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Unclogs Skin Pores and Flushes Out Toxins
This spa treatment always begins with a hot sauna bath, which efficiently opens up and unclogs the pores on your face. Sweating naturally expels excess or unused amounts of sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium from your system. Your perspiration also contains trace amounts of minerals like zinc, copper, iron, nickel, and lead that the body doesn't need at all. After flushing out these toxins through your sweat glands, it's time for the next step, which is deep cleansing.
Removes Deep-Seated Dirt, Excess Oils, and Bacteria
Essentially, a deep facial cleanse effectively removes deep-seated dirt, excess oils, and microorganisms, like staphylococcus aureus, from your sebaceous glands. The presence of these three almost always leads to skin infections, such as acne vulgaris, which could develop quickly from bad to worse. As your sebaceous glands go into overdrive, an oily sheen forms on your skin to stop it from losing more moisture and drying out in winter. After a day or two, your skin would have collected so much dust and smoke particles, bits of make-up, sweat, and sebum. So, your pores virtually act as microscopic Petri dishes for bacteria to thrive.
At this stage, a small amount of your preferred deep cleansing facial wash or scrub with antibacterial properties is applied to your moistened skin. With the tips of your fingers, gently scrub your face with slow circular motions. Make sure you thoroughly washed the exposed skin on your forehead, nose, cheeks, and jawline. Be careful not to scrub too hard on the sensitive areas around your eyes and mouth.
Removes Dead Skin and Increases Blood Flow
Mostly, exfoliation follows the deep cleanse stage. Some spas insert the quick removal of blackheads and whiteheads before a potentially microdermabrasive procedure that would remove those bits of dead skin from the topmost layer of your epidermis. The light scraping and rubbing creates friction, which stimulates blood circulation. The skin produces a fresh layer of healthy, growing epidermal tissue and pushes it up to the surface. After completing this stage, the new layer of skin cells is ready to receive nourishment through a facial mask. This mask also releases the remaining toxins that haven't been flushed via the sweat glands or sebaceous glands.
The final steps in a facial spa treatment are the application of the facial masque and the relaxing scalp and facial massage. These will be discussed in a future blog post, which will include quick and easy recipes for natural face masks you can whip up in your kitchen.