How to pick the perfect facial for your skin type

We've taken the guesswork out of choosing the right type of facial for you with this easy, accessible guide. See which facial is right for your skin type — whether you're a man or woman — with our handy guide!

Have normal skin?

Normal skin types can be treated with a wide range of moisturizers, toners, and facial masks without any need to worry about adverse reactions (besides allergic ones, which you must be sure to ask about before any facial treatment). A typical facial (most commonly, a deep cleansing or European-style facial) for normal skin types includes exfoliation, moisturizing massage, a deep cleansing facial mask (to clean your pores), and the application of a protective serum and under-eye gel to refresh and lift your skin.

Have oily skin?

If you have oily skin that is prone to outbreaks of acne, you need to be careful about the facial treatments you choose. Traditional facials with oils and moisturizers being massaged into the skin will clog pores and increase the oiliness of your skin, which could trigger more acne. A deep cleansing or European facial with extractions can help remove oil and unclog pores, but a more intensive acne facial may be the way to go.

Have combination skin?

Combination skin has areas of both normal and oily skin types, so care must be taken in order to make sure neither skin type is aggravated. Consult with a skin care professional, or treat the individual areas or normal and oily skin as set out above.
For anti-aging properties, you should look to oxygen facials as well as European facials, both of which leave the skin looking refreshed and healthy, and are thought to reduce or slow signs of aging. More intensive treatments to remove lines, wrinkles, or even minor scarring could include dermabrasion or microdermabrasion – or even some type of chemical peel (which can reduce deeper wrinkles or scars).

Have fine lines or wrinkles?

For anti-aging properties, you should look to oxygen facials as well as European facials, both of which leave the skin looking refreshed and healthy, and are thought to reduce or slow signs of aging. More intensive treatments to remove lines, wrinkles, or even minor scarring could include dermabrasion or microdermabrasion – or even some type of chemical peel (which can reduce deeper wrinkles or scars).

You should know that microdermabrasions aren't only good for reducing wrinkles: if your skin is feeling worn out, dry, or you just want a refreshed look, this exfoliating facial can be very effective. By removing old, dead skin and debris and refreshing your skin with moisturizers afterwards, microdermabrasion facials give you a fresh glow will last for a while!

Find spas and facial studios that offer everything—deep cleansing facials, chemical peels, acne facials, microdermabrasion, mini facials, oxygen facials, and more—on MyTime:


Types of Facial

Acne Facial

A better way to deal with your acne is here. Try an acne facial on your path to clearer skin. Read More >

Back Facial

Bacne (back + acne) is no fun. A back facial helps you reduce any nagging spots or acne. Read More >

Chemical Peel

Less scary than it sounds, a chemical peel removes the top layers of skin revealing healthier and smoother skin. Read More >

Microdermabrasion

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. A microdermabrasion facial is a deep scrub that removes the top layer of skin. Read More >

Mini Facial

Short on time? You can still pop in for a 30 minute mini-facial at many day spas and salons. Read More >

Oxygen Facial

Oxygen facials = the new botox? Celebs like Madonna swear by this treatment to help turn back your skin's clock. Read More >

Microcurrent Facial

Referred to as the "non-surgical facelift", this trendy facial uses Galvanic currents to firm the contours of your face. Read More >

Deep Cleansing or European Facial

Biore strips not cutting it? This facial deeply cleans your face and opens your pores. Read More >

Anti-Aging Facial

Stay young forever! OK you can't do that. But you can keep your skin looking young with an anti-aging facial. Read More >



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