The Case for Facials

Facials are so misunderstood. Many consider them unnecessary, an expensive luxury, or a rare treat. Not many people know that facials are great skin maintenance, that a one-off facial will have minimal results but a regular facial schedule will reward you with clear, glowing skin.

So, how to reap all the great benefits of regular facials? First, find an esthetician that you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive salon in your neighborhood, so make sure you trust the person who is taking your skin into their hands (literally!)  Once you find someone you like, give them a few tries to make sure your skin is reacting well. Keep in mind that your first facial may result in breakouts as your skin adjusts. If you’re not liking the results after 3 or 4 sessions, talk to your esthetician about adjusting the treatments or move on to another.

Finally, don’t expect results overnight. While your skin might see some immediate results or glow a little more after a facial, the real benefits come from repeated treatments. You should be getting a facial every 3-5 weeks, depending on your skin type. Your skin cells respond well to routine, so keeping up with your facial regimen will help you attain the best results. Massage helps improve circulation in your face and is more effective when done by someone else – if your brain doesn’t know it’s coming, it’s taken by surprise at the experience. Extractions, when performed by a trained esthetician, help tighten your pores and prevent buildup. Regular treatments will help you get the clear, glowing complexion you’ve always dreamed of.

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