What to Look for in Facials

Mon, 25 October 2010 5:34PM

Spring has come and what better time to treat yourself to a facial. Spring is the season to detox your skin and take a fresh look at the products you’re using. Throw out really old products that are not working for you anymore, start a new regime or a course of facials and watch your skin bloom like the flowers.

Why a facial? Remember your skin is a living organ, it needs looking after like a baby growing up in stages. The celebs you see here on this website all have a facialist. See their skin – it’s glowing, clean, plump. It’s how you want your skin to look.

You know how you go to a dentist at least twice a year for professional advice and a good clean? Think of a facial like it’s a check-up for your skin. It’s needs to be deep cleansed, hydrated, maintained, and guided by an expert. Plus you get to feel like a princess for an hour.

As a celebrity facialist, I see treating people’s skin as an honour. I love to see the skin improve over time and reach its full potential. I also love the smile on my clients’ face’s as they leave.

So how do we go on about finding the right treatment, and what do we look for?

Products: This is important. Be sure to ask what products the salon is using. If you have a product line you’re keen to try, then this is the best way to experience it before investing in the whole skincare regime.

Therapist: Ask if the therapist has done treatments before and if they are qualified. Remember this is your face and body that’s the canvas. Once you find a therapist that you can happily trust, you’ll eventually create a bond, like your doctor.

Salon: Would you go to a dentist that had no ambiance, was uncomfortable, unfriendly and unhygienic? I wouldn’t. So look for a reputable salon with approachable staff, a quiet location and a soothing atmosphere. A sanctuary where you can go if you need to escape from your hectic schedule.

Relax: You’re having a treatment, so relax and enjoy it. It isn’t just a facial, it should be relaxing physically and mentally. Go on the weekend when you’re not thinking about work or uni exams or when you don’t care about your hair getting greasy before a hot date.

My Top Five Facials:
Organic/Natural Facials: Using organic and natural products. Great for sensitive skins, also for people who are avoiding chemicals while on a detox program.
Option: JW Organics Revive Facial, Priori Coffeeberry Yoga Facial.

Deep Cleansing Facials: These will usually include a professional grade exfoliation, extractions, and a purifying mask. Suitable for most skin types, especially oily or acne prone skin. Most salons will include a skin consult. This is great for beginners or for a first facial.
Option: MD Formulations Classic Glycolic Peel.

Spa/Relaxation/Aromatherapy Facials: If you love massage, spa facials are the way to go. These use aromatherapy products to treat and relax.
Option: Decleor Aroma Infusion Facial, Carita.

Hydrating Facials: All salon treatment menus would have this. Hydration is essential for all skins, even acne prone. Especially great after winter or after a long flight when you’re dehydrated. Exfoliation, serum infusion, massage and nourishing cream masks are used.
Option: Priori Wellness Prescription Facial.

Full-On Results Facials: Usually your therapist will design a treatment plan. This can include a course of peels, Omnilux, Microdermabrasion, Laser, Intense Pulse Light and prescribed skincare to use at home in conjunction with treatments.
Option: Course of Omnilux revive and plus Lights.

Gwen Giorla is a beauty therapist.

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  • Posted by: Ena Carter // Mon, 25 October 2010 08:56pm

    I love love Gwens facials. I use to come to her alot, when she had her salon in bondi Junction.I would highly reccomend her!

  • Posted by: kristii Newbie // Mon, 25 October 2010 10:37pm

    hey, Gwen, ive been using Dermalogica
    which has been great but im thinking of something organic like Sodashi or Kora

    whats your view on intraceuticals oxygen facials?

    what do you think.

    thank you.

  • Posted by: Pink Berry // Tue, 26 October 2010 06:27pm

    Wow, thanks Gwen for a great read. Im going to book for a facial. Is it possible if i can book one with you? where is your salon?

  • Posted by: Gwen Giorla // Fri, 29 October 2010 09:43am

    Hi Kristy,
    Its great to hear that your looking after your skin!! With regards to organic/natural products, its a personal preference.Ask youserlf what your skin concerns are, what you would lilke to achieve with your skincare? I like to think of Organic skincare philosphy as more for “feeding” and “nourishing’ the skin, healing, soothing- more gentle and holistic approach. For organic, look at ingredients with herbal extracts so you can benefit with anti aging.
    If you have anymore questions, let me know.

  • Posted by: BettyBoo Master Fan // Sat, 19 February 2011 07:14am

    Gwen, I’m loving reading your posts. Thanks for the tips.

  • Posted by: SorayaRosalie Enthusiast // Sat, 2 April 2011 07:48pm

    Sigh, if only I could actually afford a facial!

  • Posted by: nidhi12345 Enthusiast // Fri, 13 May 2011 06:58pm

    I really want to try a Deep Cleansing facial because my skin is very oily and prone to acne..

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Mon, 11 July 2011 06:35pm

    a hydrating facial sounds just divine… ow i would love to relax and get my skin refreshed

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Fri, 4 November 2011 02:23pm

    Hydrating facial sounds like the one for me.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 11 July 2015 10:41am

    I use several different types of facial mask, cloth, clay, gel and cream. Each have a role to play for skin, it depends what my skin needs as to which mask I use for the week.


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