Find out everything about professional facial cleaning

Jasminka Herceg’s advices on adequate skin care.

Many women have heard from their friends and acquaintances horror stories about facial cleaning in various beauty salons. One of your friends ended up with scabs that she had to treat for the next 10 days while another one ended up with inflammation and skin irritation that needed longer care. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Unfortunately, it is not rare that we end up in hands of less skilled beautician leaving us with aesthetic uncomfortable consequences but proper, professional facial cleaning will always be long-life, thorough and irreplaceable way by which we can free our skin from accumulated impurity. How a good facial cleaning should look like, what does it involve and what effect it leaves on our skin was the topic of our conversation with one of leading beautician in Zagreb, and maybe wider – Jasminka Herceg from beauty salon Bliss.

“Mixed, oily and problematic skin has bigger tendency in sebum secretion. If treatment is avoided, impurity and sebum are accumulated in pores who become wider and prone to inflammation and acnes. Dry and sensitive skin is more prone to milium or grime which is a cluster of sebum covered with special layer of epithelium and looks like small white spots and often can be found in area around eyes, eye lids and cheeks. This process can affect combined skin too. If this type of skin is not clean properly, miliums can appear in greater number and be followed by ringworms”, said Jasminka.


What is facial cleaning?
In short, facial cleaning consists from few treatment phases during which pores are opened and softened so impurities can be taken out. This ensures passage for sebum that is naturally secreted by our skin and better penetration of active ingredients of creams and serums is endorsed. “Facial cleaning treatment is one of oldest treatment in skin care that has not changed significantly through years. And it cannot be replaced as sebum secrete is natural process of our skin. Once our pores are full we have to clean them if we want healthy skin that is also an important factor when we put our moisturizer on so it can absorb properly. Beside natural effect of sebum secrete, higher secrete is also caused by sweating, unhealthy habits and insufficient make up removal. In order to neutralise this negative factors, facial cleaning surely has to be a part of our beauty routine”, explained Jasminka.


Although pores are filled relatively quickly, especially in oily skin, too often facial cleaning can bring more damage than benefits to our face.

“Although facial cleaning is recommended to almost all skin types, and having in mind that that the process has not changed, evolution in cosmetics and new findings on metabolic processes and skin care has enriched beautician trade by various treatments that help keep skin clean longer. Therefore, facial cleaning is recommended once every 3 or 6 months, while in old days it was recommended once a month. Skin that is damaged or severely irritated, no matter the reason, and has strong subarea, shall not be mechanically cleaned in order to avoid additional irritation but we shall try to find a balance in skin by specialised treatments formed for such problems”, advises Jasminka.

Professional facial cleaning – what does it look like?
Many women can find professional facial cleaning intimidating. That is if they have not experienced it by now. Treatment lasts few hours and it is somewhat painful so it can push us away from the very beginning, to go and visit beauty salon. But with that kind of thinking we deprive our skin from all benefits that this treatment offers. What is actually happening during facial cleaning it was revealed to us by beautician with great experience.


“Facial cleaning is recommended to all skin types, and process itself consists of three or four parts, depending on type and skin condition. First phase involves removal of dead skin cells by peeling. Than we proceed to open pores by water based steam and ozone that will allow us easier removal of miliums. It is followed by mechanical cleaning or extraction that is, by my long term experience, important to perform up to 30 minutes in order to avoid violent pore cleaning. If skin has not been cleaned for a long time, it is better to repeat cleaning procedure in three weeks than to irritate skin by long procedure. After extraction, we proceed with toning and disinfection of pores by high frequency. Third phase consist of skin calming and nourishment by facial mask that depends on skin type and condition. As a forth phase I like to suggest face, neck and cleavage massage in order to additionally encourage skin metabolic processes. That way skin absorption of nutrition ingredients from mask and moisturiser is improved. Massage shall not be performed on skin affected with acnes or extremely sensitive skin”, explained Jasminka in details.

What do we achieve by facial cleaning?
Facial cleaning consists of few phases and accordingly successfully frees from toxins, ensures better skin blood supply, visibility of extended pores is reduced as they are cleaned. Skin pigmentation is more even and possibility of further skin inflammation is reduced. “Facial cleaning is equally important as brushing teeth and it must be treated as fundamental part of skin hygiene. Mixed and problematic skin shall be cleaned more often in order to avoid extended pores and scars from inflammation processes. Dry and sensitive skin will use this treatment rarer and shall ensure good tonus that is seriously endangered in this skin types as they are prone to ringworm and premature skin drop as well as over sensitivity to atmospheric impact ”, advises Jasminka.


What should not happen during this treatment?
All those horror stories that we have heard about are thing of the past once we find experience beautician whom we can trust. That does not involve just knowledge about what happens to skin during and after cleaning but also knowledge on what should not happen to our skin during and after the treatment.

“If you have dry and sensitive skin, you should not feel itching or skin straining during and after treatment. In treatment of problematic skin there should not be strong extraction or overuse of lancet. Lancet or needle is used only if there is no other way to clean pore naturally. Over use of lancet can cause extended pores and that is exactly what we want to avoid by this treatment. Skin prone to acnes is tricky as professional must know which acnes, like those deep under the skin, cannot be treated in order not to cause bigger infection or scar”, said Jasminka.


Finally we wanted to know how to nurture our skin after the treatment itself. Many of us will want to put foundation due to redness but it is not a recommended step in accordance to the rules of beautician trade: “It is not recommended to put make up after the treatment for at least 2 hours. It is also suggested to avoid home-made peeling and products based on fruit acids, for one week at least. Quality day and night care shall be excellent choice for keeping cleansiness and optimal hydration between two treatments. That is their purpose. You cannot expect moisturizer to clean pores, but it shall keep skin maximally clean between two treatments”, concluded Jasminka.

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