Looking for the best facials, but confused by all the options? Here’s how to choose (and customize) your facials to what your skin needs – while avoiding all the ingredients that could irritate your skin.
Best facials for blackheads and whiteheads
All facials will start with a cleansing routine, but you decide if you’d like your aesthetician to extract whiteheads and blackheads. These are generally fine if your face is steamed to open up and soften the pores. If you have rosacea or eczema, ask for a warm cloth instead of steaming, which can worsen those particular skin concerns
Expect some discomfort, but ask her to stop if you’re actually crying from the pain — too much pressure can break your capillaries. At home, you can prevent blackheads and whiteheads with skincare designed to clear pores.
Best facials for acne or acne-prone skin
Look for “clarifying” and “purifying” facials, which are generally designed to clear the skin of any oil or skin cells that are clogging your pores. In general, the best facials will include a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, a clay mask to draw out impurities, and a lactic acid peel to exfoliate. These will work better for you than facial scrubs made from physical exfoliants like husks or sugars, which can irritate the skin and cause scars. There are some facials that use red and blue light that can reduce bacteria and heal acne. (Bothered by adult acne? Read our FAQ.)
Best facials for dull skin
Since you need to slough off dead skin cells, which contribute to dullness and highlight wrinkles and fine lines, the best facials for you will contain exfoliating ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and enzymes. Extra ingredients like Vitamin C or kojic acid can help brighten the skin.
Best facials for dry skin
Look for facials that include gentle exfoliation to remove any flakiness, and a mask that can act as a shield to “lock” in ingredients and prevent it from evaporating. This will help the product go deep into the inner skin layers, and soak your skin in all its moisturizing goodness.
Best facials for aging skin
First start with the best facials for your skin type, then ask your aesthetician to add ingredients that can help boost skin circulation, stimulate collagen production, or saturate the skin with antioxidants. Once you’re home, keep your skin at its best with these 5 superstar ingredients that fight aging