Updated: Sep 23
Professional facials feel great, but they also serve an important purpose — they’re the best way to keep your skin vibrant, healthy, and protected. Although a regular at-home skin care routine is essential, professional facials are more thorough and can help correct problems you can’t detect or can’t address by yourself.
It may help to think about skin care in the same way you think about dental care. Even though you brush and floss daily, you still need regular check-ups for deeper cleaning and more thorough care. In the same way, even though you wash your face and moisturize daily, you need a professional for a deeper cleaning and more in-depth care.
If you live in the Colorado Springs area, you have access to one of the most comprehensive skin care facilities — Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics. Our team of highly trained medical aestheticians, laser technicians, and registered nurses is led by the renowned Dr. Ian Walker, a board-certified plastic surgeon with 35 years of experience.
Colorado weather can be tough on your skin, and you may be experiencing several skin issues at the same time. But you don’t have to figure out what’s best for you alone. We carefully analyze your skin, diagnose any conditions you might have, and develop a facial plan tailored to your needs. Here are some general tips to help you understand facials and how to choose one for your skin type.
If your skin is healthy, and you have no complaints
If you’re fortunate enough to have healthy skin that has not yet developed any particular issues, then a basic facial or a wellness facial is a good place to start.
A basic facial includes:
· Skin analysis
· Facial massage
A wellness facial takes the basic facial to the next level by adding a nourishing mask and a relaxing massage that extends to your neck, shoulders, and hands.
If your skin is dry and showing signs of aging
As time marches on, your skin loses some of the fat that once lived just beneath the surface of your skin, which gave it that fresh, plump, youthful look. There’s also a slowdown in your natural production of collagen and elastin, the two proteins responsible for the structure and resilience of your skin. And as if that’s not enough, the sun and the environment (do you smoke or live with someone who does?) destroys your skin, accounting for about 90% of prematurely aged skin.
The result is drier, more wrinkled skin. Over-the-counter lotions and creams can only do so much to restore that moisture and texture. Our HydraFacial® is great for all skin types, but especially effective at sloughing away the dead skin cells that are making your face look dull.
A great complement to the HydraFacial is the stem cell facial, which involves taking a small sample of your own blood, reducing it into a serum of your concentrated platelets and growth factors, and injecting it into your skin, where it stimulates your own collagen and elastin production. The procedure rejuvenates your skin and returns that youthful glow.
If your skin has blemishes and acne
If you have acne, your skin needs specialized care. We formulate a facial experience for you based on the severity of your acne, the cause of it, and what your skin is presenting (whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts, discoloration, or scars). We start with a deep cleaning and exfoliation, followed by targeted extractions and skin detoxification.
If you want more from your facial
Depending on your skin and your aesthetic goals, we may recommend a medical-grade facial. This is a completely customized experience that gives you more dramatic and longer-lasting results than a basic facial.
Your medical-grade facial might include:
· A chemical peel to strip off old skin, revealing fresher, brighter, even-toned skin
· Dermaplaning to deeply exfoliate dead skin, tiny hairs, and clogged pores
· Microdermabrasion to get rid of fine wrinkles and trigger cell rejuvenation
· Microneedling to boost your body’s production of collagen and elastin
· An IPL photofacial to target pigmentation, such as sun spots and age spots
We also use the purest, safest, most effective skin care products available, as well as prescription-strength ingredients when needed. You can trust our team to help you achieve healthy skin, not just healthy-looking skin.
Dabbing on a moisturizer each day can temporarily give your skin a dewy look, but regular professional facials correct damage, feed your cells, tap into your body’s own healing resources, and give you long-term results.