Facials

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  1. Golden_butterfly

    Golden_butterfly The mod squad

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    Does anyone know if there's any website where you can read about the diffrent kinds of facials and what they do?
     
  2. Bonchic

    Bonchic New Member

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    going for my monthyly facial today! I adore them:blush: My skin is actually looking alot better because of how I've been eating. I think I'll get the seaweed masque today too^_^
     
  3. fleur137

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    i seriously suck when it comes to enduring pain, especially sharp pain, and i have heaps of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads (just basically everything). so everytime i have a facial, it kills like hell and i would ask myself why on earth am i doing this! but then when the time comes to have another one, i usually look forward to it...hehe
     
  4. lostinemotion

    lostinemotion New Member

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    every spa has their own. I would go to skincarelab.com, I think it offeres what alot of salons do.
     
  5. Golden_butterfly

    Golden_butterfly The mod squad

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    There's a certain kind of facial I wanna do.
    What they do is they have this plastic tube with a light that ' pumps ' the skin to get the blood circulation going.

    I've seen it on tv but I have no idea what it might be called. Anyone who knows what I'm talking about ?
     
  6. Browneyes

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    This sounds really amazing and simple! Definately going to try it at home :)
     
  7. Missoni~Heiress

    Missoni~Heiress Seductress in Eden

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    I have oxygen facials they keep me looking 16 :innocent:
     
  8. sofialuv

    sofialuv |/mirror queen\|

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    The 411 on getting a facial

    Pollution, stress, sun exposure and the food we eat can all take their toll on our skin. That's why putting your best face forward requires extra effort. And that means complementing your basic cleanse-tone-moisturize regimen with regular facials. However, sifting through the myriad options--everything from spa treatments to at-home products-can be intimidating. To help make it easier, we asked experts to explain everything a sister should know about facials.


    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FACIAL?

    "A facial is more than a luxury--it's hygiene for the skin," says Nina Curtis, aesthetician and founder of The Nile Institute skin-care center in Beverly Hills, California. As the largest organ in the body, our skin is in a constant state of renewal, shedding dead skin cells every 28 days Facials help remove this dead-cell buildup, rejuvenate the skin and help it function properly, says Curtis, who adds that without this step, your skin can look dull or break out.
    THE BENEFITS OF A FACIAL

    To hasten the removal of dead-skin cells, all good facials should start with a deep cleansing, followed by exfoliation. "For the best results, you have to start with clean pores," explains Layla Fayyad, owner of the Visage de Layla skin-care spa in Westwood, California. Depending on the state of your skin (stressed, lackluster) and your skin type (sensitive, acne-prone, oily, dry), the facial can include steaming, extraction (removal of blackheads and whiteheads), massage and the application of a mask and moisturizer. It may incorporate extras like aromatic oils, hot stones and acupressure. After a facial, your skin should feel gloriously pampered. "Many people think they'll finish a facial with puffy, irritated skin, but that shouldn't be," says Annet King, training and development manager at the International Dermal Institute, a worldwide aestheticians school headquartered in Los Angeles. "Your face should look the same as when you went in, only cleaner, shinier and more hydrated."


    HOW DO I PICK THE RIGHT PRO?

    Simple: Ask questions. Before surrendering your skin to a stranger, try to learn all you can about the expert and the facilities. Some considerations:

    * Make sure the expert is licensed. A quality facial therapist should have a state certificate in skin care (meaning she has had at least 300 hours of training). Postgraduate study and a working knowledge of the latest industry advances are key. Ask about the training she has received and about her specialties. And don't be swayed by the number of years in the business: "People can be in the job for years, but if they haven't consistently upgraded their skills, they may not be the best choice," says King.

    * Schedule a consultation first. Before she begins working on your skin, "the aesthetician should spend at least 40 minutes talking to you about your concerns and your needs," says Claude Arty, a registered nurse and specialist at Skinklinic, a skin-care center in New York City. Talk to the aesthetician about your skin type, diet, exercise regimen, fluid intake, skin regimen and any medications you take. This will help her determine which treatment will work best for you. Be sure she listens to your concerns and understands the results you want.

    * Find someone who puts you at ease. "The aesthetician should not criticize you or your lifestyle; she's there to educate you," says Cornelia Zicu, head aesthetician at New York's Peninsula Spa.

    * Test her knowledge. An expert should be able to answer questions about the treatments she's providing as well as the tools and products she's using. She should also educate you about your skin so that you know how to care for it at home. "You should feel as if you have your own skin-care coach," says Nina Curtis of L.A.'s Nile Institute. * Check out the facilities. "You want things to look pristine," says Curtis, who adds that this also goes for the aesthetician. "The expert you choose should be a model of her work. She should care for her skin as much as she does for yours."


    WHICH FACIAL IS BEST FOR ME?

    A facial should be customized to your needs, and that's best decided during the consultation. "What works well at one visit may not be appropriate the next time around," says aesthetician Cornelia Zicu. Here are some general treatment guidelines:

    Problem: Acne-prone or sensitive skin.
    Remedy: Enzyme peels.
    Results: Pore-clogging bacteria and sebum are released with little irritation.

