Beauty & the Blog

Expel! Extract! Exfoliate!

The word Expel really doesn’t have pleasant connotations but in relation to the face, it very often simply refers to the expulsion of excess facial oils or sebum.

Just like when you wash your hair too often, the face expels oil to combat dehydration when you wash the face too often. An overly oily face is an indication of an imbalance, which could have a dietary or habitual origin. As long as the facial skin issues are not caused by medical complications, a course of facials plus good beauty practices should be able to help you get back on track.

Your facial routine will depend on your skin type. Dry or dehydrated skin will benefit from more care in winter. In summer, it is more important for the oily skins to keep up with regular facials.

If you are trying to clear up a case of acne, you will need more frequent facials. Otherwise, once a month is good enough as this is averagely the length of time taken for skin cells to regenerate.

With increasing age, the skin cell’s renewal process becomes less efficient, the skin becomes drier and thinner. These changes to the skin’s barrier function also mean that substances such as creams, serums and lotions are able to penetrate aged skin more easily. Hence, it is beneficial for older people to have facials more regularly just to keep the skin healthy.

Most people can do their own facials at home but are unable to remain unemotional about a zit or a milia seed. A beauty therapist can. If the milia or pimple or blackhead is ready for extraction, it is. Otherwise premature extraction can cause scarring. The therapist also has the advantage of moving around your face for the best angle to achieve good results in extracting that stubborn little problem.

At different times of the year, or menstrual cycle, or hormonal fluctuation, different types of masks will be used. This greatly depends on the skin’s condition when you go into a salon for that facial. After a facial, there will be some redness and sometimes your skin may have a breakout as well. It will take a few days to subside, and this is considered normal. This is especially true if your facial incorporates a microdermabrasion treatment as well.

If you continue with the regime of having a facial and/or a microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will settle and the breakouts will subside.

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