Why Have a Facial?

Why Have a Facial?

Why this should be a regular part of your spa routine

Getting regular facials will not only help delay the signs of aging, but also the need for more invasive aesthetic treatments. Taking care of your skin and having a proper daily skincare routine goes a long way, but this is only half of what your skin needs to stay healthy and young.

Facials are a large component of maintaining a healthy skin. Here are the reasons why:

You’re Getting Treated by a Skin Care Professional

A professional skincare therapist performing the treatment understands the skin and how it functions. They have been trained to analyse your skin and understand what’s going on below the surface – not just what’s apparent to the eye.


Another advantage in receiving a facial from a skincare therapist is customization. After performing a thorough skin analysis, they will customize a proper at-home routine for you and eliminate a guessing game of finding the right products. They will also listen to your personal concerns and use this combined information and expertise to recommend the right regimen.

The Professional Treatment Difference:

  1. CleansingCleansing will be at a deeper level than at home. We encourage you to give your skin a deep cleanse at home, in between treatments, but you will not be able to get to the same depth as an aesthetician who has steamers, brushes, and other electric equipment to aid this process.
  2. ExfoliationExfoliation should be done 2-3 times a week at home with a gentle exfoliator. As we age, however, skin cell turn over slows down, increasing the need for professional help. Your skin may be in need of a mild exfoliation or more intense exfoliation – this is determined by the skincare therapist who has the expertise to evaluate your skin and makes a decision based on your skin type.
  3. Massage Not only is massage relaxing and an instant form of stress relief, but this actually has anti-aging benefits. Facial massage movements help with skin firming. Massage also helps oxygenate the skin and increase circulation – a healthy blood flow helps prevent dark circles and eliminates a dull, dehydrated look.
  4. Extractions – When you squeeze a spot a you will experience pain, bleeding, and often the pimple comes back the next day. A skincare professional is able to look at your skin under a magnified lens and perform extractions in a sanitary environment, eliminating the risk of infections. If pimples or blackheads have been a long battle for you, having a series of treatments from a professional is going to help achieve a healthier skin. 
  5. Professional Tools – One of the tools a skincare therapist has to help with extractions is desincrustation. This can be a product alone, or used in conjunction with a machine. It helps to break down the oil that has hardened in your pores, so when an aesthetician does perform extractions, they are less painful and built up dead skin cells and oil is completely removed. Galvanic is another tool used by professionals that helps infuse products and ingredients deeper into the skin – this allows for a more in-depth hydration.

The article has been reproduced with the permission of the South African Spa Association 

Skincare in your 40s

Skincare in your 40s

Anti-age through noninvasive interventions

Skin laxity 

“As people age, their skin begins to lose collagen and elastin, making it thinner and looser, without the resilient, springy quality of youthful skin,” says American Academy of Dermatology board-certified dermatologist Dr Anne Chapas, a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. Skin laxity is most prevalent on the face and neck but it can occur anywhere on the body, including the arms, abdomen and thighs.

Everyone will experience some amount of skin laxity as they get older, according to Dr Chapas, but the degree of laxity depends on many factors, including sun damage, exposure to pollution, diet, weight fluctuations and lifestyle factors such as smoking. “Women likely will start to notice skin laxity in your 40s, but you may not want to undergo an invasive procedure to correct it,” she says. “Fortunately, there are noninvasive options ideally suited for women in this situation.”

According to Dr Chapas, energy-based treatments such as microfocused ultrasound and radiofrequency microneedling can help improve skin laxity by promoting the production of collagen and elastin to create firmer skin. “Imagine wrapping your loose skin in shrink wrap to pull everything tighter — that’s the kind of effect these energy devices can have,” she says.

Dr Chapas says filler injections also can improve skin laxity by replacing lost collagen and elastin. “If you picture your skin as a tablecloth, then you can think of fillers as a sturdier table for it to rest on.”

 Volume changes 

In addition to losing collagen and elastin as you age, Dr Chapas says, women also lose fat in areas like the face and hands, resulting in a loss of skin volume. As a result, she says, you may experience sagging skin, as well as prominent bones and veins.

According to Dr Chapas, noninvasive treatments with dermal fillers and energy devices can help restore lost volume in addition to improving skin laxity. These treatments also may be combined to provide the best possible results, she suggests.

