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Facials 101: A Beginner's Guide to Achieving Healthy, Glowing Skin

Facials 101: A Beginner's Guide to Achieving Healthy, Glowing Skin

Calling all skincare newbies! Ever wonder what facials are all about and if they can help you achieve that healthy, glowing complexion? In this Facials 101 guide, we'll break down the basics, explore the different types of facials, with a special focus on time-efficient 30-minute options, and answer all your burning questions. Get ready to discover how facials can elevate your skincare routine and leave your skin feeling refreshed and radiant, even if you're short on time!


A facial is a non-invasive, customized skin treatment performed by a licensed professional (aesthetician) to address your specific needs and promote overall skin health. It typically includes cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and other targeted steps to improve your skin's appearance and texture.

  • Address your skin concerns.

  • Promotes overall skin health

  • Help you relax.


For those with busy schedules, fret no more! Here at Lavoom Salon, we understand the importance of convenience. That's why we champion the power of 30-minute facials. These express treatments condense the key elements of a classic facial – cleansing, exfoliation, mask application, and moisturizing – into a time-efficient yet effective treatment.

They're perfect for:

  • A quick pick-me-up for your skin

  • A pre-event glow boost

  • Introducing yourself to the world of facials

Custom Facial: Experience the Ultimate in Skincare Luxury in Just 30 Minutes

Lavoom Salon's Custom Facial is the epitome of how 30 minutes can make a big difference. In this streamlined service, our licensed aestheticians become your skincare detectives. They'll analyze your unique needs and curate a personalized treatment plan to target your specific concerns.

How it Works:

During your Custom Facial, you can expect a combination of the following elements, depending on your skin's needs:

  • Deep Cleanse: This removes makeup, dirt, and impurities, prepping your skin for further treatments.

  • Exfoliation Power: This step buffs away dead skin cells, revealing a brighter and smoother complexion underneath.

  • Targeted Mask Magic: Your aesthetician will select a mask specifically formulated to address your concerns, like dryness, oiliness, or uneven texture.

  • Hydrating Hero: Moisturizer keeps your skin plump and supple.

Remember, this is just a starting point! The beauty of the Custom Facial is its flexibility. Your aesthetician might recommend additional elements to address specific concerns, all within that 30-minute timeframe.


Clear skin is great, but it doesn't always equal healthy skin! Facials can be a secret weapon for anyone, even those with clear complexions. They work by providing long-lasting hydration, plumping, and protection for your skin.

Regular facials promote continuous exfoliation, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells. This translates to several benefits:

  • Shrink the size of your pores.

  • Lessen your skin’s oil production.

  • Reduce hyperpigmentation (dark spots).

  • Help balance your skin’s pH.

  • Improve blood circulation, which fights bacteria and promotes cell regeneration (vital for collagen production)

Our skin's youthful bounce comes from a protein called collagen. However, as we age, collagen production naturally slows down. This can lead to wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging.


Facials can feel like a whole new language on a spa menu! Fear not, this guide will break down the different types and add-ons, helping you choose the ideal treatment for your unique skin.

The Classic Facial:

Let's start with the foundation - the standard facial. Don't be fooled by the name - it's a powerful treatment for healthy skin.

Here's a breakdown of what you can typically expect:

  • Deep Cleanse: This step removes makeup, dirt, and impurities, leaving your skin fresh and prepped for further treatments.

  • Exfoliation: This step buffs away dead skin cells, revealing a brighter and smoother complexion underneath.

  • A Skin Mask: A personalized mask is chosen to address your specific concerns, like dryness, oiliness, or uneven texture.

  • Moisturizer: Moisturizer keeps your skin plump and supple.

  • Relaxing Massage: Enjoy a gentle massage of your face and neck to de-stress and improve circulation.

  • Product recommendations: Get personalized product recommendations to maintain your skin's health at home.

They may also involve:

  • Facial Steaming: This opens your pores and softens skin for a deeper cleanse, allowing for better product absorption.

  • Extraction: A professional can remove blackheads and whiteheads for a clearer complexion.

  • Serums and other treatments: Specifically chosen for your skin.

A Note on Post-Facial Glow:

During facials, aestheticians may use stimulating ingredients and massage techniques. Don't be alarmed if your skin has a slight pink flush afterwards - it's a sign of increased circulation and will fade throughout the day.


