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For many women, facials are an important beauty ritual that need to be performed on a monthly basis at least to achieve glowing skin that radiates health. In order to fully reap the benefits of a facial, it’s important to choose one that’s best suited for one’s skin type.

Normal skin is neither too oily nor dry, smooth, and not sensitive to most common skincare ingredients. For people with normal skin, facials preserve the skin’s health and natural beauty. A classic facial consisting of cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and extraction if necessary is all a person with normal skin needs. However, it’s generally safe to try out more exotic facial treatments, such as oxygen facials and chocolate masks.

Oily skin is characterized by large pores, a dull or overly shiny complexion, and blemishes caused by an excess of sebum. A good facial for oily skin is one that includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and masks to draw out excess sebum and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors, such as aging, genetics, and hormonal changes. Dry skin is typically plotted with very small pores, is dull and rough, and prone to lines and wrinkles. A hydrating facial will address common dry skin issues. Some ingredients to look for in facial treatment creams and moisturizers are hyaluronic acid, which encourages increased moisture absorption and plumps up skin, and aloe, which is both moisturizing and soothing.

This skin type is the trickiest to work with, as it is actually two skin types in one. Aestheticians typically address the dry parts of the facial skin and the oily parts separately: moisturizing flaky areas and using oil-control products on the oily parts of the skin. Exfoliation also helps uncover the healthy skin underneath.

In order to prolong the beautifying effects of a facial, it’s recommended to have a daily skincare program tailored to one’s skin type. It’s also best to leave deep-cleaning facials up to the professionals, particularly for those with problematic skin.

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