Put Your Best Face Forward
Learn why facials are an essential part of your healthy
Whether it's a rewarding sunrise hike,
mastering a new sushi recipe or curling up with a great new read,
it feels good to take time for nurturing activities that help us
recharge and reconnect. Stress-relieving spa treatments are other
excellent ways to enhance your well-being, and the good news is you
should begin to do it more often - to better your health.
While you might think there isn't enough time for regular spa
treatments, Howard Murad, M.D., founder of Murad Inc., says you
should schedule facials just like you do regular exercise or
"Facials should not be considered a luxury; they have necessary
health benefits," he says. "Not to
mention, the obvious benefit of facials is that you are able to
relax and take time for yourself. That's critical to your overall
How It Works
It's important you practice good skincare at home, but a facial
isn't the same. What is different from your day-to-day regimen is
that during a facial your skin is bathed in higher concentrations
of powerful vitamins and antioxidants. Your skin needs these
"For example, compared to your treatment product at home, during
the facial those ingredients are two to three times as strong. And
they are able to penetrate better because your skin is softened,"
says Dr. Murad.
With all your daily obligations, meetings and responsibilities,
it might seem difficult to pack another appointment into your
month. But your skin needs it.
"People generally associate facials with pampering or special
occasions," says Dr. Murad. "But
we need to change that way of thinking. Begin associating facials
with health instead."
In addition to the obvious skin benefits, spa facials offer total body benefits. "We
have to understand that the entire body is connected. Treating your
face and the healing power of touch affect every organ and every
system in your body," Dr. Murad says.
The Great Outdoors
Every day you are exposed to elements in the environment that
wreak havoc on your
complexion. "Regular facials cleanse and treat the skin to
maximize your barrier function. Without that protection, you are
more susceptible to inflammatory damage," Dr. Murad says.
At a Massage Envy Spa, you can request a specific facial called
the Environmental Shield Vitamin C
Infusion Facial Treatment, which reduces signs of aging and helps
protect your skin from outside
elements, such as pollution, sunlight and wind, and everyday
Maximize Your Experience
"Prior to your facial, make healthy lifestyle choices such as
eating fruits and vegetables, exercising and getting plenty of
sleep. You'll be able to reap more benefits of your facial," says
When you arrive for your appointment, be prepared to communicate
with your esthetician about your most pressing skin concern.
Whether it's wrinkles, acne, sun damage or simply stress, your
esthetician can recommend the best facial for you.
Make the most of your spa experience by scheduling a massage before your facial so you
head-to-toe relaxation. And as soon as you step into Massage Envy,
put your stressors aside and forget your to-do list.
Remember that facials are just one element of your healthy
lifestyle. "You need to take time to
go spend time with friends, meditate, take a class you've been
excited for but have been putting off - anything that brings you
joy and happiness. These things will fill you with deep
satisfaction and a passion for life that will keep you not only
looking but feeling younger."
-By Julie Wlodychak