The number one question clients ask is,

“How often should I get a facial?”

The answer,  as often as you like.  Of course you’ll see a significant change for the better after having regular facials, but if life interferes and you can’t remember when the last time you had a professional exfoliation you should come in at the change of seasons.

If this describes you, you’ll notice that your skin has become dull, dry, perhaps even combination, oily in spots, dry in spots.  You’re breaking out a little more that usual.  It’s time for a facial.  If you can’t get in monthly make sure you come in for a facial as the seasons turn.

Combination skin needs evening out with exfoliation and hydration.

Combination skin needs evening out with exfoliation and hydration.

What facial is right?

That depends on your skin type.  The components of all facials is cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, massage, nutrition, and protection ( sunscreen).  What differs is the ingredients for the skin type.

Normal skin calls for glycolic acid cleanser, scrub and or a fairly active enzyme mask, papaya or cranberry;  finished up with a combination of retinol, peptides and lipophilic vitamins and always sunblock.

Dry skin, Lactic is more appropriate.  The difference between glycolic and lactic, glycolic is sugar molicules and and lactic is milk.  the later is a larger molicule that will not be as aggressive.  In addition, latic acid is a natural humectant, so if you are suffering from dry skin it will help your skin retain moisture.  Exfoliation for dry skin need to be a bit more delicate.  I like pumpkin because in addition to desolving dry skin cells it is very effective for hydrating, soothing and softening dry, finish with a combination of retinol peptides and lipophilic vitamins and always sunblock.

Oily skin should be treated with Salicylic acid cleanser, depending on the oil production I like to use lactic acid. lactic acid lets the skin know it’s not being dried out.  A scrub can be used and like normal skin a fairly active enzyme mask, papaya or cranberry and yes, finish with a combination of retinol peptides and lipophilic vitamins and always sunblock.

Combination skin can be treated with elements of all these treatments.  Generally the reason your skin is combination is because you need a facial.  I’m here to help you figure that out.