Whether it may be wearing a face covering, being stuck inside or the colder conditions setting in, this year more than ever, there are a number reasons why our skin may not be on our side. From breakouts to dry patches, it is safe to say that most of us have been experiencing our fair share of skin dilemmas over the past few months. This means that we are all in need of a well-deserved skin overhaul after the second lockdown, but with so many treatments to choose from, which one should you choose?
At our beauty clinic in Milton Keynes and the surrounding local areas, by far one of the most common questions we are asked is “what facial is best for me?”, and once you are aware of your skin type, this is a relatively straightforward question to answer. So to ensure that you are fully prepared for your post-lockdown treat and can reap maximum benefits from your treatment, we have put together a guide on everything you need to know about choosing the right facial for you.
What Facial Is Best For Me? A Bianco Guide To Finding The Best Treatment
From the constant exposure to adverse weather and pollutants to now continually having to wear a mask, we do not give our skin enough credit for what it goes through. It is inevitable that over certain periods our skin will become a little more irritated and prone to breakouts, whether it may be heightened stress, changes in diet or hormones. Nevertheless, there are several ways that you can make this more manageable while keeping those ‘bad skin days’ to a minimum. With this in mind, our guide will not only run through how to choose the right facials for your skin type but also how to care for your skin afterwards. So, without further ado, let’s start answering the following questions:
- Step One: Understanding Your Skin Type
- Step Two: Choosing The Right Facial
- Step Three: Caring For Your Skin After Your Treatment
Our skin is incredibly complex, and it can often feel as if no matter how hard you try to care for your skin or the number of expensive products you use, you are still unable to achieve the results that you dream of. In many cases, the reason behind this is that the products you are using do not necessarily match with the needs of your skin, meaning that you end up spending a fortune without seeing a difference.
If you are yet to spend time understanding your skin type, then this should always be your first step before booking in a facial. Here are the key skin types and how to determine which category you fall under:
Let’s start with the easiest skin type to manage and care for – normal skin. If your skin is typically unproblematic, you rarely experience breakouts, dry patches or an oily T-Zone, then it is likely that you fall under this category. Another way to spot whether you have this skin type is if you have an even complexion and you can hardly see your pores. For this skin type, there will be no need to alter your skincare routine as it is clear it is working pretty well, just don’t forget to wear SPF for protection and exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells!
There are many different signs that you have oily skin, and you may experience just some or all of them. These include the following:
- Your pores are larger on the T-Zone (this relates to the forehead, nose and chin)
- You find it impossible to prevent blackheads, especially on the nose and chin
- Throughout the day, you notice your face becoming shiner which causes your makeup to slide off
- You have tried the blotting sheet test, and there is a lot of oil leftover on the paper
If you have oily skin, then the first thought is likely to be to reach for the harsh products and skip the moisturiser, but this isn’t the answer. You may be surprised to find that the oil cleansers are the best for greasy skin as it attracts the sebum. This means that when you wash away the cleanser, you also wash away the excess sebum, controlling oil without stripping your skin from essential nutrients. You can find more information on how to tackle greasy skin on Cosmopolitan.
If you have noticed that you experience the signs of both dry and oily skin, then it is likely that you fall into the combination category. Those with combination skin often have an oily T-Zone, where they are most prone to spots and blackheads, but the rest of their face is typically normal with dry patches now and again. In this case, you may need to invest in a few extra products to deal with problem areas when they arise. Look Fantastic has a whole category for combination skin, which is worth taking a browse through if you’re in need of some new products!
Over the years, it becomes inevitable that your skin will begin to change in appearance as not only will the collagen production slow down, but it would have been exposed to pollutants. This means that fine lines, wrinkles and sometimes pigmentation can start to form, which means that your skin will require a little extra TLC. Although the best way to tackle this is to begin caring for your skin as early as possible, you can put together a routine that will achieve a youthful glow. This will include quality UV protection, nourishing face masks and eye creams to care for more delicate areas.
