There’s nothing more refreshing, restorative and rejuvenating than a facial in the Cayman Islands, and advanced techniques, such as a hydrafacial available in Grand Cayman, add yet another option. And what better place to relax with a soothing facial than in a Caribbean island paradise? Spend days in the sun and surf leaving skin more than ready for relief. Making an appointment at a day spa seems to be the natural first step.

Men and women love facials for all the same reasons: They are said to help reduce stress and tension, promote blood circulation, help reduce the effects of aging, exfoliate the skin and open up pores, help rid the skin of acne and add a certain luminosity and restore softness. That is an impressive list!

A quick history of facials

Facials date to ancient times, reportedly as far back as 5,000 years ago in India, where men and women had particular rituals, connected with religion, for caring for their skin and hair. Ancient Egyptians – Cleopatra most famously among them – were said to have used face masks of mud from the sea.

Roman women are said to have used oil, honey, vinegar, basil juice, and even goose fat to replenish their skin. While this may sound exotic, it is perhaps no match for the ancient Chinese practice of women using pearls, lotus root, ginger and other ingredients that were ground into a powder and applied to the skin. During the Renaissance period, egg whites and lemon juice were mixed to form a mask to help brighten the complexion.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that facial and beauty products really arrived in Europe and then, eventually, America. By the 20th century, skin-care products and treatments moved to the forefront, and men and women readily began taking advantage of the newest techniques for facials and general skin care.

Now, in the 21st century, modern treatments have advanced with procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatments and the use of aromatherapy, fruit and even gold!

For those in the Cayman Islands, there are customized options for all skin types, and licensed aestheticians to administer specific treatments.

Let’s take a look at four favorites:

1. Purifying facial

This deep-cleansing facial helps remove dirt and oil and open up the pores. Skin is left hydrated, smooth and refreshed.

2. Calming facial

A calming facial can involve gentle massage and can help relieve skin from redness and irritation.

3. Anti-aging facial

This particular facial targets “mature” skin – typically defined as from age 40 – and aims to make skin brighter while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

4. Hydrafacial

This signature facial uses crystal-free diamond abrasion with a hydration device to “polish” and smooth the skin. It involves a series of treatments over a course of weeks that aim to improve skin tone, texture and glow.

These facials offer superior options for men and women seeking the best outcome for their skin type or skin issues – or, just to take advantage of the stress-relieving nature of a facial to relax and feel rejuvenated.

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Sara T. Loving

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