In addition to seeking treatment for lost collagen, Dr Chapas also recommends that women in their 40s take steps to preserve the collagen they still have. “It’s important to continue protecting your skin from the sun and the elements as you age,” she says, “and you also should consider incorporating topical growth factors and peptides into your skin care routine.”

Unwanted fat 

It’s a sad truth, women in your 40s may have unwanted body bulges as the result of a slowing metabolism, pregnancy or other lifestyle changes, says Dr Chapas. Even if women exercise regularly and are otherwise fit, it may be difficult for you to eliminate fat in areas where the body is designed to store it, including the torso and the legs.

According to Dr Chapas, women in their 40s who have isolated pockets of fat are ideal candidates for noninvasive body sculpting procedures like focused ultrasound, thermal energy treatment and cryolipolysis, all of which create areas of damaged fat that the body gradually removes. While these treatments can be performed anywhere on the body, the waistline and thighs are the most commonly treated areas, while the neck and bra spillover area are currently gaining popularity.

Dr Chapas says interest in these body sculpting treatments has surged in recent years because the procedures are noninvasive, quick and effective, with little downtime for patients. “Although liposuction remains the gold standard for fat removal, other body sculpting procedures can provide subtle results for women who want to address problem areas without undergoing an invasive procedure.”


Hair Therapy

Hair Therapy

The importance of healthy hair according to SA women

The survey consisted of 1001 women between the ages of 18 and 39, living in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Conducted by independent market research company, Insight Survey, on behalf of Plantur 21 caffeine shampoo, the survey examined what the respondents felt was most essential in their lives. Family, health and wellbeing topped the list, followed by a good job, money and a stable romantic relationship. Interestingly, healthy hair was on a par with having a cel phone and access to the Internet. Next on the list was exercise, having an attractive body, a car, and least important – an active sex life.

The survey also revealed that 60% of the respondents either colour or dye their hair, 60% straighten their hair, while 43% complained that they were either losing hair, or it was thinning.

Thinning hair and hair loss seems to be on the rise, particularly among the younger audience. Dr Adolf Klenk, head of Dr. Wolff Research, who developed Plantur 21 to help protect against hair loss, confirms that stress, crash diets and an imbalanced lifestyle can all contribute to hair loss. However, bleaching, over-treatment, braiding, illness, genetic and hormonal imbalances can all impact as well.

This follows on from a previous survey conducted by Plus 94 on behalf of Plantur39, that found 69% of all women surveyed, confirmed that hair plays a huge role in their self-image, 55% believed that healthy hair builds self-confidence and attracts the opposite sex; and 39% said they worry the future health of their hair, while 31% said that healthy hair was just as important as healthy skin.

Interestingly, 72% of all single women felt that their hair was a huge part of their self-image, compared to 56% of separated women, 71% of married women and 61% of divorced women.

In Numbers:

Women in general are willing to spend money on their hair, if it means getting what we want from it, with 72% of women spending up to R499 a month on haircare, and 26% spending between R500 to R1 000. Only 2% spend more than R1 000 a month.

Our Pick: Feed Your Skin – From the Outside

Our Pick: Feed Your Skin – From the Outside

New Product: Resvera Cell Concentrate

Pollution, winter and stress all take a toll on your skin, potentially aging you quicker than you should. New Resvera Cell Concentrate aims to decrease the signs of aging, dryness and a tired complexion. Formulated with the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, silicon components and vitamin C, this serum supports the appearance of youthful skin, no matter your age.

Key Ingredients:

Resveratrol: Aims to prevent the loss of elasticity; improves skin firmness and provides antioxidant protection.

Silanole (Silicea): Provides elasticity and resilience, as well as vitality to the skin.

Vitamin C: Helps to protect your skin, promotes a more even skin tone and brightens a dull complexion.


  • Helps to increase cell lifespan;
  • Helps to promote a firmer, softer skin;
  • Your skin has renewed elasticity, firmness and tone;
  • Protects against free radicals;
  • Helps the reproduction and activity of fibroblasts; and
  • Promotes collagen synthesis.

This cosmeceutical (R1 150) is only available through selected medi spas and aesthetic doctors. For more information or your nearest stockiest, email drschrammek@evo.co.za