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11 Types Of Facials And How To Choose – Complete Guide

by Gabbi

We all know the importance of skincare, but what if you want to incorporate esthetic services into your routine? Facials are a popular skincare service that can not only improve the appearance and texture of your skin but also create a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

It seems like there is always a new trendy facial that everyone and their mother is raving about. In addition, sometimes we can’t help but follow in our favorite celebrities’ footsteps and try out whatever facial they swear by for stunning skin.

So what are the most popular types of facials, and how can you choose them? Nowadays, there are so many versions of facials it’s hard to keep track. However, analyzing your skin’s needs and skin type can help you choose the right facial.

What are the types of facials? There are several different types of facials for a variety of purposes, including rejuvenating, detoxifying, or hydrating your skin, anti-aging, and muscular or lymphatic purposes. The one that’s right for you depends on your needs, skin sensitivity, and budget.

In addition, facials don’t have to cost a fortune. You can learn to perform some less extreme facials at home for a DIY spa night. However, if you’re looking to go to a spa or clinic, educating yourself on various facials can help you feel confident in your choice.

Overall, facials are a wonderful service that anyone can benefit from, even those with sensitive skin. So whether you like to keep things simple or you’re interested in medical treatments, there is a facial out there for you. Let’s break down 11 popular facials you should know about!

11 Types Of Facials 

1. Microdermabrasion

If you’ve read any magazines within the past few years, you may have come across microdermabrasion. A microdermabrasion facial is ideal to gently exfoliate the skin, increase cell renewal, and minimize imperfections.

This type of facial gained extreme popularity for its ability to promote youthful, glowing skin. And, it’s safe for most skin types. A microdermabrasion will improve the texture and elasticity of the skin to reveal a healthy glow.

According to Healthline, “the procedure uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin to rejuvenate it. A different technique sprays fine particles of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate.” 

Since microdermabrasion became more mainstream, there are now various versions of this service that exist. However, there is little to no downtime after receiving a microdermabrasion, and it’s a standard cosmetic procedure.

Microdermabrasions are ideal for people who want to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne. In addition, it works for those who want a brighter complexion and need to treat melasma or sun damage. 

Because microdermabrasions is an exfoliating treatment, it’s recommended to avoid using any other exfoliating products or actives that can irritate your skin even further. In addition, to care for your skin after a microdermabrasion, wear sunscreen daily.

Overall, a microdermabrasion facials are standard and effective renewing services. They can cost a few hundred dollars, depending on your spa or clinic of choice. In most cases, your esthetician can offer you a consultation to figure out if this service is right for you.

2. European

When you first think of a facial, you’re most likely thinking of a classic European facial. These facials are usually the ones that are easiest to conduct at home since they only involve a few products that most of us have in our skincare routines already.

European facials are amazing because anyone can customize this service to meet the needs of their skin. So, this facial can suit basically every skin type, concern, and issue, and you can perform this service at home or in a salon/spa.

This facial starts with a cleanser and gentle exfoliation, then massaging with your fingertips or a roller, serum application, and a moisturizer to top it all off. You can even incorporate a hydrating, clay, or charcoal mask to purify the skin. 

The European facial allows you to do whatever you want to cater to your skin. However, suppose you’re interested in going to a spa or clinic.

In that case, a consultation is crucial for these types of facials so the Esthetician can ensure they are providing the proper treatment for you.

In addition, European facials are the least abrasive since they really only involve massage, masks, and extractions, and only if you choose to do any of those services. So, this type of facial can be conducted frequently if you aren’t sensitive or irritated. 

European or classic facials are suitable for all skin types. Depending on your location and Esthetician, they can cost anywhere from $50 up to hundreds of dollars. Or they only cost what the products cost, if you perform your facials at home.

3. Microcurrent 

Microcurrent facials can sound quite intimidating because they use electricity to revive your skin. Now that may sound frightening because, well, who wants to get electrocuted during a relaxing facial? Thankfully, that won’t be the case. 

According to Healthline, “Microcurrent facials tighten and smooth the muscles and connective tissues in the face by increasing cellular activity, and have been shown to reduce wrinkles, mostly around the forehead area.” 

Surprisingly enough, microcurrent Facials are painless, and all you will feel is a slight tingling sensation over the face. However, unlike some facials, you will need to be consistent and perform microcurrent facials multiple times to see any results.

Healthine also states that “Microcurrent uses low-voltage electricity to stimulate muscle, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cell growth, and collagen development in the dermis on the face.” In addition, this facial has already been around for decades. 

Microcurrent facials are ideal for a”reverse aging” skin to achieve a more youthful appearance. However, many individuals should avoid this service like those with pacemakers, severe acne, face fillers/botox, or pregnant/nursing people.

In addition, microcurrent facials can be pretty pricey. Depending on your location, you could be paying upwards of $500 or more for one session. This can quickly rack up because microcurrents need to be conducted multiple times to see results.

