There are lots of different types of facial treatments out there, sometimes it’s hard to know the right one for you. Plus, what does a facial do for you? Facials have been around for a long time. We’ve been using natural ingredients to rejuvenate our skin since the 1500s – 1600s. In the 21st century, technology and new products play a huge part in our skincare. This simple to follow guide will help you decide which type of facial is best for you.

What are the different types of facials?

There are multiple types of facials you can choose from, whether that’s the good old fashioned or something a little more high-tech. There’s also add-ons you can include in your treatment for a little boost. So, what are the best facial treatments? Let’s break down the most popular options below:

Product-based facial

This type of facial focuses on giving your skin some TLC with professional products to enhance your usual skincare routine. It usually involves a double cleanse, exfoliation, mask, facial massage, toning and moisturising. All of these modules rejuvenate the skin and aim to repair and protect your complexion from external triggers such as pollution, lifestyle choices (such as smoking and drinking) and sun damage to name a few.

These facials also include a relaxation element, as stress has a direct impact on our skin and can cause premature signs of ageing. Specific aromatherapy oils combined with facial massage enhance the relaxation element of the facial, as well as improve blood circulation and muscle tone.

Depending on your skin type, a therapist will have an initial consultation with you to determine which products are best suited for your skin. The result? You should leave the treatment feeling calm and refreshed, and your skin glowing and feeling rejuvenated.

Add a little extra

There are a few extra things you can include during a facial, such as:


Extraction is a professional treatment where comedones (blackheads) are carefully removed from clogged pores. This is a particularly beneficial extra for those with oily skin.


Steam is often used at the initial stage of a facial to help open the pores and allow further penetration of products. It also helps when incorporating extraction.

Chemical peel

This always sounds a little scarier than it can be. There are varying levels of a chemical peel, but if you want to avoid high costs and long down times, there are alternative and more gentle options. For example, Dermalogica’s Pro Power Peel. Using ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid, you can brighten and smooth your complexion through resurfacing, as well as target dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

What’s the best facials for ageing skin?

Lots of beauty brands have specific ranges dedicated to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that also protect skin from premature ageing. A resurfacing treatment like the Pro Power Peel above is also a popular choice when it comes to anti-ageing. However, if you really want to up the anti when it comes to ageing skin, why not get a little bit more technical with the below…

Technology-based facials

Facials have advanced dramatically during the 21st century, with new and modern ways of improving the appearance of our skin. One of the most popular technology-driven facials out there is CACI’s non-surgical facial toning treatments.

Using microcurrent technology, CACI facials improve muscle tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and ultimately help our skin look younger for longer. Even now, CACI is consistently innovating their line of products, by introducing S.P.E.D™ microcurrent LED technology. This revolutionary approach to facials include red and blue LED lights to enhance tissue regeneration, improve collagen production and reduce inflammation in breakout prone or sensitive skin.

A course of treatments is recommended to get the most out of CACI, with a top-up treatment once a month to follow. We have lots of CACI clients at bijou who have been thrilled with the results and continue to come back to maintain their youthful and glowing complexion!

There are some conditions which prevent clients from having this treatment, so please speak to a therapist to find out more and consult your doctor if you have any underlying conditions before booking.

Add a little extra


Orbital microdermabrasion is an enhanced exfoliation that deeply cleanses and the skin and removes dead skin cells to improve dull complexions. Your skin will appear radiant and remarkably softer.

Wrinkle comb

Using red and blue LED photo stimulation with a high frequency microcurrent, lines and wrinkles are plumped out for a reduced appearance. This is a great alternative to invasive collagen injections and dermal fillers.

Hydro Mask

CACI’s Hydro Mask is infused with collagen, hyaluronic acid and rose water to deeply nourish and replenish the skin with a boost of hydration. It can reduce redness and inflammation, soothe sensitive skin and is a perfect pick-me-up before a big event!

Are facials good for your skin?

The simple answer is yes. However you should always let your therapist know if you suffer from any allergies or have had a reaction to previous products. The medication you’re taking can also impact how your skin reacts with certain products, so please ensure you have provided all relevant and necessary details prior to your facial, so your therapist can ensure you and your skin are well looked after.

How often should I have a facial?

For product-based facials, once a month is recommended to keep your skin looking radiant. More advanced facials may differ, so always check with your therapist before booking in your next one!

If you’d like to try out one or more of bijou’s range of facials, call 0118 973 1158 or email