Facials 101

Types of Facials

You could probably get a facial each week of the year and never have the same treatment twice. Some facials claim to do nothing more than give you a relaxing massage. Other facials treat specific skin problems, such as acne, dryness or wrinkles. Facials can be low-tech affairs, using hand-mixed pastes and compounds, or high-tech procedures, using electrical stimulation of facial muscles to temporarily tighten skin.

Simple facials are probably what you think of when you picture the treatment -- cleaning, steaming and finishing off with a nice massage. Special facials can be tailored to your specific skin type. For example, hypoallergenic products may be part of a facial for sensitive skin.

If your eyes are looking a little tired, you might want to consider a bio-lift facial, which hones in on treating that unwanted baggage. Alpha hydroxy acid facials claim to help aging skin look more youthful, as do collagen or paraffin facials.

If mature skin isn't your problem -- rather, you're on the youthful end with too much acne, you can seek out a specialized acne facial to try to clear skin. You can also try to clear up your skin with antioxidant and pollution-fighting facials that have special ingredients formulated to fight free radicals that can contaminate and damage your skin [source: Hogan].

If you want a clear mind in addition to a clear face, consider an aromatherapy facial, which focuses on specific essential oils to calm the body and the spirit.

So now you know just a few of the many different types of facials offered at many salons and spas. Want to know more about the overall experience? Just read on.