Only a licensed Esthetician or medical professional will be able to perform a microcurrent facial safely. In addition, your service provider should offer consultation to assure you are the right candidate for a microcurrent facial before beginning.

4. LED Light Therapy

Another technical facial is LED light therapy. Over the past few decades, we have discovered the effectiveness of LED Light on our skin. Not only does this facial rejuvenate our skin, but it can improve serious skin issues like wounds or acne as well.

LED light therapy can consist of different light frequencies and wavelengths to treat various skin concerns. Surprisingly enough, LED light therapy doesn’t contain ultraviolet rays and instead uses red or blue light that is proven safe and effective. 

According to Healthline, “LED Light Therapy doesn’t cause burns compared to other anti-aging treatments such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser therapy. It may be safe for all skin colors and types.” Is LED light therapy right for you? 

Overall, LED light therapy is ideal for acne and signs of aging. However, there are a few people who should avoid this service. LED light therapy isn’t compatible with those who regularly take certain medications, are currently on Accutane, or have a severe skin condition.

Red light is usually for anti-aging and helps increase collagen production to reveal plump, youthful skin. Meanwhile, blue light will treat oil glands and acne to reduce breakouts and the appearance of discolorations. 

LED light therapy facials only take 20-30 minutes to perform, but you need to remain consistent with it for at least a couple of months to see results. The price will range based on your location, but it can be a hefty weekly investment.

5. HydraFacial

HydraFacials share many similarities with microdermabrasions, except they incorporate hydrating properties. HydraFacials aren’t invasive or abrasive, and they can treat a wide variety of skin concerns. So what else does a HydraFacial have in store?

A HydraFacial makes use of a machine that vacuum cleans your skin and uses several serums to encourage smooth and bright skin.

HydraFacials are popular thanks to their simple and easy three-step process, including cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating your skin. In addition, because this facial is noninvasive, you can easily pair it with other services like LED light therapy.

In addition, you can potentially treat a wide variety of skin concerns like signs of aging, acne, and, most importantly, dry or dehydrated skin. If anything, you will receive a deep clean and boost of hydration to give your skin a glowing and youthful look. 

HydraFacials usually last about an hour depending on if you add on any other services, and they have no downtime, so you can get back to life as soon as you’re done. In addition, HydraFacials are great for most skin types, especially those who are dry.

HydraFacials can cost up to a few hundred dollars, again depending on your location. When in doubt, schedule a consultation with your Esthetician to find out if this facial is ideal for your concerns. 

Most people can confuse the difference between mircodermabrasion and HydraFacials, so let’s find out how to set them apart. First, their exfoliating technique can differ in particle size, and HydraFacials involve multiple hydrating serums. 

6. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is another skin treatment that a professional skin specialist should perform that most people are conducting at home. It involves using a sharp blade that removes the surface layer of the skin to unveil radiant new skin.

Dermaplaning, much like HydraFacials, is a service that can be performed entirely by itself or paired with other facials. In addition, Dermaplaning is more of a physical exfoliating method since it uses a tool rather than chemical exfoliants.

People have fallen in love with Dermaplaning because it provides a smooth finish and unveils youthful-looking skin. It can also reduce the appearance of scarring and discoloration. In addition, there are little to no side effects with Dermaplaning if you’re working with a professional.

However, if performed incorrectly, you risk cutting yourself, redness, inflammation, and dryness. According to Healthline, “Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face, also called microplaning.”

Dermaplaning is ideal for anyone with acne scars/scarring, dull skin, sun-damaged skin, or signs of aging. In addition, this service is suitable for all skin types. Like most facials, Dermaplaning can cost a pretty penny for a 30-minute service.

Healthline also states, “your skin is exposed daily to harsh environmental toxins, irritants, and sun damage. This can cause the top layer of your skin to appear dull, and it can make you look aged.” 

These reasons, among others, are why Dermaplaning is a popular service that is gentle and will remove dead skin cells to achieve rejuvenated skin. In addition, it can easily be paired with other services like a European facial.

7. Aromatherapy

If you need a boost of relaxation and stimulants, then an aromatherapy facial can be just what you need. Not only does aromatherapy calm your nerves and your body physically, but it can even help treat various skin conditions. 

With the help of various essential oils, you can customize your aromatherapy facial to fit your needs. However, you will need the use of a steamer and a few skincare products. Overall, Aromatherapy Facials can offer the skin numerous benefits.

You can conduct an aromatherapy facial with a facial steamer. Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and steam your face for a few minutes. This will create a relaxing atmosphere and help your skin prepare for the following facial steps. 

After your relaxing facial steam, you can even add essential oils into your moisturizers or massage oils to allow your skin to absorb all that goodness. Aromatherapy facials can also be combined with other facial services. 

