Flipping through the pages of your favorite women’s magazine, you’ll no doubt be bombarded by the latest and greatest in facial treatments, typically touted by Hollywood’s most beautiful. But before you blindly blow a hefty sum on Jennifer Aniston’s latest skin ritual, do your research, especially if this is your first foray into the facial world.
Before you book an appointment, be sure to consider the following:
All facials are not created equal. Facial treatments can be pampering or intense, so be prepared accordingly. A simple hydrating facial may enable you to resume your regularly scheduled activities post-treatment, whereas a peel or microdermabrasion may require more restrictions and result in initial redness and irritation. Talk to an esthetician beforehand to know what to expect from your facial treatment and if it’s a good fit for your skin type.
Advance (usually free) skin consultations are available. If it’s your first time receiving a facial, your first step should be to call the esthetician who’ll be performing it. Most day spas provide free skin consultations, where a skincare professional will take an advance look at your skin and help recommend the appropriate treatment. What’s right for your best friend’s or even your sister’s skin may be totally wrong for you, so take the time to take advantage of this free resource to avoid making the incorrect investment.
Your facial treatment could short you on your day spa experience. Depending on the type of facial you choose, it may be best to experience the spa before, not after, your treatment. To avoid reopening pores, most facials should not be followed by time in the steam room, and more intense treatments prohibit sauna use, as well. To get the most bang for your buck, enjoy these amenities pre-facial.
You can ruin your results. Just because you invested time and money into your skin doesn’t mean you get a free hall pass to pay less attention to it. Make sure to explicitly follow your esthetician’s post-treatment protocol – from sun exposure to showering to post-extraction pimples – and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The results of your facial will last longer if you resume a responsible skincare routine right after.
Control Insider Tip: If your skin is a bit pink or is initially having a bothersome reaction to a facial, soak a towel in cold milk and place on the face to soothe and calm redness.
Cheers to a fantastic facial! Tell us, what’s the best (or worst!) facial treatment you’ve ever received?