Facials are a cornerstone of skincare treatment, and something that every esthetician does differently. The difference, when it comes to a holistic facial like the ones that we perform, is that we care for the skin while taking into account the various factors that may be causing skin problems — holistic self-care involves treating issues at the root, instead of just slapping on a sheet mask and calling it a day.
Holistic skincare is about nourishing your mind and body equally, so that their balance may foster healthy, beautiful skin. With that in mind, keep reading to learn about our top 10 favorite benefits of a holistic facial!
10. Treat acne and post-acne marks
Acne is one of the most common reasons to seek out a facial, because of the treatment’s detoxifying qualities. Although some acne treatments can be done at home with quality products, some clogged pores and problem areas are just too much to handle alone. Besides, many of the techniques that are most tempting to attempt alone — picking at your face with your fingers, cotton swabs, or any other small tool — can lead to infection and greater irritation. A holistic facialist won’t just help clear your skin for a day, but will consult on the causes of your acne, and discuss how to prevent continued flare-ups and keep your pores clear.
9. Exfoliate (professionally)
Exfoliation is something marketed to consumers of facial products all the time, and while some rougher exfoliation (think: body scrubs) can do a bit of good, most at-home exfoliants are doing more harm than good to your skin. Beads or particles that aren’t perfectly round (we’re looking at you, St. Ives) can actually cause microtears in the skin, leading to irritation, weakened skin barrier, and premature aging. The dead skin on your face sometimes needs to be lifted off, and the safest and best way to do that is by visiting a holistic facialist who uses strong, safe exfoliants combined with personalized advice for your skin.
Relaxation may feel difficult to achieve, especially if you’re busy with work, school, or personal responsibilities. Scheduling a holistic facial can help create a deliberately peaceful time in your day, where you get to be pampered and cared for outside of the stresses of life. Your facial, according to your esthetician’s assessment of your needs, may include things like massage therapy, guided beauty meditation, light therapy, aromatherapy, and more — all in the name of relaxation and healthy, happy skin!
7. Improve facial musculature
One of the most common elements of a holistic facial is a facial massage that can extend to your face, neck, shoulders, and upper chest. This is because the muscles in your face and upper body play a crucial role in lifting and tightening your skin. Achieving healthy blood flow to those muscles can stimulate and strengthen them, leading to a more youthful, glowy complexion and resilient skin.
6. Get better use out of your products
When your skin is clogged and unhappy, it certainly doesn’t have the ability to properly absorb even the best of products. If you’re smothering your skin with more products and not allowing it to breathe, you will not see the benefits of those products. Getting a holistic facial that cleanses and supports the long-term health of your skin can clear the way for your high-quality products to actually get to work. Serums, acne treatments, toners, anything — it all requires that the skin be ready to receive it!
5. Try New Things
Not everything is available to everyday consumers who are interested in skincare — some tricks of the trade are only available to professionals! The tools, machines, and even some products used in a holistic facial are only approved for use in our facility. If you’re interested in cutting-edge technology, and trying out the most advanced anti-aging, anti-acne, or pro-healthy-skin treatments, a facial is the way to go! Let us consult and guide you in your exploration, safely.
4. Save Money On Products
It’s easy to get sucked into a consumerist whirlpool of skincare trends and TikTok fads. Researching and purchasing products on your own can be A) overwhelming, and B) expensive. When you come in for a holistic facial, what you’re getting is a treatment based on extensive professional knowledge, and advice on the products that really will work for you. No more guessing, ordering samples, trying random DIY recipes, splurging on designer products — those days are gone!
3. Treat sun damage
Sunscreen is a lifesaver — literally — but it’s impossible to live in this world without absorbing at least a few stray UV rays. Those UV rays, while an important part of your body’s vitamin D production, can damage your skin, leaving dark spots, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and more. This damage is notoriously hard to treat at home, but in a professional setting, a trained esthetician can mitigate some of that damage and begin restoring your skin.
2. Prevent future problems
As we mentioned, holistic facials come with professional, holistic advice about your skin and the underlying issues that may push it out of whack. When you address those issues (diet, cleansing, sleep, etc.) before they become hard to manage, you can prevent your future self from having to contend with greater challenges and more frustrating setbacks. Your holistic facialist, based on your skin’s symptoms and appearance, and taking into account your input, can recommend lifestyle choices that will keep your future skin glowing for years to come.
1. Feel good about your skin!
And, finally, the cherry on top — getting a holistic facial will make you feel good about your skin! It’s one of the simplest and most-overlooked qualities of a good facial, but it’s our number one. When you feel good about your skin, it’s easier to think positive thoughts and be kind to your body. When you are thinking positively about your body, it’s easier to care for it and make lifestyle choices that positively impact your skin.
In the end, that’s what holistic skincare really is: supporting a system in your mind and body where each nurtures the other, creating a cycle of positivity, health, and inner and outer beauty. Whether you’re interested in getting started with holistic facials, or looking to begin again, contact us at our beautiful studio in Newport Beach to schedule a facial appointment or a consultation to learn more about which holistic facial treatments are right for you.