Why do I need a monthly facial?

 

Skincare education is a key aspect of my role as a Beauty Therapist. It is my job to not only stay on the cutting edge of industry developments but to pass that knowledge on to you, my valued client. You may merely enjoy the pampering and relaxation you feel when receiving a facial treatment, but there is a multitude of other benefits that offer you and your skin health and wellness.

a chart displaying the stages of skin regeneration after a facial
The life-cycle of a facial

Why have a monthly facial?

  • Facials are recommended once a month, or more frequently if you have a specific skin concern such as acne or hyper-pigmentation.
  • The stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin) completely renews every 28 days.
  • Actives in the products used in your facial penetrate deep down into the dermis where they illicit change. These cells then age, and as they age they work their way up towards the surface and eventually die and slough off. This is how we improve one’s complexion.
  • Consistency is key, and skin conditions did not develop overnight, so it makes sense that only with continued use can products start to treat the active skin cells.
  • As we age our bodies’ processes slow down. Our skin cells don’t shed as effectively as they used to and require the assistance of regular exfoliation to maintain our youthful glow.  Regular facials can assist the skin’s natural renewal process, giving you faster and better results from your home-care products.
  • A facial isn’t a magic cure, and you have to be willing to take proper care of yourself to look and feel healthy. Even the world’s greatest facial won’t do much good if you chow down each day on greasy foods and consider channel surfing the ultimate in daily exercise. Still, many people who get facials find benefits. Skin often looks and feels better after a treatment, even if the improvement is temporary.

 

What people are saying about Slow Beauty’s Facials:

Suzannah Ridley, 21 April 2017

“Natalie surpasses herself each time! An entire afternoon of relaxation and pampering always makes my day so much better! My feet went in sore and aching, and left soft and supple! Just what I needed! A facial with Natalie is not just a facial! Whilst some places just treat what they can see, it’s the extra attention to details that Natalie provides that makes you leave with a renewed look at the world!” Recommended!

Lynda Leigh, June 12, 2018

“Natalie recommended the arctic berry peel facial…. and true to its promise, was complimented by a work colleague a few days later that I looked radiantly healthy. PMS week pimplefest didn’t happen either.” Recommended!

Prea Eapen, August 5, 2018

“Natalie provides the most relaxing facials that work wonders and the proof is in the compliments I have received. My face is brighter, skin tone more even and my skin feels so good. Her customised facial and products have created a marked improvement in my hyperpigmentation and suit my sensitive skin the best so far.” Recommended!

Why use serums, booster-serums, concentrates and oils?

Serums, booster-serums, concentrates and oils are skin care elixirs created to infuse skin with pure vitamins and herbs. They are typically applied as the last step before moisturising after your skin has been cleansed and toned. The light liposome base of the serum ensures deep penetration into the skin to impart a healthy glow from within. The active ingredients plump and smooth skin to give it a luxuriously youthful look, however booster-serums are a versatile product that can be used in numerous ways – they can also be added to moisturisers and masques for enhanced results. 

Serums are often a neglected step since their use is often not clearly understood. Serums are used with every skin type to care for skin concerns or fight the signs of aging. Éminence serums and concentrates are in a liposome base to ensure the deepest possible penetration of concentrated ingredients for maximum results. Only a small amount of product is required, used twice daily before moisturising or mixed in to your moisturiser for an extra hydrating boost. To find the most effective serum for your skin type or concern, please consult with your aesthetician today.

Skin Care 101: Cleansing

Your individual skin needs individual care. Proper daily, weekly and monthly care, combined with a healthy lifestyle will make your skin glow with youth and vitality.

But where do I start? There are so many products on the market, how do I know which ones are best for my skin?

Let’s start at the beginning.

Every skin care routine will begin with cleansing. Cleansing is important, it’s key to ensuring you get the best bang for your buck from your products in terms of the rest of your skin care regime. Cleansing is the first step in your skin-care regime, and you do this twice a day, morning and night. It is important to cleanse your skin every night to remove make-up, impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil. But a morning cleansing is also beneficial, as it removes any toxins the skin eliminates during the night and refreshes the skin, preparing it for any make-up application.

Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself. And sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient. “When makeup is left on, it blocks the natural exfoliating process, which can leave your skin looking dull”, says Dr. Robins Ashinoff, Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey.

For the removal of eye make-up, especially waterproof mascara, there are particular products specifically formulated for the eye area. However, some gentle facial cleansers can effectively remove all make-up, eye, and facial, as well as cleanse the skin. For the general or “all-in-one” cleansers, be sure that they are fragrance- and colour-free to avoid irritating the eye area. If you do not need to remove eye make-up, select a skin specific cleanser. For instance, use an oil free cleanser for oily skin, and a milky or creamy cleanser for drier skin types. A cleansing oil will remove makeup as well as cleanse away impurities, working on the principle that oil emulsifies oil.

The original use of a toner is to return the skin’s pH back to normal. It is also useful to complete the cleansing process, as it will remove any last traces of make-up and cleanser residue. Some toners have very beneficial ingredients that help certain skin conditions. As an example, ethanol will help with excess oil, whereas lactic acid or other alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) will help exfoliate and smooth the skin’s texture.

2.  Night-time cleansing is essential for letting anti-aging ingredients work.

Nocturnal blood flow in the skin is higher. And when blood flow is increased so is absorption and penetration of ingredients. So again, if you aren’t washing you can’t apply actives that will help fight aging (or acne or whatever your skin condition might be).

Thus, If you don’t wash your face before bed it’s a missed opportunity to do something great for your skin and to wake up with smoother, softer, clearer skin.

3.  Forgoing night-time cleansing regularly will give you larger pores.

First, consider that excess sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and pollution are sitting on your face. Not to mention makeup (and just because you don’t wear foundation is no excuse). A cleanser will emulsify all of these and remove them from the surface of your skin. According to Dr. Dennis Gross, M.D., when makeup is left on it can seep deep down, clogging pores. He also says that once your collagen levels start to decline (due to aging), the pores do not snap back as easily once they become enlarged. And, leaving makeup on can lead to inflammation that can generate free radicals and collagen breakdown.

4.  Night-time cleansing prevents skin dehydration.

Skin temperature rises overnight (Temperature of a Healthy Human) which leads to trans-epidermal water loss (evaporation).

This in part causes the skin to lose a significant portion of water at night.  According to an article, Nocturnal Itch, by the Departments of Dermatology and Neurobiology & Anatomy at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is significantly increased during the night, which is why our skin can sometimes feel more itchy at night. Thus, if you don’t wash your face, you can’t apply a moisturizer which will help hydrate your skin while you sleep.

5.  Daytime cleansing prevents excess oil production.

I know what you’re thinking: So why then do I have to wash it again in the morning; I went to bed with it clean? As we just learned, overnight your skin recovers. Which means in the morning you have more dead skin cells to slough off. And more excess sebum to emulsify. These can’t be rinsed away with mere water. Here’s an analogy: I own 2 cats and I can tell you for certain that when my favorite sweater is full of cat hair I can shake it all I want, but that hair isn’t budging unless I take a lint roller to it. Same with dead skin cells and excess sebum…you need to dislodge them & then rinse them away. Water alone removes only about 65% of oil and debris from the surface of the skin (Livestrong Article). Think about what you’re leaving behind – yikes!

Do you really want to put your makeup on top of dead skin cells & excess oil? Would you skip brushing your teeth in the morning because you did it before bed? I think not…