What is a Facial? – Facial Treatments Explained

If you have never experienced a Facial, or are unfamiliar with what a Facial is, in this blog post, Emma outlines the steps involved in a typical facial treatment. A Facial is a beauty treatment for the face and is an effective way of looking after your skin when combined with an ongoing skincare program. When carried out professionally, a facial treatment will help towards achieving clear, well-hydrated and younger-looking skin. A facial treatment should only be performed by a qualified beauty therapist or esthetician and typically involves the following seven steps.

1. Consultation

The first step of any professional facial treatment should begin with a consultation. This typically involves the therapist asking you questions relating to your lifestyle choices including diet, hydration and exercise routine as well as any medication or supplements you may be taking. This can highlight any skin concerns you have as well as the most appropriate treatment.

2. Cleanse

Once the therapist has prepared the recommended treatment, they should begin with a deep cleanse. A good therapist will use a professional cleansing product tailored to your needs as well as cotton pads or wipes suitable for your skin.

3. Skin Analysis

Once the cleansing is complete, the therapist can then begin a detailed skin analysis to determine your skin type and any skin conditions you may have. This will involve covering your eyes to protect them and examining your skin under a bright magnifying lamp. This process will allow the therapist to identify any remedies you your skin conditions as well as prescribe the most suitable products during the facial treatment.

4. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is usually the next stage in a facial treatment following the skin analysis. The therapist will use either a mechanical exfoliant, which has a rough texture to rub away dead skin, or a chemical exfoliant that uses acids and chemicals to loosen dead skin cells. The exfoliation process is designed to clear the skin of dead skin cells, therefore, contributing toward clearer and healthier skin.

5. Facial Massage

A facial massage is designed to relax your facial muscles as well as stimulate your skin.

6. Facial Mask

Following the facial massage, the therapist should apply a mask product. This will be tailored to your specific skin type e.g. sensitive, mature, dry, oil or combination. Once the mask has been applied the therapist will typically provide some other service such as a scalp massage whilst the mask goes to work. When the mask has taken effect the therapist will remove using hot towels or wipes and then move on to the final stage of the process.

7. Tone & Moisturise

The final stage of any facial is to apply toner, serums and moisturiser that are again tailored to your specific skin type. All of these products are designed to promote clearer, well-hydrated and younger-looking skin.


Facials are a great way to take care of your skin and improve its hydration, tone and radiance. They can also help you relax and reduce muscle tension which leaves the person looking younger. Emma is highly qualified with over 10 years of experience in this field so if you have any questions or would like more information on booking an appointment contact her today!

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