Frequently Asked Questions
These are some commonly asked questions about our services, facial treatments in general, and more. If you have any questions that are addressed here, please feel free to contact us!
What does a facial consist of?
It depends on which facial your esthetician thinks is best for your skin, but in general, a facial at Studio for Better Skin consists of lying down on a heated, comfortable bed with luxury linens. First, your face is cleansed thoroughly. Second, your shoulders, decollete, and face are massaged. Third, your skin is exfoliated, and sometimes extractions are performed if needed. Fourth, a custom masque is applied. Fifth, a customized serum, moisturizer, and SPF are applied. Fifth, your esthetician will discuss your skin with you--how it has improved, what you may need to do in the future, etc.
Can facials really help my skin, or are they just relaxing?
Facials really can help, but for serious issues, not usually in just one session. We do have a couple of treatments that usually offer visible, immediate results, but correcting skin issues takes time. The skin is the largest organ we have, and so if you're struggling with acne, super dry skin, loose/lax skin, sun/age spots, pitting, fine lines and wrinkles, etc., it does take a commitment from you--both in the studio and at home. Our esthetician, Kari Hester, is a medical esthetician, so she is trained in chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, nano-infusion, etc., which go below the surface of the outer layer of skin--offering more results than your typical facial treatment. However, if you're looking for a quick glow or plumpness, we can certainly make you look even more beautiful for a wedding or other special event.
How do facials help?
See the article on our Consistency Program page to find out about how facials help your skin.
How do I know who to trust with my skin?
There are so many fads and trends in the beauty industry, and the simple fact is, most of them don't work. So, if you hear about a facial or treatment offering results that seem too good to be true with claims that aren't backed by science, steer clear. Some phrases to watch out for:
"This can shrink your pores." Your pore size is largely determined by genetics. You can lessen the appearance of pores by keeping them clean and free of debris, which a good esthetician can help you with.
"You may break out after a facial." You'll often hear how a facial helps bring impurities (also known in the spa world as “toxins") to the skin’s surface, and that a few post-treatment bumps are not only normal, but desired. This simply isn't true. If you break out after a facial, you were either allergic to the products, the correct products for your skin type were not used, or your esthetician did not treat your pores correctly.
"This [insert product here--serum, moisturizer, etc.] can help build collagen." Collagen is a great lubricant, but, under no circumstances can it penetrate the skin — the molecules are too big. What can help it regenerate: regular exfoliation, be it with AHA (glycolic/lactic) peels, topical retinols, nano-infusion technology (Rezenerate), microneedling, and collagen supplements taken internally.
"These products are organic and chemical free." If having a holistic or organic facial is important to you, ask your esthetician to show you each and every product she’ll be using. Just because it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s right for you. In fact, many people with sensitive skin can be irritated by or allergic to plant-based ingredients like lavender, pumpkin, or cinnamon.
"We have this new treatment..." Another common issue to be aware of is if your medi-spa or esthetician is constantly insisting you need a treatment or procedure that costs more money than your last service did. If you are always being steered toward the next biggest and newest trend, chances are no one is looking out for your skin, but rather looking at your wallet. Find a skin care specialist who takes the time to get to know you and your skin--someone who asks plenty of questions. People are often amazed at how many contraindications there are for certain product ingredients and services. Those questions can be life-saving in some circumstances. Whatever your esthetician recommends, she should be able to explain why you need it, the science behind it, what it will do for your skin, any risks that are associated with it, and why it's worth your time and money.
Are their different types of facials for different types of skin?
Before any facial is performed, your esthetician should have you fill out paper work. The questionnaire will let the esthetician know such things as: medications you are taking, the products you use on your skin, recent procedures (e.g. injections, peels, laser) you have had on your face and what your biggest concern is with your skin. Before the facial begins the aesthetician will perform a skin assessment to determine your skin type. After your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, mature, dehydrated) has been determined, the products and modalities used in your facial will be appropriate for your skin type.
Why doesn't Studio for Better Skin have microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be a great modality for some people. Basically, microdermabrasion is an exfoliating technique involving a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip, and a vacuum that sucks up loose skin cells from the face. The vacuum mechanism tugs at the skin, and even though an experienced esthetician can adjust the suction, stretching and pulling the skin breaks down elastin--the elastic fibers of connective tissue that coil and recoil the skin. We lose elastin as we get older, so it's important to take care of what we have. At Studio for Better Skin, we feel there are better and more gentle ways of getting the same results: dermaplaning and dermafiling.
What is dermaplaning?
Right now, in this very moment, you (yes, you) have layers upon layers of dead skin cells on your face, contributing to some of your most annoying skin issues. Those dead skin cells settle into fine lines and wrinkles making them appear more prominent. They also cause dullness and breakouts. Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that involves a licensed medical esthetician gently scraping the surface of your skin with a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. It is completely painless, and even relaxing. It can be performed every 30 days.
Does the peach fuzz grow back darker and thicker? Nope. That's biologically impossible. It makes your face baby soft, and helps give you a smooth foundation application, all without having to use harsh exfoliators. The results can vary for everyone, but realistically, you can expect to see smoother skin, zero peach fuzz, and slightly brighter-looking skin. And because you’re removing all your dead skin cells, your skincare products will better penetrate your skin when you apply them, making them all the more effective. In the hands of a professional, dermaplaning is safe for all skin types, especially those with sun damage, fine lines, dry patches, and dull skin. But, of course, there are caveats: If you have highly reactive, sensitive skin (like those with rosacea or keratosis pilaris), you may want to pass on this one, since it might irritate your skin. Same goes for anyone with inflamed acne.