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Choosing a Facial for Your Skin Type

With so many options to choose from, it’s not always easy to figure out what facial will give your skin the best benefits. Facials are not universal, as different processes are meant for different skin types.

Getting a facial that’s not meant for your skin type can have a less-than-exciting result, so you might as well set yourself up for success. Here’s how you can find a facial that addresses your concerns and leaves you with healthy, glowing skin.

How to Pick the Best Facial for Yourself

When it comes to finding a facial that’s worth your time, you should consider what you’re currently working with as well as the outcome you want. Regular facials, especially when they’re customized for you, can delay or undo signs of aging, decrease stress, and increase blood flow to your face.

Know Your Skin Type

The very first step in choosing a facial is understanding your skin type. A facial that works for your friend might not help you if you have completely different skin concerns.

There are a few categories for skin type, and you may fit into more than one category, such as:

  • Dry skin: This skin type usually feels tight and rough, sometimes you may deal with cracking or peeling skin. Pores are smaller in size, and washing usually leaves your skin feeling tight (maybe even uncomfortable).
  • Oily skin: Those with oily skin tend to have larger pores that clog easily. Washing provides temporary relief, but excess oil throughout the face still returns shortly.
  • Combination skin: It’s common for those with combination skin to have some areas that are dry and others that are oily. Usually, the pores around the nose are larger while other pores are slightly smaller.
  • Sensitive skin: While pore size varies, those with sensitive skin tend to have redness and irritation. Some people also deal with itchiness or stinging that worsens when washing the face.
  • Acne-prone skin: Those who are prone to acne tend to encompass more than one skin type, such as oily and sensitive skin which leads to more breakouts than average.

These can also change with time, weather, and hormones, which makes it important to be aware of so that you can choose the right facial for your current skin type. Plus, if you fit into multiple categories, you’ll want to find a facial that can address these concerns.

For some, skin concerns aren’t top of mind. You may not have excess oil, dry patches, or acne. Your skin might not be sensitive to products. If so, the sky is the limit! You are free to choose from just about any facial available that sounds nice. If not, read on for some guidance.

Determine Your Skin Goals

No matter what you’re looking to improve, whether you want help with oil control, skin brightening, fine-line reduction, etc., it’s important to establish your priorities before going in for a facial. Healthier skin doesn’t need to feel overwhelming!

Here are a few examples of popular facials and their benefits:

  • Oxygen Facial: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves tone and texture, and soothes inflammation.
  • Jet Peel Facial: Stimulates blood flow, deeply cleanses, hydrates, and nourishes the skin.
  • Microdermabrasion: Minimizes wrinkles, removes blackheads, and gets rid of uneven skin tone.
  • Dermaplaning: Reduces the appearance of acne scars, smooths the skin, and removes peach fuzz facial hair.
  • LED Therapy: Improves acne, addresses sun damage, and reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

Pick your main goals and bring that information to your consultation. The right provider will help you find the right solution to elevate your complexion.

A woman having an jet peel treatment, a service offered at Blue Water Spa in Oyster Bay, NY.

Find a Spa with Quality Ingredients

Wherever you choose to go for a facial, it’s important to make sure that the spa uses good ingredients that will benefit your skin. For example, those with sensitive skin typically prioritize natural ingredients to avoid irritation.

Take the time to look into your options, ask questions, and focus on feeling comfortable with the provider you choose. This is your moment for relaxation, maximum skin nourishment, and confidence-boosting benefits.

Picking a Facial Based on Skin Type

Women and men at medspas have many options to choose from, which can sometimes make the decision more of a challenge than it needs to be. After understanding your skin type and clarifying your skincare goals, it gets much easier to find the right facial.

The most universal facials are classic, or signature facials. These types of facials cleanse the skin to remove dead skin cells, massage the face to improve blood flow and leave you with a brighter complexion.

Facials for Dry Skin

Dry skin is dehydrated, which means it’s struggling with water retention. All the moisturizers in the world may not make much of a difference by themselves. But, layering the skin with nourishment while it’s damp with water helps to lock in hydration.

Good facials for dry skin can include Jet Peel or Hydrafacial as two of the most popular solutions, although dermaplaning is also highly effective. The right facial for dry skin will leave you with a natural glow.

A woman with a dry face skin

Facials for Oily Skin

Excess sebum production leads to oily skin, which requires treatments that can regulate production and minimize pores. Doing so helps control oil production for better balance.

Facials for oily skin should cleanse and exfoliate (but not too harshly) to clear the pores and restore nourishment. The Jet Peel facial is gentler than other exfoliating facials, making it more suitable for those with oily skin, especially if you are prone to blemishes.

A woman with oily skin.

Facials for Combination Skin

Because combination skin has both oily and dry spots, treatment throughout the face needs to target each of these issues. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are excellent options for many individuals. Plus, your provider may suggest extractions on the specific spots that are congested. Combination skin can be more challenging to manage, so be sure to find a skilled esthetician who balances their approach and can customize treatments.

To prevent this skin type from feeling too greasy, lightweight moisturizers with glycerin, vitamin C, or retinol are great for stimulating collagen production.

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Facials for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin tends to be dry, and easily irritated or damaged. The environment and products you use on sensitive skin make more of a noticeable impact than other skin types.

This type of skin requires a more gentle approach without the use of:

  • Harsh chemicals
  • Fragrances
  • Alcohol
  • Astringents

It’s best to avoid exfoliation or AHAs that can irritate your skin further. Instead, opt for LED Therapy, an Oxygen Facial, Biologique, or something similar. Look for hypoallergenic products with soothing ingredients such as green tea, chamomile, or aloe vera.

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Facials for Acne-Prone Skin

If you have acne, you likely fall into multiple categories, like oily and sensitive skin. That means a deep cleansing facial will work wonders! Deeper cleansing facials will not only flush dirt and oil from your pores but also remove acne-causing bacteria from the area.

Plus, peels and microdermabrasion are effective exfoliants that help reduce the appearance of acne scars.

A woman pinching her acne.

Create a Consistent Skincare Routine

Along with regular facials to enhance your skin, establishing a good routine at home will keep your skin looking healthy for longer. We recommend cleansing your skin in the morning and evening with a gentle product. If your skin responds well to exfoliation, try incorporating it into your routine once a week.

Always, always moisturize your skin, no matter your skin type. And don’t forget sun protection! Combat damaging UV rays with regular sunscreen application, even if it’s not a particularly sunny day.

Lastly, check in with your esthetician routinely to assess your skin and correct issues as they come up for healthy skin year-round.

Get the Right Facial for Your Skin Type on Long Island

At Blue Water Spa, our Oyster Bay clinic offers many facials for different skin types. Our specialists are happy to create a custom treatment plan, addressing your concerns and establishing the best options for reaching your goals.

A good facial will give you glowing skin for days, especially if you continue to take care of your skin. And you can always come back for another relaxing visit at our Long Island med spa to maintain your fresh, healthy skin.

Call (516) 518-4904 for more information about facials and body contouring near you.

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