What To Expect At Your First Facial

Facials are one of the best luxuries worth splurging on. If you’ve never had one, they’re a great way to get and keep your skin in formation by clearing clogged pores, smoothing rough skin and leaving you with fresh, health glowing skin you’ll love. But before you book an appointment for your first facial, there are a few things you should know. We’ve asked Founder and CEO of Lespri Spa Services, Rachelle Richardson to give us the rundown on how to prepare and what to except before and after your spa treatment.

When someone is booking a facial for the first time, what are some things they need to know so they’re prepared for the best experience?
Be prepared to fill out an intake form. A reputable spa or esthetician will ask you to complete it prior to your facial. Make sure you’re as honest as possible when answering the questions on the form. If you’re on any topical or oral medications for your skin let them know. There are certain types of exfoliators or peels they will avoid so your skin doesn’t get irritated. Let them know if you’re pregnant or have any specific illnesses. There are some facial devices that could affect pregnant women or someone with an illness. You want to let the esthetician know what skin concerns you’re trying to address. Are you looking to treat fine lines and wrinkles? Or acne? Or address dryness?

What questions should you ask a facialist?

Let them know it’s your first facial. Ask them to explain what steps they’re going to be doing during your facial. Some estheticians/spas don’t include extractions in a facial. Ask them if that’s part of the facial or an add- on.

Is there anything you should do to prepare for your facial?
If possible, I suggest going to your appointment with makeup free skin or light makeup. The esthetician will have an easier time cleansing your skin and they can focus on the other steps of the facial. Gradually reduce your use of topical skin medications at least a week before your treatment. This will reduce the risk of your skin being irritated from the facial.

Are there certain facials that are better for certain skin types?
Which facials are good for acne prone skin, dry/oily skin, sensitive skin and mature skin? Yes, there are. Anti-aging facials with ingredients like retinol and peptides benefit mature skin. Facials using products that contain hyaluronic acid are great for dry skin. Treatments with soothing Carrot Seed Oil and Aloe Vera help sensitive skin. Acneic and oily skin benefit from skin clearing salicylic acid, sulfur and tea tree.

Post-facial, what should people expect and avoid doing to their skin?
Post-facial, avoid using any harsh treatments and direct sunlight. More than likely your skin was exfoliated during your facial. As a result of the exfoliation smoother skin is revealed. Your newer more exposed skin needs to be protected so avoid direct sunlight and always use sunscreen with SPF 30.

How often should someone get a facial?
Do you have any tips on how to care for your skin in between visits? I recommend getting a facial once a month. You want to follow the at home regimen your esthetician suggests. This will help you maintain the results of the facial you had. And always, always use sunscreen and avoid harsh irritants.

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Ondrea Lee is an Operations Manger at Gold Label Cosmetics. When she's not busy helping run a blossoming start up, Ondrea enjoys blogging about her beauty and fashion favorites. And she is a big foodie. Instagram / Twitter / Blog