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Facials 411: How to Choose the Right Type of Facial for Your Skin

From extreme weather to nerve-racking elections and everything in between, there have been far too many contributors to our skin freak-outs of late. Our usual prescription for out-of-control skin is to head to a pro, pronto. But, if you’ve visited a spa lately, you already know that the facials menu couldn’t be any harder to read if it were in Greek. The differences among skin types are common knowledge — but what do all those different luxurious facial treatments actually do? And who are they for?
Here’s the lowdown on the five most popular facials to ensure that no matter how bumpy life gets, your face won’t show it. Go ahead, read up, and then take your pick.

Anti-Acne

You would think that this treatment would be best for those who have oily skin or are prone to pimples, but there are more benefits to this facial than meet the eye. In addition to treating breakouts, it’s also super-soothing and calms irritated skin. Clarifying facials use a combination of extractions and product application to bust blemishes; and some salons will tack on light therapy, which zaps zit-causing bacteria at the source.

Anti-Aging

Even if you aren’t starting to sag or worrying about wrinkles, you might still want to consider trying out one of these rejuvenating treatments. These facials are also perfect for anyone heading to a fancy event: You’re going to see some very dramatic results, and you’ll see the difference in your skin immediately. A key component of an anti-aging facial is deep massage, which stimulates collagen production, resulting in a lifted, fresh face. These facials usually incorporate three sets of face, neck, and décolleté massage with application of intensive masks and a concentrated anti-aging serum. The best thing about anti-aging facials? Consistent treatments will lead to legit results.

Brightening

Redness and irritation are common around this time of year, especially for us city dwellers. If your complexion needs a tone reboot, a combination of microdermabrasion and serums will get your glow back ASAP. And if you think that super-scrubbing your skin will only irritate you further, think twice. Microdermabrasion intensifies treatment results, as it helps active ingredients to easily absorb into your skin. I recommend that those with hyperpigmentation give brightening facials a try, as well.

Detox

If you’re getting your drink on more often than you should, your liver isn’t the only thing that needs a break. Detox facials are like a breath of fresh air for your face — literally. These treatments use hardcore amounts of oxygen to help tired, congested skin get the rehab it needs. Not unlike a juice cleanse, these facials get rid of the grit and gunk with three different forms of O2, in addition to extractions, cleansing, and masks.

Hydrating

We’re getting into the thick of the holiday season and while it might be exciting to get our red Starbucks cups back, that change in eating and drinking (not to mention the crunch at work) is less than thrilling, especially for our skin. Heating systems can also wreak havoc on our hydration levels. But dehydrated skin is not dry skin. Dehydrated skin results from a lack of moisture content in the skin, and anyone suffering from this, regardless of skin type, would benefit from the intensive hydrating ingredients in the moisturizers, masks, and serums that are applied during this type of treatment. But, you’re not done yet! The moisture level needs to be maintained through proper care at home. Think of it as homework. There’s nothing better than that glow skin has when it’s balanced and healthy!