The complete facial guide for those in Bangalore.
Updated: Apr 30
Facials have always been a debatable topic. Whether related to its necessity, worth, effect, need, or age. The need for facial is that one question with its own set of preconceived answers. We will give you a 360-degree view of everything about Facials. It's not just a special treat for the special occasion, but more than it.
What Happens in a Facial?
A facial follows a process; you may say a rule or pattern is almost similar in most salons irrespective of the place, type, concern, or product used. A facial session includes -
The process begins with first cleaning the face using a cleanser. It removes all the impurities, dust, pollutants, oil, and makeup. Here, the result is a clean look, ready to continue with the subsequent treatment.
This process is done to scrub your skin. Here through scrubbing, all the dead skin on your face is removed. It also helps remove the blackheads & whiteheads. If there is any extra oil or dirt, that too is extracted in this process. Steaming: Here, your face is given steam for about 5-10 minutes. It helps open up your pores, increase blood circulation & hydrate your skin. The result is to get your face pores open so that the products in the next step can penetrate your skin and work well.
This process helps close the skin pores that get open while steaming. Toning also helps you maintain your skin ph. Level. Face Massage: Here, the face gets a nice pampering massage. The massage also tones your face & regulates the blood flow, thus stimulating the lymph system, leaving you rejuvenated & stress-free.
After a nice massage, a mask covers the face. The Mask is kept on for about 15-20 minutes. Masking helps work on the concern one has. It penetrates deep inside & works on the issue.
A cream then moisturizes the face to lock in the moisture & finish the facial process.
Essential Numbers in Facials -
At what age should I get a facial?
One can start with their facial sessions from the age of 18. Initially, facials were reserved for older women only. With the increase in pollution, dust, and less time for skincare, it is recommended for men and anyone aged18+
Also, nowadays, the earlier you start to look after your skin, the better it is.
How often do you need a facial?
One can get facials once every 6-8 weeks. As your frequency of facials increases, you will see many positive changes in your face. For teens and women aged 25, you can get facials done once every 12-16 weeks. Also, the younger generation can opt to get it done once every six months to once a year, depending on the skin type & the purpose.
How much will a facial cost
A facial may seem like a splurge but let me tell you, it's worth your money. A basic facial may cost you about Rs. 1200 and a decent facial may cost you in a range of Rs. 1500-2000. And the rates increase as per the concern & specific treatments one wants to get done.
How long is a facial?
An hour is just what you need to spare to get your facial done. Sometimes it may take about 90 minutes too. (But we aren't complaining)
How many days before an event should I do a facial?
Always get a facial done 3-4 days before your occasion as, facials take about 50-72 hours to show their effectiveness & for the glow to set in.
How long does a facial last?
A facial may last up to 10 - 15days. If you follow a good skincare routine at home, it may last up to 3 weeks to a month.
Do facials work?
A facial wears many hats. It does a lot of things. And if you still need reasons to get a facial done, here you go.
We give you 5 -
For your skin health - facials improve your overall skin health, remove all the dirt & impurities & increase blood circulation. It also gives your face a firm look which delays the sign of aging & makes you look young.
For that oh-so radiant glow - getting a facial gives you a chance to ditch your makeup & flaunt your natural look. It provides a brightening look to your face where it lights up your dull skin & makes it look radiant.
Dullness/Acne/Blemishes - The list is endless for those minor skin concerns. Everyone has some problem with their skin, either dullness, acne, blemishes, spots, pigmentation, etc. That is why a facial comes as a rescue here, where it caters to any & every concern.
For that extra dash of confidence - a facial gives one a clean, clear, healthy spotless face where it can make you look & feel young. Gain that extra confidence when you know you are looking good from the outside.
For some special pamper treat - A nice facial, which includes dim lights, scented candles, soft music, and massage, appeals to all senses of the body. This not only relaxes & de-stresses one but also gives one to enjoy a quality me-time.
Types of Facial
There is a facial made for every skin type, every occasion, every concern & for everybody. There are as many facial types as the flavors of ice cream in the world. Right - so many.
The names may differ from salon to salon, but the primary facials types are below.
There are many options. The choice is yours. And with many options come confusion & indecisiveness. Therefore it is essential to choose the best suitable facial.
Classic Facials - This is the most basic & common facial type for most skin types. It includes all the essential facial steps focused on providing a relaxing experience & removing the dead skin & giving that extra glow.
Acne Facials are suitable for those who face constant breakouts and pimples. Acne treatments help to clean & clear the skin by working on the cyst, scars, etc. Best suitable for people who have oily & acne-prone skin.
Anti-aging Facials - These skincare treatments are concerned with boosting collagen in the skin, focused on working on the aging of the skin & giving it a youthful glow. It leaves the skin tighter & firmer & is recommended for older people about 30+.
Signature Facials - Signature treatments are specific personalized facials made to cater to all skin types. This gives one a flawless glow & works on
Brightening Facials - This kind of facial provides one to look fair & brighter. It works on lightening the complexion. This facial will give you the glowing skin that you have always dreamed of
Hydrating Facials - These facials work on bringing back the face's moisture. It helps to boost the face blood flow & hydrate the skin. It is best suitable for people who have dry & dull skin.
Aromatherapy Facials - These facial uses aromatherapy oils to add extra healing benefits, which also leave one relaxed & rejuvenated.
Chemical peels - Chemical peels are a type of facial explicitly used to exfoliate and peel away the face's dead skin layer. A chemical peel solution is applied to the skin.
Microdermabrasion - These are facials that work as organic exfoliation while removing the outer layer of dead skin cells.
Just as the flavors of ice cream don't have any end, so as the name of facials. Facials like Dermaplaning, acupuncture, Intraceutical, LED, oxygen, etc.
But after a clear scan of your skin, the beautician will suggest the best possible option that would suit your skin & it's a concern.
What to do before and after a facials
Wear a super friendly-apply sunscreen with 15 SPF before stepping out in the sun. Reapply if needed after every 3 hours. Use a scarf or cap to avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Moisturize your skin twice daily. Follow a lovely day & night skincare routine to make your facial last long.
Also, remember facials are to complement your face & not a substitute for your daily skincare routine.
Remember not to - let scarves and cloth touch your face frequently. Avoid the use of any heavy face products. Don't scrub & tone your face for a week. And say no to makeup whenever possible. Also, avoid other face-related services like waxing, threading, etc.
When should you not get a facial
If you recently have undergone a face treatment.
If you have acne or rashes on your face
If you are prone to any allergic reactions.
If you are going to be in the sun for the next few days.
If you have an important event just in the next day or two & it's your first time.
A facial to your face is the need of the hour. With a fast-paced lifestyle, harsh external environment factors, & the daily selfie culture. It's obvious one needs to be glowing every day.