A lot of us have completed our skincare regimen from our trusty cleansers down to moisturizers that help keep our skin healthy every day. Have you ever thought if these products are enough though? We miss one very important part of our skin care regimen because it is often considered a luxury – and this is facial.

Facials are multi-step treatments for the skin that include methods such as exfoliation, steaming, extracting and masking to keep the skin clean and nourished. While our usual cleansing, toning, and moisturizing feel like it is making the cut in keeping our skin healthy; there is simply nothing we could do that could replace professional care. Facials could be quite expensive (not really – one session costs less than P700!), the importance and benefits definitely outweigh the cost.

Our skin is our body’s first line of defense and we are constantly exposed to the sun, grime, pollution and free radicals. Facials are important to keep our skin clean by keeping the surface free from grime, oil and free radicals.

Facials also aid in clearing up blemishes and pimples thanks to the steaming and extraction method. You may have heard people say to leave blackheads and whiteheads alone, but oftentimes professional care must be sought to avoid these gunk from clogging the pores.

The appearance of scars, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation are also improved with facials. Depending on the facial, a specific cream will be applied to whiten or firm the skin which is best absorbed with steam and massage. These methods also help in relaxing the facial muscles, toning the face and encouraging skin cell renewal.

To best reap the benefits of facial, it must be done monthly. The skin’s turnover cycle is 28 days long and once a month of facial is more than enough to keep skin at bay. Overdoing facial does not equate to better results; overdoing it causes adverse effects to the skin.

Without a doubt, facials are an important part of any skincare regimen. In fact, it helps the better absorption of products allowing these to work better and you would only need to do it every four weeks. This is cost-effective as the need to buy more products to combat existing skin issues are lessened – your basic routine of cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen will definitely suffice!