Facials are one of the most popular beauty treatments for a good reason. Not only do they leave our face feeling and looking absolutely amazing, but they are also incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford facials every week (or month, or even year!) Here is how to extend the effectiveness of a facial between sessions:
From a short term perspective, it is important to avoid certain things after a facial in order to maximize results. These include activities that can open up the pores such as exercise and steam rooms. Increased heat and sweat caused by these two activities can irritate freshly exfoliated skin, break capillaries, and cause inflammation. Give yourself 24-48 hours after a facial before engaging in these activities again. In addition, stay away from the sun and immediately put on sunscreen. Your fresh, newly exfoliated skin is especially susceptible to sun damage and can easily burn. Last, if you usually use a retinoid or peel at night, make sure to stop using these products for a week following your facial while your skin is healing. Instead, focus on applying very nourishing and hydrating moisturizers and serums.
If you had any extractions done, you may notice some light scaring and redness after a treatment. It is extremely important NOT to pick at your face. Doing so can undo the benefits of your facial and leave permanent scarring. In addition, some blemishes may have come closer to the skin’s surface during your facial, but not enough to have them professionally extracted. Therefore, it may be tempting to try and pop these blemishes following a facial. However, this should also be avoided, as this can make the blemish worse and cause scarring. Instead, apply a Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment on the problem area and wait until they clear.
Next, make sure to follow your aesthetician advice after your facial and establish a consistent daytime and nighttime skin care routine. This will make a tremendous impact on your skin and may allow you to extend the time between facials. There are so many amazing products on the market that can help any type of skin concern and can fit any budget. Make sure a gentle peel or exfoliator is included every 1-2 weeks for optimal results and get the “okay” from your aesthetician.
Last but not least, avoid the sun as much as possible and never forget your sunscreen! If you want your skin looking and feeling its best between appointments, you cannot skip this step. While facials can certainly help treat the common signs of aging, wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun will prevent fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots and loss of elasticity. Make sure you reapply sunscreen throughout the day (according to your sunscreens directions, usually very 2-6 hours), after sweating and/or water activities, and even if it is cloudy or you are indoors.
Our team at Beautie Bar makes facials affordable and maintainable for every budget. Book your appointment today! Facial Spa Staten Island by Beautie, 36 Navy Pier Ct. #c Staten Island, NY 10304. (718) 709-0883. https://www.statenislandfacialspa.com/