Many people book a day at the spa when they’re feeling stressed or to treat themselves when they’ve accomplished a major goal. A day at the spa is totally customizable, and most offer everything from massages and facials to pedicures and hair treatments.
However, did you know that a day at the spa can actually be really beneficial to your skin? Stick with us, and we’ll give you the low down on giving your skin the royal treatment.
Facial. You eat healthy and exercise to take care of your body. You use conditioner and trim split ends to maintain healthy, shiny hair. So why wouldn’t you get a facial? Aside from creating glowing skin, facials can also treat and prevent frequent skin problems such as dry or oily skin, acne and redness. A regular facial promotes smooth, hydrated complexion with fewer breakouts and firmer skin. While there are several different types of facials, the most basic will consist of lotion, toner and light treatments for redness, oiliness/dryness, extraction (to clean out your pores) and an eyebrow waxing (which is optional).
Massage. Most spas offer three traditional types of massage: Swedish, deep-tissue and hot stone. While each is used for a different purpose, massages can relax and soothe different parts of your body that have become tight or painful due to stress or injury. Many people utilize professional massages to relieve stress. While massages do not directly affect your skin, stress is a key trigger in many skin conditions such as rosacea and even acne, so relaxing with a massage can prevent or reduce flare-ups.
Manicure and pedicure. Your hands (especially under your nails) are exposed to more dirt and germs than any other part of your body. Professional manicures and pedicures are a great way to cleanse and exfoliate skin. Manicurists remove dirt and grime from under your nails and use special cleansers and lotions to exfoliate. While your feet may only be exposed during sandal season, a pedicure will removed callouses and dead skin from the soles of your feet, which makes them look better and healthier. Removing excess skin and callouses can also help distribute your weight more evenly, reducing leg and back pain.