Choosing a facial for your skin type

Choosing a facial for your skin type

We all know the importance of a good skincare regime. “Cleanse, tone and moisturise” has been a mantra for women all over the world for decades now. But a skincare regime, regardless of how dedicated you are and how expensive the products are, will do nothing for you if it isn’t targeting your specific skin concerns. Knowing your skin type is incredibly important for identifying the active ingredients that will best help you boost radiance, keep skin soft and supple and minimise imperfections.

Tip: If you don’t already know your skin type, a visit to any aesthetician, or even to a department store skincare sales representative, will give you all the information you need to start targeted skin treatments.

One of the most important reasons for knowing your skin type is that it allows you to choose a facial that will leave you relaxed, glowing and ready to take on the world as your most beautiful self! We’ve explored the benefits of getting facials before on the roots Salon blog, so if you’re on the fence about making your first appointment, check that out first. (You won’t be able to resist after reading it!)

When you book an appointment for a professional facial in Dubai, your aesthetician will always include a consultation to help you choose the right treatment, but this quick guide will point you in the right direction before you even step foot in the salon.

Dry skin

With dry skin, every part of your skincare regime should be about injecting moisture. Dry skin can feel tight, tired and flaky, and it’s the first skin type to show the signs of aging. If you’re under 30 and have dry skin, it’s important to focus on rich, hydrating treatments to combat fine lines and even out skin texture before your skin loses too much elasticity.

Look for facials in Dubai that: offer intensive hydration, nourishment and focus on anti ageing.

Oily skin

Oily skin looks shiny, feels slick and can be prone to blemishes like acne and blackheads. People with this skin type can struggle to keep makeup in place throughout the day and require mattifying products to keep the skin looking clear and even. The advantage of oily skin is that all that extra moisture can fend off the signs of aging much longer than other skin types. (So it’s not all bad!)

Look for facials in Dubai that: offer deep cleansing, clarifying and rebalancing. You should also look out for facials that include light therapy as this targets the bacteria that causes acne breakouts.

Combination skin

Having a combination of skin types can be tricky to manage at the best of times. People with combination skin typically have an oily t-zone and chin, but dryer patches around the eyes and on the cheeks. You may also have to contend with the occasional breakout. The key with combination skin is to use the right product for the area you’re targeting.

Look for facials in Dubai that: focus on evening out skin texture and utilise different products/steps for each area of the face. A lightly hydrating and repairing facial is a good option.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can have adverse reactions to a lot of otherwise routine facial ingredients. You will typically deal with a lot of redness and may experience a stinging sensation when applying harsher products like exfoliants. Reactions can even trigger breakouts, so it’s important to treat the skin gently and take a less-is-more approach.

Look for facials in Dubai that: are soothing, calming and low in chemicals. Natural ingredients like camomile and aloe vera can be a great choice for sensitive skin.

We hope this guide has helped you feel more confident in choosing a facial in Dubai that suits your needs. If you have other questions or feel like your skin type doesn’t fall into any of these four categories (or you’re ready to book in your facial!), please get in touch with the experts at roots. They’ll be happy to help.


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