Are you thinking about getting your first facial? It’s normal to feel a bit nervous. Even though a facial may seem daunting, the process doesn’t have to be!
WHY SHOULD IGET A FACIAL?
We all have that one lucky friend who, having never had a facial in her life, has flawless-looking skin. And while facials are not a mandatory skincare ritual for everyone, they can certainly help improve the look and feel of your skin, especially if it’s congested.
Once you get the green light from your dermatologist, you’re ready to get started. If you’re feeling apprehensive, that’s normal. After all, just the words “chemical peel” sound daunting. But you will be relieved to know that the process is not as extreme as you may imagine. Let’s break it down, starting with why it’s called “chemical” to begin with.
There’s not much you need to do to prepare for a facial, but there are a few products you should consider setting aside until after you meet with your dermatologist. It is important not to use retinol or any other product that dries out your skin. These products can make your skin more sensitive to facials. If you are using a retinol or a product formulated with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, take a break from them in your routine as your facial approaches. This can help reduce any unwanted sensitivity and ensure your facial is as comfortable as possible.
Contrary to popular belief, facials aren’t exclusive to acne-prone or mature skin types. Everyone should take the time to remove pore-clogging skin impurities, regardless of age or skin type. Just be sure to talk to your dermatologist first to see what’s right for you.
After your first facial, there are a few do’s and don’ts to follow. First things first, allow your skin to breathe and soak in any products applied during the service. Avoid wearing makeup for at least one day after your facial. If your skin appears irritated, cool it down with a hydrating mist.
Typically, getting a facial once a month is ideal but speak to your therapist about your skin and go from there.