Are Facial Treatments Necessary for Good Skin?

Facials are one of the go-to skincare options for people in Singapore. With an array of beauty products and treatments available now, though, you may be wondering just how useful facials can be.

To help you decide just what place a facial should occupy in your routine, we’re sharing all the factors you should consider and answer some commonly asked questions. 

What is a facial for?

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A facial is used for a variety of purposes, including;

  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Hydration
  • Stress relief
  • Acne prevention
  • Anti-ageing
  • Overall skin rejuvenation

Notably, of the above, facials are prized for their exfoliating and deep cleaning aspects our daily face cleansing routines cannot achieve.

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, excess sebum and improve the absorption of skin care products. 

Note: Make sure you’re getting a proper, legitimate facial at a medical spa. At medspas, not only are facials performed by professional therapists, professional-grade skincare products containing active ingredients may be introduced.

What can facials treat?

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Facials aren’t just for general rejuvenation. They can also be used to target specific skin concerns. 


If fighting the ravages of time is more your concern, you can consider an anti-ageing facial that incorporates youth-bringing retinoids and peptides. Studies have shown, for instance, that peptides can produce significant improvement to wrinkles. 


Your skin needs water to stay fresh and sprightly. However, environmental conditions, such as dry weather and being too long in an air-conditioned space, can cause the skin to lose water. Hyaluronic acid can be just the friend you need. 

Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring and can hold large amounts of water. Introducing more of it into the skin helps to keep the skin plump and supple by replenishing the skin’s lost moisture. 


If you’re looking to bring a healthy glow to the skin, you can consider exfoliating facials that include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). 

An AHA helps to clear dead skin cells on the surface of the skin by loosening and dissolving them. This kind of exfoliation helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even out skin tone. AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid.

BHAs work a little differently. They go deeper, often entering pores to remove dead skin cells and excess oil. This means that BHAs can also be used to fight acne.

Sensitive Skin

For those with sensitive skin, facials do not need to end in pain. There are a variety of ingredients that are hypoallergenic and can help to keep you in tip top condition without discomfort. A good example would be lactic acid, or an enzyme-based exfoliant. 

Hyaluronic acid may also be able to hydrate and restore the skin without undue agitation. Balanced pH skin cleansers, when soap-free, can also clean the skin without depriving it of its natural oils.

Check out our list of facials for sensitive skin.


Facials don’t just cleanse your skin. They also are a way to treat and take care of yourself. Facials are usually done in a tranquil atmosphere, often characterised by soft lighting, calming music and pleasant scents. This overall ambience is relaxing for most people. 

At SkinLab, all facials come with a head or shoulder massage. The purpose of this massage is to stimulate blood flow and provide oxygen and nutrients to your skin’s surface.

How often should I get a facial?

Your skin tends to regenerate every month. This has given rise to the general advice of going to a facial once a month, as this time frame allows your skin to naturally go through one cycle of cell growth and exfoliation. 

However, there is no hard and fast rule. Patients dealing with acne, for instance, may need to go for a facial a little more often. And patients who face skin sensitivity issues may want to go for a facial less to avoid over stimulating their skin.

Must facials be performed by a professional?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing who provides your facial treatment, but wouldn’t you want someone who knows what they’re doing? 

Professionals, like those at SkinLab, have access to training, special tools, and medical-grade products, all of which are important if you’re trying to look your best.

Get glowing skin with SkinLab

Youthful, radiant skin is not a dream. It’s achievable with the support of experienced, well-trained professionals who have your best outcome at heart. 

At SkinLab, Singapore’s largest medical spa chain, our highly trained therapists will give you the medical-grade facials you desire and deserve.

All facials come with: 

  • A personalised assessment with our trained therapists
  • A skincare analysis to identify your skin type and issues you may be struggling with (e.g. dryness, acne, oily skin).  

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