What Do Facial Services Include?


Imagine waking up to a special occasion – perhaps a wedding, an important meeting, or a long-awaited date night. You want to look your absolute best, starting with your skin. But what exactly do facial services include, and how can they help you achieve that radiant, flawless complexion? 

This article will delve into the world of facial services, shedding light on what they entail and their myriad benefits. Whether you’re a skincare enthusiast or looking to treat yourself, understanding the essentials of facial services is crucial to achieving healthy, beautiful skin.

Cleansing and Exfoliation

Facial services typically kick off with a thorough cleansing and exfoliation process. This fundamental step involves removing dirt, makeup, and impurities that accumulate on your skin’s surface. 

A skilled esthetician will assess your skin type and use suitable products to cleanse and exfoliate, ensuring a fresh canvas for the rest of the treatment. Cleansing not only rids your skin of dirt but also helps to unclog pores, reducing the risk of acne and breakouts. 

Exfoliation, on the other hand, removes dead skin cells, promoting cell turnover and leaving your skin smoother and brighter. Together, these steps prepare your skin to absorb the subsequent treatments more effectively.

Steam and Extractions

After cleansing and exfoliating, many facial services incorporate steam therapy and extractions. Steam helps open up your pores, making removing blackheads, whiteheads, and other impurities easier. This step is especially beneficial for individuals with acne-prone or congested skin.

Extractions, performed by a skilled esthetician, involve gently removing these impurities using specialized tools. While it might sound intimidating, professional extractions are safe and effective. They can prevent further breakouts and make your skin more refined.

Customized Masks

One of the standout features of facial services is their customizability. The next step usually involves applying a mask tailored to your skin’s needs. Whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive, or in need of hydration, a mask formulation can address your concerns.

Masks can be infused with various antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, or soothing botanicals. These ingredients work their magic, nourishing your skin and targeting problem areas. Customization ensures you get the most out of your facial treatment, as it is personalized to cater to your unique skin type and issues.

Massage and Relaxation

Facial services are not just about achieving healthy skin; they also provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Most treatments include a soothing facial massage, which serves multiple purposes. 

It enhances blood circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage, and relaxes facial muscles, promoting a youthful glow and reducing puffiness. Beyond the physical benefits, this massage can profoundly affect your mental well-being. 

The combination of calming scents, gentle touch, and the tranquil ambiance of the spa can help alleviate stress and anxiety. It’s a holistic approach to skincare that leaves you both looking and feeling revitalized.

Serums and Moisturization

Once your skin is thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, and relaxed, it’s time for some serious hydration and nourishment. Estheticians often apply a series of serums and moisturizers during this stage. These products are carefully selected to address your skin concerns, be it anti-aging, acne management, or brightening.

Serums are formulated with concentrated active ingredients that penetrate the skin, targeting particular issues. They are followed by a moisturizer to seal in the goodness and prevent moisture loss. This final step leaves your skin feeling plump, hydrated, and rejuvenated.

Sun Protection

The importance of sun protection must be balanced in all skin care routines, including facial services. Exposure to harmful UV rays can lead to premature aging, dark spots, and an increased risk of skin cancer. As part of your facial treatment, broad-spectrum sunscreen is often applied to shield your freshly treated skin from the sun’s harmful effects.

By incorporating sun protection into your facial service, you maintain the results of your treatment and take proactive steps to protect your skin’s health in the long run.

Our Treatments

Thrive Aesthetics and Wellness offers a diverse range of facial services tailored to address individual skin types and concerns. Our skilled esthetician conducts a thorough consultation to determine your ideal facial treatment. We use premium professional products to ensure therapeutic and rejuvenating experiences.

Skincare Consult

Kickstart your journey to better skin with a comprehensive Skin Care Consultation at Thrive. Our esthetician will analyze your skin and discuss your skincare objectives. She will craft a personalized skincare regimen using advanced products and treatments to enhance your skin’s tone, texture, and overall appearance. Schedule your consultation today to embark on the path to radiant skin.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels enhance the appearance of your face, neck, or hands by gently exfoliating the skin. After applying a chemical solution, the outer layer of skin eventually peels away, revealing fresher, smoother skin with reduced wrinkles. 

It’s important to protect the new skin from the sun during healing. We use SkinMedica’s medical-grade products at Thrive Aesthetics and Wellness to ensure optimal results.


Dermaplaning is a gentle exfoliation process that involves using a medical-grade scalpel to eliminate the top layer of skin, including fine facial hair (peach fuzz) and dead skin cells. 

This method, often called a “scalpel facial,” stimulates new skin cells, resulting in a softer, smoother, and more youthful complexion. Unlike treatments involving harsh chemicals or extended downtime, dermaplaning offers a pain-free and effective solution.

