Whether you've got dry skin, oily skin or a combinaition of both, it's important for all of us to develop the right routine for our skin in order to get that flawless, glossy look we're all after. Not to mention the Arabian heat can be a real force to be reckoned with during the dry months of summer, making it even more important for us to look after our skin.
BAZAAR spoke to two skincare specialists in the UAE: Rebecca Treston, Founder and Manager of Rebecca Treston Aesthetics at Euromed Clinic, and Mairead Wilkinson, a Beautician at Pastels Salon in Jumeirah, to compile a list of everything you need to know about the best facials for all different kinds skin types.
Here's what they had to say:
Should different skin types get different facials?
Rebecca: Yes, but there are common denominators irrespective of skin type. These include exfoliation, to stimulate lymphatic drainage and soother, repair and hydrate. There will be an element of these steps in each facial but the products used will depend entirely on the products chosen, which will be determined by skin type. In general, most facials have the same regime but you change the products to suit the client’s skin.
Mairead: Yes. The facial that will best suit your skin depends on multiple factors, namely the person’s age, the condition of the skin and the environmental factors they face. I always advise my clients to drink lots of filtered water and add mint, ginger lemon/lime to help keep the skin hydrated and to aid with digestion. This will make the skin much clearer and brighter and ensure that any facial you do have will have maximum benefit.
Why are facials important, particularly for women in this region?
Rebecca: Facials are an important part of any skincare. What most people fail to understand fully is the concept of the epidermal barrier. As we age, we lose a lot of collagen (1-2% per year) and this can lead to the epidermal cells not turning over properly, which in turn leads to the corneocytes (the cells of the outermost part of the epidermis) becoming thick and flaky. These are not able then to absorb water and active ingredients and it also means moisture is lost from the skin. Facials are important to regulate the epidermal function and keep skin healthy.
Mairead: Facials are important living in a hot, humid climate as the skin is bombarded with multiple external stressors, which can cause increased breakouts. Living in a desert climate with constant sun exposure, as well as temperature changes when you move from the hot outdoors into AC plays havoc with the skin and will leave it drier. Committing to a regular facial regime will help to mitigate the negative impacts and keep skin look fresh and rejuvenated.
The best facial for oily skin, and why?
Rebecca: I believe a combination of hydrafacial and microdermabrasion is best as both work to remove the sebum from the skin. With facials, it is important to add products such as salicylic acid which will help to regulate the skin.
Mairead: Skin types prone to oiliness means they have overactive sebaceous glands that produce more oil than is needed. Treatments and products that feature salicylic acid, which is a hugely powerful Beta Hydroxy Acid will exfoliate the skin. For those who have an eco-conscience, you can choose the Deep Cleanse facial from Eminence Organics (a long-time favourite range with Meghan Markle!), which utilises a slow release natural salicylic acid to keep oiliness at bay.
The best facial for dry skin, and why?
Rebecca: For mature and dry skins, a facial such as Oxygeno is terrific. This treatment uses Radiofrequency (RF) and Carboxy enzyme therapy to oxygenate the skin and exfoliate the upper layers. The RF will stimulate fibroblasts, vascularity and drainage and we can also infuse collagen into the skin to soothe and hydrate it.
Mairead: I base facials for this skin type around the Guinot Aromatic facial. This is a 45-minute soothing treatment that combines essential oils, a relaxing massage to hydrate, balance and energize the skin, and a plant-concentrate enriched mask. This will definitely leave skin glowing. Post-treatment I always teach my clients a few exercises, which can be used to release more moisture into the skin and to help skin stimulate its self-cleansing.
The best facial for acne-prone skin, and why?
Rebecca: The hydrafacial is great for acne as you are using acids to degrease the sebum and decongest the skin. I also like to use carbon peels as it reduces the sebaceous glands and kills bacteria.
Mairead: Facials that have products with Sulphur-based ingredients can work wonders at clearing up acne-prone skin types. Clay masques can also help with these skin-types so look out for facials that have them. A facial such as the Eminence Organics Citrus Cleanse facial purifies and clarifies the skin without drying it out.
The best anti-pollution facial, and why?
Rebecca: To ensure you counteract the damage done by free radicals, you need to have a facial that is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Mairead: An oxygen facial is a terrific option as it will infuse the skin with antioxidants and Vitamin C. I personally love the Guinot Age Summum treatment as it crams the skin with moisture and features massaging steps, which enhance relaxation – a real need for those with stressful office-based jobs!
The best facial for combination skin, and why?
Rebecca: For this skin type, you can choose the hydrafacial but ensure that you used products that will suit the skin’s different zones. For instance, I would use a Salicylic-based enzyme in the T-Zone and glycolic for the rest of the skin.
Mairead: Crucial for these skin types is a professionally-recommended at-home skincare regime. This should include exfoliating one or two times a week followed by a prescribed masque. In terms of salon treatments, there are plenty you can choose from but a great all-rounder is the Active Rejuvenation Treatment, which is skincare brand Nimue’s Signature Treatment. A potent yet gentle and safe active treatment delivering results, it incorporates advanced skincare ingredients which treat and rejuvenates the skin from within.
How often should we be getting a facial?
Rebecca: It really depends on the skin type but at least once per month or every 6 weeks is my recommendation for maintenance. If you have a specific issue you need addressed, then fortnightly might be needed. It is best to devise a tailor-made plan with your skincare specialist so you can ensure you choose products, treatments and a timescale that will leave your skin looking its most healthy, glowing and beautiful.
Mairead: I recommend that everyone should have a facial at least every 4-6 weeks or as the seasons change. Once you have a good relationship with your therapist she can devise a bespoke facial programme for you so you will address your skincare concerns and ensure your reach your goal of beautiful skin. It’s just like going to the gym - we all need that little help and a tailored programme to get us into a good routine and achieve the best possible results.