Did you know your skin accounts for almost 16 percent of your overall body mass? It’s the largest organ in your body. It’s waterproof and soft enough to allow movement but tough enough to resist tearing, plus it keeps out bacteria. It’s also a good indicator of your overall health. Now that you know all of the amazing things your skin does for you, how do you take care of it? Especially the skin on your face.
Even if we don’t have blemishes or hyperpigmentation, monthly facials are a good way to reduce stress, improve your overall well-being and create younger-looking skin.
One of my earliest memories is of my mother, standing in front of the big picture window in our living room with a partially dried, blue mud mask on her face. I remember this because one of the neighborhood boys, who was riding by on his bicycle, started beating his chest and screaming when he saw her. I thought it was hilarious.
In my 20’s, I started giving myself facials at home, and in my mid-40s, I started seeing a professional esthetician on a regular basis. During Covid, I let my practice lapse, but at the beginning of this year, I began going to Adrianna Rodriguez at Beauty Lab in San Antonio, and my skin has never looked better! Ever!
Many women think facials are just a frivolous way to pamper themselves, but they are much more than that.
A professional facial:
- Activates your sympathetic nervous system
- Reduces anxiety levels and uplifts your mood
- Promotes the positive function of your other organs
- Boosts cell regeneration
- Promotes collagen development
- Promotes better blood circulation
- De-puffs the eyes
- Rejuvenates, detoxifies and tightens the skin which gives us younger-looking skin
- Helps manage blemishes and hyperpigmentation
- Allows our own personal skincare products to do their job
Monthly facials should be part of the regular maintenance we do on our skin. “The older we get, the slower the cell turnover on our skin,” Iliana Velasco said, owner of the Beauty Lab. “We can spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on skincare products, but if you’re not getting regular professional facials (deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, massage, masque, serums, and moisturizers), you’re applying your products over dead skin cells so you’re not getting the full results.
It’s not that your skincare products are bad. They aren’t able to penetrate the dead skin.
“Once you start getting professional facials, you’ll start seeing 100 percent of the results from your at home skincare. They go hand in hand.”
In addition to my monthly facials—which include a red LED light therapy to boost collagen and infuse product penetration… that’s me under the red light in the photo—Adrianna has me using Retinol, and at night, I’m double cleansing my skin with two different cleansers, which is a better way to take off my makeup than with just a single cleansing.
FYI, I have not been compensated in any way by Adrianna, Beauty Lab, or owner, Iliana Velasco, for this post. Because I’ve seen such a positive difference in my skin, I wanted to share the 10 benefits of regular facials for women over 50.