Clinical facials vs. Regular facials

Lets look at the differences between clinical and regular spa facials and get a better understanding on the two. Before we dive into the two, it’s important to look at a little bit of history on facials in general.

The Romans, the Greek and the Egyptians were the first to discover and experiment clay mixes, mud mixes as well as milk to use in their beauty rituals. In those times the use of such natural elements was only obtained for those in power such as kings and queens, eventually becaming part of the aristocart society during the renaissance era with more purified and luxurious mixes.

As time went by and more natural elements were discovered the availability of these beauty rituals became more obtainable to everyone. The first ever spa was introduced by Elizabeth Arden in 1910, known as the Manhattan’s Red door salon, it was one of the first to bring the facial movement in united states and Canada although many Europeans where already practicing facials, hence why so many of the early facials were called “the European facial”.

Now that we have learned a little bit of the facial “spa” history lets breakdown the difference between the traditional and the clinical facials.

Traditional spa facials are essential for relaxing and gently cleaning the skin, extraction of black heads or white heads, and using masks derived from natural sources. Spa facials are very aromatic and gentle and are excellent for individuals who just want to practice good skin maintenance. Over time, more and more clients were seeking results for their skin conditions and less relaxation, this ignited the huge multimillion dollar medical aesthetic movement.

Many doctors started to incorporate clinical aesthetic treatments to help with skin conditions such as rosacea, melisma, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and vascular issues on the skin. With this movement the spa industry quickly changed and began training staff in clinical services to stay up to date with clients needs, so the clinical facial was born.

Clinical facials are preformed by clinical aestheticians using active medical grade skin care products that cater to specific skin concerns for visible results. Many clinical facials are not long and don’t use a lot of manual movements instead many clinical facials are preformed with medical grade equipment.

These are some of the most popular clinical treatments being preformed using varies instruments and equipment, dermaplaning, microneedling, laser facials, LED light therapy, laser carbon mask, pixel lasers and resurfacing fraxel and co2 treatments.

So as you can see there is quite a bit of difference between traditional facials and clinical facials, here are the key tips to look for when deciding on what type of facial treatment to pick.

Spa/traditional Facial

  1. Are you looking for a relaxing experience
  2. Do you have normal skin without concerns
  3. Do you enjoy aromatic and massage during your facial
  4. Do you practice regular skin maintenance at home

Clinical Facials

  1. Do you have skin concerns that aren’t going away with regular facials
  2. Do you have hyperpigmentation
  3. Do you have small little veins around your nose that bother you
  4. Do you suffer from acne
  5. Rosacea
  6. Melisma
  7. Fine lines and wrinkles
  8. Sundamge

Following those few pointers above will help you decide on the type of facial you need now that you have learned the difference between the two types of facials.