Reviving winter skin with a facial – 10 benefits of facials The benefits of facials are wide-ranging for any time of the year. But there are particular reasons why a facial is the perfect pick-me-up for tired and sluggish winter skin. Winter and your skin Whether it’s dryness and irritation from a blustery wind, itchy redness from sitting in front of a roaring fire, or a simple lack of fresh air and a diet not-so-rich in the nutrient-packed veggies of summer. Winter isn’t the kindest season for your skin. Winter, and its weather and lifestyle, can leave your skin dry, irritated and lacking in zest. Head outside and your skin is blasted or chilled. Head indoors and moisture is sapped away through central heating. Even that staple of dull winter evenings, the pampering bath, can leave your skin stripped of its natural protective oils. And that’s all before we have the joys of winter colds which leave our nose and mouth crying out for help from cracks and irritation. The way to keep your skin’s stamina up throughout the winter months is to have a regular facial. The benefits of regular facials are good all year around, but they are particularly important in the winter months. Facial benefits A facial isn’t just an opportunity for pampering, although this wellness benefit is enormous. It’s also a way of deep cleansing the skin, exfoliating and treating some skin concerns. Done regularly, facials help to rejuvenate and nourish the skin, improving its looks and giving you a radiant glow. Knowing all of the different facial benefits can help you keep to a regular facial pattern. Wave goodbye to stress effects Stress isn’t a good friend for your skin. Not only are you more likely to skip important parts of your skincare routine due to stress, it also makes your skin more reactive and sensitive. When you’re stressed, you’ve probably noticed that you’re more prone to breakouts, along with unusual dry patches or irritation. Stress can also make existing problems worse. A facial is blissful. Whether you opt for a classic facial of 70 minutes, or one of our other facial choices, it is pure indulgence time for you. You’ll feel the stress oozing away and your mood being lifted. This has actually been scientifically proven. Because a facial stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, it alleviates the effects of stress throughout your entire body. A seriously deep cleanse Even with the best daily skincare routine, it’s unlikely you can create the same deep cleanse that you receive in a facial. In our Facials 101 we explain what happens in a facial and why it is an incredible way of cleansing your skin. All facials are designed to open up the pores for deep cleansing. But they also include exfoliation which removes dead skin cells and the grime that builds up on your skin. Vibrancy and glow Thanks to the hands-on attention you receive during a facial, the circulation to your face is improved. The result is radiant glowing skin. Your skin doesn’t just look better, it feels better too. It’ll be smoother and have a more even texture and tone. At the same time, puffiness is drained away. Improved blood flow to your face means that it has got a better delivery system for oxygen and nutrients, ensuring it isn’t just about appearances, but benefits beneath the surface too. Anti-ageing Some facials are focused on using anti-aging products to help regenerate and protect your skin, helping it to look and feel younger. The OSKIA Ultra-Revitalising Facial is specifically designed to bring both immediate and long-term anti-aging benefits. Facials in general tighten your skin, giving it an anti-ageing boost. Detoxification Your skin has a hard time, particularly in winter with the impact of urban pollution, poorer diets and common colds. Your skin builds up the waste or toxins of everyday life and could do with some help eliminating them. Facials are the answer. Antioxidants in the facial products, combined with the deep cleansing, ensure that your skin is left detoxified. Helps your skin type There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to a professional facial. Whether your pain point is acne and scarring, dry patches, or combination skin, your facial will be tailored to your needs. This means that your particular skin type gets targeted help to be the best that it can be. Spots begone! Spots happen because your skin’s pores get blocked. A facial is deep cleansing, opening the pores and eliminating dirt which can get trapped and lead to whiteheads and blackheads. What’s more, if you have active spots, the facial therapist can safely and expertly remove these, without risking damage to your skin or a wider outbreak. Reduce those dark circles and under eye bags A bane of life for many of us during winter – dark circles and under eye bags can reveal that you are tired and stressed. Because a facial increases the circulation in the skin, these dark circles and bags can be reduced. Create super-absorbent skin A huge benefit of regular facials is that afterwards your skin is primed to absorb your skincare products more effectively. With the exfoliation of a facial, products are able to permeate your skin more effectively. Expert knowledge If you feel like you’re not quite sure whether you’re doing the right thing for your skin, having a regular facial is the answer. The expert beautician doesn’t just carry out the facial. They will also give you advice on how to care for your skin between treatments. How often and what type? We recommend a facial once a month. Speak to us about the best facial for you. At the moment, the best facial for dry skin in winter is either the Decléor Vitamin Glow (packed with vitamins and antioxidants) or the Decléor Ultimate Vitamin Glow (which includes a back massage). These facials both include a warm, purifying mask, and are great as winter facials. All Secret Spa, facials are fantastic year-round, but particularly wonderful in winter. Because we come to your home, there’s no going out in the wintry weather – you just get to enjoy the facial and its benefits.