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The Perfect Facial
Arati Gurung
 

You have had a stressful week and the only thing you want to do is put up your legs and let others pamper you pretty. You get a haircut, color it up a new shade, get an eyebrow trim, pedicures, manicures and the most relaxing – a facial. Yes, the whole package, why not after all you deserve it!

You will be even happier to know that a facial provides much more than just an opportunity to pamper yourself; a good facial can make a difference to the appearance and condition of your skin. Also if you have a specific skin problem, regular facials will keep it in check. Specialists advise that facials are a necessity for skin that’s out of balance, dry, sun-damaged or sensitive.

Many of us Nepalese opt for any facial the beautician offers, which is wrong. Facials vary depending on your skin type, the products used and the person's age. Be wary of your skin and demand a facial fit for your skin.

The following are some of the different kinds of facials for different types of skin. 

A basic clean up
-Removes Blackheads and Whiteheads by gently steaming the face.
-Regular clean-ups can prevent and reduce skin problems.

Normal Facials
-These facials are a simple cleanse, steam and massage affair.
-They are similar to clean ups only that this facial involves longer face massaging.

Special Facials
-Specially formulated hypoallergenic creams are used to moisturize the skin.
-Face packs are applied depending on different skin types and special cleansing and      rejuvenation techniques are also a part of the process.
-Recommended for people with sensitive skin.

Bio-lift Facials
-Includes treatment that targets dark circles under the eye.
-The characteristic of this facial is the bio-mask, which tones and tightens the skin on    the face, making it look younger.

AHA (Alpha Hydroxyl Acid) Facials
-AHA acids are derived from fruits and flowers and are known for their anti-aging effects.
-Also recommended for people who have pigmented skin

Paraffin Facials
-Part of bridal beauty packages.
-Aids in absorption and brings back the radiance of the skin.

Anti-oxidant and pollution fighting facials:
-Uses creams and masks enriched with free-radical fighting agents like vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin E.
-Recommended for people who have to be outdoors often on account of their work.

Acne Facials:
-Treatment for those who suffer with troubled skin; particularly effective on teenage and adult acne.
-Cleansing followed by extensive manual deep pore extractions, electric disencrustation and a skin-calming, anti-bacterial masque.
-Should be performed at regular, two-week intervals until problem clears.

Collagen Facials:
-Liquid nutrients in the form of vials or ampoules are used. For quick absorption of   liquid nutrients in the skin, laser or galvanic treatment is done.
-Is an effective preventative treatment against harmful environmental damage, wrinkles and dark circles.
-Recommended for all skin types.

Aromatherapy Facials:
-Uses essential oils which have potent and specific curative properties that are of   particular benefit to the skin.
-Effective for relaxation of body and mind.

Want to pamper your skin at home? Here’s a simple homemade face mask for all skin types.

1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature
1 tsp runny honey (heat honey in warm water to make runny honey )
Apply mixture to face, let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash face with steaming washcloth. For dry skin, use an extra tsp of honey.
Oily skin? Add a few drops of lemon juice.



Unless it’s for skin problem treatment, experts suggest with normal skin, you should go in for a facial every eight weeks. Also it is advisable to start having facials in your late 20's. Does your skin get addicted to facials? No, you might but not your skin!

Be a wise customer, ask your beautician what she going to do beforehand, keep knowledge of what your facial includes and don’t be afraid to tell her your likes and dislikes, that way you can relax and enjoy the experience.

 
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