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									      Take years off your face

       By Riddhima Seal Wednesday 16 March 2011 03:26 PM IST

       Our skin is a mirror of our inner health and well-being. The right diet, combined with the
       right exercise and a simple beauty routine does wonders to the way we look and feel
       every day. read more ...


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       Take years off your face
By Riddhima Seal

Our skin is a mirror of our inner health and well-being. The right diet, combined with the
right exercise and a simple beauty routine does wonders to the way we look and feel
every day.

The skin has a dual role of protection (from foreign, toxic substances) and the transfer
point (for the release of toxins from our bodies becomes) and in the process it tires out
when there is a work overload. It then craves a little more care than just the regular
cleansing-toning-moisturising routine.

This is where facials come in: a deep and thorough cleansing procedure that is known to
remove impurities embedded within the pores while replenishing essential nutrients to the

Why facials are so good
Research reveals facials come with several benefits, both physical and psychological.
"Facials counteract the effects of pollutants and sun exposure, helping cleanse, rehydrate
and rejuvenate skin.

They can also be used as a mild treatment to take care of skin blemishes, dead skin and
early wrinkles. It's best to start them at 25, when the skin begins to undergo its first round
of wear and tear. Regular facials also ensure better penetration of anti-ageing skincare
products," explains Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Apratim Goel.

According to beauty expert, Shahnaz Hussain, one of the pioneers of facials in India,
"Facials help maintain the oil-moisture balance of the skin, along with the acid-alkali
balance. And since facials aid in the toning of both skin and muscles, it also doubles up
as an effective anti-ager, when done on a regular basis, ideally once every month beyond
the age of 30. Besides, it helps relax every muscle on the face and neck, bringing about a
soothing effect." Every facial follows a few basic steps, each of which comes with
individual benefits.

Deep cleansing and toning: The skin is deeply and thoroughly cleaned with a gentle
cleanser to remove impurities and pollutants thereby improving blood circulation to the
face almost immediately. This also helps products penetrate the skin faster, during the
facial as well as later. Toning on the other hand aids in faster cell renewal preserving
firmness and elasticity of the skin.

Exfoliation: Exfoliation with specific products (depending on the facial one opts for)
boosts renewal of skin cells, making skin appear brighter and more translucent. This is
mostly done with anti-oxidant creams used to help prevent free radical damage. This
apart, it also helps remove blackheads significantly opening the clogged pores and
allowing skin to breathe.
Massage: The most relaxing part of a facial, the gentle and rhythmic strokes relaxes
muscles, thus increasing blood circulation, which in turn aids the removal of toxins and
waste from the body and delays the onset of wrinkles.

Face masks: Available in various types such as firming, whitening, Vitamin C, etc., they
are known to remove oiliness, shrink pores and add moisture to the skin, lending it a
translucent feel. Herbal masks, on the other hand, improve cell renewal signficantly.

Choose your own beauty routine
With a flurry of options, it is important you choose your facials with care for maximum

Extremely sensitive/Acne-Prone Skin: "Facials are best avoided for people with very
sensitive skin, acne or very oily skin or those with skin conditions such as rosacea. Clean-
ups work best for such skin types which comes with the benefits of a facial, but reduced
massage time, which is considered harmful for those with such skin types. Scrubbing is
also a complete no-no for such skin," says Delhi-based dermatologist Charulata Bose.

Normal to oily skin: Go for a basic facial (a fruit facial, an oxygen-based facial) that
stresses on cleansing, toning and a good face mask, advises Hussain.

Dry skin: Opt for facials that focus on massage and thick creams. This will help the
cream penetrate deep in, thereby providing necessary hydration, suggests Bose.

What you should look out for
While facials come with a host of benefits, they are effective only when done the right
way by qualified, experienced professionals and in completely hygienic conditions, with
safe, high-quality products, cautions Goel. "Wrong massage techniques can cause skin to
sag, leading to more prominent wrinkles," says Bose.

1. Know the ingredients and the brands being used on your face.

2. Test if you are allergic to any ingredient in the products. If you're experimenting with a
new kind of facial, do a patch test of the major ingredients well in advance in order to
rule out allergies.

3. Ensure your therapist uses only fresh products, especially in case of
natural/organic/fruit facials.

4. Never peel away pimples as these could leave painful sores and permanent scars.

5. Make sure the spa/salon maintains good hygiene standards to avoid any kind of

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