While the focus of most skincare routines is squarely on the face and maybe even the neck, there are a few other parts of your body that stand to benefit from a little TLC from time to time.
While most people are familiar with the benefits of a regular facial, it’s likely they don’t think about their back in the same way. But the truth is a back facial can help clean, tone, and exfoliate a part of your body that’s often forgotten or taken for granted.
And as we approach the height of the summer, you’ll also find that a revitalizing back treatment could help you pull off a backless top, a sexy dress, and of course, that swimsuit you’ve been waiting to debut.
What Is A Back Facial?
Performed by a licensed esthetician, a back facial, like the one offered by Milk + Honey, typically begins with gentle cleansing and exfoliation, which is then followed by extractions, a masque, and oil-free hydration.
After a long soak in the tub, your skin will wrinkle, and after years and years of sun exposure, your skin will wrinkle. While the wrinkles from your bath will disappear within minutes, it’s not that easy to rid your skin of the wrinkles caused by sun damage; this little example clearly shows that all wrinkles are not created equal. In fact, there are five distinct types of wrinkles; each one has a different cause and, therefore, a different approach to get rid of them. Ahead, we’ll look at different types of wrinkles and what you can do about them.
Also known as dynamic lines, expression wrinkles are caused by a combination of a loss in elasticity and repeatedly making the same expression over and over again; think crow’s feet from smiling and frown lines. Remember that unlike other parts of the body, facial muscles are attached directly to the skin tissue. So when you make certain facial expressions like a smile or a frown, you’re causing the muscle just under your skin to expand and contract. These movements tend to cause temporary creases in the skin; however, they can become permanent and even deepen over time.
Expression lines are just a part of your face, and there’s little you can do in terms of prevention. You can, however, minimize the appearance of this type of wrinkle with injectable neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport.
By now, everyone seems to have a skincare routine down. But what about the skin you can’t see? Back facials may seem like a new trend, but consider how much pampering you give the rest of your body. Your back skin deserves just as much care as the rest of you, and this is one area that you probably need a little help to tend to.
What is a back facial?
Similar to the more common face-facial, a back facial is a series of treatments that opens pores, extracts impurities, and leaves the skin soft, moisturized, and refreshed. Steam is used to open the pores and prep the skin for cleansing and exfoliation. From there, the esthetician will assess the client’s skin and determine what treatments will bring your best back forward.
If there is acne or clogged pores, the esthetician will perform extractions to safely remove the offending spots and help your skin clear up. On the other hand, dry skin will receive extra hydration through masques, serums, and oil-free moisturizers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, masks became part of our regular routine as they were required in most public places. The primary reason for wearing a mask was to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but even after people got vaccinated some continued wearing masks because it also helps prevent the spread of other illnesses such as the flu. Beyond reducing the spread of viruses, other reasons people continue to wear masks include helping with allergies, reducing the need for makeup, or simply as a means of expression through the mask design much like with clothing and accessories.
While masks definitely have their benefits, they also come with one unfortunate consequence: mask acne or maskne. Masks, especially reusable fabric ones, trap oil, bacteria, and dead skin and then rub up against your face, clogging pores and irritating follicles which causes mask acne. Even if you’re wearing a clean mask every day, maskne is inevitable.
If you plan on continuing to wear a mask, learn everything you need to know about mask acne including prevention and treatment tips.
What is maskne?
Maskne is acne around the mouth, chin, and cheeks that is specifically caused by wearing a mask. The term is an umbrella that can refer to acne (clogged pores), rosacea (a skin condition that causes redness and pimples), contact dermatitis (a sensitive reaction to the mask itself), or folliculitis (infected hair follicles). If you already had any of these conditions, the friction and buildup of substances can provoke a flare up. On the other hand, if you previously experienced clear skin (lucky you!), the addition of a physical barrier against your face can spark new skin issues.
From your brows to your bikini line, waxing is a great shortcut. The hair removal method can make your growth cycles more consistent, prevent ingrown hairs, and help to achieve your smoothest possible skin. Whether you’re new to waxing or not, you can never have too many tips to make it more relaxing. We asked milk + honey esthetician, Nicole Burke for her go-to advice for the easiest wax.
If Eye Cream isn’t a solid step in your skincare regimen yet, that’s okay. While it’s a good rule of thumb to preventatively incorporate anti-aging products before you need them, it’s never too late to start.
It can be challenging to navigate the “must-haves” and essential ingredients when shopping for an effective eye cream. We’re proud of each ingredient in our hyperclean formulation, but these three pack the biggest punch in our Eye Cream.
Once a year, we celebrate glowy skin with our Peel Party. When attendees purchase a peel, they receive a complimentary peel on their account for future use. Still, we realize a lot of people are new to peels or hesitant about the level of commitment that comes with taking the peel plunge. That’s why we asked an esthetician to answer some of our most frequently asked questions regarding peels.
Whether it’s protecting against the harsher heat or showing off that new swimsuit, there are many reasons to bid adieu to dry skin and uncover your greatest glow this summer. We encourage creating a plan for healthy, hydrated skin with these three preliminary skincare tips.
If you’ve ever read the beauty routines of models and celebrities, surely you’ve been sung the praises of drinking enough water. Still, quenching that thirst is incredibly important for your overall wellness — it’s not just a beauty hack. It seems everyone has a lot to say about said topic, but our resident milk + honey experts are sharing hydration perspectives on two fronts: skincare and the wellness of your body.
Out with the old and in with the new. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal renewed skin and allows your moisturizers and skincare products to do their job. The catch? Exfoliation strategies differ when it comes to the skin on your face and the skin on your body. Today, two experts are sharing their insight on the topic of exfoliation.