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
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 :
It reduces tanning
Removes dirt and blackheads
Provides 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 skin.
Anti-oxidant and pollution-fighting facials
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 congestion.
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.