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Facials are Valuable Additions to a Skin Care Regimen

Varying outdoor seasonal temperatures, combined with indoor temperature fluctuations, as well as daily stressors, affect skin health. Facials performed by a trained and licensed esthetician are important additions to skin care regimens in order to keep skin healthy and vibrant.  

 “Stress affects skin,” notes Rashell Brunner, licensed esthetician and owner of Emergence Skin Care Studio, in Lancaster. “Not only are we recovering from the stress of the holidays, but we are also cranking up the heat at home and in our cars, which leads to skin dehydration.

 According to Brunner, there is a difference between oil and moisture, and an esthetician uses a facial to check for oil and moisture balance, as well as overall hydration. A 60-minute classic facial is an excellent beginning for all skin types because it is customized to meet individual needs.  

 The process starts with a double cleansing of the skin, followed by appropriate exfoliation and a thorough skin analysis. Steamed towels are used throughout the session. Special attention is paid to any extractions that are needed, such as blackheads, ingrown hair follicles and from pores around the nose. A soothing massage of the face, neck, dècolletage and shoulders follows. The esthetician then proceeds to apply any serum or mask tailored for the individual. The finishing touches include applications of toner, eye cream, moisturizer and sun protection factor (SPF) lotion.  

 The session ends with a brief consultation including service, home care and dietary recommendations that would improve the skin’s overall health. Brunner recommends having a facial a minimum of four times per year. “Each time the seasons changes, so do the needs of the skin,” she explains.

 Facials are beneficial because they cleanse, hydrate and tone the skin. An added benefit is that the esthetician is an extra set of hands and eyes touching the skin and looking for anything unusual. Furthermore, facials are appropriate at any age, if there is a need, such as during the teenage years, and Brunner suggests beginning regular, seasonal facials at the age of 18.

 “I want my clients to love the skin that they’re in, and I am here to help them on that journey,” avows Brunner.

 Rashell Brunner provides facials and a variety of other services, by appointment, at her studio, Emergence Skin Care, located at 3695 Marietta Ave., Unit 2, in Lancaster. Appointments can be made by calling 717-419-4766, or online at

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