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Generic Names for Different Types of Facials -


While every spa has their own name for the different types of facials, Here are some of the most common types of facials you will find on a menu.

Acne Facials Deep Sea facial Microcurrent Treatments
Acne Treatment Deep-Cleansing Microdermabrasion
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Facials European Facial Normal Facials
Alpha Hydroxy Facial Extra-Hydrating Oxygen Facial
Anti-Aging Facial Fruit Facials Paraffin Facials
Anti-Oxidant and Pollution-Fighting Facials Galvanic Facial Pearl Facial
Aromatherapy Facial Glycolic Facial Purifying Facial / Deep Cleansing Facial
Aveda Facials Gold Facial Special Facials
Bio-Lift Facials High Frequency Treatments Vitamin C Facial
Chemical Peel Men's Urban Defense Facial Vitamin / Mineral Facial
Collagen Facials  

Facial Questions

Generic Name of Facial Definition of this type of facial
Acne Facials
A treatment for those who suffer with troubled skin; particularly effective on teenage and adult acne. After cleansing this treatment begins with enzyme or glycolic acid exfoliation and a warm vapor mist, followed by extensive manual deep pore extractions, electric disencrustation and a skin-calming, anti-bacterial masque. This facial should be performed at regular, two-week intervals until problem clears. Top
Acne Treatment
Gentle ingredients are used to cleanse, normalize and equalize skin, and to help prevent acne outbreaks. Top
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Facials
AHA acids, which are derived from fruits and flowers, are known for their anti-aging effects. These facials use creams formulated with AHAs, which help the  skin look smoother and healthier. They are also recommended for people who have pigmented skin, and are prone to wrinkling easily.  In these, creams containing flower extracts are used, which improve action of the capillaries, skin texture and tighten pores-- inducing relaxation and calming the mind. In ancient times, the fragrance of rose, lavender, jasmine, neroli, etc., was used to cure depression, insomnia, anxiety and other mental states. Top
Alpha Hydroxy Facial
This refreshing treatment uses the exfoliating properties of fruit acids and certain plant extracts. It reduces dead skin cell buildup, restores moisture and increases firmness. It also is excellent for reducing pigmentation, blemishing, scarring and diminishing fine lines. Top
Anti-Aging Facial
A little more advanced than the average facial, the typical anti-aging facial uses ingredients such as alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids and vitamin C to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, plump up skin and encourage collagen production. Special massage techniques stimulate blood flow to the surface of skin. These types of facial are any one of numerous skin therapies for aging, dry skin. Spas often use clinical strength glycolic acid peels (30 minutes) to exfoliate and stimulate surface skin repair of fine lines and age spots. A medical spa or dermatologist will offer more intensive solutions like a non-invasive IPL treatment. IPL stimulates collagen that fills in wrinkles and facial lines. Note that IPL is not pain free! Top
Anti-Oxidant and Pollution-Fighting Facials
This facial uses creams and masks enriched with free-radical fighting agents like vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin E. Pollutants are first removed and the skin is then deep cleansed in this procedure. This is recommended for people who have to be outdoors often-on account of their work. Top
Aromatherapy Facial
In these essential oils are used, which have potent and specific curative properties that are of particular benefit to the skin. Different oils carry different benefits for your skin. Therefore, the kind of oils used depends on individual needs. For example, eucalyptus oil improves skin elasticity. Different essential oils are used, depending on whether skin is oily, dry or combination. Certain essential oils have oil-extracting properties while others are known for their hydrating.  They are effective for relaxation of body and mind. Aromatherapy facials help clear skin congestion and improve the normal functions of the skin. The mask, which is applied at the end of the massage, also contains essential oils. The elimination of toxins, the improvement in the skin's normal functions, including cell regeneration and the uplifting effect, all combine to make aromatherapy facials revitalizing and rejuvenating. Top
Aveda Facials
Aveda spas offer several unique types of facials for nearly every skin type and condition. In addition to botanicals, some incorporate acupressure (pressure exerted on parts of your body to relieve stress and pain), Ayurveda (Indian herbal remedies), and massage techniques. Top
