If you’re interested in having healthy skin and have looked into various skin care options, you’ve probably come across the term “European facial” and may have wondered just what it is. A European facial (often called a classic facial in Europe) is a thorough, deep cleansing treatment for the face and neck. It is basic, uncomplicated, and meant to improve the look, feel, and health of the skin. Though it is generally referred to as an “introductory” facial, it should continue as part of your ongoing skin care routine. It is a monthly routine for women and now men abroad and considered the quintessential treatment in good skin care.
The European facial begins with cleansing to remove makeup and impurities. This is followed by an exfoliation process that removes dead skin cells and generates skin cell turnover. Next, the pores are deeply cleaned with steam that is gently blown over the face. The steam may also be applied to the skin with warm towels. An extraction process for a deeper cleaning is the next step and is optional (this can be uncomfortable to some and may leave some redness for a few hours). Extractions are always followed with disinfection and then a soothing and antiseptic ampoule is generally applied. To further the client’s relaxation, a face, neck, and shoulder massage comes next. After the massage, a mask is applied appropriate to the skin type and condition, and finally, a moisturizer with sunblock is applied. The European facial will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to greet the world with a healthy, glowing complexion.