Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Thoughts: Facials, do you need them? + TipsWhat is happening for the past century is the increasing popularity of the phenomenon known as 'facials'. If you have been living in the dark from the world of beauty or trends, you are basically paying this sum of money for someone to put products on your face (let me rephrase: to massage them onto your face).
I know, it all sounds very daunting, dull and crazy when I put it that way but the truth is, that's what it really is. But it's not all it is written to be. The good thing about facials is that it provides you with a place (would haven be a good term to use? hmm) to relax, similar to a spa, I guess. Thus, what I read from a lot (emphasised) of other blogger's thoughts about facial has the factor of: is it relaxing enough, and can they sleep during the facial. If they can, then its quality is good.
Now I might be totally wrong but I personally digress. If I am paying money (and note that most facias do cost quite a sum depending on which you go to) to have my face pampered, I better have a down-to-earth person doing it while entertaining me or making me laugh, better yet, able to hold a proper conversation with me without me pretending to smile. Again, in my opinion, I find sleeping or 'napping' during facials a total waste of money. If you want to do that, might as well just slap on a thick mask and nap at the comfort of your own bed, and not while a stranger's hand is caressing your face. I like a good hammering for facials.
Yes, good facials will make your skin glow. Thus the major reason so many people go to one, and it's also cheaper than buying the product individually -usually- with the bonus of a trained (hopefully) facialist helping you apply it on your face (with proper techniques of course). I have to say, in my lifetime, I have not been to many facials, or have been to one 'regularly'. I'll list why below.
From my experience during past facials; why do I like them?
- Paradoxically, it is relaxing. Yes. I said it and it counters my point above. But I have to mention that I do not sleep/nap during facials unless I cannot help it. My method of de-stressing is different from those who indulge in facials for this purpose. Saying this, if the facial is 2 hours long, obviously I will take a nap mid-way.
- Someone else is doing the washing. I cannot express in words how lazy I am to wash my face at the end of the day. Most reading this will probably gasp in terror:"Beauty blogger sin!" they say. But that's the honest truth people! So having someone else do it is relaxing and I don't know how to explain it but the feeling is different.
- You get to experience different products massaged onto your skin.
- With proper method, your skin will glow after, I don't know. It just does. Basically, magic!
- It is an excuse to indulge in something luxurious when you are #feelingspendy. Cheaper than buying individual products sometimes, but then.. an individual product will probably last you months so.. yeah. #feelingspendy
Now do I recommend facials for a regular individual? I say, try it once and see if you like it; experience everything. My rule of thumb is to try something at least 3 times before I decide if I truly like it and it applies to everything, from food to activities. I remember, my first facial was a painful experience, the facialist was inexperience (now looking back) and was doing extractions that left scars, when it's not suppose to. The third time was thankfully with Clarins, in UK. The experience was quite calming and enjoyable.
I understand not many would want to do something they don't like 3 times, let alone if they hated it on the first try, or even have the luxury to do so but I guess, give it at least a chance (or two, if you love to experiment -- I tried bee venom serums and they work quite well but that's totally a different post).
As you can tell, I am slowly growing to like these facials. But saying that, I am not going to have a vampire/blood facial as Kim K. did. I experiment but not to the extent of extracting my own blood (you heard that right!) and putting it back on your face. My personally opinion? What the effing hell and what's the point? / read about the vampire facial that Kim K. got here. Bloody hell. Yes. Pun intended. ha.
Things to note if you decide to embark on this journey of 'facials':
1. Make sure the facial centre you are going to is clean, has a calming atmosphere and most importantly, have nice staff. I cannot stress this. The first facial I've been to, nightmare. Not only is the facialist very obnoxious (she told me to shut it when I cried out a bit during the gimmicky extraction process, I went through it because I did not want to embarrass myself - something I learned now is to speak your mind), she also did not perform a consultation beforehand which brings me to my second point.. -
2. Make sure the facialist knows your needs. Usually this is done at the consultation process (where good facial centres serve you tea -varies- and go through what he/she is going to do to your skin as well as why, is it because your skin is dehydrated? etc). From experience of my first facial, I did not know there was an 'extraction' process until later where I saw a needle (which I was pretty surprised and scared of back then).
3. Know what product is going on your face. For example, if you are sensitive to certain ingredients such as peppermint extract or alcohol, you better tell them beforehand. A proper facialist will also explain the procedure and what product he/she uses before beginning the facial.
4. I repeat: consultation. A good facialist/aesthetician will ask you about your current skincare routine, if you are taking any medications, etc.
Tips for what to avoid*:
1. Steam - I don't care what skin type you are, exposing your skin to steam or worse, high temperature skin can cause more redness, broken capillaries, and sure as hell not beneficial to all skin types. Steam does not "open pores" or make anything easier to extract either.
2. Olive oil - this may vary in individuals but it is a general rule that although olive oil is very moisturising in skincare, those with acne should stay clear away from it. Its fatty oil content will clog your pores. Ask them what they are using to massage as well as what kind of oils are often used.
3. Sales pressure - sometimes you may be pressured (depends if you want it or not) to pay for additional facials upfront as it is "cheaper" that way or buy their brand's product. Do. not. fall. for. the. pressure. A trick (well, not really) is to say "no I'm fine, thanks anyways" and smile while keeping eye contact. Psychology and body language yo. If they persist, just say no firmly, thank them, and walk out. Easy. Don't spend your hard earned cash on things you do not want. Let alone pressured to.
4. Fragrance - this also vary. If your skin can tolerate it, then it's fine. If your nose and skin are sensitive to the scent, nicely tell them to use something else. They will understand. If you feel bad, remember: you are paying for them to be nice.
5. Needles - this refers to extraction. Have rosacea/eczema/other skin-ralated illness that makes your skin sensitive? Avoid this and all of the above. It will make it worse later. Needles under the right hands, do wonders for extracting gunk. Remember: if it hurts, slap it out of the facialist's hands.
*in my experience + with some reading in scientific journals online, etc.
This is what I could think of now, but will include further tips in future post.
In conclusion, facials can be beneficial if done right. AHA/BHA peels, hydra facials (a milder ver. of microdermabrasion-facials), etc are all very beneficial for the skin but do keep your expectations realistic (For example, most acne are hormonal. Facials do not cure acne - and goodness, they can't remove puffy eyes or your dark circles -unless it's the sleep you get from the facial that reduces them). I suggest those who have not experienced a facial to at least try it once in their lifetime as I have grown to quite like it albeit some cons.
If you have any stories or experiences related getting a facial, comment below!