Frequently new clients will call to ask about a consultation–what’s involved, how much time it takes, and the cost. A facial is the best way to properly analyze your skin from your shoulders on up, so your first visit takes about an hour.
After proper disinfecting, we start by analyzing your face and décolleté under the dialopiter, a bright magnifying lamp. This may include lightly touching your skin as there could be issues underneath not visible to the eye. We then cleanse your face and décolleté, which sometimes requires two washes to completely remove make-up, flakiness, dust, or sweat. With cleansing completed, it is now the perfect time to observe your skin as it may have responded to irritating ingredients or touch. Next it is time to exfoliate, a process which sloughs off dead skin cells and stimulates circulation. This is a two-step process at Skin Therapease, first there is a manual exfoliation with small particles in a cream or gel to soften the dead cells; much like a polish would work. Then we incorporate natural enzymes in conjunction with a gentle brush to dissolve any lingering cells. Depending on your skin type, condition, and your clinician, gentle steam may also be used.
Now that your skin is fully cleansed and free of any camouflage, it’s time to revisit it under the dialopiter lamp. We look for congestion, blackheads, blistering, flakiness, sun damage, irregular lesions, and anything else that appears suspicious. Focusing on the location of breakouts or congestion gives us clues to other problems areas. We will note findings in your file, as it can be revealing when we recheck the areas of concern at later visits for any new developments.
With fully prepared skin, our next step is extractions. We start at your forehead and move in a clockwise direction around the outside of your face, ending at your nose–the most sensitive area. We most frequently use our fingers; however we also have specific tools for difficult spots around your nose and ears. We check for sun damage and skin irregularities on the décolleté and shoulders, and sometimes include your back. Again, we note our findings in your records. If anything is questionable, we may recommend seeing a physician for further examination.
Next, the most skin type appropriate serums and nutrients are applied and massaged into your skin. The massage itself relaxes the skin cells, taking the nutrients deeper into your tissues and promoting circulation. Most people find this deeply relaxing, as the massage slows breathing, reduces tension, and decreases stress. This massage is most often our clients’ favorite part of the treatment.
Finally, we apply a skin type appropriate mask. This mask is a very important part of the facial treatment because it enhances everything that has been done and locks in the previous steps. There are many different types of masks, including some specialty masks with an additional cost due to product cost or delivery time. The mask most suited for you is based on the desired outcome for your particular skin type. A specialty mask will be advised if your clinician feels it will be beneficial. As the mask nourishes and rests on your face, we will massage your neck, shoulders, arms and hands with a nutrient-filled body lotion (depending on your clinician). After removing the mask, moisturizer specific to your skin type is applied, followed by a sunscreen.
Once your skin care treatment is done, we answer any questions you may have. We will offer suggestions for your at home skin care regime and may also provide product samples for you to try if appropriate. We recommend visits at least once a month or every four week intervals for the best results.