    Problem: Hyperpigmentation (dark spots).
    Remedy: Glycolic peels.
    Results: Skin is clarified and the skin tone evened out.

    Problem: Sagging skin.
    Remedy: Oxygen or collagen facials. Results: Oxygen facials deliver oxygen to the cells to fight damaging free radicals, which break down skin structure and elasticity, so skin appears firmer. Collagen facials improve subtleness and lessen the appearance of fine lines.

    Problem: Aging skin.
    Remedy: Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. Results: Skin cells regenerate faster, keeping fresher skin on the surface, softening the appearance of fine lines.


    HOW DO I GIVE MYSELF A FACIAL?

    Although you can't reproduce every step of a spa facial (for example, only professionals should extract blackheads), you can cleanse, nourish and refresh your skin with the help of the following products:

    * To cleanse: Try Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Gel (normal and combination skin); MD Formulations Facial Cleanser (all skin types, mdformulations.com); Calvin Klein Balancing Milk Cleanser (normal and dry skin); Dr. Brandt Poreless Tone (oily and combination skin, [800] 234-1066); Murad Clarifying Astringent (oily and acne-prone skin, [800] 33-MURAD); Jo Malone Eucalyptus and Mint Frothing Cleansing Cream (oily and combination skin, at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores); Neal's Yard Remedies Rose Petal Facial Steam (all skin types, at Bigelow Apothecary, NYC, [800] 793-LIFE).

    * To exfoliate: Try Fresh Honey Face Scrub (for all skin types, fresh.com); Baronessa Call Moisturizing Face Scrub (for normal to dry skin, [888] 883-CALI); Lather Exfoliant Creme Cleanser (for all skin types, [877] 6-LATHER); Dermalogica Gentle Exfoliant Cream (for sensitive skin, [800] 831-5150).

    * To unclog pores: Lancome Purifying Mineral Mask Formula 3 With White Clay, Origins' Get Down Deep-Pore Clay Cleanser, Shiseido Purifying Mask, Lazure Nubian Glow Aromatherapy Mask ([877] 5-UTOPIA), Phytobiodermie Tertonic Fire Red Clay Mask (phytobiodermie.com), Osea Red Algae Mask (oseaskin.com).

    * To brighten: Mary Kay Clarifying Mask, Ella Bache Masque Soir de Fete ,([800] 922-2430), Hope Aesthetics Illuminaire Enzymatic Revitalizing Mask ([800] 266-4799), Ellen Lange Retexturizing Peel ([800] 652-6438), Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk ([800] 423-0306).

    * To firm: Neutrogena Pore Refining Mask, Ole Henriksen Firm Action-Pore Refining Mask ([310] 854-7700), Dr. Hauschka Firming Mask ([800] 247-9907).

    * To hydrate: Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream (aesop.net.au), Lancome Hydra-Intense Masque, Yves Saint Laurent Hydra Tech Optimum Hydration Masque, Sothys Hydroptimale Masque (sothys.com), June Jacobs Spa Collection Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Masque ([866] JUNE-JACOBS).


    WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

    Doing your homework and investigating your options can reduce your chances of having a bad facial experience. Keep in mind the following do's and don't's:

    * Do ask for a patch test. If you're not sure how your skin will react to a certain treatment, ask the aesthetician to test it on a small, unnoticeable area of your face, such as under your chin, before proceeding.

    * Don't let an aesthetician do the work of a dermatologist. "Laser procedures, chemical peels that remove entire layers of skin, Botox injections and lancing pimples should only be done by a dermatologist," says King. Dermatologist Susan Taylor, M.D, of the Skin of Color Center in New York City, adds, "Dermatologists are more experienced in administering these types of treatments; they can recognize the danger zones and understand how to handle potential problems."

    * Do request written instructions. If you plan to purchase the products applied during your session to use at home, get a written explanation of their proper use.

    * Don't be afraid to speak up. Tell your aesthetician immediately if a treatment starts to burn, itch or otherwise irritate, or if she is applying too much pressure during an extraction. Overaggressive treatment can cause scarring, discoloration, broken capillaries and other skin damage. "A good treatment should not leave marks on the face or make you break out," says Zicu.

    * Do make sure that the aesthetician wears gloves, That's just good hygiene.

    * Don't leave out important details. Be sure to let your aesthetician know if you are using medications (such as glycolics, Retin A) that could interfere with a treatment.

    :flower:

    taken from about.com
     
  9. sofialuv

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    There’s nothing better than getting a professional facial, but they can be expensive. To maintain your healthy skin between professional treatments or to do them yourself, try this basic at-home facial once a week. This basic facial works on oily, dry and combination skin. [p]And don’t worry, I’m not going to make you whip up a batch of egg-whites & oatmeal. If you want natural, do-it-yourself recipes, see ‘Make Your Own Face Mask.’



    Difficulty: Easy
    Time Required: 25-30 minutes

    Here's How:

    1. Cleanse the skin
    You’ll want to wash the face to remove any grime or dirt. If you have oily or combination skin, try a foaming (but soap-free) cleanser like Eucerin Pure Purifying Foaming Wash or Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. For dry skin, try a cream or milky cleanser such as Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser.

