In today’s blog post I want to walk you through The Ayurvedic Signature Facial.
My name is Taylor Ruich, I am a Licensed Esthetician & work for Second Nature Clinic in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. What makes this treatment special and different from other facial’s in our modern day era? Ayurveda is a practice & way of life that dates back thousands of years. It is said in the ancient Indian textbooks that if you follow certain protocols in your daily life & routine; you will live a healthy, long life, filled with vitality and prolonged youth internally and externally.
The products that I have chosen to use in my “Ayurvedic Signature Facial’s” are from a small batch company out of California called Paavani Ayurveda. Each product is made with the intention of self care in mind. Using organic Ayurvedic herbs and essential oils specific to an individuals skin type as well as Dosha. There are five skin specific “Ritual Kits”and they are as follows:
When treating my clients I keep Dosha types as well as skin care types in mind. I understand that everyone’s skin is different. This allows me to use different products for different types of skin in each service. Using multiple toners, and multi-masking specific areas based upon one’s skin care concerns.
Now that we know a little bit about the products & what skin type they are best for; I want to walk you through “The what to expect”at your “Ayurvedic Signature Facial”.
Upon arriving at Second Nature Clinic you will be greeted with a warm welcome, a beautiful court yard with a large Eucalyptus tree in the center. As you walk down the path, you will walk into what looks to be an old home, an almost 100 year old home to be exact. There is a lot to see at the clinic and we will have you take a seat in our Zen Lounge, where I will introduce myself and you will receive your client consent/history form. I recommend filling out this form to the best of your ability. It will help me understand your personal skin care concerns as well as your goals. I also recommend informing me on any products that you us on a daily basis, this helps me better understand what your skin may or may not need in the upcoming treatment.
Upon completion of the Consent/Client History form, I will read over and discuss your skin type, as well as your current home care routine to get a better understanding of what products will be best suited for you and your skin during the treatment.
I will then bring you to our treatment room where I will ask for you to undress from the waist up. If you are a woman you can leave your bra on during the treatment. Tucking the straps under the arms if that makes you more comfortable. I will leave the room and let you get comfortable on our massage table and be back in the room shortly to start the service.
The facial will begin with a “Pre-Cleanse”, ridding the skin of dirt, make-up, and debris. This preps the skin to better absorb the Dosha specific herbs inside the cleanser/exfoliant, giving your skin the ultimate benefit of the Ayurvedic herbs.
After receiving your pre-cleansing massage, I will apply the Ayurvedic cleanser based on your skin type. This cleanser is also a gentle exfoliant that can be used daily. I will massage the cleanser into the skin helping to give the skin a smoother texture also while removing dead skin cells from the dermis (the outermost layer of the skin). During this time I also apply steam, this allows for the herbs to penetrate deeper into the pores, as well as help for the skin to better absorb the herbal cleanser.
I will then remove the cleanser with a warm damp towel, and on to the next step we go!
The next step after the cleansing, the exfoliating, and the steaming; I will spritz the toner best suited for your skin type all over the skin in preparation for the next step “The Mask”.
My next step to the Ayurvedic Signature Facial is the Masking Experience. I will mix one of our five masks with Floral Rose Water and apply. In addition, I apply Rose Water Eye Pad’s for the eyes. Rose water is soothing and know to have Anti-Aging properties.
During your masking time you will receive a warm oil massage on your neck, shoulders, arms, as well as hands. The massage will be with Dosha specific oil, and can be a very relaxing experience. You will mask and receive the massage for a little over ten minutes. I will then wrap each hand in a warm damp towel and let them sit while I remove the facial mask with another warm, damp towel. After removing the mask, I will then remove the oil from the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.
Following up with a skin specific toner in preparation for the application of the serum.
I will apply your serum based on skin type and massage it first with my hands into the skin. Next I will use one of our three chilled gemstone rollers (Jade, Amethyst, or Rose Quarts) to massage the skin. Pushing the serum deeper into the pores, all while improving skin elasticity, calming any irritation, as well as helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Our next step will be to use a chilled Gua Sha Stone. This stone has been known to promote younger, healthier looking skin & Lymphatic Drainage, improve circulation, as well as help encourage a brighter and more radiant complexion.
The next and final step of The Ayurvedic Signature Facial, I will use mini facial cups around the eyes. This helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines. You know, those annoying crows feet that develop at the corner of our eyes as we get older.
Lastly, I will massage the skin by hand one final time, finishing with a gentle temple massage.