During the hot days of summer, with all the dirt and humidity in New York City, your skin sweats and absorbs more impurities. Don’t be surprised to see more blackheads and blemishes than usual as pores get clogged with extra sebum. What you need to do is to clean your face thoroughly every night and exfoliate it often. Sometimes only a professional facial will do, and the charcoal facial is considered by many skin experts to be the perfect natural remedy for the problems of summer skin. Known for its cooling effects on the skin, charcoal works efficiently to detoxify the skin from impurities and oil build-up. I recently had a charcoal facial at LING Skin Care New York, founded by Celebrity facialist Ling Chan.
The treatment consists of several steps that are a total pleasure to experience. In the beautiful Ling Spa at Union Square, you are invited to prepare yourself in a small room that exudes the tranquility of a Buddhist temple. After sliding on a robe, you lie down between the soft sheets of a cot leaving only your face, neck and décolleté exposed. My esthetician carefully explained every part of the procedure that started with a Hibiscus Peel and Papaya Enzyme Peel to remove dirt and impurities. The alpha-hydroxy acids of hibiscus not only help exfoliate the skin but also speed up cell turnover. It is especially effective if you suffer from acne.
After this first step, she performed deep facial extractions to unclog my pores. An Herbal Clay Clarifying Mask was then applied to further detoxify the pores, followed by a custom blended Ginseng Herbal Moisturizing Mask to instantly soothe and alleviate any inflammation.
Only then are you ready for the Charcoal Mask. After mixing a blend of charcoal and rice in a jar with water, the esthetician applied the paste to my face. Every part of my face was covered,
except for the eyes, making me look like a mummy. The paste has to harden, which takes about 15 minutes until it is peeled off the face like a thick crust, taking with it all the impurities lodged in the top layers of your epidermis. Charcoal has the ability to absorb 100-200 times its weight in impurities, making it one of the best tools to remove impurities and dead skin cells.
You will love the soothing and cooling sensation of charcoal on your face and the softness of your new skin once the mask is pulled away. In the end a Calming Hydrator with Aloe, Chamomile and a sunscreen was applied leaving me ready to go with my skin looking smooth and radiant.
A charcoal facial is also a perfect post-sun remedy to keep your face cool and healthy after too much exposure. With all its benefits for the skin, it is one post-summertime treatment that you cannot pass up.
For more information about the Charcoal Facial at Ling Skin Care, consult http://www.lingskincare.com.
Ling Skin Care Union Square
12 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
Ling Skin Care at Upper West Side
105 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024