3 Post-Facial Mistakes You Could Be Making

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There is no better way to say thank you to the delicate skin on your face than by treating it to a moisturizing, pore-cleansing facial. But maintaining that coveted flawless look and feel days later is another story. That’s why we asked skincare expert Kate Somerville for her tips on preserving a radiating complexion post-facial. Since creating a leading line of beauty products and opening up a skincare clinic in 2004, Kate has been continuously recognized as an innovator of skin health. Steal Kate’s three simple steps to make your post-facial glow last long after leaving the spa.

Mistake: Not Keeping Skin Hydrated

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"Keeping skin hydrated is crucial. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000x its weight in water. Seal in the hydration with a moisturizer to prevent water loss. If you’re in extreme climates, either dry and arid or very cold, look for a product that will form a protective barrier on skin to maintain moisture levels."

Mistake: Not Following The Esthetician's Advice

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"Make sure to follow the advice of your esthetician, even if you don't buy all of the exact products used during your service. During your treatment, let your esthetician know what your current skincare regimen is and allow them to make recommendations. A different routine could drastically improve the quality of your skin."

Mistake: Not Exfoliating Often Enough

"Exfoliation is key! In between facials make sure you’re exfoliating 2-3 times per week. For best results, I recommend using an exfoliator that is both physical and chemical. Look for a product with smooth beads to help lift dead, dry skin cells – that’s the physical exfoliation. Fruit enzymes (like pineapple, pumpkin or papaya) or alpha hydroxy acids (like lactic or glycolic acid) are all examples of chemical exfoliators that work to dissolve dead skin to reveal a healthy, beautiful glow."