    2. Exfoliate
    Using your fingers, rub a gentle exfoliating scrub in a circular motion on your face. Concentrate on the areas around your nose and forehead or if you have combo skin, work harder on the areas that tend to be ‘greasy.’ Rinse your face well since exfoliating scrubs tend to be drying.


    3. Steam
    Fill your sink with warm water, dip a washcloth in and press to your face. Repeat 2-3 times.


    4. The mask
    For oily skin, use a clay-based face mask. For dry skin, go for a hydrating gel or cream mask.
    Apply the mask, avoiding the areas around the eyes. Keep it on for 10-20 minutes (or, according to the directions on the product). Rinse completely. Want to go all out and make your own natural face masks? Here, I show you how.

    5. Moisturize
    Smooth on a soothing, basic moisturizer such as Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream or the less expensive Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
    Tip: Stay away from strong moisturizers containing retinols or acids. These will over-exfoliate your skin.

    What You Need:

    • Gentle cleanser
    • Exfoliating scrub
    • Warm water & a washcloth
    • Clay-based or cream facial mask (based on skin type)
    • Basic moisturizer

    5 Recipes for 5 Different Skin Types

    You can use basic ingredients found around the house to make your own simple, hydrating masks. Here are 5 recipes for 5 different skin types.

    Homemade Face Mask for Oily Skin
    Oils found in strawberries & lemon ontain natural astringents.
    ½ tsp lemon juice
    1 egg white
    1 tsp honey
    ½ cup strawberries
    Blend the above ingredients, apply and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse.

    Homemade Face Mask for Dry Skin
    Avocados and honey are particularly moisturizing.
    ½ avocado
    ¼ cup honey
    Mash these together. Apply to skin and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse.

    Homemade Face Mask for Combination Skin
    A rose-based mask is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.
    1 rose
    1 tbsp rosewater
    1 tbsp natural yogurt
    1 tbsp honey
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    Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
    Mix well & apply to the skin. Leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse.

    Homemade Face Mask for Sensitive Skin
    This soothing mask is great for chapped, sun-burned or irritated skin.
    1 cup natural yogurt
    ½ cup oatmeal
    Blend the ingredients together & apply to the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse.

    Homemade Face Mask for Mature Skin
    See ‘Is Your Skin Prematurely Aging’ to fiind out if your skin fits this category. This mask works well for maturing skin, since sugar is a great natural exfoliant and will help soften the lines your skin creates as it ages.
    2 tbsp sugar
    3 tbsp warm water
    Melt the sugar in warm water. Make sure the granules are dissolved, otherwise they may tear your skin. Apply to the face and leave for 5 minutes. Gently massage around the skin. Rinse.


    also from about.com :)
     
  10. Golden_butterfly

    Golden_butterfly The mod squad

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    ^ This will be to so much help, thanks sofialuv :heart:
     
  11. sofialuv

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    Glad to help hun ;)
     
  12. sasscam

    sasscam Midnight blooms.........

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    Versace Goddess are you in London?
    If so where do you get your facials?
    I'm moving there next year and need a good beautician
    Thanks :flower:
     
  13. sasseestefanie

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    I got an hour and a half long, $200 facial the other day.. and I must say.... best experience in the entire world!!!!

    Exfoliate, steam, masques, MASSAGE!!!, and they use this tool to extract blackheads and really deep pimples... they got rid of deep pimples that I've had for 3 months!! I'm getting another one next week.. I think I'm hooked!
     
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    In NYC, go to skincarelab.com
    It was the most amazing experience. Ask for Vivienne. She really plucked the crap out of my skin and I looked about 10 years younger....
    It's easy to not notice all the gunk that isn't noticeable at first glance, but once it's gone you will..
     
  15. Kora

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    I have to say that everytime I have gotten a facial my skin looked great for a few days, and then it would get worse everytime I'd get a facial. I also notice scarring from the extractions (I never squeeze) So please, before you do it, make sure it is someone very qualified, or have it don by a dermatologist or plastic surgeons office that offers skin care
     
  16. tooprettyinpink

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    I am having a winter formal dance on friday, and I recently cut my bangs shorter and within the 5 or so days i've had the bangs my forehead has broken out much more than usual. There are 3 or so of the little little bumps that you can just see, and 2 of the big hurtful ones :( If i get a facial will they person be able to get rid of them (especially the hurtful ones)? If so, when would I get it to make sure my face doesn't break out for the formal?
     
  17. gius

    gius écrivain

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    i wonder where these people who work doing facials at salons learn their secrets from? and i mean the best ones. a school??? :eek:
     
  18. Josephine

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    my mum does professional facials so i usually scam them of her....
    otherwise i do my own little facial at home (steam face over bowl of boiling water etc)
     
  19. Lara_L

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    can anyone tell more about oxygen facials? im really curious! how are they better than regular facials?
     
  20. Josephine

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    ^my mum does oxygen facials....i'll ask her about them when she gets home
     

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