European Facials
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European Facials

Facials are a series of treatments meant to improve the look, feel, and composition of skin on the face and neck. There are dozens of different facials, often directed toward certain conditions or beauty wishes, such as reducing acne or fine lines. A European facial is a basic treatment meant to generally improve the look of the skin. It is often considered a great “introductory” facial, as it uses basic and uncomplicated steps to provide glowing and healthy skin.

Although salons and spas may offer slight variations, many European facials follow the same basic outline. First, the skin is cleansed to remove traces of makeup and topical build up. This is often followed by an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin and encourage cell turnover. Steam may also be used to help release dirt and oils from deep within the pores. Steam may be applied with warm towels or a steam generator placed over the face.

After that, the spa technician may perform extractions of blackheads or white heads. Extractions can be somewhat painful, and may also cause redness that lasts for several hours. Even thought, extractions can help improve the appearance of the skin, some people find them uncomfortable and distracting from the relaxing overall effect of a facial. Most technicians will be happy to skip the extraction portion of a facial if the patient requests it.


Some European facials follow the cleansing and extraction with a facial mask customized to match skin type. The mask is typically left on for 10-15 minutes, and the spa technician may massage the neck, hands, or feet during this time. After the mask is removed, a toner and moisturizer will be applied to prevent excessive drying that can occur after deep cleansing.

The procedure can typically take between 60-90 minutes, but there are available less expensive “mini-facials” that last about 30 minutes. Be certain to inform the spa of any allergies before they begin, so they can adjust treatment options. Spa technicians will often perform a skin analysis before a European facial to ensure that the products used will benefit the client’s skin type and tone.


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