If you were told about a skincare treatment that is designed to help reduce blemishes, unclog pores and leave you with a glowing and healthy complexion, you would probably assume it was for your face. The Backial or as some call it, the Bacial, is just as the name suggests actually a facial for your back. Since coming into prominence in the early 2000s this unusual treatment request has stayed on the fringe of many salon menus for over a decade. This is perhaps because it helps to tackle one of the most difficult to self-treat areas of the body and ironically also an area that is just as sensitive to free radicals and hormones as the face.
Just as with a facial, the Backial is a different treatment for each client depending upon skin type, problem areas and the intensity of medical grade treatment that they wish to have. However, most Backials begin with an intense steaming and exfoliation to open up pores and help to remove dead skin. Once the pores are open and the dead skin removed the therapist will usually begin an extraction process to remove dirt from inside the pores and blackheads that are commonly found on the back. This is most commonly done with a small tool to provide precision and to ensure the extracted toxins are instantly removed. Following this the next step will be a small massage to help relieve tension and boost the blood flow, which in turn will help to give the skin a glow and reduce the chance of blemishes. After this a moisturizing or invigoration mask, depending upon your needs, will be applied to the skin as the final stage. If you have requested a higher medical grade Backial then you may also have a galvanic treatment or some microdermabrasion, depending on your skin’s needs. As with regular facials, Backials are relatively invasive and so the area of your back that has been treated may be red for a few days and there is a chance of a further breakout as the toxins have been extracted from deep in the skin. The skin should return to a clear glowing state very shortly though and the results of Backials are usually very satisfying.
The back is one of the most difficult places on the body to reach and so to maintain a continuous and effective skincare regime in that area can be a challenge. Therefore it can often be useful to go and have a Backial every 6-8 weeks or so to give that area of the skin a deep cleanse that should last in between the times when you don’t have someone to rub your moisturiser in for you. As well as being hard to reach it is also ironic that the back is one of the places on the body, in addition to the face and the chest, which is the most susceptible to spots and acne. As it is one of the areas where the sebaceous glands are the densest, they often get clogged and react strongly to hormonal changes and toxins. Backials can help to alleviate the effects of acne on the back, or ‘bacne’ as many call it, by unclogging the densely populated pores.
Backials are available in salons across London, although when looking online be careful as they may also be called Bacials, and if it isn’t on the menu then it is always worth asking over the phone if they offer the treatment. As most of the products and techniques are similar to many facials, it is a treatment most places will happily oblige to offer if asked. The Backial is a treatment that appeals to both men and women and so it is no surprise that salons like the mobile, men’s only Kyodex offer it as a permanent fixture on their salon menu. They also offer it with the addition of a massage and a manicure and pedicure so you can get the fully grooming experience. So that the ladies aren’t excluded, they can head to Fe Hair and Beauty in west London for a 45 minute Backial session that is sure to be relaxing and effective. However if East London is closer to home then you can pop in to Body Essential near Liverpool Street who advertise their hour long Backial as a ‘Life Saving Back Treatment’ and that is exactly what many people see the Backial as, utterly life saving.
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