiteheads are cleared by gently steaming
the face. Regular clean-ups can prevent and reduce skin problems.
The skin is first cleansed under steam, and then very gently
scrub granules are massaged over the skin. After removing
the scrub, another creamy cleanser is applied and the skin
is exfoliated further with a soft rotating electric brush
and massaged. These are recommended for all skin types and
can be done on people under the age of 25.
The advantages of Clean-up are :
dirt and blackheads
a clean and glowing complexion.
These facials are a simple cleanse, steam and massage affair.
They're the least expensive of all facials. They're also the
best option for normal skin that isn't prone to acne. The
difference between these facials and a clean up is that the
skin is massaged for a longer period of time in a facial.
These are a step-up from the normal facial. Specially formulated
hypoallergenic creams are used to moisturize the skin. Face
packs are applied depending on different skin types and special
cleansing and rejuvenation techniques are also part of the
process. These are recommended for people with sensitive skins.
In addition to cleansing, massage and rejuvenation techniques,
these facials include treatment that targets dark circles
under the eye. The characteristic of this facial is the bio-mask,
which tones and tightens the skin on the face, making it look
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) facials
AHA acids, which are derived from fruits and flowers, are
known for their anti-aging effects. These facials use creams
formulated with AHAs, which help the skin look smoother and
healthier. They are also recommended for people who have pigmented
skin, and are prone to wrinkling easily.
In these, creams containing flower extracts are used, which
improve action of the capillaries, skin texture and tighten
pores-- inducing relaxation and calming the mind. In ancient
times, the fragrance of rose, lavender, jasmine, neroli, etc.,
was used to cure depression, insomnia, anxiety and other mental
states. Fresh fruit facials are done with pulps of fresh fruits;
mostly seasonal fruits. For e.g. Orange or sweet Lime pulp.
Fresh fruit facial is very good for very sensitive skin, which
cannot tolerate any chemically prepared cosmetics. Fruits
are chosen according to the skin type. Banana for dry skin
and Orange for oily skin.
These facials are offered as part of bridal beauty packages.
It involves the application of a special paraffin mask on
the face over layers of gauze, which helps seal in the special
anti-aging and rejuvenating creams applied to the skin. It
aids better absorption and brings back the radiance of the
Anti-oxidant and pollution-fighting
This facial uses creams and masks enriched with free-radical
fighting agents like vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin
E. Pollutants are first removed and the skin is then deep
cleansed in this procedure. This is recommended for people
who have to be outdoors often-on account of their work.
A treatment for those who suffer with troubled skin; particularly
effective on teenage and adult acne. After cleansing this
treatment begins with enzyme or glycolic acid exfoliation
and a warm vapor mist, followed by extensive manual deep pore
extractions, electric disencrustation and a skin-calming,
anti-bacterial masque. This facial should be performed at
regular, two-week intervals until problem clears.
This type of facial includes use of a multi-phase technique
of exfoliation, warm vapor, deep pore cleansing, lymphatic
drainage massage and self healing mineral or paraffin masque
over a freeze dry collagen sheet to ensure the ideal hydrating
effect. Normally in this kind of facial, liquid nutrients
in the form of vials or ampoules are used and for quick absorption
of liquid nutrients in the skin, laser or galvanic treatment
is done. This is an effective preventative treatment against
harmful environmental damage, wrinkles and dark circles. Recommended
for all skin types.
In these essential oils are used, which have potent and specific
curative properties that are of particular benefit to the
skin. They are effective for relaxation of body and mind.
Aromatherapy facials help clear skin congestion and improve
the normal functions of the skin. The mask, which is applied
at the end of the massage, also contains essential oils. The
elimination of toxins, the improvement in the skin's normal
functions, including cell regeneration and the uplifting effect,
all combine to make aromatherapy facials revitalizing and
In this Galvanic gadget is used, by which a steady, direct
galvanic current is utilized, to introduce water-soluble substances
through the skin. It heightens the skin's capacity to absorb
and improves the penetration of the products. The treatment
of specific problems becomes easier. This benefits dry, dehydrated
skins, improving moisture retention. It also helps remove
This facial makes use of creams containing 24-Carat pure gold,
which penetrates the skin easily. It is a powerful rejuvenating
treatment. Gold has a powerful effect on lymphatic drainage,
facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes. This accelerates
the regeneration of new cells. Masks, containing gold, are
also applied. The gold facial helps to restore youthful qualities,
like softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience and radiance.