Ask Glynda: What is the benefit of a facial, really? And, how often do I really need one?

Good question! The purpose of a facial is to support skin’s natural function and glow. Holistic (or organic) facials encourage skin to ‘work’ more efficiently and effectively using naturally-derived ingredients and techniques.

Some of the main benefits to expect from an organic facial:

  • Increased tone, circulation and nourishment of skin from specialized anti-aging massage techniques (which also flush the lymph system, which helps to detoxify the body).
  • Deep pore cleansing and blemish removal, as needed.
  • Exfoliating peel to stimulate cell turnover and promote a supple, soft skin texture. A peel also removes debris (layers of dead skin) to enable pores to absorb skin food, such as natural serums, oils and masks that are full of antioxidants to repair and revitalize skin.
  • Masks encourage blemishes to be released from pores. For all skin types, masks deeply nourish and repair with plant butters, omega fatty acids, as well as fruits and herbs packed with vitamins and minerals.

You can expect instant results from a facial. Your skin will immediately appear more clear and hydrated, with fewer visible fine lines, and it will feel much softer.

How often should I have a facial?

I firmly believe that having a facial at the beginning of each season offers great benefits to the skin. Your skin’s needs change as the weather outside, and in your home, shifts; rebalancing your skin with a seasonal facial can help you transition smoothly.

Receiving a facial once a month will help to greatly decrease your experience of daily stressors and the toll of detrimental stress hormones. Monthly facials will also fill your, possibly empty, cup of self-nourishment.

Some of my clients return more frequently for facial treatments, if their goal is to decrease an active breakout or to receive a series of anti-aging peels.

By far, your best bet for great skin is your daily routine. Come on in for a professional analysis and gain personalized, nourishing organic skincare recommendations!

I’d also like to point out… your skin’s appearance can be an indication of imbalance within your body. Consider a Nutrition and Functional Health appointment with Carol Heckman to go deeper and discover allergies, hormonal imbalances and gut-health issues. She can design a food plan to improve your skin-health from the inside out.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.