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A typical facial can involve all or some of the following steps:
With a cleanser (milk, gel or rarely a foaming cleanser) the skin is washed, removing dead skin cells, dirt, pollution, makeup and excess oil. Sometimes a second cleanse may be necessary. Eye makeup is also cleansed off with a specialised eye make up cleanser.
Images also promotes the use of vegetable oils to cleanse skin and to deep clean pores using the principle of oil dissolving oil. Clogged pores are hardened dried skin sebum (oil) and the use of oil dissolves these clogging hardened lumps of dried oil inside pores gradually “melting” the clogs. Vegetable oils are massaged in and Tissues are used to gently rub and remove the skin and vegetable oil from the skin surface. The tissues, when used correctly, miraculously lift and remove many clogs Your therapist will teach you how to use your tissues to best effect.
Exfoliants and Peels
To keep our skin functioning at its most optimal state we naturally shed our top layer of skin every day and this process allows the skin to clean, refine, smooth, replace and repair dry and damaged skin. There are different forms of exfoliant and when our skin slows with age we can improve our skin texture by gently removing top layers with products ourselves. Doing this allows moisturisers and other skin treatments to penetrate deeper into the skin 25 to 80 % deeper. Different exfoliants have different effects and different depths so care must be taken when deciding which to use for desired benefits.
Exfoliants are divided into Physical or Chemical
Physical = Scrubs, Gomages (French for rub off), Microdermabrasion, Brushes, Scrub Pad
Physical exfoliants buff the surface of the skin – a bit like sanding down rough wood, the skin surface is smoothed, and removes old hardened rough skin. When the old skin is removed the newly exposed skin feels moist soft and hydrated.
Chemical = AHA and BHA, Enzyme and TCA Peels
Chemical peels work by penetrating into the skin and dissolving the “glue” that holds the skin cells together onto the surface of the skin and then over the next 3 to 5 days the old skin falls off. Mild peels are gentle and not visible but deeper Stronger peels can be more visible and obvious (like sunburnt skin).
Diamond Micro Dermabrasion
Diamond Micro Dermabrasion is an electrical device used to clean, refine and smooth the skin surface. It is an alternative exfoliation to chemical peeling. A hand piece imbedded with tiny diamond particles is glided over your skin to buff the surface and suction is used to vacuum up the dead skin. This stimulates healthy reactions in the deeper layers of the skin. Micro Dermabrasion enhances the benefits of any topical applications of skin care applied immediately after.
A 10 to 20 minute relaxing massage using a cream or oil is carried out on the face, neck and the shoulder area. Our hands move across your décolletage (upper chest), around your shoulders, up your neck and around your face to relax your muscles and stimulate your skin. We can also massage with special masks.
This is a process where clients with milia (blackheads and whiteheads) have them removed. A small lancet is used to open the milia and the contents of the Milia are gently squeezed out.
A mask (cream, gel or clay) is applied to the skin and allowed to remain on the skin for between 10 to 20 minutes. Depending on what has been done to the skin and what we think the skin needs determines the type of mask used and this will vary from time to time. They tend to be deep cleansing or moisturising or contain active ingredients (i.e. vitamins , enzymes, fruit acids)
Ultrasound is a small electrical machine with small hand held massage heads which use sound waves. The sound waves are in the ultrasonic range – vibrating or “waving’ very fast. The sound waves are directed in to the skin and underlying tissues and it is the vibration and heat that is generated that stimulates and penetrates below the surface of the skin to promote cellular renewal and repair, increase blood circulation, eliminate toxins, encourage lymphatic drainage, exfoliate dead skin cells and improve skin care product absorption and effectiveness. It stimulates fibroblasts and stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin.
Ultrasound is a great treatment for treating many skin concerns such as Soften Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Firm & Tone Sagging Skin, Help Decongest Puffy Eyes, Improve Dark Circles under eyes, Fade Freckles & Age Spots, Heal Shallow Scars, Shrink Enlarged Pores, Improve Skin Texture & Tone.
We use the ultrasonic machine to infuse our serums deeper into the skin. Many of our clients nick name this treatment as “ironing out the wrinkles.” Alot just love the lovely warm sensation as we gently rub the surface of your skin.
Toner is a liquid which is applied to the skin to help remove any remaining product and to help restore the pH balance of the skin. It helps the skin fight bacteria.
A thick liquid with active ingredients that penetrates easily and deeply into skin. They contain different actives to suit different skin problems. i.e. dry skin.
This is a cream that helps retain and replace moisture in the skin surface. It is also a barrier to help protect the skin surface from pollutants and dehydrating.
This is a cream used to help block the damaging effects of the suns rays. It also helps in preventing pigmentation and wrinkles. A sunscreen should protect against both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays and be used throughout the year. If outside for prolonged amounts of time it should also be reapplied several times.