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The Science of Beautiful Skin - Facial 101 for First Timers

The Science of Beautiful Skin - Facial 101 for First Timers

Why the right facial is so much more than a vanity treatment.


If you’ve never had a facial before, you might wonder what all the hype is about. Sure, you’ve probably heard that a face treatment can give your skin a gorgeous glow, but for the time and expense it takes to go to a spa, isn’t it just as beneficial to give yourself a weekend primp and pamper in the privacy of your own bathroom?


According to Ling Skin Care guru Ling Chan, having clean, clear skin is important, but a facial can deliver many more benefits than you think. She would know, many of the world’s most beautiful women, from Agyness Deyn to Behati Prinsloo, trust their famous faces in her hands.

On today’s blog, we’re getting the 411 on why a regular facial routine can help rid your skin of impurities and give it the best defense against visible aging. Here’s Ling:


The skin is made up of three layers of tissues, and the outer layer, the epidermis, is the one that keeps the rest of the skin protected. Every day our epidermis gets weakened from free radicals, pollution, sun, heat, cold, and other environmental factors that push it to its limits. Luckily, our skin is strong and it fights back by regenerating itself, allowing new cells to push up to the surface while old cells harden and die. This cell reproduction happens every 28 days.


So imagine what would happen if those new cells couldn’t get through the old, dead cells. The term we use to describe this blockage is one you’re probably familiar with. It’s called “clogged pores”. When new skin cells aren’t able to make it to the surface, they get trapped, building up with impurities and oil inside the pores until they expand and turn into blackheads. If those blackheads aren’t released, the oil will continue to build up and oxidize, eventually turning into a “bomb” which gets infected and becomes a large pimple.


During the skin regeneration process, it’s easy for the old, dead cells to get stuck and cause blackheads, whiteheads, and breakouts. Because our skin regeneration happens every 28 days, many people experience breakouts during a certain time of the month. This is why a good, monthly facial treatment can be so beneficial.


A facial serves three purposes. Firstly, it gets rid of all the dead skin cells, freeing the pores and allowing new cells to come to the surface. This vastly improves the health and texture of the skin. Secondly, it enables oxygen to circulate through the pores, which is vital because your skin is a living, breathing organ. Imagine when you have a cold and you can’t breathe because your sinuses are all blocked up. Your skin is exactly the same. As we get older, the oxygen supply in our body decreases which causes a slowdown in cellular turnover. So, in order to maintain youthful, healthy skin it is vital to keep the pores clean to allow optimal collagen production. Finally, only when your skin is clean from impurities can you get the full benefit of your skincare products. Facial toners, moisturizers, and masks are key to healthy skin, but if they can’t penetrate through the pores, they aren’t going to give you any results.


Choosing the right facial can be tricky because if a treatment isn’t done right, it can be more dangerous than beneficial. Many spas offer an “express facial” which is often performed without extractions. If you have a quick treatment which includes multiple cleaning steps, those actions will bring all the impurities to the surface. However, if you don’t take the additional step to get the impurities out, they will become infected and your skin will most likely react with breakouts and pimples after the treatment. A good facial is supposed to free the pores, giving them the ability to breathe and take in the beneficial ingredients of your skin care products. If a facial does not include extractions, it skips the vital step of removing the impurities from the skin. If your facial is done right, you will never experience breakouts after a treatment.


Are you a facial first timer? What questions do you have about what to expect? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, or send Ling an email to


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