Although facial treatments at a spa or clinic may feel like a relatively modern activity, skincare treatments were used in many ancient civilisations and have continued in one form or another throughout history and up to the present day.

Nowadays, most people would have a similar understanding of what a facial entails as they broadly follow the same process, but advancing technology means that not all facials are the same.

Facial treatments can be traced back to ancient civilisations.
Modern facials tend to follow the same general process.
Advances in technology mean that not all facials are the same.

Many of us enjoy a facial as an easy way to pamper ourselves either at spa day or an aesthetics salon. You get a lovely bit of rest and relaxation, and at the same time hope that it does the skin some good.

Put simply, a facial is an aesthetic treatment focusing on skin that cleanses the face and perhaps the neck and décolletage.

Obviously, facials will vary depending on where they take place and the products used, but generally the facial process follows the following steps:

Cleanse to remove residual make up and grime.
Exfoliate with a cream or scrub to clear away dead skin cells.
Extract any excess oil or other causes of blocked pores including pimples or blemishes.
Massage the facial tissues, and possibly apply a special treatment mask before applying serum and/or moisturiser.

While facials themselves don’t solve long term problems such as acne, thread veins, or wrinkles, they tend to be very relaxing and do provide a lovely, healthy glow when impurities have been removed and the skin has been seriously moisturised.

Generally, a standard facial is a well-known skin treatment that improves the skin’s appearance and induces feelings of well-being. But of course, not all facials are the same and clever technology has evolved the way that some facials are carried out.

In popular chopstick facials, two hand-held wands emit sonic vibrations which transmit energy to the facial nerve endings. The therapist manipulates the wands over the face causing the facial muscles to contract which lifts and firms them – a bit like going to the gym for a work out, but for the face.

At the same time, hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule present in nearly all of our body’s tissues and vital to the moisture and elasticity of the skin (but which decreases in concentration as we age) is projected from the roller ball.

As hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water, when it infuses the skin layers with moisture it binds water to the cells which provides intense hydration. This burst of hydration and moisture results in fresher-looking, dewier skin, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles improves.

This means that without any other intervention, a chopstick facial can provide an effective instant eye lift, instant face lift, instant eye bag de-puffing, instant plumping and hydration, and instant luminosity.

It’s an easy, quick way to combat dehydration on the face, neck, and décolletage and give an instant lift leaving the skin thoroughly dehydrated, glowing and toned.

All without setting foot in a gym!