Difference between Clean-up & Facial

Is a Facial and a Cleanup the same thing?

People often tend to get confused between facials and cleanups. Well, they do come from the same family so we can say they are similar but not completely the same. To give you a clearer picture let us start by knowing what exactly they are and then dive in to know how they are different from one another.

What is a Clean-up?

As the name suggests, it is about cleansing the skin. It helps in getting rid of all the built-up dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil and sebum that gets collected on the top layer of the skin. Direct sunlight tends to darken the skin resulting in pigmentation and tanning. A clean-up will help in reducing those tan lines and also heal the pigmentation marks on your skin. 

If you are having regular clean-up sessions, then you can very easily and quickly get rid of the dead skin cells, whiteheads, blackheads, dirt particles and even acne, and it will keep your skin moisturized and clean for a longer period. 


  1. Cleansing – The process starts with cleansing the skin thoroughly so that any product or residue of dirt is washed out thoroughly.
  2. Exfoliating – An Exfoliator with a granulated texture is used after cleansing to clean out all the clogged pores and give your skin a radiant glow.
  3. Steaming – A steamer is used to give your skin the special treatment it deserves. This will help in removing all the leftover toxins that could still be hidden in your skin.

What is a Facial?

A facial is considered one of the best ways to nourish and pamper your skin. A facial not only cleans and removes the dirt and bacteria from your skin but also gives your skin added moisture, blood circulation and essential nutrients, with the help of massage and a face pack.

A properly done facial will leave your skin fresh, hydrated and rejuvenated. 


  1. Cleansing- The facial starts with cleansing the face and the neck area to remove any leftover product, makeup or dirt. Usually, a wet washcloth, a cotton pad or a facial sponge is used to do this along with a facial cleanser.
  2. Exfoliation- Another important step to cleanse the skin well and wipe away the dead skin cells for healthier cell rejuvenation is Exfoliation.
  3. Steaming- This is done either by placing a hot towel on the face or by exposing the skin to some steam. This step helps open up the pores so that it’s easier to get rid of impurities. 
  4. Extraction- People who have an extremely oily skin type tend to have clogged pores, blackhead and white head accumulation and debris on their skin. To fully unclog the pores, extractions are done by hand or a metal instrument.
  5. Massage- After the above-mentioned steps, a massage is mandatory to improve lymphatic drainage.
  6. Masking- A mask is applied according to your skin type. It could be a clay-based one for oiliness or a hydrating one for dry skin.
  7. After that, the facial could include serum or a moisturizer.

Are you still confused and want to know which might be the correct choice for you?

Don’t worry we have got it all sorted, sit back and read the information below and know which will be the best fit for you and your skin.

Here is a table that will help you make a well-informed choice.

CostMore expensive.Inexpensive.
MassageIncludes massage.Doesn’t include massage.
TimeTakes at least 60-90 minutes.Takes up to 40 minutes.
Done byAlways done by a specialist in the salon.Can be done by a specialist or also by yourself at home.
ProductsSpecial products are used according to your skin type and skin concern.Usually, general products are used unless you have sensitive skin or are allergic to a particular ingredient. 

To go for a facial or a cleanup depends on your personal preference and skin type and now that you are loaded with all the knowledge about the two, why not pick your preference and book yourself an at-home salon-like service from Yes Madam with a simple click and get all the pampering that you deserve.

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