You may think of a facial as a once-off luxury that only happens before an event or if you’re on a spa weekend. In reality, professional facials should be part of your regular skincare routine. In winter we change our wardrobes to reflect the dip in temperature and we should take the same care of our skin. Your face is the only area of the body that is almost always exposed to the wind, sun, and cold so take good care of it! Here’s why regular facials are important:
Facials have anti-aging effects making you look younger and freshening up dull and tired skin. When enjoyed regularly they minimise fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the moisture in the skin. They also help to relax the muscles of the face and tone your skin leading to less sagging and deep-set wrinkles can be reduced.
Having regular facials can lead to firmer, more radiant skin. Facials are like massages for your face, stimulating circulation and bringing oxygen to the skin improving its colour and texture. They also allow your regular skincare products to absorb into your face more effectively.
Facials are a way to deep cleanse your face in a way that is almost impossible to replicate at home. While your skin may feel clean after an old fashioned soap and water wash, facials incorporate all sorts of delicious-smelling potions and deep cleansing techniques that allow for a really deep clean. Ensuring to close pores afterwards is a great way to fight impurities such as spots and acne.
Above all else, facials are me-time! Taking an hour once a month to completely relax and let someone else take care of you is important for your body and mind. Make a regular facial part of your self-care routine and not only will you feel mentally better, your body will physically release tension and stress from your face, neck and shoulders.
How often should I get a facial?
We recommend facials at least once a month. Treating your skin to a facial every 30 days will give your skin a chance to recover from the last facial and fully appreciate another one, making sure your skin looks it’s best. We don’t recommend having facials too often as they can have the opposite effect on the skin. 30 days is roughly how long it takes your skin to move through the full life cycle of skin cell growth and exfoliation.
Caring for your skin
In between facials you should take care of your skin by cleansing, toning and moisturising every day with good quality products. Having tried and tested many salon brands, we recommend dermalogica products and it’s easy to see why they are the number one choice among skincare professionals. dermalogica products are free from common irritants and ingredients often found in skincare products that may cause breakouts.
Don’t forget to wear sun protection factor every day, no matter how overcast or rainy it may be outside. Ideally, your everyday BB cream or foundation would have a factor higher than 20. If you have oily or sensitive skin, make sure to use an oil-free moisturiser and sunscreen.
Osprey Spa offer a Bespoke Skin Treatment Package which includes a skin consultation, 3 x 60-minute treatments and a bespoke skin fitness plan tailored to your specific skin type. If you would like to enquire about treatments in the newly refurbished Osprey Spa, call our team of talented therapists and they will happy to discuss or make a booking for you.