Who doesn’t love a bonus?! Depending on what kind of facial you’re getting and where, you may be able to choose from custom add-ons that can further improve your skin.

Face Masks

We all know the fun of sheet masks at home, but facials offer personalized masks specifically chosen for your skin's needs. Imagine a targeted treatment that delivers a powerful boost of hydration, anti-aging benefits, or extra moisture retention - that's the magic of facial masks! Many standard facials include a mask, but you might also have the option to add on a specialized mask to address specific concerns.


Dermaplaning, also known as dermablading, is a gentle exfoliation technique that removes the top layer of your dead skin cells. Think of it as a deep clean that gets rid of dirt, debris, and even that pesky vellus hair (peach fuzz). Aesthetician Amanda Kanaan explains that dermaplaning preps your skin for better absorption of products and procedures used afterwards, maximizing your results.


Popping pimples is a big no-no! But trained aestheticians have the expertise to safely remove blackheads (open pores clogged with oil and dead skin) and whiteheads (closed bumps full of oil and dead skin) through extractions. These extractions can sometimes be included in a facial or offered as an add-on. You might even be able to target back acne with extractions!

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use a special solution to gently remove layers of dead skin and stimulate cell renewal. Think of it as a controlled refresh that helps your skin appear smoother and brighter. Aesthetician Amanda Kanaan emphasizes that there are different types of peels, each designed for specific concerns. Your aesthetician will recommend the ideal peel based on your unique needs. Some of the common facial acids used in peels include:

  • Glycolic Acid: A powerful exfoliator that boosts collagen production for younger-looking skin.

  • Lactic Acid: This gentle option smooths texture and is perfect for sensitive skin.

  • Salicylic Acid: A pore-clearing hero that removes dead skin cells and combats blemishes.

LED Light Therapy

Imagine colored light therapy for your face! LED light therapy uses different wavelengths of light to target specific concerns. Think of it as a pain-free treatment that can address acne, fine lines, and even uneven skin tone. Here's a breakdown of the different light colors and their benefits:

  • Red Light: Reduces inflammation and fights signs of aging.

  • Yellow Light: Targets hyperpigmentation for a more even complexion.

  • Blue Light: Zaps bacteria and helps acne heal faster.


Ever gotten a facial and then, to your surprise, experienced a few breakouts? Here's the deal: it might not be what you think! This temporary phenomenon, called "purging," is actually a sign your facial is working its magic.

Facials act like a deep clean for your skin, accelerating its natural process of eliminating trapped dirt, debris, and bacteria. This rapid cell turnover can push impurities to the surface, causing temporary breakouts. Don't worry, though! This is typically short-lived and should clear up within a week or two.

Purging is more common after your first facial or when introducing new skincare products. So, if you have a big event coming up, it might be best to schedule your facial well in advance.

The key to minimizing purging and achieving long-term clear skin? Consistency is key! Regular facials combined with a solid home skincare routine will keep your pores clear and breakouts at bay. The more you treat your skin, the less likely you are to experience purging in the future.


Imagine having perpetually radiant skin! Regular facial services can be your secret weapon, but how frequently do you need them? The answer is a personalized pit stop, not a one-size-fits-all race.

Most aestheticians recommend facials every four to six weeks because it syncs with your skin's natural 30-day renewal cycle. Think of it as a targeted tune-up to keep your skin functioning at its peak. Consistency is crucial, especially when battling specific concerns like acne or dark spots. Here's the secret: regular facials become your launchpad for long-term results.

Facials are a fantastic jumpstart, but don't forget your home routine! It's like having a personal skincare pit crew working its magic day in and day out. After your facial, your aesthetician becomes your skincare guru, recommending a personalized regimen to keep that post-facial glow going strong.

As your skin progresses and reaches its full potential, you can re-evaluate your facial frequency with your aesthetician. "Frequent facials are like boot camp for your skin in the beginning," explains an aesthetician. "But once you achieve your goals, you can transition to a maintenance schedule, spacing out treatments for long-lasting results."


Ready to experience the transformative power of a facial, even on a busy schedule? Contact Lavoom Salon in Calgary today to discuss your unique skin concerns and book your 30-minute Custom Facial! Remember, glowing skin is just a facial away, and you deserve to feel confident and radiant every day. As Coco Chanel so eloquently said, "Take care of your skin. It's the only place you have to live."

We hope this blog post has illuminated the wonderful world of facials!

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