No, One-Size-Fits-All Facials Are Not for Everyone

Your skin is unique, and for this reason, not every product provides you with the type of results you had hoped for. The same is true when it comes to facials. While spas often offer a list of facial options, they are formulated with a one-size-fits-all approach. To ensure your specific skincare needs are met, a custom facial is often a better option. Learn about some of the complexities a custom facial can address.


A staple with most facials is an exfoliation treatment. With this treatment, a slightly abrasive agent is applied to the skin in circular motions to help remove dead skin and brighten the skin. Think of exfoliants in the same vein as sandpaper, in that there are fine exfoliants and coarse exfoliations. 

The condition of your skin, such as whether you have acne or sensitive skin, determines the level of exfoliant necessary. Too fine of an exfoliant can produce lackluster results, and too coarse of a problem can cause irritation. With a custom facial, the technician inspects your skin and chooses the appropriate exfoliant for you.

Skin Tone

Factors surrounding skin tone are often not addressed with a standard facial. However, particularly if you have brown or deeply pigmented skin, it is important to keep this factor in mind. Take a laser facial, for example.

For people with darker skin tones, a specialized laser is probably going to be used. Otherwise, the laser may not penetrate the skin. Instead, the laser will simply rest on the skin's surface. As a result, not only will the effects of the laser treatment be nonexistent, but you could be left with burn marks. Again, a technician will ensure the right type of laser is applied for your skin tone.

All-in-One Treatments

If you visit any spa and look at their facial options, you are likely to see a wide range of focus areas. For example, there might be a hydrating facial, another one to address hyperpigmentation and acne scars, and an anti-aging facial. The problem with this scenario is that some, if not most, people have multiple problem areas. 

Customized facials allow you to determine the treatment you want. Often, the process begins with a consultation where you can discuss your concerns with the technician, who will then create a facial plan targeted at all your specific needs.  

If you want specialized skincare, contact a spa professional for assistance and to learn more.