Bio-Lift Facials
A particular biologically prepared mask is used for stiffening the loose skin at the age of forty plus.  In addition to cleansing, massage and rejuvenation techniques, these facials include 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. Top
Chemical Peel
This tends to be the most expensive facial. Its deeper exfoliation process can be considered a rough equivalent of a couple microdermabrasion treatments. This facial can be effective for people with skin problems such as acne and sun damage. It also can aid in reducing fine lines and minimizing large pores. Typically, a consultation is recommended to see if skin would benefit from a chemical peel. These are very strong, and will leave you red and dry for days while your skin peels leaving way for fresh new skin. Top
Collagen Facials
Collagen is a key building block in your skin tissue. Your collagen breaks down with age, giving rise to face creases we call crow's feet, expression lines, and wrinkles. The collagen facial applies pure plant collagen to your skin to make up for the collagen you've lost. This facial is meant to hydrate the skin and tighten sallow skin, and does not replace your lost collagen (this takes a collagen injection, laser treatment, or some other facial filler like Juvederm), but some people think it gives them instant skin texture improvement.  This type of facial includes use of a multi-phase technique of exfoliation, warm vapor, deep pore cleansing, lymphatic drainage massage and self healing mineral or paraffin masque over a freeze dry collagen sheet to ensure the ideal hydrating effect. Normally in this kind of facial, liquid nutrients in the form of vials or ampoules are used and for quick absorption of liquid nutrients in the skin, laser or galvanic treatment is done. This is an effective preventative treatment against harmful environmental damage, wrinkles and dark circles. Recommended for all skin types. Top
Deep Sea Facial
Deep Sea minerals and enzymes are used in a detoxifying mask. The mask is a thick, hard crust that is meant to cleanse pores, firm-up the skin, and improve circulation. Top
"A deep pore-cleansing facial is what most people think of as a 'traditional' facial." You can expect this treatment to involve exfoliation, extraction, massage, a mask, and moisturizing. Top
European Facial
This tends to be a popular choice for people's first facial. It is the most basic and tends to be the cheapest. It involves deep-pore cleansing, exfoliation and extraction, which is a process removing blackheads either manually or mechanically. Top
If your skin is extremely dry, you might want to opt for an extra-hydrating facial. This moisture-rich treatment is designed to drench parched skin. Top
Fruit Facials
Fruit mash like papaya or other fleshy fruit and vegetable juices are used for this kind of facial. The advantages of a fruit facial are attained on regular use at initial stage. It's advisable to take a patch test with the fruit or fruit juices to check if your skin is allergic to that particular fruit /vegetable juice. Or else you will end up with skin complaints.   Fresh fruit facials are done with pulps of fresh fruits; mostly seasonal fruits. For example  Orange or sweet Lime pulp. Fresh fruit facial is very good for very sensitive skin, which cannot tolerate any chemically prepared cosmetics. Fruits are chosen according to the skin type. Banana for dry skin and Orange for oily skin. Top
Galvanic Facial
In this Galvanic gadget is used, by which a steady, direct galvanic current is utilized, to introduce water-soluble substances through the skin. It heightens the skin's capacity to absorb and improves the penetration of the products. The treatment of specific problems becomes easier. This benefits dry, dehydrated skins, improving moisture retention. It also helps remove congestion.  Metal rollers or applicators can also be used to either produce a deep cleansing effect. Depending on the active product being used, this will help reduce spots and blemishes making this a good facial for an oily skin type, skin that is hyper pigmented or to help infuse active ingredients deeper in to the skin for a variety of skin types. Top
Glycolic Facial
This spa treatment promotes smoother skin and has anti-aging effects. It is especially helpful in combating dry skin, smoothing out rough spots, lightening dark spots and drying out acne. Top
Gold Facial
