Facials have long been a go-to for intensive skincare results. From clearing acne to boosting collagen, facials can truly make all the difference. But whether you choose to do it yourself or head to a professional, there are some details you may want to know about beforehand. How do you know which ones are worth the hype or suitable for you?
Is the vampire facial too creepy to work? What about the zombie facial you may have seen all over Instagram?
Microdermabrasion intends to make dull skin glowy by removing dead surface cells. You could describe it as a type of exfoliation, but it does much more than your everyday scrub. The process uses microcrystals to buff and polish the top layer of your skin. Then that residue is removed to reveal the softest skin of your life. Now, this facial may cause some temporary irritation or redness, especially for those with sensitive skin. So plan accordingly.
This is an intense one and is not for those looking for a relaxing day at the spa. If you have considered something like Botox but get squeamish around needles, this is the facial for you. It gives you the lifting and firmness of a more subtle facelift without the invasiveness. Instead, microcurrent facials use a low-voltage current to gently twitch the face to stimulate and tone the facial muscles. Jennifer Aniston referred to this treatment as “a little workout for your face.” If Rachel Green gets microcurrent facials, who are we to say no?
The most relaxing of the bunch are any facial titled Rejuvenating, Collagen, or Anti-Aging. These usually consist of a facial massage that loosens any stress or stiffness around your face. This is commonly caused by frowning, squinting, clenching the jaw, and similar movements. But the massage and products used in this treatment leave your skin much calmer and refreshed than you may have seen in a while.
Red Carpet Facial (Shop here)
This is also known as the Fire and Ice facial and has been very popular with Hollywood’s elite. Halle Berry uses this treatment to prep for award shows, and she’s practically ageless. This non-invasive facial provides anti-aging and glow-enhancing results immediately, so you do not need to worry about being camera-ready. With its three-step process of a peel, a serum, and a mask, the facial targets areas needing the most lift, firming, and even contour. By increasing collagen production, the red carpet facial defies gravity. Plus, even commoners like us can enjoy this luxurious beauty treatment at home for a more affordable price.
The Vampire Facial (Shop here)
You may remember when Kim Kardashian posted a photo after this facial. It caused so much curiosity in the beauty world. Although it looks painful and terrifying, it is not all that complicated. Whether suffering from acne scars, wrinkles, or dullness, the vampire facial rejuvenates the skin. Yes, there are many other less bloody ways to get those results, but this may be the next step if they fall flat.
A certified professional starts the process by drawing blood from your arm (like a regular blood test). Then comes micro-needling, which is pretty self-explanatory, and finally, your skin gets blood-derived growth factors. The whole process is tricking your skin into thinking it needs to be regenerated, so you come out with younger-looking skin. And what really makes it worth it is that the effects continue to improve your skin for months and can last up to 2 years.
Hanacure Facial (Shop here)
Taking over social media is the zombie facial. This is a South Korean method known as Hanacure. Drew Barrymore and many other celebrities and influencers have shared their experiences with the hanacure all-in-one facial on social media. While the mask dries on the skin, making you look about 200 years old, it does claim to show immediate results, including anti-aging, clarifying, lifting and firming, brightening, pore tightening, and even contouring.
24 Carat Gold Facial
Last but not least, we have the most decadent of the bunch with numerous spa options as well as at-home masks; you can look like a Grecian goddess anywhere. Many Victoria’s Secret models use this treatment backstage. You might be wondering, is this actually gold? And the answer is yes. This facial contains 24-carat gold foil. One of the reasons these have become so popular, other than the apparent reason — they look stellar, are the numerous benefits this precious metal offers. From improving tone and texture to reducing redness, wrinkles, and dark spots, the composite of this treatment allows the skin to become more absorbent. So if you have the budget, why not shine while giving your skin a treat?
So there it is—the breakdown of all the latest facial trends. With that, you should always consult your esthetician or dermatologist about what is best for you before taking the plunge.