An important part of keeping your skin looking fresh and alive is an attentive home skin care regimen. But it’s also wise to let the professionals take over from time to time. That couldn’t be more true than opting for a facial at Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center in Santa Monica. While you may think facials are nothing more than pampering — and they are quite a treat! — facials serve an important role in keeping your skin young.
What are the benefits of facials?
We all know that facials make us feel more relaxed and calm. But they have a variety of benefits beyond their soothing aspect. The benefits of a facial include purifying the skin through exfoliation and the extraction of blemishes, as well as soothing and calming dry, irritated skin, and preventing future breakouts. Long term benefits of a facial include increasing cell turnover, protecting the integrity of the skin, and helping to prevent the signs of aging. At Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center, we offer a variety of facials, each catering to your specific skin care needs.
- Actual Deep Cleansing
You think you’re cleaning your skin at home, but not like our team does. A cleansing facial removes oil buildup, toxins and dirt, dead skin cells, along with much of the bacteria than seeks to create breakouts. Extraction removes blackheads and whiteheads, and prevents future breakouts by unclogging pores. Beyond removing impurities, cleansing facials also open up your skin to receive all of the benefits of the serums and lotions we then apply.
- Stop the clock
Facials help slow your skin’s aging process and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Massaging your facial skin and applying our various anti-aging creams and serums immediately increases blood circulation under the skin, and improves oxygen flow. Beyond feeling great, this enhances your skin’s elasticity and triggers an increase in collagen production. And since collagen provides the skin’s structural framework, more collagen is a good thing.
- Skin rejuvenation
Ever wonder why your skin looks renewed after a facial? This is because repeated facials rejuvenate the skin. Exfoliation, extraction, massage, steam, and mask applications make the skin glow. As we age, helping our skin to shed dead cells and buildup helps it remain younger looking, healthy, and more vibrant.
- Targeted treatment
When you schedule your first facial with the team at Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center we will analyze your skin and recommend the type of facial right for your skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, have sun damage, acne scars, rosacea, overly dry skin, or whatever problems are unique to you, we will target them in your facial. Over time, you’ll be amazed at the difference.
- Address the stress
We all have stress, and our facials will allow you to relax and release the pressures of the day. Beneath your facial skin are muscles that tend to get tight, just as muscles in your back or other areas respond to stress. Our facials massage your facial muscles. This boosts circulation, stimulates your lymphatic vessels, and detoxifies your skin.
- We’ll get to know your skin
Once our team becomes familiar with your unique skin care problems, we can recommend not only the best facial for you, but how you can make changes in your home skin care routine that will improve your skin. Our experienced professionals can also alert you to any suspicious skin lesions that merit further attention.
What types of facials are there?
We offer hydrating facials, acne facial treatments, and calming facials to correspond to the needs of your skin. Hydrating facials target dry skin. Acne facials address breakouts and oil buildup. Calming facials can be effective for sensitive skin and post-treatment skin. Every facial includes facial and neck massage to help alleviate stress.
Can a facial treat acne, acne scars, rosacea, and the like?
Yes! Facials are one of the best treatments for acne, as the exfoliation, extraction, and removal of excess oil helps reduce current breakouts and prevent future ones. Some acne scars can also be lightened through facial treatments, yet deeper scarring may require laser treatments. Rosacea can respond to facials, as well, but not in all cases. By renewing the skin, facials help lessen the appearance of acne scarring, although deeper scarring responds better to resurfacing treatments. In general, most skin problems improve with regular facials. We can customize facial treatments to treat multiple skin care concerns based on each individual’s needs.
What Our Patients Are Saying:
“Fantastic staff. Excellent practice. Warm hearted and genuinely concerned about the well being of the patient” -Angela D
How Often Should You Have a Facial
Everyone deserves the relaxation, stress reduction, and awesomeness that is a facial at Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center. But how often should you have a facial? For optimal skin health, we recommend our patients have a facial every 4-6 weeks. With that regular schedule, the improvements in your skin continue to build.
What To Expect
During your facial at Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center, your skin will be cleansed, steamed, exfoliated, and analyzed under a mag lamp. Blemishes will be extracted, then the skin will be massaged and a mask applied. Each facial also includes advice on your home care regimen.
Praparing For Your Appointment
All patients should stop the use of Retinols, Retin-A, Tretinoin, hydroquinone, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), prescribed topicals, benzoyl peroxide, or any products containing sulphur. They should avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, microdermabrasion, tanning salons, the Clarisonic brush, exfoliations, and the sauna one full week before your facial. Please inform your provider if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of facial herpes. Make sure to wash your skin twice daily with a gentle cleanser, such as our Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser to best prepare for your treatment.