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Are facials just another pressure on us to spend money?

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FelizNavidaddies Mon 15-Dec-14 18:52:00

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gonegrey56 Mon 15-Dec-14 18:56:19

I would not waste money on what I would call a superficial facial , eg something you could do yourself . I have occasional "medical grade " facials , with microdermabrasion or IPL . They make a difference ! But it sounds as though you are already taking good care of your skin .

FelizNavidaddies Mon 15-Dec-14 18:57:51

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chanie44 Mon 15-Dec-14 19:01:03

I love having facials, although I look at it as more of a treat than a skin care necessity, as I can't afford to have them very often.

Even if I could afford to have them more often, I don't think it would hugely improve my skin - I think it's more important to look after your skin everyday.

Pippidoeswhatshewants Mon 15-Dec-14 19:05:21

I think facials are a complete waste of time. Anybody can exfoliate, steam and moisturise at home for a fraction of the price. They can be a expensive way of spending some me time, though.

Medical, more invasive facials are a different matter altogether.

I get sucked into the "oh, I must treat myself to a facial" thing every few years, and I walk away disappointed every time.

AuntySib Mon 15-Dec-14 20:02:44

Can't see the point of facials. As far as I can see, they either have no effect, or actually contribute to flare-ups.

My Mum and ( and her mother) has the loveliest skin at 75. Her secret? Stay out of the sun. That's it. Oh, and don't use harsh things like soap on your face.

She occasionally used Oil of Ulay when younger, but not regularly, and is currently trying Boots Protect and Perfect, which apparently is the only cream that has been shown to have any effect at all. She thinks it may be slightly reducing the ( few) lines around her mouth.

I suspect good skin is the result of a combination of genetics, good health and good fortune.
.If you sleep well, stay hydrated and remove dirt, as well as avoiding the sun, you are well on the way. But I've never heard of products/facials making much much difference to anyone with troubled skin. If there was anything guaranteed to work, we'd be noticing the difference, and hearing all about it.

FelizNavidaddies Mon 15-Dec-14 20:39:23

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gonegrey56 Mon 15-Dec-14 20:50:05

The nurse or doctor does a more thorough exfoliation , either through microdermabrasion or a peel. You can also have broken veins zapped, age spots treated etc . Then sometimes some sort of blue light is used, to help prevent outbreaks . These work for me and make my skin glow ! But just going to a local hair and beauty salon to have a face pack , quick shoulder massage and cream applied is not worth it, at least in my experience . Hope this clarifies what I meant .

SanityClause Mon 15-Dec-14 20:54:29

I love having a facial. Just lying back and having someone fuss me for a whole hour. Heaven!

Blue2014 Mon 15-Dec-14 20:56:05

My facialist is amazing, I often have acne and she's the only thing ever (medication, Chinese medicine, expensive skin care, diet changes) to make a difference. It bloody hurts though, as far as facials go - for me no pain no gain!

arlagirl Mon 15-Dec-14 20:57:24

I have a dermalogica facial every 6 weeks...I love the extraction, face massage and 15 minute head and scalp massage.
I've gone to her for 15 years and everyone comments on my skin.
I have Caci wrinkle treatment every 6 weeks too. Used to have microderm abrasion but too harsh for me. She has also zapped broken veins for me and lasered leg and bikini line.

EmGee Mon 15-Dec-14 21:00:01

I would say a waste of money. Talking from hindsight here! Used to spend a small fortune on all of that. Now I hardly do anything and my skin in all honesty looks no worse; if anything, it looks better.

Nice as a pampering/relaxing session though (until they start extracting....ouch!)

Siarie Mon 15-Dec-14 21:15:44

I was told by a lovely Italian who looked about 20 but was in her 40's It's all about UV protection. Even in places like the UK day to day.

I find microdermabrasion does work but you can buy a great home treatment from boots no7 range whichever was recommended to me by someone who does magazine covers models makeup.

EmilyGilmore Mon 15-Dec-14 21:20:56

I have them occasionally because I find it so relaxing (except last time when the extractions were so painful I was a heartbeat from asking her to stop).

It never makes any discernible change to my skin. It's just relaxing, lying down with your eyes closed and your phone off for an hour.

mowglik Mon 15-Dec-14 21:53:57

I have them from time to time cos I feel like it's a pampery thing to do but I never notice any difference in my skin after. I do like the massage bit but prefer body massages. Think you are right and best to spend that money on good skin care and treat yourself to an at home pampering session in the bath instead

Fabulassie Tue 16-Dec-14 06:39:33

I had some peels done and was underwhelmed.

I do think my skin looks better since I started a proper regime (I use Olay Regenerist stuff, the Boots cleansing brush, and doing double cleansing), but I won't spend any more money than that because there's really not that much to be done to skin. Smoking, sun, and genetics are pretty much everything.

specialsubject Tue 16-Dec-14 10:08:27

yes, it is a waste of money, although not if you find it a pleasurable experience.

wear sunscreen, don't smoke, have the right parents.

WalkingInaWhippetWonderland Tue 16-Dec-14 10:27:52

It's a waste of money. As are expensive beauty creams.
Use sunscreen+hat, drink loads of water, general healthy lifestyle and good genes.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 16-Dec-14 10:37:10

I disagree. A great facial tailored to your skin is great for maintenance.

Sloughing away the dead skin, extracting gunk and treating problem areas is totally worth it.

ThrowAChickenInTheAir Tue 16-Dec-14 10:47:35

I've only ever had a couple but wasn't very impressed.

We had to have a huge overblown 'chat' at the beginning. Then there was about 10/15 mins half way through where I was left on my own lying on a table supposedly relaxing under a towel, followed by a big lecture at the end with a fair bit of hard sell to buy the products.

And my skin looked no better or worse than after anything I've done myself.

shins Tue 16-Dec-14 11:07:38

I think something like microdermabrasion or a peel makes a difference, but the regular ones are useless though pleasant enough. I have a few glycolic peels a year and I think it makes more of a difference if you're older (I'm 42) - your skin can get duller and flakier more quickly. I have good skin. I eat well, don't smoke or go in the sun, but my beautician insists it's 90% genes, which kind of undermines her whole profession! smile

kaykayblue Tue 16-Dec-14 14:08:53

Having a sun cream in your daily moisteriser makes a much bigger difference than facials.

I've never had a facial in my life, and my skin looks exactly the same as people who have them done religiously.

I do think having a good skin care routine is important - keeping the skin clean and hydrated. But you can do that for absolute peanuts chez toi.

pinkfrocks Tue 16-Dec-14 15:24:55

Waste of money.
Buy a good exfoliator.
use sunscreen spf 25 all year round.
Avoid the sun on your face.
Eat healthily with plenty of good fats and little or no booze.
Exercise.
Watch your weight.
Be happy and have lots of sex.

All better for a glow than someone applying a few creams and charging £50

specialsubject Tue 16-Dec-14 18:12:36

as ever, ask for evidence. There is none at all that facials have any physical effect beyond that of a good wash.

but if you enjoy the experience, go for it.

FelizNavidaddies Wed 17-Dec-14 08:54:41

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