The Fundamentals of a Seasonal Facial

by Ashley Petroskey

For many of us, January signifies a time to hit the reset button and define our intentions for the year.

It’s refreshing to set aside time to make conscious choices about what we want to achieve in the year to come. As you form your resolutions, make one to treat yourself — guilt-free — to the exceptional beauty regimen you deserve.

Enter the season facial; facials are known to maintain skin health, rejuvenate the overall look of your largest organ and provide a relaxing experience. Below are some of the important reasons to take the plunge into pampering paradise and treat yourself to this beauty refresher. Believe us, you won’t regret it.

Deep Cleanses and Exfoliates

Over time, our skin collects debris and other oils that can lead to clogged pores or premature aging, and it’s important to get a professional cleansing to remove impurities. Exfoliating sloughs off dead cells and leaves the skin smoother, helps product penetration and promotes stimulation. A clay or enzyme mask is a perfect final step after a deep exfoliation to bring impurities to the surface.

Relaxes the Senses, Nerves and Muscles

A facial is just as preventative and treatment-based as it is relaxing. Incorporating massage techniques into the facial can help to relieve stress and penetrate the product deeper. Most treatments use hot towels, which are perfect for warming your skin during a chilly winter day.

Slows Down Premature Aging

Deep cleansing and exfoliation are critical to keeping the skin healthy. Your esthetician will know which products to incorporate for anti-aging benefits; some services may include Vitamin A, Vitamin C or hydrating products such as hyaluronic acid. Peels are also wonderful options for preventative care.

Helps Clear Up Blemishes and Acne

Acne facial treatments are designed to target problematic areas and typically include more extractions and lighter exfoliation. Your esthetician may even opt for a chemical exfoliate instead of the physical exfoliate to prevent any bacteria from spreading.

Beta Hydroxy Acid tends to be a common ingredient for acne facials. Whenever faced with acne prone skin, it’s important to eliminate any comedogenic products, which can contribute to oil build up.

It’s best to seek out a professional opinion for the most appropriate service based on skin type and desired outcome. Regardless of the facial you select, make sure to cherish the extra time spent on yourself. Drink some tea, read your favorite book and enjoy a facial to treat yourself as we ring in the New Year!


Ashley Petroskey

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Ashley is a marketing professional and worked as a makeup artist in NYC and GR. She started a cosmetics line which celebrates the idea that all women start as a Blank Canvas. Visit BC Cosmetics on Facebook.


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