In addition, these facials can easily be performed at home or in a spa. Whether you’re looking to create a relaxed atmosphere or you want to treat your skin with essential oils, aromatherapy facials can be the perfect match for you. 

8. Anti-Aging 

Anti-aging facials are ideal for mature skin or skin that is struggling with fine lines, wrinkles, and other forms of aging. In addition, anti-aging facials will help you turn back the clock with each session so you can slowly reveal youthful skin. 

Anti-aging facials will involve various techniques from other facials and combine them into one to cater to mature or sagging skin. Like most facials, anti-aging facials are noninvasive, and they will show you results over time when used consistently.

In addition, various types of anti-aging facials can target your specific skin concern. For example, anti-aging Facials can focus on exfoliation, collagen production, hydration, light therapy, and much more.

Anti-aging facials can range in price depending on your location and your spa/clinic. In addition, anti-aging facials can also be performed at home. They share similarities with a European facial that can easily be customized for your needs. 

However, many dermatologists and skin specialists argue that anti-aging facials performed by a licensed professional will show the most effective and quick results. Like most facials, you will need to be patient to see your results. 

Overall, anti-aging facials are fantastic for mature skin types or anyone looking to combat signs of aging. In addition, one of the best ways to care for your skin after an anti-aging facial is to apply and reapply sunscreen daily. 

9. Lymphatic Massage 

Lymphatic massage is a unique massage technique that will help reduce swelling and inflammation from the face. In addition, your bone structure will appear more defined. The best part is that all you need are your hands to massage the face. 

Lymphatic massage can be performed even without a facial. Many people have opted for tools like a gua sha, face roller, spoons, and even fingers to help sculpt their faces. However, when paired with a facial, you’ll receive max benefits.

According to Healthline, “the lymphatic system is a crucial part of your immune system. Through a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains fluid called lymph to be transported back into your bloodstream. It also removes bodily waste.”

Estheticians usually perform lymphatic massage facials, but they can be done at home if you learn the proper technique. However, using the wrong methods for a lymphatic massage could cause harm like bruising or soreness.

In addition, almost anyone can gain benefits from a lymphatic massage facial. However, contact your doctor if you have a history of medical or skin conditions, plan to be pregnant, or are even unsure if lymphatic massage facials are for you.

Lymphatic massage generally uses light to medium pressure and movements that are repeated continuously for the best results. Like anti-aging you will need time to see the lymphatic massage show off its results. 

Overall, lymphatic massage facials are great for anyone wanting to drain toxins from the body and reduce puffiness from the face. In addition, always check with your doctor if you are unsure if this facial is for you. It can even be combined with other facials. 

10. Laser Resurfacing 

Laser resurfacing facials are probably the most severe facial on this list, and a dermatologist or a physician should only perform it. Laser resurfacing can be beneficial for acne, scars, wrinkles, skin lesions, and more.

Healthline states, “Laser skin resurfacing targets the outer layer of your skin while simultaneously heating the lower layers in the dermis. This will promote collagen production. Ideally, new collagen fibers will help produce new skin smoother in texture.

In addition, laser resurfacing facials are incredibly high maintenance. You will need to prepare the skin weeks before you begin your LRF. The procedure also includes a numbing cream to reduce pain from the laser.

Other downsides of LRFs include side effects like burning, bumps, infection, scarring, redness, and you will need plenty of downtime to recover from this procedure. You will also have an intense aftercare routine to heal correctly.

In addition, to achieve the best results, you’ll need to apply and reapply sunscreen daily. Your results can last years with the proper care, but you will need a touch-up facial every once in a while. Healing can also take up to two weeks.

Laser resurfacing facials are ideal for those who have acne-prone or aging skin. However, it’s always smart to book a consultation with your medical provider to discuss if LRFs are right for you. 

Also, this procedure is one of the most expensive facials, coming in about $1,000-$2,000. It can even be more depending on your provider and location.

11. PRP Facial/Vampire Facial

PRP Facials are one step up from your regular microneedling facials. This facial gained extreme popularity when Kim Kardashian shared a bloody facial with the internet, so the PRP Facial is also known as the “vampire facial.”

According to Minars Dermatology, “PRP is plasma taken from a patient’s blood. It contains highly concentrated amounts of nutrients and natural growth factors that promote new levels of collagen and elastin.” This plasma is then injected in the face.

Most people can react well to a PRP Facial, but there are some exceptions of people who should avoid this treatment. For example, if you’re pregnant, have certain skin conditions, and use Accutane, you may want to avoid PRP Facials.

PRP facials also take a lot of time to prepare your skin for, it can be an expensive procedure, and you will need a few days to recover from this facial. In addition, various side effects can take place, and sun protection is a must.

PRP facials can be extremely beneficial to increase collagen production or reduce the appearance of acne scarring. 

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