How to Prepare for a Facial: The Dos, the Don’ts, and the Must-Knows

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Facials are more than just an indulgent treat. They’re a way to boost your skin’s health and get that radiant glow you’ve been longing for. Not only do they provide various benefits such as deep cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration, but they also give you a chance to relax, unwind, and take care of yourself.

But how exactly do you keep that fresh-faced feeling for days after your treatment? From prepping your skin to post-facial care, we’ve got you covered with tips on how to prepare for a facial and get the best results. Get ready to relax, rejuvenate, and bring out the best in your skin!

What NOT to Do Before a Facial

Got a facial coming up? Great! You’re in for a real treat. But before you get too excited, remember that there are a few things you should avoid doing, like the following:

DON’T use any strong at-home facial treatments

Strong at-home facial treatments like glycolic acid or retinol can cause skin irritation and inflammation if used too close to a facial appointment. If you plan on using any strong products, it’s best to wait at least 48 hours after your treatment before continuing with them again.

DON’T wax your skin or use harsh scrubs

It’s important to avoid any kind of waxing, tweezing, or harsh exfoliating scrubs at least 48 hours before your facial appointment. Doing so can cause skin irritation and affect the results of your treatment.

DON’T go sunbathing before your appointment

Being out in the sun can cause skin sensitivity and irritation, which is the last thing you want before your facial. It’s best to stay out of the sun or away from tanning beds at least 24 hours before your appointment.

DON’T change your routine right before your facial

Avoid making any drastic changes to your skincare routine in the days leading up to your facial. Stick with what works for you, and don’t experiment with anything new that could cause irritation or interfere with your treatment. For example, if you don’t typically use certain products like an exfoliator or a serum, there’s no need to add them to your routine right before your facial.

In fact, if you do want to make any changes to your skincare routine, it’s better to do less than you’re used to. This will give your esthetician a more natural starting point and help them tailor your treatment to your specific needs. So, embrace your natural skin and let your facialist work their magic!

What to Do Before a Facial

Getting your skin in tip-top shape before your spa day can help your skin look its best. It can even help make the experience more enjoyable. Here’s what you should do before your facial to help you get the most out of your experience and leave with a glowing complexion:

DO come with a clean, bare face

“Should I wash my face before a facial?” you may be wondering. It’s not necessary, because cleansing is part of the facial experience. You can even come to your facial with a full face of makeup! However, you don’t want your esthetician to spend more time removing your mascara than performing the treatment itself, so it’s best to come makeup-free to get more bang for your buck.

DO wear loose clothing

When you come in for your facial, make sure to wear something loose and comfortable rather than tight-fitting clothing. You could also opt for a button-down top—anything that will make it easier for you to change in and out of your clothing.

DO bring a list of products you use at home

When you arrive for your appointment, it’s helpful to have a list of the skincare products you use at home. This way, your esthetician can tailor your facial treatment to work with your existing routine and avoid any potential interference between products.

DO tell your esthetician if you have a big event coming up

Don’t be shy about mentioning any events on the horizon – your esthetician is there to help you look and feel your best! Some facials may cause temporary sensitivity, so knowing about your upcoming event will allow your esthetician to choose a treatment that won’t interfere with your plans. In fact, Toska Spa offers special pre-event facials, so you can trust us to prepare your skin the right way before your big event.

DO research before choosing your spa

Lastly, it’s important to do your homework when choosing a spa to trust with your face. Don’t just pick the first place you find on Yelp or Google. Take the time to read through the reviews and check out the spa’s website, too.

You want to look for a place that has experienced estheticians who use quality, reputable products. It’s also good to make sure they offer a variety of treatments that are customized to cater to different skin types and issues. 

How to Maintain Results After Your Facial

Learning how to prepare for a facial is essential for anyone looking to achieve the best possible results from their treatment. It is, however, equally important to maintain those results. And if you don’t take the right steps to maintain them, the effects of a facial treatment can be short-lived.

To keep the results of your post-facial skin, it’s essential to establish a good skincare regimen. A consistent skincare routine that includes cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and protection from the sun will help keep your skin healthy and glowing. A good skincare regimen can also help to prevent breakouts, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, enhance hydration, and promote skin rejuvenation. 

Your esthetician can recommend products and techniques that will work best for your specific skin type, so be sure to follow their advice to maximize the benefits of your facial and keep your skin looking its best. With a good skincare regimen in place, you’ll be able to extend the effects of your post-facial glow for weeks to come.

Our team of expert estheticians at Toska Spa can help you develop a customized skincare routine that will help you maintain the results of your facial and keep your skin looking radiant. With a long list of high-profile clients, Toska Spa has built a solid reputation over the years, so you can rest easy knowing that your face is in good hands. Learn more about our facial treatments today and how we can help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin.

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