Microneedling – Plasma FB Pen

Microneedling with the Plasma FB Pen is a cosmetic procedure designed to combat wrinkles, restore collagen, and lift sagging skin. Our collagen production decreases as we age, leading to sagging and wrinkles. Microneedling addresses a wide range of skin concerns, including loss of elasticity, sagging, and wrinkles. The procedure can:

  • Tighten loose skin.
  • Improve and brighten skin tone, texture, and laxity.
  • Dramatically reduce lines and wrinkles, achieving a plumper, more youthful appearance.

Our services are designed to help you achieve your skincare goals, and our expert esthetician will guide you through the process, ensuring you get the best results for your unique skin.

Our Key Takeaway

Facial services encompass a range of carefully curated treatments designed to cleanse, rejuvenate, and nourish your skin. Each step is meticulously chosen to cater to your skin’s unique needs, from the initial cleansing and exfoliation to the customized masks, soothing massages, and targeted serums. Moreover, the relaxation and stress relief these services provide are a valuable bonus.

Book Your Appointment Today!

Now that you understand what facial services include, it’s time to experience the benefits firsthand. Book an appointment with us here at Thrive Aesthetics and Wellness Spa to treat yourself to the ultimate skincare indulgence. 

Your skin deserves the best, and facial services are a wonderful way to achieve and maintain a healthy, radiant complexion. You can also check out our other services, like DiamondGlow and Dermal Fillers!

Leigh Wolf

Licensed Master Esthetician

Leigh is a Master Esthetician with over 25 years of experience in the skin-care industry. She specializes in the clinical treatment of aging and problem skin, and offers an extensive list of aesthetic services. Leigh graduated from the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology in 1995 and has since obtained additional certifications, training, and education. She holds a diploma in Advanced Skincare from Georgia Career Institute and has obtained certifications for both lash extensions and microblading. Leigh has not allowed the skin care and aesthetics industry to advance without her over the last 25 years. She is known for the enthusiasm she has for her career and her willingness to pursue advancements made in the industry. Leigh loves helping each client achieve what they are looking for and ensures they leave happy with their results.

Leigh has three children and she currently lives in Monroe, GA. She loves spending time with her family, learning about the latest and greatest in the beauty industry, and shopping.

Deanna Glenn

Office Manager

Deanna is our wonderful office manager and right-hand (wo)man. She ensures the smooth operation of our office and has over 8 years of experience in Healthcare Administration. Deanna graduated from The University of Phoenix in 2014, with a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. After graduating, she worked as the Practice Manager for a cosmetic surgery practice. While most of her work is done behind the scenes, Deanna is a crucial member of the Thrive team. Deanna explains everything in a way that is understandable and her friendly demeanor always makes people feel valued. She is dedicated to ensuring that our client’s experience outside the treatment room is as satisfying as during their treatment.

Deanna currently lives in Jefferson, GA with her husband and two kids. Deanna loves to travel, read a good book and spend quality time with family and friends.

Caitlin Briscoe


Caitlin is a registered nurse with over 8 years of experience in the cosmetics industry. She is a nurse injector and senior cosmetic laser practitioner.

Caitlin graduated from Piedmont College in 2014 with a degree in Nursing. After graduating, she worked in the operating room as a circulating nurse for cosmetic surgeries. Caitlin began performing cosmetic injections in 2016 and has since obtained training and certifications in various other cosmetic and aesthetic services; such as microneedling, chemical peels, and various laser treatments. Caitlin takes the time to form relationships with her clients to gain an understanding of their personal goals and address their individual concerns.

Caitlin currently lives in Good Hope, Georgia with her husband and two daughters. Caitlin enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lindsey Whitehurst



Lindsey is a Certified Nurse Midwife with over 4 years of experience in cosmetics, wellness, and women’s health.

Lindsey attended Augusta University for her undergraduate degree where she graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She later obtained a Master’s of Science from Emory University in 2018 where she specialized in Nurse-Midwifery. Before transitioning into the cosmetics and wellness industry; Lindsey worked in women’s health, treating both Obstetric and Gynecology patients. Lindsey has a warm and personal approach to her clients, she is known for partnering with her patients to create tailored treatment plans that address their individual cosmetic and wellness goals. She takes the time to listen to patient concerns and answer questions while providing evidence-based care and maintaining patient safety. Lindsey is dedicated to ensuring each patient understands and is comfortable prior to providing their treatments and services.

Lindsey has lived in Monroe for 15 years with her four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, interior decorating, watching UGA football, and loves fall weather and being outdoors.

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