A Balancing Facial as a Treatment to your Skin
What is a balancing facial?
A balancing facial is a treatment suited for oily and combination skin to rebalance, clear and nourish tired skin. Balancing facial oils will be used to deeply cleanse and revitalise the skin. The process will include a deep method of cleansing and toning, a steam and gentle extraction (if carried out by a professional aesthetician), gentle scrub, clay-based mask and a short restorative massage. Then, a facial oil or serum and moisturiser will be applied. Your skin should then be left feeling supple and rejuvenated.
Who needs a balancing facial?
Everyone experiences changes in their skin, whether this is due to environmental exposure, diet, ageing, problem-prone skin, and hormonal imbalances that can cause acne. To keep your skin healthy, when it is or becomes impure, a balancing facial will assist in bringing back your skin's natural equilibrium.
Can I give myself a balancing facial? What are the steps?
You absolutely can give yourself a balancing facial, all in the comfort of your own home!
- Begin by cleansing the skin well using a gentle cleanser and washing it off.
- Next, do a steam; either fill a bowl with hot water and cover your head with a towel to keep the moisture in, or use a hot towel or cloth and cover directly on your face. Do this for about 10 minutes: the steam will open up your pores preparing your skin for the next step.
- You can then use a gentle scrub to exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells.
- Now, apply a clay mask by mixing the powder with a floral water in a small ceramic bowl and apply a thin layer on your skin, making sure to avoid the delicate eye area. This step will draw out dirt and impurities and revitalise your skin. Leave the mask to dry for about 5-10 minutes and wash off with either a warm cotton towel or cloth or directly with water.
- You can now apply a serum or facial oil, followed by a moisturiser to richly nourish the skin. To aid absorption of the serum, give yourself a soothing massage using slow circular and upward movements; this will encourage fresh blood to flow, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage. Your face should then feel soft, clean, hydrated, and will show a healthy complexion.
How often should I have a balancing facial?
This really depends on your skin type, but in general, if you have one professional facial, it should be done once a month. During this period your skin has time to move through the development stages of cell growth and renewal. If you give yourself a facial at home, this will most likely be less intense, and you can do it more regularly. For oily skin, as your skin already produces enough oils, you can still limit a facial to once a month. Having said that, you can still incorporate extra steps to your skincare routine such as exfoliating and masking even weekly, to keep the skin deeply cleansed and toned.
If you have dry skin instead, you may wish to do a rejuvenating facial at home more often to keep your skin hydrated.
How does a balancing serum or balancing facial oil help treat oily skin and acne?
A balancing facial serum or oil is formulated to restore equilibrium in stressed and inflamed skin. If the oil contains the right astringent oils, it will help clear acne outbreaks, calm inflamed skin, and overtime help balance the production of sebum, leaving it softer and brighter.
What cleanser to use for a balancing facial.
It is important to use a highly-nutritive but gentle cleanser, and not one full of harsh synthetic ingredients, especially on oily skin. Stay clear of some specific ingredients that are found in most cleansers: these are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and other sulphates. They are strong surfactants that can easily irritate the eyes and the skin and strip your natural oils. This can cause your skin to dry out, and produce more sebum faster, creating that oily skin look.
What is the difference between a balancing facial oil and a balancing facial serum?
There are water-based facial serums, as well as oil-based facial oils or serums; both provide nutrients to the skin in varying ways, provided they contain active ingredients. The difference between facial oils and oil-based serums has to do with the formulation of the product, as the serum might have more active ingredients, such as essential oils and additional vitamins. A facial oil might have a larger molecular composition, while some of the serum’s ingredients, like essential oils, will penetrate deeper into the skin due to their smaller molecular composition. They will also help tackle specific skin concerns, depending on their individual benefits. Frankincense, for instance, helps cell renewal, while tea tree has anti-inflammatory properties.
Products that Terre Verdi offers to rebalance the skin, how and when to use them.
This exfoliating treatment will boost circulation and the bamboo gentle exfoliants will help get rid of dead cells and levigate the skin. Massage it on dry skin, and taken off with a paper towel before washing it off.
In this mix of clays and other ingredients, this OrangeCoffee Cleansing Mask draws out impurities by deeply cleaning the pores. With the help of antioxidant-rich coffee together with the cocoa gentle exfoliants, it energises and rejuvenates the skin, leaving it feeling bright and refreshed with warming scent of orange. Mix it with our AcquaDiRosa Balancing Mist to make it into a thick paste before application.
This AcquaDiRosa pure and organic floral water instantly refreshes and gently calms the skin. It tones, cleans, and rebalances the skins’ PH. It is a great way to prepare the skin before moisturising it, or just for a quick uplifting mist on the face. Rose comes with endless benefits which are anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial.
This facial serum is oil-based and tailored for oily and combination skin. The potent oils of tea tree, geranium and frankincense will help to rebalance and clear the skin. Your skin will feel supple, renewed and deeply conditioned.
This moisturiser contains hydrating and deeply soothing aloe vera, with rich-in-antioxidants pomegranate, vitamin E, and camellia oil, to calm and restore the skin at the very end of your facial treatment.
Long term Balancing Facial benefits, using a balancing facial oil or serum.
We recommend using the balancing facial oil or serum in your evening skincare routine as well as during your balancing facial.
As facial oils are generally plant-based, they contain infinite benefits for the skin, complementing your own natural oils. The benefits include rebalancing, cleaner looking skin, smaller pores, less sebum secretion during the day, skin repair, as well as brighter looking skin and a healthy glow. Facial oils help to strengthen the outer layer of your skin by feeding it with nutrients and hydration. Their active plant powers luxuriously moisturise, fight inflammation, harness and rejuvenate, leaving the skin soft, restored and protected.