Usually, the esthetician starts by wrapping your hair with a towel or headband to keep product off to hair. The first step is thorough cleansing, using cotton pads esthetician wipes or sponges. Most professional facials do a double-cleanse.
Skin Analysis and Cleansing. Depending on whether you have make-up on, the esthetician might look at your skin under a bright magnifying lamp first.
Most facials use a machine that directs a thin vapor of warm steam to your face. This is relaxing and helps softens up any blackheads and whiteheads to be extracted. If you have very sensitive skin, the esthetician may not use the steam.
Mechanical exfoliants have a gritty texture that rubs away the surface dead skin cells. This type of exfoliation usually happens during the steam.
This is the removal of blackheads or whiteheads if you want it and need it. People have different pain tolerance for extractions. They can be uncomfortable, especially on thin or ruddy skin. Extractions can cause broken capillaries and discoloration if done improperly.
Facial massage using classic strokes like effleurage to both relax you and stimulate your skin and facial muscles.
Facial mask targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature) and condition.
Final application of toner, serums, moisturizer, and sunscreen if it's daytime.