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The Benefits of a Monthly Facial: Estheticians Give the Verdict

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Getting a monthly facial is not a thing women (and men) do out of vanity. In fact, it’s a necessity. If you’re one of the people who wait until having skin messing up badly to bother going for a facial, you might want to rethink it. Preventing is better than treating. And avoiding skin concerns is only one of the benefits you get from treating yourself with facials each month. But there’s much more a visit to an esthetician can do for your skin.

New to facials? This is what happens

You can go for a facial at a beauty salon, dermatologist, or spa. Beauty salons and spas are more for pampering, and short-term skin improvements, while cosmetic derms provide you with informed medical evaluation and the most effective treatment method for your skin type and concern. This is all about your preferences, where you feel better and safer.

The techniques may be similar, and the products used are related to your skin type and according to your needs. “If you’re talking about a standard facial”— usually a deep cleaning, followed by some pimple/blemish extraction, a massage and steam treatment, a mask or peel, and a final application of some type of moisturizer—”those are about improving the appearance of skin here and now,” says Dr. Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology and director of translational research at George Washington University for Time. Based on these steps, you can get a deep cleansing that penetrates the pores, which can clear acne or hyperpigmentation, delay aging signs, and make your skin glow healthily.

All the steps, along with professional-grade products, drive to a real improvement of your skin in no time (and definitely lasts!). Hence, if you want great results, you may want to stick to the habit once monthly. Probably these benefits will convince you to do so.

You get to know your skin better

No matter how skeptical it may sound, a visit to a beauty salon can teach you more about your skin than you have done up to this point. The truth is most people are using the wrong products for their goals — that’s the right recipe for skincare fails. Luckily, estheticians can help you understand what your skin needs and why it needs it. Plus, when you go to a facial your complexion is pampered with professional-grade skincare products that probably you have never tried.

Boosted blood flow

Poor blood flow can lead to premature skin aging, eventually causing blotchy and uneven skin tone. Facials are a truly powerful means to boost blood circulation. The massage you get and the use of specific ingredients, such as exfoliants, can increase blood flow. For instance, my cosmetologist uses nitric oxide acid, which is a vasodilator, meaning it relaxes the inner muscles of blood vessels, causing them to widen.

Increased blood flow allows cells to regenerate faster and easier, making skin appear energized, and yep, fresh cells are key to having a radiant look. More than that, improved blood circulation makes what you apply after sink in better, hence more benefits.


UVA/UVB rays damage, coupled with the aging process, can lead to deterioration of the lymphatic system. “You might be able to make a case that you could reduce fluid buildup by having a facial to encourage drainage when your skin has fewer lymphatics. Promoting lymphatic flow can have benefits,” said fellow dermatologist Michael Detmar, for Healthline. So every time you go for a facial, you aren’t just getting rid of old skin cells. A monthly facial helps eliminate any waste built up underneath the skin surface by manipulating the lymphatic system. It’s this built-up that causes puffiness and dullness in your complexion.

Reduces fine lines

A facial and the massage that goes with it is an excellent way to reduce and prevent fine lines. Having your face massaged not only makes you feel spoiled, but it stimulates collagen production and strengthens muscle memory. This in turn helps prevent wrinkles and sagging in your skin.

Slows the aging process

Going for a monthly facial doesn’t just lessen the aging signs appearance, but it actually slows the process. The enzymes exfoliation, steaming, extractions, and masks have their role in delaying the skin’s aging process. You can try Diamond Abrasion, LED light therapy, radiofrequency devices, microcurrent, and oxygen treatments.

Cleanses at a deeper level

If you’re struggling with blackheads and pimples, a monthly facial might be the missing piece. This practice gets into the pores on a deeper level of the skin layers than cleansing your face with water and soap. It’s an excellent way to keep pores clean and keep acne away from forming. Cleansed pores can even shrink in size, while clogged pores stretch and widen to accommodate oil and dirt buildup. At the same time, exfoliating dead cells allows nutrients and antioxidants to get to the healthy cells underneath.

It’s relaxing

An at-home beauty regimen can be mega relaxing, IK. But having a professional do the job helps your stress flow out of you. It feels amazing and promotes both physical and emotional healing. Power of touch, proper technique and a relaxing massage can make all the difference in how you feel by the end of the treatment. You end up not only looking great but feeling rejuvenated and energized as well.


Facials are not a one-time cure. With each time, your skin looks more radiant than before, but it takes time and patience to repair any damage. If performed with regularity, you can have a healthier, more balanced complexion than ever before, so don’t be stalling and get yourself pampered with monthly facials.

Who wrote this?
Ana Vasilescu
Ana Vasilescu
Ana is a sociologist and feminist with a shared passion for literature, psychology, and skincare, the combo that made her determined to start Women's Concepts. With over five years of experience in dermatological research, she has now become a certified skincare consultant keen to convince others of the importance of a diligent routine. Her close relationships with dermatologists around the globe, along with years of researching, analyzing studies, and hand-testing products on a daily basis, made Ana one of the best persons you can get advice from.
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