During the first steps of almost any facial treatment, the esthetician usually examines the skin through a lighted, magnifying mirror. The esthetician looks at pores, skin texture, sensitivity, and damage to determine skin type. This knowledge is used to help choose products to use during the treatment. Next, gentle steam is used to open up the pores. After the face has been steamed, an exfoliant is applied to the face and massaged into the skin. The exfoliating product removes dead skin cells and encourages skin renewal.
After that, hot towels are used to gently remove the exfoliant once this process is over. If the client has an blackheads or whiteheads, careful extractions may be performed. A mask with further hydrating or exfoliating ingredients may be applied. Finally, gentle facial massage and products are applied at the end of the treatment. The client leaves with product recommendations and skincare advice from their expert esthetician.