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All About Anti-Aging Facials

BY: GROUPON EDITORS | 9.10.2015 |

All About Anti-Aging Facials

As skin ages, it becomes wrinkled, looser, thinner, more prone to dryness, and discolored. Certain behaviors, such as a lifetime of sun exposure and smoking, worsen these effects, but all people eventually experience them, usually beginning in their 30s. Anti-aging facials use products geared toward mature skin to soften these effects.

What is an anti-aging facial?

An anti-aging facial is a basic facial enhanced with anti-aging products, such as collagen masks and vitamin-C serums.

What happens during the treatment?

Aestheticians first slather skin with a cleanser, most likely a creamy formula, then remove the cleanser with warm water and a facial sponge, cloth, or cotton pad. A skin analysis follows, and a brightly lit magnifying lamp aids aestheticians as they determine the severity of the client’s wrinkles, age spots, broken capillaries, and dryness.

Next, aestheticians exfoliate away dead skin cells using a manual exfoliant (like a scrub, microdermabrasion, or dermaplaning) or a chemical exfoliant. They also open up pores with steam. Extractions to clear clogged individual pores may be performed next. Though mature skin generally doesn’t break out, it is prone to blackheads.

A calming facial massage that can improve lymphatic drainage usually comes next, followed by the application of a mask targeted to aging skin, such as a collagen mask. Anti-aging facials conclude with an application of serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen.

How long does the facial take?

Anti-aging facials generally last 60 minutes.

What special ingredients and techniques are typically used to target the signs of aging?

Products with vitamin C are frequently used because vitamin C can help fight skin-damaging free radicals, boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, and brighten skin. Collagen masks are often used as well. They either put extra collagen directly onto the skin or help boost the skin’s natural collagen production. They also add moisture.

What are the limitations of anti-aging facials?

A series of treatments is generally needed for optimal results. Deeper lines and stubborn age spots may require more intensive treatments, which can include everything from laser resurfacing to cosmetic fillers like Botox or Dysport.

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