Our face is exposed to the outer world experiencing sunlight, UV rays, pollution, microorganism dust, dirt, etc. all the time. Regular exposure to sunlight and pollutants cause your skin to lose texture and sheen.
As all of us have different types of skin there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration before ever recommending something as simple as a daily day cream.
Facials are designed not just to help you relax, but to help improve your skin. The benefits include:
· Smooth texture
· A Boost in collagen production,
· Removal of dead skin cells
· Improving the appearance of fine lines and blemishes
· Clearing your pores
· Cleansing skin with acne.
· Moisturising and hydrating
Your aesthetician can help you find out what kind of treatment is the most suitable for your specific skin’s needs, however there are some guidelines to help you select a facial according to the season.
Facials according to season:
Amsterdam has very defined seasons and the change in weather conditions can make our skin react in unexpected ways.
It's not the temperature alone that causes the skin reactions. Shari Marchbein, a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, says it's the sudden switch in weather, coupled with subsequent lifestyle changes people make as it gets cooler, such as taking hot showers and using central heat in homes, that contributes to the aforementioned dryness and inflammation associated with this transitional period.
It is important to prevent adverse reactions to the skin and I consider that a good facial is important to give the skin an extra help.
After treating many different kinds of skin during different periods of the year I created some guidelines that I hope are useful for you to make a choice.
Though the average temperature in winter in Amsterdam rarely drops below 0ºC it is chilly and the skin tends to become dry and rough. There is, however, one advantage and that is that exposure to sunlight is less so it is the best season to have a deep exfoliation. Exfoliation and peeling are not only good to help the skin to regenerate but also to help the hydration serums penetrate much better.
After the Holidays the skin may look tired because make-up that we wore and it is probable that we shortened our sleep time.
For this reason it is a good idea to go for a good cleansing facial to help the skin breathe and relax and prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
It is even more important to get a cleansing when we have acne because it tends to get worse during cold months.
My recommendation: HydroFace or Microdermabrasion,
HydroFace removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously delivering the skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturising serums.
If you want something even deeper, try Microdermabrasion.
- Spring Facial:
As it is still cold, the skin can still be dry and present unclogged pores. A good cleansing is recommended to improve the skin appearance and help the skin to breathe.
My recommendation: A good facial cleaning. Treatments like Relaxing Cleaning, Customized Cleaning Deluxe, Hydraface and so on will help you to maintain your skin hydrated and glow.
It is also a good time to think about an anti-age facial to boost the collagen after the winter.
Ultrasound and Radiofrequency (RF) are excellent treatments to help aging skin.
It is possible that we have more sun exposure during this time of the year. Sun protection is essential all year round but in summer is extremely important to use sun cream with SFP +50 and use a hat.
To help the skin get an even tone it is good idea to have a deep cleansing.
My recommendation: Relaxing Cleaning. This treatment mixes scrubbing and deep cleansing with a relaxing face massage. Your skin will be clearer and brighter and you start to prepare your skin for the sunny days.
Remember that after the facial it is better not to use sunscreen immediately as the pores are open and the skin can be a little bit sensitive.
I would recommend to have the treatment late in the afternoon to avoid sun exposure that day.
- Autumn Facial:
After all the sun, sweating and outdoors it is possible for your skin to look tired and some fine lines are visible.
If you were exposed to the sun during the summer your skin is most likely to be dehydrated.
It seems to be the perfect time for a facial treatment, especially for skins with acne or mature skins.
-Hydrafacial for acne or dehydrated skin.
-Antiaging: Ultrasound and Radiofrequency (RF) are excellent treatments to help aging skin. In combination with exfoliation and vitamin serums will help the skin to produce new collagen fibres which last long term.
Ultrasound helps to tighten the skin. This is favourable not only for the face but also for the neck and radiofrequency will make it so that the serums are absorbed more efficiently.
All skins are different and the beautician will customise the treatments according to your skin’s needs and also can recommend the best after care.
All the treatments are better in combination with a healthy lifestyle. If you want to maintain a beautiful and healthy looking skin don’t forget to drink plenty of water during all the 4 seasons, apply sun protection all the year round and try to eat as healthy a possible.
To rebalance skin during seasonal changes, Katherine Tomasso, national director of education for Yon-Ka Paris, suggests scheduling professional facial treatments at least four times a year. If you want to splurge, book facials once a month.