What it is
Whether you know it or not, your skin goes through a lot on a given day whether it be sweat, pollution, or sun damage. Our skin works hard for us and it deserves some TLC from time to time. This is where facial treatments at McLean Clinic come to the rescue. Suitable for both men and women, facials are one of the best ways to clean the skin in ways that we can’t from regular cleansing by removing debris from deep inside our pores and by exfoliating the top layers of the skin that house dead cells.
Facial treatments also work to stimulate the skin and increases blood circulation to the face, which keeps the skin well hydrated and healthy. It is also a great way to ward off any signs of aging when paired with a skin care regimen and works to boost your regular maintenance routine. Depending on your needs and results you desire, McLean Clinic offers 3 state-of-the-art facial treatments to make you feel your best self yet.
Facial treatments work through a multi-step approach and is one of the best ways to care for your skin. A facial treatment at McLean Clinic will cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish the skin, which will promote a radiant, hydrated complexion that will help your skin look and feel its best. Our team of skincare experts will also give you advice on the best ways to take care of your skin depending on its needs and your concerns. Facials are the most effective when they are part of an ongoing skin care regimen.
At McLean Clinic, we offer a range of facial treatments that are specifically targeted to your particular skincare concern. Whether it be acne, aging, sun spots, or hyperpigmentation, McLean Clinic has something for you. Be sure to contact us to book your free consultation today.
How to Prepare
Prepare for your facial treatment by sticking to your regular skin care routine as best as possible. This will ensure that our esthetician sees your skin in its actual, everyday condition, which will benefit you when they are diagnosing and properly analyzing your skin in preparation for your facial. It will also help if you have a few skin concerns that you would like to especially target that you can identify with your esthetician, so they will be able to target and use products accordingly. On your appointment day, give yourself lots of time to relax and enjoy the procedure, as most facial treatments take about 1 hour to complete.
How It Works
Your facial will begin with a consultation with one of our knowledgeable skin care specialists. We will go through and have a discussion about your unique skin concerns, your diet, medications you are on, and the products you are currently using as part of your skincare routine. Medications such as Retin-A can have an effect on the type of treatment that is recommended to you.
To protect your hair from getting products off it during the treatment, your hair will be wrapped with a towel or headband. Then, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed to remove oil, debris, and makeup from the surface of your skin. Your skin will then be analyzed to determine your skin type (ie: if it’s dry or oily) and the condition it’s in (ie: acne, sun damage, blackheads) in order to customize your facial, products, and treatments to your particular needs.
Your skin will then be gently steamed with warm vapour to open up the pores. This process will also soften the skin before whiteheads or blackheads are extracted as needed.
Exfoliating products will be applied, and depending on your skin, will either be chemical or mechanical. While mechanical exfoliants have a gritty texture that remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, chemical exfoliants use acids to gently loosen the bonds between skin cells.
Facial extractions come next, which may or may not be needed, to remove blackheads and whiteheads. Our estheticians are professionals in their practice and will ensure this is done safely and effectively, without risking any damage to the skin.
Throughout the facial, a McLean Clinic esthetician will be giving your face a massage throughout, using classic strokes to relax and stimulate your skin and facial muscles.
A facial mask and final application of products will be applied to the skin, including toner, serums, and moisturizer. This will be customized and dependent on your skin type and condition.
The results of a facial treatment are subtle, but you will definitely notice an improvement in its texture and radiance almost immediately. Facial treatments at McLean Clinic will cleanse your pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, and treat your unique skin concern with a combination of toners, serums, masks, and moisturizers. This multi-step process will rejuvenate and inject nourishment into your facial complexion, resulting in skin that appears younger and healthier.
We generally recommend receiving a facial approximately once a month as part of your regular skin care routine because skin regeneration takes about the same amount of time. Aim to receive a facial at least 4 times a year during seasonal changes to keep your skin in optimal condition.
Aftercare and Recovery
Immediately after your facial, you may notice that your skin is slightly more red than usual. This is completely normal and to be expected, since your skin just received extra care and attention and new ingredients may have been used for the first time. Refrain from applying makeup or applying other products to the skin for at least a few hours so that your skin can really absorb the special treatment and products that were applied. The real benefits of the facial really kick in a few days later once the layer of dead skin cells and clogged pores vanish.
While a key aspect of receiving a facial treatment is the exfoliation aspect of it, removing the trapped dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, those with sensitive skin types may experience over exfoliation. This may occur if the skin isn’t properly evaluated in the first place or if products used for at-home skin exfoliation is not discussed at the initial consultation. However, you can rest assured that the McLean Clinic estheticians will take all necessary precautions to ensure your facial is the right fit for your skin type and concerns. The overwhelming majority of our clients are extremely satisfied with the level of service and attention to detail they recieve during their appointment.
Myths and Facts
Facials are one of the most misunderstood facial treatments available out there. Many believe that they are exclusive to female use only, and that men will not find benefits to a facial treatment. This can’t be further from the truth! Both men and women can find a range of benefits in a regular facial as part of their skin care routine to achieve healthy, radiant skin. While the skin concerns of women may differ from that of men, facials that specifically address the unique needs of men, such as razor burn and ingrown hair, dullness, and sensitivity are extremely effective.