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Facial skincare

Expectations, Before/Aftercare, 

Facials are highly effective for attaining a clearer, more youthful complexion by restoring elasticity, addressing blemishes, and revitalizing your skin. They are among the least invasive treatments and can be scheduled regularly to maintain a consistent skincare routine.

Before you come in

Here are some key points to keep in mind before getting a facial:

  • Understand your skincare routine. Your esthetician will likely inquire about your daily skincare regimen. Being aware of your products helps them offer tailored advice to address your skin concerns. If a product isn't suitable for your skin type, they can guide you on alternatives.

  • Cleanse your face gently before your appointment to ensure your skin is fresh and ready. Providing your provider with a clean canvas allows them to work effectively.

  • Stick to your regular morning skincare routine, excluding masks, peels, or intense exfoliation. Moisturizing and applying sunscreen are okay, but avoid any treatments that could potentially clash with your facial.

  • Avoid waxing or shaving at least 48 hours before your facial. Hair removal can heighten skin sensitivity, leading to discomfort during the treatment, such as tingling or stinging sensations.

  • Inform your provider about your specific skincare concerns. This enables them to tailor a treatment that addresses your needs and delivers the desired results.

  • Make a list of your current skincare products and their ingredients. This information assists your aesthetician in comprehending your existing skincare regimen, enabling them to offer suggestions or modifications to enhance your routine.

  • Consider your schedule. It's normal for your skin to appear slightly red immediately after a facial, which typically resolves within a day. If you have plans, you may want to skip events like date night on the day of your facial.

  • Check your medication. If you're taking oral medications that thin the skin, like Roaccutane, it's advisable to discontinue use for up to 3 months before undergoing a facial treatment. Be sure to list all medications you're taking on your forms and advise your esthetician.

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least a week prior to your appointment. Sunburned skin is not ideal for facials, and post-facial, your newly-exfoliated skin is more sensitive to the sun. Apply sunscreen generously, even on your face, when going outdoors.

  • Refrain from over-exfoliating in the days leading up to your facial. Since most facials include exfoliation, it's important not to overly sensitize your skin before the treatment. Avoid any aggressive or invasive skincare treatments, such as facial masks, peels, peel-off masks, or intense exfoliating treatments. Additionally, discontinue the use of chemical exfoliants and potential irritants about a week before your treatment. These precautions help prevent skin irritation when combined with facial treatments.

  • Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but be mindful not to consume so much that you need frequent bathroom breaks during your appointment!

  • Set aside time to unwind before your appointment to ensure you're not feeling stressed. Remember, facials are about both skincare and self-care, providing a relaxing experience for overall well-being.

  • Avoid altering your skincare routine within a week of your appointment. Making changes close to your facial can cloud your understanding of the results, as you won't be sure if the changes or the treatment contributed to the outcome.

  • Avoid consuming caffeine too close to your appointment as it can lead to facial twitching or difficulty in relaxing.

During your appointment

To ensure a positive facial experience and reap maximum benefits, it's essential to prepare for your treatment. Here's what to expect before and during your appointment:

  • Firstly, if it's your initial facial, you may not be aware that you'll likely be asked to undress down to your underwear and don a robe, even if your focus isn't on body treatments. If you're comfortable, you can also remove your bra, making it easier for your aesthetician to apply serums and other products to your décolletage.

  • Typically, facials include cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extractions, product application, and facial massage, though specifics can vary based on your chosen treatment. You'll also have the opportunity to discuss your skin concerns and regular skincare routine with your aesthetician. This is an ideal time to ask any questions about the treatment process.

  • If you're feeling nervous, don't hesitate to express it. Your provider aims to provide you with a fantastic experience and can guide you through the process or address any concerns to help you feel more comfortable.


Certain facials, like laser treatments or chemical peels, may necessitate downtime afterward, ranging from 24 hours to two weeks. During this period, your skin may appear red and potentially peel. It's advisable to avoid scheduling social events during this time to allow your skin to recover without interruption.

You probably won't walk out of the salon with flawless, poreless skin right away. In fact, you might notice a breakout in the days following a treatment. This occurs because facials draw out impurities from deep within your pores, sometimes causing a temporary worsening of the skin condition before improvement sets in. However, facials are beneficial for detoxifying the skin by clearing out years of accumulated sebum and dead skin cells from the pores, resulting in a refreshed and deeply cleansed complexion.

Skin purging is completely normal! Anything bubbled under the surface that wasn't ready to be exposed (acne, ex) may surface and seem like your facial was counter-productive BUT this is a good thing. We are purging all those toxins, bacteria, etc. 

  • Avoid washing your face or taking a shower for at least six hours after your treatment to allow the serums and treatments to fully absorb into your skin.

  • Remember to use sunscreen with noncomedogenic ingredients to protect your skin post-facial. Noncomedogenic sunscreen won't clog your pores.

  • Refrain from exercising immediately after your treatment, as sweating can remove the serums still being absorbed into your skin.

  • Avoid swimming, applying water, or steam to your face for at least six hours post-treatment to prevent the removal of skincare products before they're fully absorbed.

  • Do not pick at your skin, especially after a facial when your skin is sensitive.

  • Refrain from waxing, shaving, or plucking hair in the treated area for a few days post-treatment to prevent inflammation of hair follicles.

  • Follow the post-facial care instructions provided by your esthetician diligently. They understand the best way to care for your skin based on the procedures and products used during your treatment.

  • Refrain from using heavy makeup after a deep cleanse, as your pores will be more open and prone to bacteria. Although it might be tempting to apply full-coverage foundation if your skin appears red, it's best to let your skin settle. Avoid makeup until the next day, and ensure that your brushes and applicators are thoroughly cleaned before using makeup again.

  • Hydrate by drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration and aid in detoxifying your system.
    Avoid touching your face or treated areas and refrain from at-home facial massages, as your skin may be sensitive post-treatment.

  • Skip makeup for the remainder of the day if possible. Applying makeup immediately after a facial may not be ideal and could potentially clog your freshly cleansed pores.

  • Wait at least two to three days before using skincare treatments or products that could irritate or increase skin sensitivity, such as toners, exfoliants, new products, or acne treatments. Steer clear of products containing vitamin C and retinol as well.

  • Protect your skin from direct sunlight and excessive heat, as some products used during your treatment may heighten sun sensitivity.

  • Take some time to relax and allow your skin to rest. While not mandatory for all treatments, continuing the relaxing spa vibe for the rest of the day can be beneficial.

  • Ensure you use clean pillowcases and towels to prevent dirt and oils from entering your pores and causing potential breakouts.

Treating yourself to a facial is a wonderful investment in the health of your skin. To achieve optimal results, it's essential to follow proper pre- and post-facial care.

How often should I get a facial?

Typically, we recommend scheduling a facial approximately once a month, but the frequency may vary depending on your skin type and needs.

Your skin undergoes a complete cycle every 5-6 weeks. During this time, new skin cells form at the deepest layer of the epidermis, gradually moving up to the skin's surface, maturing, and then shedding. Aging slows down this skin cycle, leading to sagging and wrinkles over time. Regular facials help accelerate this process, promoting a radiant complexion and aiding in maintaining skin health.

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