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The Importance of Facials

Wendy J

Picture this. Soft soothing music is playing in the background allowing your body to slowly slip into relaxation, delicious scents begin to engulf your senses, your body fully unwinds as your arms and scalp are gently massaged, all of your cares are just slipping away. Sounds pretty freaking fantastic right?! Right?!?  Well, that is what a facial does for me. Not only does it allows me 60 minutes of uninterrupted pure BLISS, but the benefits are AH-MAZING for my skin! What busy woman wouldn't love that? 

This. This right here is bliss!

This. This right here is bliss!

Now facials aren't something I keep up on like I should with my *ahem* aging *ahem* skin. But after being completely neglectful of this important self-care step for about 10 years I am trying to make it more routine in order to take better care of it. While doing home face masks and scrubs are great and should be done weekly if possible, getting a facial done by a professional is extremely important. Not only can they personalize it so that is most beneficial to your skins needs at that time, they can let you know if there is sun damage you need to be talking to a dermatologist about, give your skin a major deep cleanse, extract any excess build up, and moisturize and exfoliate with professional strength products that you cannot do yourself at home. Think of it as a check up. You wouldn't go years without seeing a doctor or a dentist would you? The same principal needs to be applied to your skin. Find an esthetician you simply cannot live without and take time to get regular facials. While monthly is ideal, we all can't necessarily swing that. Just do the best you can to make it a part of a routine. 

Here is a fun little cycle of a facial I got from Jenny at i {heart} skin.

Here is a fun little cycle of a facial I got from Jenny at i {heart} skin.

I was blessed to find a fabulous esthetician that does an amazing job with my skin here in the Denver area! Jenny from i {heart} skin is simply fantastic! I cannot say enough great things about her. I asked Jenny a few questions about her passion. Here is what she had to say.

What drew you to become an esthetician?  I come from a somewhat diverse career background. I studied journalism in college and worked as a reporter for a time, but ended up managing retail stores for years. Eventually I worked for a skin and body care company and became inspired by that world. I love learning about the skin and helping other people learn about their own skin. I also LOVE product and ingredients and learning how they work, why they work, etc. Eventually, when I had finally gotten tired of retail, I made the leap and went to esthetics school at the School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics in Denver.

What made you start a shop of your own versus partnering with another esthetician or spa/salon?  I initially worked in a spa under another esthetician for my first year out of school. It was a great way to get hands-on experience, but I ultimately had a bigger vision for what I wanted to do in skin care. Putting together my own business has been such a natural way to utilize all of my different skills and experience, in a way that working for someone else had never allowed me to do. 

What things do you draw inspiration from that you incorporate in your shop?  I'm a pretty creatively-driven person in general, so any time I can bring creativity into what I do, I get excited. I love curating the sensory experience of a facial, so I'm all about customizing little details - products that smell amazing, fun music, a new massage technique, etc. 

Skin care isn't traditionally seen as something fun or exciting. It's not instant gratification like makeup, a pedicure or eyelash extensions. I love the challenge of changing people's perceptions and making skin care just a little more fun and accessible for my clients. 

What types of services do you offer?  I'm all about the facials, but to me they aren't one-size-fits-all. With that in mind my menu allows clients to choose a time length and we customize from there. I start with basic 35-minute treatment to do say a mini mask facial or an exfoliation treatment and from there we add on. Clients can choose up to a 55-minute custom service. I'm certified in several medical modalities - dermaplaning, chemical peels and microdermabrasion which are incorporated into many of my treatments. 

I'm also passionate about facial massage and just started offering a new facial called the Thai Sculpting Facial. It utilizes a special technique using a heated compress, which helps sculpt and define your face's natural bone structure. I continue to study different techniques like this, so there's a good chance my offerings are just going to continue to grow and evolve!

This is a little shot from my Thai sculpting facial I had done with Jenny. It was so different and so fantastic!! I LOVED every minute of it. The compress is what is in the top left corner. The smells that come from it are divine and so relaxing. I seriously wanted to make a tea out of it. P.S. you get to take home the compress and I fully admit to smelling that thing on a daily basis. LOL!

This is a little shot from my Thai sculpting facial I had done with Jenny. It was so different and so fantastic!! I LOVED every minute of it. The compress is what is in the top left corner. The smells that come from it are divine and so relaxing. I seriously wanted to make a tea out of it. P.S. you get to take home the compress and I fully admit to smelling that thing on a daily basis. LOL!

How often do you recommend someone get a facial and why?  Everyone needs facials! It may seem like a luxury, (and they are very relaxing) but getting a facial is good for so many things. It should be considered basic self care, just like getting a massage or getting your teeth cleaned.  It can sometimes be the reset button your skin needs, if it's been freaking out. When you go to the esthetician, you get deep cleaning, exfoliating and moisturizing on a level you wouldn't get at home. Not to mention it's a good time to ask questions and learn more about your skin. A good esthetician can help you problem solve what isn't working with your skin and make recommendations. 

In a perfect world, we would all get a facial once a month to keep up with our natural cellular turnover cycle. However, getting a facial every 6-8 weeks or even every couple of months is still very beneficial. Here Jenny talks about how often one should try to get a facial. 

What skincare item can you not live without? That's hard! If I only had to pick one, it would be toner. I am very obsessed with toner. 

What do you find is most important in any one's skincare routine?  Consistency. So many people think their skin care isn't working or give up on a routine too soon because they aren't seeing immediate results. But usually it has more to do with the fact that they aren't using it the way it was intended or frequently enough. Your skin takes about 28 days, on average, to turn over. It can take that long for your skin to adjust to new products and for everything to work in tandem. 

That and SPF! All day, every day. If you don't protect your skin from the sun, pretty much everything else you do to it won't even matter. 

What skincare tip do you find is most beneficial to your clients?  Just keep moisturizing! So many skin problems can be tied to a basic lack of moisture and/or hydration in the skin. Especially here in our dry Colorado climate, even acne can be caused by the skin becoming too dry and overcompensating with excess oil production. When this happens, people tend to skip the moisturizer, but that can make things worse. Ditto for internal hydration. Drinking enough water and keeping your skin hydrated helps with everything from under eye circles, to cystic acne and wrinkles. 

You can read my blog post about the importance of drinking enough water here.