A facial is a lovely treatment; it is both extremely relaxing and very beneficial. A facial involves cleansing, massaging and improving the skin’s condition using a variety of products dependent on your skin type. As the name implies it is a skin treatment for the face though you will get some shoulder and neck massage and either a hand or foot massage.
Ladies – You will need to remove outdoor clothing and shoes. Your top will also need to be removed. Bra’s can still be worn but bra straps should be dropped off the shoulder as they could get oily from the massage cream.
Men – You will need to remove outdoor clothing and shoes. Your shirt or T-shirt should also be removed. Your chest will then be covered with towels and blankets to prevent you from getting cold. Please ensure you have had a clean shave prior to the facial as the true state of the skin may be camouflaged behind a day’s growth of hair, cotton wool may stick to the beard growth and most importantly the products will not easily be absorbed into the skin and thus will inhibit the benefits of the treatment.
Contra-indications that prevent a facial treatment
- Viruses such as colds, cold sores, warts.
- Bacterial infections such as impetigo, boils, conjunctivitis, styes.
- Fungal infections such as ringworm, blepharitis.
- Undiagnosed lumps or swelling.
- Broken bones.
- Known sensitivity or allergy to products.
contra-indications that could restrict a facial treatment
The following conditions are contraindications that will not necessarily stop the treatment from taking place but they may mean that the treatment is restricted or may have to be adapted:
- Cuts/abrasions/broken skin.
- Bruises or swelling.
- Recent scar tissue (less than six months old).
- Acne vulgaris.
- Acne rosacea.
- Skin tags.
- Recent sunburn.
- Current medication that may affect treatment needs to be disclosed.
- Broken capillaries/veins.
The skin has been deep cleansed, stimulated and nourished. No aftercare is needed except to leave it alone. Avoid picking, squeezing pimples or touching the area.
- Do not apply make-up for at least 8 hours if possible.
- Avoid any further overstimulation and heat treatments for at least 12 hours.
- Avoid highly perfumed products.
- No depilation (hair removal) should take place after a facial.
- If any rash, irritation or itching occurs just apply a cool flannel to the area.
long-term and homecare advice
- Regular use of homecare products will help the skin.
- Regular facials will help to regulate a problem skin.