Getting a facial should be a completely blissful experience, from being pampered with all types of sumptuous oils to the sleep-inducing scalp massage. Not to mention regular treatments combat the toll of environmental damage, stress and even our guilty skincare habits. Yet, we always have a lingering feeling of uncertainty after our service, because little advice is given on what not to do next. So, we’ve compiled this handy list of post-facial no-no’s to avoid reversing any of its benefits.
Face The Facts
Trust us, your aesthetician saw it and didn’t extract it because it wasn’t ready to come out. So keep your hands off, as your skin is especially sensitive after a facial (remember picking equals scarring and more breakouts).
We love a massage as much as the next spa-goer, but after a professional has spent an hour cleansing your face, the last thing you want to do is place your pristine skin on a massage table. We recommend booking your massage pre-facial.
Post-extraction, your face will be a little red, and you may find yourself reaching for your concealer, but you must resist. Since your pores have been thoroughly cleansed, applying makeup directly after would undo all that work. Also, remember to clean your brushes and tools before you next apply makeup to prevent new breakouts.
It's tempting, as many spas offer a killer complimentary steam room, but your face has already been steamed to the max during your facial and more can cause broken capillaries. If you want to take advantage, go before your treatment.
Don’t Get Sweaty
Increased heat and sweat can be incredibly irritating to freshly exfoliated skin, so you need to wait at least a day before going to your next boot-camp class. We suggest scheduling your facial on your rest day to optimize your self-care routine.
The type of facial will determine when you can schedule your next wax or laser appointment. If you forgo the waiting period and get waxed too early, you run the risk of over-exfoliating and burning your skin.
Your aesthetician has skillfully evaluated your skin and applied the proper strength products to your face to achieve your desired goals, so put down your at-home products for at least three days. You'll see results from your facial, we promise.
A good facial should involve a scrub or a peel, which causes cell turnover and makes the skin more susceptible to sun damage. So, post-treatment, always wear an SPF 30 to minimize potential harm.