Many people look to facials to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne to wrinkles. A skilled esthetician, using superior techniques and products, can help you address most of these issues to some extent, but facials are not miracles, and they absolutely do not replace what you use at home on a daily basis.
Here is a list of what one session of facial cannot do
- Eliminate acne
- Permanently remove pigmentation and freckles
- Replace cosmetic procedures
- Lift sagging skin (Not immediate but gradually in few sessions)
- Eliminate dark circles and puffy eyes
- Treat rosacea or persistent redness (Not immediate but gradually in few sessions)
Esthetician & Dermatologist: Who to go to
To state the obvious, anything more than basic skin concerns would require a doctor’s eye. This includes the list above. As for serious cosmetic treatments, dermatologists today are trained in cosmetic dermatology and can even perform fillers, injections, and laser treatments.
On the contrary, an esthetician can address a variety of skin concerns depending on his/her expertise and your needs. Basically, if you are seeking less invasive, more organic ways of treating your skin, give facials a try!
The Facial Decisions
Sad, but true. Facials won’t give instant gratification the way cosmetic procedures (e.g. botox) do. So are you wasting your precious dollars on an hour plus of treatment? Not quite. People who invest in facials and skincare will find that they can age gracefully and naturally without major skin problems. Think of it as a way of “pay now and save later” on cosmetic procedures. For the best treatment around, see both.