Which facial treatment is best for my skin type?
From breakouts to dryness, everyone experiences different skin issues. Because of this, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to facial treatments. There is a wide range of facial treatments out there, each formulated to tackle specific skin types and conditions. So, it is important that the facial treatment you select is well suited to your personal skin type if you want to achieve glowing, healthy skin.
To give you some insight, here is a complete guide to the most effective facial treatments based on common skin types and conditions.
This guide is broken into two simple seps:
- Identifying your skin type
- Identifying which facial treatments suit your skin type
By the end of this article, you should have a clear idea of your skin type and condition, and how to treat it with a facial that’s right for you.
Identifying your skin type
Before implementing any facial treatments into your skin care routine, you must first be aware of your skin type and any skin conditions you may have. This will help your dermatologist make an informed decision on which products and treatments will be most effective.
There are six main skin types that people identify with, and these include:
Normal skin can be identified as being well-balanced and generally low maintenance. If you have normal skin, you will still experience issues such as dryness or blemishes, but these issues are easily resolved with the correct skin care routine.
Dry skin is characterised by tight skin that lacks moisture. If you have dry skin, you will experience patches of flaky or rough skin, which can become itchy or painful.
There are some skin conditions that cause extreme dry skin, which include:
- Eczema: An inflammatory skin condition that causes itchiness, dry skin, rashes, scaly patches, blisters, and skin infections.
- Psoriasis: An immune-mediated disease that causes scaly patches of dry skin. This can cause itchiness and painful tears in the skin.
If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, discuss it with your dermatologist before undergoing any facial treatment.
Oily skin has a shiny appearance and feels greasy to the touch. If you have oily skin, you tend to have large pores due to overactive sebaceous glands, which can cause breakouts and blackheads.
Some people may mistake cystic acne as being a result of oily skin, but this is a separate condition which should be treated differently. Cystic acne can be characterised by painful clusters of cystic pustules on the skin, which require medical treatment and often leave scarring. If you have cystic acne, discuss it with a dermatologist before your facial, to ensure the treatment doesn’t cause further issues.
Combination skin is characterised as being more than one skin type at once. If your skin type is combination, you will usually experience patches of greasy and shiny skin around your t-zone but dry and flaky skin on the rest of your face. Combination skin can be tricky to treat, but with the right care, it is possible to balance this skin type out.
Sensitive skin refers to skin that has a reduced tolerance to the application of cosmetics and personal care products. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience stinging, itching, burning, or even hives as a result of using certain products on their skin.
Mature skin refers to skin that is showing signs of ageing. Generally, if you have mature skin, you will have fine lines and wrinkles, a duller complexion, and pigmentation. Dry or sensitive skin can also be an issue with mature skin due to the skin's natural barrier being weakened over time.
Identifying your skin type: disclaimer
It is important to keep in mind that you may not always identify as being one specific skin type all the time. This is because your skin changes over time due to hormones, lifestyle, diet, and age. Nevertheless, knowing your skin type at the time of undergoing a facial treatment will ensure you leave with the best results possible every time.
Identifying which facial treatments suit your skin type
Once you have an idea of which skin type you are and if you have any notable skin conditions, you can start looking into which facial treatments will be best suited to your particular needs.
How do facials help?
Getting the right facial for your skin type will help remove dead skin, brighten and plump your face, and leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and hydrated. Getting regular facials can delay the signs of aging, relax and de-stress you, and increase blood flow to your face.
Picking the right facial
To benefit from your facial treatment, you should base it on the type of skin you have and the problems you want addressed.
Normal skin will benefit from most facial treatments, within reason. Having regular facial treatments that gently moisturise and exfoliate the skin is perfect for maintaining well-balanced skin. There is no need to have treatments that focus on deep exfoliation or heavy moisturising, as these may throw off the skin's natural balance, causing breakouts or dryness.
Dry skin will benefit from facial treatments that restore moisture to the skin and soothe pain and tightness. Treatments like the Replenish Facial use a blend of vitamins and enzymes to moisturise the skin, leaving it feeling nourished and revived. This treatment is also effective for those suffering from eczema or psoriasis.
Oily skin and acne
Oily skin will benefit from treatments that exfoliate the skin, extract dirt, and remove excess oils. Facials, such as the Jet Hydra Dermabrasion Facial, use pressured air with droplets of saline solution over the skin to deeply exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. A bespoke combination of vitamins is then infused to hydrate and nourish the skin from within. This treatment is perfect for people who suffer from excessively oily skin and breakouts.
If you suffer with acne, you will benefit from treatments that involve deep cleansing and exfoliation, to remove imbalances in the skin and reduce the appearance of scarring. Facials such as the Acne Defence Facial target stubborn acne-prone skin by deeply cleansing the skin, extracting blocked pores, and applying a soothing serum to leave the skin feeling nourished and clean. For those with scarring from acne, a scar treatment such as microneedling can be used to encourage your skin to naturally heal itself through releasing collagen and elastin.
Combination skin will benefit from facial treatments that combine solutions for both dry and oily skin. This is because combination skin usually experiences issues relating to more than one skin type at a time. Facials such as enzyme treatments, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion treatments, are perfect for combination skin, as they target each of the skin’s problem areas individually, resulting in a smoother and more balanced appearance and feel.
Sensitive skin will benefit from treatments that soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Treatments such as light peels use natural ingredients to gently exfoliate the skin and form a natural barrier around it. This will leave sensitive skin feeling soothed, refreshed, and protected.
Mature or aged skin will benefit from facial treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots and boost collagen production to plump and rejuvenate the skin. Treatments like the Microfirm facial use a mix of microneedling and radiofrequency to penetrate the skin. This process stimulates the production of collagen, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.
To tackle dullness and dehydration, Jet Peel Facials are an effective treatment. This treatment oxygenates and hydrates the skin. Air is used to penetrate the dermis and deliver cleansers and serums deep into the skin, leaving it feeling (and looking) healthy and refreshed.
Get your facial treatment with EF MEDISPA
At EF MEDISPA, our advanced facial treatments are relaxing and enjoyable, providing added holistic benefits that can leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated. Our highly experienced therapists will listen carefully to your concerns, assess your skin, and create a bespoke treatment plan that will be tailored to your individual skin type, concerns, and treatment goals. Our bespoke methodologies, state-of-the-art equipment, and exceptional skincare products ensure you will receive the very best facial treatments at EF MEDISPA.
All treatments are tailored to the individual's personal experiences and results may vary. We recommend a one-on-one consultation with our Treatment Coordinators to discuss your treatment options. Book a consultation today to discuss your facial treatment options.