Most holistic and conventional facials share a similar routine of cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising – but the similarities generally stop there. Holistic facials look at the person as a whole, not just their skin. They also avoid the use of harsh chemicals and processes. Let’s look at these, and some of other the differences between holistic and conventional facials in more detail.
Holistic facials look at the whole person
One of the biggest differences between holistic and normal facials is in their focus. During a holistic facial your therapist will look beyond your skin for clues to your treatment. Many skin problems are actually the result of something deeper, such as poor diet, high levels of stress, or hormonal changes. Depending on your history, your therapist may recommend getting more exercise, changes to your diet, drinking more water, or even relaxation techniques as a way to improve your skin.
Holistic facials use organic, non-toxic products
Another big difference between holistic and conventional facials is in the products used during treatment. A holistic facial should use products made with all natural, organic ingredients. Our skin absorbs a large percentage of what we put on it, so products shouldn’t contain synthetic preservatives, perfumes, colours or petroleum-based ingredients. All natural, organic products are generally more skin-friendly and less likely to cause irritation. Products used in holistic facials are generally cruelty-free as well.
Holistic facials use massage, not machines
Most salons doing holistic facials don’t use procedures like microdermabrasion. These techniques are often too harsh for sensitive skin and over time can cause skin to become even more sensitive. Therapists using holistic practices generally opt for facial massage instead. Facial massage improves circulation, removes toxins and stimulates the production of collagen, keeping skin looking younger and healthier. It’s also great for easing headache pain, reducing stress overall, and relieving sinus and nasal congestion.
Holistic facials don’t include extractions
Extraction is the process of clearing clogged pores manually or using a machine. Holistic facials generally avoid extractions, as they can actually cause breakouts and damage skin. Holistic facials are designed to bring oil and dirt to the surface using carefully selected organic products and facial massage. Steaming is also generally not used in holistic facials.
Holistic facials are great for sensitive skin
Holistic facials are good for any skin type, but especially for those with sensitive skin. Without the use of harsh chemicals, machinery or forceful techniques, holistic facials are well suited for those with more delicate skin.
Holistic facials aren’t just for the spa
Don’t have time to book a facial with the busy Christmas rush? You can do your own holistic facial at home. We carry a wide range of facial gift kits to get you started. One of our favourites is the Suki Mini Skin Care Kit. With seven 100% all natural products, this nourishing blend will help bring dry, fragile or combination skin back to life. And don’t skip the massage just because you’re at home. For tips on how to do a facial self massage, check out this tutorial by mindbodygreen. A DIY facial massage will help improve circulation, reduce tension and give your skin a healthy, radiant glow.