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Professional esthetic treatments: Are they worth it, or a waste?

Professional esthetic treatments: Are they worth it, or a waste?

Do esthetic treatments really make a difference in the way your skin looks? If you use high-end, clinical strength professional skin care at home, what's the point of going to a spa? We've consulted the skin care pros, and they're here to help! Keep reading to see their answers:


What are esthetic treatments?

First things first, what are esthetic treatments? Esthetic treatments are professional facials, chemical peels, facial massages, and body treatments provided by an esthetician.

There are different levels of certification, but estheticians are prepared for career where they are an expert in skin physiology, microbiology, and have intimate knowledge of the muscles, bones, nerves and other systems of the face, neck and shoulders, and even the entire body if they are to perform body treatments.

In other words, an esthetician is someone who is highly trained to assess your skin and provide you with the appropriate spa treatments, spa skin care products and expert knowledge about caring for your skin.

The treatments they can perform include, but aren't limited to, facials, body treatments, wraps, rejuvenation therapies, chemical peels (depending which state they reside in), spray tanning, hair removal, laser treatments, and microdermabrasion.


Do you need spa treatments?

Our skin care professionals agree – you need both professional treatments and high quality at-home skin care to achieve your best skin. Regular spa treatments can help tackle a multitude of different skin concerns, like acne, premature aging, dry skin, rough texture, blackheads, excess oil, irritation and so much more.  We even have a list of 32 reasons you should get a facial.

Even if you don't have any major skin concerns, the truth is that certain esthetic treatments help prevent future concerns that may appear.

"Let's say you're young and have genetically great skin. You don't think you need a facial, but most people don't think about anti-aging until it's too late. Receiving regular facials and treatments helps you maintain healthy skin." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

While high quality skin care is also essential for great skin, estheticians have access to professional-use-only formulas, like stronger versions of over the counter products, chemical peels, custom blended concentrates and more. Many of these pro-use-only spa skin care products are formulated with higher, clinical doses of the key active ingredients and are expertly woven into a full spa treatment.

Certain spa skin care treatments, like chemical peels, can help give you that final push to further treat your top skin concerns, like breakouts, premature age signs, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, clogged pores, milia, dull skin and more. Plus, there's no downtime with modern formulas.


How to find a good esthetician

Visiting the spa is a must for healthy skin, but it is crucial to find a good esthetician you can trust. The right esthetician can be the difference between great skin and not-so-great skin. The top five traits you should look for in your esthetician are:

1) They ask a lot of questions

A good esthetician is like a detective – she will "read" your skin and look for clues as to what it needs. She'll ask you questions to gather even more crucial information, so she can choose the most effective treatment protocol and product choices.

2) They customize your treatments

With the information your esthetician receives from you, they should specifically know what your unique skin concerns are and be able to customize your treatment to target those specific concerns. No facial should be "cookie-cutter" – it should be tailored to your exact needs that day

3) Their spa is spotless

This one is plain and simple – if their spa is dirty, you should find a new esthetician. The lack of proper sanitation can bring your skin harm and lead to an unsafe treatment.

4) They NEVER cause you pain

The old saying 'pain is beauty' is a dangerous myth. While certain treatments can cause a little tingling, tightness, or moderate changes in temperature, a facial should never be painful. If your esthetician tells you that the facial or spa treatment is supposed to be painful, find a new esthetician immediately.

5) They make you smarter

Your esthetician should be knowledgeable in the latest treatments, ingredients and advances in skin care – and they should share this knowledge with you. She should always be open to your questions, and help you follow the best at-home skin care agenda so you'll see the best results.

Want to read more about how to find a good esthetician (and how to spot a bad one)? Read more here.


Find an esthetician near you

Discover the visible results of a customized Bioelements facial – from "no downtime" chemical peels and clinical strength acne treatments, to powerful skin firming and targeted pollution-neutralization. Trust our expert estheticians and experience a Bioelements treatment designed just for you: Find a Bioelements Partnership Spa here.


Don't skip at-home care

While receiving regular treatments from a trusted esthetician is essential in your journey to great skin, you also have a huge role to play in the success of your treatments.  To continue the results you see in the treatment room, you need to follow your esthetician's customized skin care routine, which often includes their spa skin care products. They know your skin well and will monitor your skin's progress over time and make adjustments when needed.

At the bare minimum, your daily routine should consist of these 5 steps.

If you ignore their recommendations and don't take care of your skin, they will have to do damage control every time you enter the spa, instead of an esthetic treatment that can tackle other concerns. It's like going to the dentist – if you never brush your teeth, you're creating a lot of work for the dentist and you won't walk out with the desired results. Conversely, if you never go to the dentist, you leave your teeth vulnerable to damage. Your skin is a part of your body just like your teeth – in fact, it's the largest organ you have. Balance both in spa treatments and at home skin care to truly protect your skin.

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