Although we offer many different treatments at our clinic from semi-permanent makeup to laser hair removal in Milton Keynes, facials are most definitely the area that we are asked the most questions about. Those who book in for a treatment such as laser hair removal schedule their sessions as they are sure of the results they wish to achieve; however, when it comes to a facial, it can be tricky to know which one will help to keep your skin imperfection free. If you have only recently determined your skin type, then you may also be looking for advice on how to care for your skin correctly.
GeneO+ 4 in 1 Super Facial
Ideal for the following skin types: Dry, Mature, Normal
Designed to give the skin an instant boost, not only can the GeneO+ 4 in 1 Super Facial hydrate the skin but it can also work towards smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. This is thanks to the clever 4-step process, which first exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells before using specific products to feed the skin with essential nutrients. The treatment involves innovative a GeneO+ machine which utilises several different handpieces to maximise results. Should you be hoping to reduce signs of ageing, the final step of the facial will use radiofrequency to kickstart collagen production.
Laser Carbon Peel
Ideal for the following skin types: Oily, Combination, Normal
For those who are experiencing congested skin, which in simple terms means blocked pores, the laser carbon peel is ideal. We have all seen the number of skincare brands now creating their own charcoal products to detox the skin, and the laser carbon peel is no different, just far more effective!
During the laser carbon peel, a carbon lotion is applied to the skin before this is lasered off using a specialist device. While this may sound a little invasive, it most definitely isn’t, and is perfect for targeting the built-up of dirt, dead skin cells and oil deep in your pores. In return, your skin will not only look brighter, but the natural healing process will also begin, helping to tackle skin problems such as acne.
Derma Pen Microneedling
Ideal for the following skin types: All Skin Types
Microneedling is one of the most popular, modern treatments and is most definitely one of the most sought-after facials at our clinic. It is a super versatile solution, making it a great way to improve the overall appearance and texture of all skin types. Why? Because through creating tiny traumas to the skin (we promise it isn’t as scary as it sounds), you encourage the body to begin healing itself, whether this may be by smoothing fine lines or minimising acne scarring. Here at Bianco, we use a derma pen as opposed to a derma roller as this allows an even pressure across the face; therefore, offering more consistent results.
There is nothing better than skin fresh from a facial with a super glowy appearance, but how can you keep these results for as long as possible? The key is to take extra care to keep your skin both hydrated and protected. The key will be to do the following:
- Stay Hydrated – After any facial, your body will go into restoration mode, which means that it will begin to release toxins. To ensure that these can be flushed out and your skin is left glowy, you will need to drink plenty of water.
- Invest In Products For Your Skin Type – If you have now determined your skin type and noticed that your products might not be cooperating, then its time to invest in new skincare. Be sure to look for those that are designed for your skin type, helping you to maintain an even complexion and smooth texture.
- Exfoliate Weekly – Although there will be no need to exfoliate your skin straight after your facial, consider incorporating this step into your weekly skincare routine. This will help to prevent any dirt, oil or dead skin cells from beginning to build up again, allowing your results to last for longer.
- Wear SPF Daily – Regardless of your skin type, wearing SPF will be essential in keeping your skin healthy. This will help to minimise a host of common dilemmas such as early ageing and pigmentation. Luckily, there are now tonnes of skincare and makeup products which include SPF, so there is no need to add a layer of greasy suncream to your face every day! Take a look at Marie Claire for a guide to just some of the many great SPF moisturisers.
Glowy, Nourished Skin Is Here To Stay
Now more than ever, our skin is in need of some TLC to help it to recover from the increased stress over the past few months. Through spending time understanding your skin type then pairing it with the correct facial and skincare products, your skin will most definitely start working with you instead of against you.
Although we are closed until the 2nd December due to the second lockdown, you are more than welcome to book an appointment at our clinic for when we reopen. Of course, if anything changes we will let you know as soon as possible, but we are accepting bookings from 3rd December onwards. Feel free to get in touch with us over on our contact page!