This facial makes use of creams containing 24-Carat pure gold, which penetrates the skin easily. It is a powerful rejuvenating treatment. Gold has a powerful effect on lymphatic drainage, facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes. This accelerates the regeneration of new cells. Masks, containing gold, are also applied. The gold facial helps to restore youthful qualities, like softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience and radiance. Top
High Frequency Treatments
A direct high frequency facial uses a glass electrode passed over gauze placed on the skin. This helps dry out spots and has an antibacterial effect, so is good for oilier skins or those with a few specific blemishes. An indirect high frequency facial uses a saturator held by the client to draw a moisturizing massage medium deeper in to the skin, and so is best suited for more mature or dry skin types. Top
Men's Urban Defense Facial
This treatment focuses on softening and rehydrating skin damaged by shaving, sun exposure, and the urban environment. Essential oils of Juniper, Rosemary, and Lavender will relieve any sinus problems. Top
Microcurrent Treatments
Also known as non-surgical face lift, this type of facial uses a current to lift and tone the facial muscles and also to improve the color and texture of the skin and soften lines. Top
This facial is designed for someone with more troublesome skin. Its principal purpose is to exfoliate. Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal a new layer of skin. Microdermabrasion does not make the skin red or streaky. It also helps treat rosacea, a reddening condition of the skin, acne and the effects of aging.  There are several types of Microdermabrasion systems.  A Microderm Facial is where granules in a cream base are hand massaged on the skin.  A machine Microdermabrasion may be done with aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate or vitamin c crystals.  There also is a diamond tip microderm which does not use crystals. Top
Normal Facials
These facials are a simple cleanse, steam and massage affair. They're the least expensive of all facials. They're also the best option for normal skin that isn't prone to acne. The difference between these facials and a clean up is that the skin is massaged for a longer period of time in a facial. Top
Oxygen Facial
The oxygen facial, a spa treatment where a combination of purified oxygen, essential oils, and mild acids are gently sprayed upon your face. Spas offering oxygen facials cite a number of anti-aging benefits you'll get from by increasing your skin's oxygen consumption. Benefits include wrinkle reduction, improved circulation, softening of tight skin, and a reduction in adult acne.  This is a good choice for people with clogged or prematurely-aging skin, this treatment carries active ingredients via oxygen molecules to revive the skin. Sometimes, vitamins are infused to further rejuvenate skin. Top
Paraffin Facials
These facials involve the application of a special paraffin mask on the face over layers of gauze, which helps seal in the special anti-aging and rejuvenating creams applied to the skin. It aids better absorption and brings back the radiance of the skin. Top
Pearl Facial
The precious pearl and whitening dehydrated moisturizing cream is used along with sea oil and a sea scrub. Research has revealed that pearls contain a combination of natural substances that help to improve rejuvenation of the skin cells. This treatment is ideal for pigmented skins, provides hydration to the skin and makes the skin firm, soft, smooth and young. Top
Purifying Facial / Deep Cleansing Facial
Many spas use fruit peels, like papaya, cranberries or green peel, to give a deep exfoliation that softens clogged pores and acne blackheads and makes your skin glow. After the cleansing, the aesthetician will extract any impurities left in your pores. These types of facials are generally done less than 3 times a year. Top
Special Facials
These are a step-up from the normal facial. 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 part of the process. These are recommended for people with sensitive skins. Top
Vitamin C Facial
Vitamin C is hot. Cellex-C started the rage with their pure, high concentration Vitamin C serum. Now day spas offer the Vitamin C facial with the promise of restoring facial skin texture and firmness, as well as improving the skin tone. Vitamin C facials are believed to have antioxidants that leave your skin radiant and visibly improved. Experts will tell you that your skin needs to be at the right pH to absorb the Vitamin C Top
Vitamin / Mineral Facial
This technique uses antioxidants to promote anti-aging effects and protection against environmental stressors. On a cellular level, the antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin. Top



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