A Complete Guide to Getting a Facial

September 04, 2020
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A Complete Guide to Facials

Facials have the power to clear clogged pores, take your complexion from dull to glowing and transform majorly dry skin. If you’ve never had a facial and are considering getting one for the first time, Stacy Cox, a veteran esthetician, is here to walk you through the process. Here, she’s answering all of your burning questions about facials, so you’ll know exactly what to expect — which is particularly important now that many cities are loosening COVID-19-related restrictions on facial services.  

How Should You Prepare for a Facial?

“Create a list of products you're currently using on your skin at home, your current skin concerns, any allergies you might have, as well as medications you're taking and go over it with your esthetician before your facial, so you can get the best experience possible,” says Cox. 

Another thing to note is that if you want to focus heavily on pore-cleansing and extractions, Cox says that it’s best to schedule your facial for the end of the day or week so you can have some free time to allow your face to rest. If the facial is in preparation for a big event, schedule the appointment five to seven days before the big day.

Are There Certain Facials That Are Better for Specific Skin Types?

“When I meet with a new client, I have a discussion about their needs and goals so we can figure out the right treatment together,” says Cox. “For the most part, there are two overarching facial treatment categories: spa facials and invasive facials.”

Spa Facials

These types of treatments typically include cleansing, exfoliation, a nourishing facial mask, serum, SPF and/or moisturizer. There are no extractions involved.

Invasive Facials

Cox explains that these treatments include all of the aspects listed above, as well as added targeted treatments such as extractions. Facials can also include add-ons like anti-aging eye treatments, peels and microdermabrasion.

How Should You Care for Your Skin Post-Facial?

“Many people ask if they can apply makeup after a facial,” says Cox. “The answer is yes, technically, but I encourage clients to give their skin a treat by giving it a chance to soak up the effects of the treatment.” With that in mind, she recommends allowing your skin to “rest” makeup-free until the following day.   

How Often Should You Get a Facial for Best Results?

If you’re dealing with acne or hyperpigmentation, Cox may recommend a weekly treatment until the issue improves. Then, she suggests going in every four to six weeks. For everyone else, she says that getting a facial every four weeks is typically sufficient. Can’t swing that? We hear you. Once a season can also be beneficial. 

How Should You Care for Your Skin in Between Facials?

“A good home-care regimen is crucial and wearing (and reapplying) broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is the ‘fountain of youth’ beauty secret people are always overlooking but shouldn't,” says Cox. One of our current go-to, SPF-infused products is the Lancôme Absolue Velvet Face Cream SPF 15.

Editor’s note: To find out more about what to expect from your facial appointment during COVID-19, check out this guide

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