This post is brought to you by our Esthetics Experts Panel, composed of skin care professionals, educators + authorities with decades of experience in the industry.
Facials are still considered a luxury, but the skin is the largest organ of the body - shouldn’t it receive the same level of attention + care as any other major organ?
There are countless benefits of seeing a skin care professional and getting a facial, but we’ve put together the key major benefits of a facial that you can’t get at home on your own for healthy, glowing skin.
It can be difficult to resist the urge to pick + squeeze at your face when you see even the smallest bump or blackhead. Despite your best efforts not to, you still do it - and it leaves your skin worse off than if you had just left it alone. With a professional esthetician, your extractions are handled properly and you get the satisfaction of empty pores without risking redness, scarring or further spreading of bacteria.
Let’s face it - over-the-counter skin care products are formulated for the masses and feature mainly filler ingredients. Bioelements Professional Skin Care has a high standard of integrity in our formulations, including:
Not only are the skin care products used in facials professional grade with active ingredients, Bioelements pro-strength clinical formulas can also be custom blended by your esthetician to further target your specific skin concerns - both during the treatment and in the at-home products they recommend based on your current skin needs.
“A good esthetician always completes treatment with recommendations that will help you maintain your radiant glow after a facial,” says Alina Houtz, licensed esthetician + owner of The Esthetics Studio of Bel Air.
And because the skin is always changing, your skin care products will eventually change too, making it important to consult your esthetician on a regular basis to ensure your skin care routine is treating your most current skin concerns.
“I cannot believe how many of my new clients say that they base skincare off of YouTube and Instagram influencers or someone they know who may or may not have the same skin conditions,” says Brooke Bateman, licensed esthetician + owner of The Refinery Esthetics Bar. “By seeing an esthetician, you get the fastest response to your current skin status.”
Skin varies so much from person to person that someone with similar dryness concerns could have other skin issues contributing to their particular dryness, so what they recommend to you may actually be more detrimental than helpful. Similarly, just because you struggled with acne a few months ago and used products created for acne doesn’t necessarily mean you should keep following the exact routine - it may be too harsh now that your breakouts have subsided.
“Our skin is our largest organ and its needs can change constantly,” says Rita Holland, licensed esthetician + owner of Marguerite’s Skin Care and Makeup. “It is always a good idea to have skin assessed regularly to ensure it is getting what it needs. This way, you aren’t using the wrong products for your skin type or current needs.”
“Your esthetician acts your own personal skincare architect, taking in all aspects of your life, skincare concerns and preferences for your spa treatment," emphasizes Houtz. Getting custom care tailored to your exact skin concerns shouldn’t be a tall order. That’s why we don't believe in off-the-shelf, one-size-fits all skin care - Bioelements estheticians do a thorough intake + analysis of your skin before proceeding with a treatment made exclusively for you. They are able to enhance your facial with Custom Blends to target specific skin concerns, increasing its effectiveness. This is one major benefit of a facial, specifically a Bioelements facial, and a combination of consistent personalized skin care in the treatment room and at home will be the key to lasting results.
Still not convinced? This acne scarring before and after photo + testimonial speaks for itself.
Before + After Photos courtesy of Morgan Fleming
"After years of dealing with cystic, grade 3 acne, Michelle was left with pitted/keloid scarring. We have been rotating between hydration facials, enzyme treatments, and chemical peels. Her scarring fades more and more after each session. I’ve been working with Michelle for about 10 months now. She has stayed true to Bioelements, and she’s also super consistent with getting her treatments every 6-8 weeks. I could not be more proud of how much discipline she has had over these past several months. Getting clear and healthy skin is 110% attainable. Be patient, and trust the process."
-Morgan Fleming, @morgan_the_esthetician
It’s not only about skin care - the sensorial experience and the physiological benefits of a professional facial are incomparable. “The human touch involved in facials is important, as people may not get that in their everyday lives. Facial treatments are things people look forward to and it gets them through their day, “ says Sunni Reynolds, licensed esthetician at Snips SpaSalon.
From the accupressure facial massage to the connection you create with your esthetician, there is a certain comfort that comes from being understood by a professional and the compassionate nature of their practice - whether its conversational, educational or physical.
“Coming to the spa is an entire experience from beginning to end you can’t get at home!” adds Reynolds. “My clients love being pampered but also love to socialize and catch me up on their lives. They may see other clients they know or the other service providers they see. The spa is a place they can forget, let go, shut off their brains and relax.”
Rebecca Fitzpatrick, licensed esthetician + owner of Rebecca’s Day Spa, says it best: “You cannot replace human touch.”
The #1 benefit from a professional treatment? “It is just that, professional - performed by a licensed esthetician with specialized education in skin function & health,” says Katy Steller, licensed esthetician + owner of katydid it aesthetics. “Would you trust yourself touching exposed electrical wires in your home? No, you'd hire a professional electrician!”
The techniques of a trained, licensed professional will always triumph anything you may stumble upon while browsing the internet or hearing through word of mouth. Professional estheticians they provide a thorough intake + assessment of your skin and have the proper education to inform + treat you for guaranteed results, so you don’t end up picking pretty packaging at a store or listening to someone’s well-intentioned but misguided advice online, because it might only exacerbate your issues.
“It's always better to see a professional about skin concerns than guessing at a store, using the wrong combo of products and creating a bigger issue than what you started with,” emphasizes Holland.
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