The Different Types of Facials Explained

You may believe spa-quality facial treatments are luxuries reserved for special occasions. However, you’ll be surprised to learn that facials can and should be part of your regular skin care routine. When figuring out what you need and want for your skin, you may start feeling overwhelmed by all the available options. The truth is, there are many different types of facials because they all address different skin issues and use an array of methods and products to do so. Thankfully, Dr. Doriana Cosgrove at Desert Med Aesthetics in Palm Springs, CA, is experienced and highly educated in all types of facials and loves sharing her knowledge with guests.


Let’s look at a few of the different types of facials offered at Desert Med Aesthetics to help determine which one might be right for you.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a type of facial used to help improve the tone, texture, and appearance of the skin on the neck, hands, and face. Carefully placing a chemical solution on the skin and letting it work for a brief period causes the old skin to away, leaving behind a regenerated and smoother layer.


Dr. Cosgrove offers several different chemical peel options.

  • SkinMedica® peels: SkinMedica® has made itself one of the most trusted skin care brands in the aesthetic community for its powerful ingredients and exceptional results. The chemical peels by SkinMedica® brighten skin from within by reducing uneven skin and fine lines.
  • Micro peel: The micro peel is an excellent starter, as it is the lowest-strength peel option available. Micro peels keep sensitive skin and touch-ups in mind by using lactic acid, a superficial chemical peel that only targets the top layer of skin for a surface exfoliation.
  • Glycolic acid peel: The glycolic peel penetrates deep to remove several layers of skin at once, helping stimulate your body’s natural collagen and elastin production.
  • Jessner peel: We recommend Jessner peels for patients with hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. As one of the most powerful chemical peels offered, it penetrates some of the deepest layers of skin.


Dermaplaning is another type of exfoliation that carefully scrapes away the top layer of dull skin cells with a specially designed surgical blade. Not only does dermaplaning leave behind a smoother, brighter, and more radiant complexion, but it also allows for skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin and do their work past the surface level.

Diamond Glow Facial

Diamond Glow is a next-level skin resurfacing facial that uses six diamond tips to exfoliate the skin’s damaged top layer. Then, an infusion of medical-grade serums promotes healing, restoration, and glow. Diamond Glow facials are safe for all skin types and are an excellent solution for common skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, rough and dehydrated skin, dark spots and discoloration, acne, rosacea, and dull or congested skin. Desert Med Aesthetics can personalize this treatment to fit you and your specific set of concerns.

Ready to Book Your Facial in Palm Springs, CA?

Even with the best skin care routine, your complexion still needs some extra TLC from time to time. To learn more about what Desert Med Aesthetics has to offer to help resolve some of your skin concerns, call (760) 777-8772 or contact us through our website to schedule your personalized consultation.