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Facials FAQ

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions on Facials.

If you would like to book in for a consultation, please see the links at the bottom of this page to contact us.

Question: What products do you use in your salon for facials?

Answer: We use a professional range from a French company called Algologie. We have used this range for several years and have seen fantastic results with them. More information can be found here.

Question: I am not sure on which facial to have or which one would suit my skin type. Can you give me any advice?

Answer: When you book in for a facial, your therapist will be more than happy to assist you to determine which facial would be best suited to your particular skin type.

Question: What actually happens during a facial treatment?

Answer: Generally all facials consist of a facial scrub then a 10 minute face massage followed by a face mask. When you come in for your facial, you will be asked to remove the clothing from the top part of your body and you will be provided with a towel and blanket to cover up. If you have long hair, we would also tie this back in to a hair band to keep it out of the way. A facial treatment is definitely one of the most relaxing beauty treatments you can have.

Question: I already have wrinkles, is skincare really going to reduce them?

Answer: A combination of a rigorous homecare program of active anti-ageing products and frequent visits to a professional Beauty Therapist for more intensive treatments, will help to soften existing lines and minimise further fine lines from becoming deeper and more obvious. It is never too late to start using skincare and you are never to old to prevent further fine lines and wrinkles.

Question: My skin is very sensitive and I react to everything I use, what can I do?

Answer: A visit to a professional Beauty Therapist is your first step. She will help you determine what it is you are allergic to and can advise you on a simple skincare routine to calm your skin down.

Seaweed & Algae based ranges are fantastic for anyone who suffers with a sensitive skin. Algae is totally natural and it contains the many different minerals that a sensitive skin requires to function properly. It is very rare that a skin will experience any irritations with a natural seaweed based skincare range.

Question: Are natural based products better than chemical products?

Answer: Absolutely! The skin absorbs everything that is applied to it topically, this is easily demonstrated - if you rub a piece of garlic on the soles of your feet, after a while your breath smells of garlic! A natural product range is filled with active ingredients that fight the ageing process.

Question: At what age should I start using skincare?

Answer: A basic skincare routine of Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising prescribed for your skin type by a professional Beauty Therapist can be started at the early age of 13.

Question: What is the difference between professional skincare you can purchase at a beauty salon or a range you buy over the counter?

Answer: Professional skincare ranges are full of very active ingredients that stimulate and enhance the skin, they are prescribed by a trained professional Beauty Therapist that knows and understands the skins functions and how it should be treated for a successful result.

Question: What 3 products are essential in a beauty regime?

Answer: The 3 most important products to use are:

1. Cleanser - to remove make up, grime and impurities.
2. Toner - to remove the excess cleanser and to allow the proper absorption of a moisturiser.
3. Moisturiser - to replace lost moisture from throughout the day and to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the environment.

Question: What is wrong with using soap and water, my mother used it when she was growing up?

Answer: Most soaps are detergent based and can alter the pH level of the skin. The normal ph level is 5.5, the aggressive actions of soap can strip the skin of its natural protective layer of oil leaving the skin dry and susceptible to bacterial infections such as blemishes.

Back in the "old days" it was acceptable to use soap on the face as they were often home made with pure natural ingredients (there was nothing else available, you couldn't go to the Mall to purchase your skincare) and the climate conditions then, are not like the harsh environment of today.

Question: Why should I use a separate sunblock when my moisturiser & foundation contains it?

Answer: Due to the amount of sun protection that is mixed into these products, it is not enough to provide you with all day protection. A separate sunblock (SPF30+) should be applied after your moisturiser and before your foundation to give you a good 6 hours of protection against the UVA ageing rays, UVB burning rays & UVC cancerous rays.

For maximum protection a sunblock should always be applied 20 minutes before going out in the sun.

Question: Are toners really necessary? Can I just use water?

Answer: Yes toners are necessary - they remove the excess cleanser and prepare the skin for the application of a moisturiser. Toners are pH balanced and contain active ingredients to allow your moisturiser to penetrate into the skin. It restores the skins pH levels after a cleanser has been removed with water.

If you use water as a toner you may alter the pH levels of the skin due to the chemical content found in water.

A moisturiser will always last longer when used in conjunction with a toner.

Question: I would like to book for a facial. What do I do now and how can I find you?

Answer: We are based in Bristol - Directions can be found here. To book for a facial, follow the information or links at the bottom of this page. Please be aware that if you are a new client, we will need to take a deposit to secure your slot.

Question: I would like to purchase some homecare products. Can you advise which products I should be using?

Answer: Our therapists are professionally trained in the Algologie skin care range and would be happy to prescribe a routine that suits your particular skin type - you can check out part of the range online by clicking on this page.

Question: I do not live in Bristol, neither do I intend on using you for this treatment, can I still get more advice from you?

Answer: We are unable to reply to every email we receive and are not staffed to offer an advisory service on facials and skin care. Please seek out your local beauty salon or carry out a specific search on a search engine such as Yahoo. However, if you have a genuine enquiry on our services or would like to book in for this treatment, please do feel free to use our contact methods below. Of course we are always more than happy to offer support to our clients.

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