How To: Get a Facial

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If you like instant gratification {who doesn’t?} then facials are the service for you. An effective and professional facial will give you scrupulously clean, smooth, and glowing skin. If you have never had a facial before here are some things to bear in mind for a smooth outcome.

Let the buyer beware. I can’t stress this point enough. This is your face we’re talking about here, be picky about where you choose to take it, and your money. Only go to a reputable spa or dermatologist’s office. Always look and ask for proper licensure, only estheticians and cosmetologists can perform facial services, nail technicians do not receive any training and they are not licensed. In an ideal world, a good facialist would do nothing but facials, so inquire when scheduling your appointment.

Face time. Before the facial begins you and your skin care professional need to have a conversation about your skin. You need to inform your esthetician if you are currently taking any prescription medications, such as Accutane. You also need to mention what skin care products you are currently using such as retinols or vitamin C to ensure your esthetician can adjust accordingly to prevent irritation. If you are a new client, most spas and dermatologist offices have you fill out a new client form addressing these topics and more before your facial begins.

Cleanliness is not just for hospitals. You want your facial to be a relaxing experience; you can’t unwind if you’re worried about the conditions of the space or the cleanliness of the tools. When you arrive for your appointment make sure you like what you see. The treatment room should be clean and organized. The facial table should be made up with clean sheets and towels, and the equipment should be properly sanitized through the use of autoclaves or barbicide canisters. If you don’t see these safety requirements, ask how the tools are sanitized. If you don’t like the answer, get to stepping and take your business elsewhere.

No glove no facial. State requirements vary, but your esthetician must always wear gloves when performing extractions. A word on extractions; they are not fun, but definitely necessary. They are uncomfortable {they’re called extractions for a reason} but if you are in pain, speak up so your facialist can ease up. As an esthetician, I can tell you that extractions, when done properly, can greatly improve the look and feel of your skin. When clients opt not to receive extractions they are not getting all the benefits of an effective facial. Just like with waxing, do not schedule a facial right before your period, as extractions will be even more unpleasant for you due to increased skin sensitivity.

Keep it simple. An effective facial includes the following: makeup removal, cleansing, exfoliation, steam, extractions, facial massage, facial peel and or masque, toner, moisturizer, and eye cream. If you want to round out your facial with add-ons do a little research beforehand as some may be a waste of money or be more effective done elsewhere. If you are interested in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, lasers or light treatments do these at a medi spa or dermatologist office. If the facial menu of add on services sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Baby your skin. A facial leaves your skin glowing and radiant, and it may be a little pink. In lieu of the complimentary makeup application I just put on my sunglasses and head home to relax and keep the zen feeling going as long as possible. The following day your skin will be smooth and clear, your makeup {should you choose to wear any} will glide on like a dream. Protect and hydrate your freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF moisturizer. Avoid strong products for at least a week and wash with a mild cleanser.

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  2. Sam says:

    Great tips! I love facials. Actually, I may schedule one right now…


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