If you’re interested in becoming an esthetician, you’re likely aware of some of the great benefits of facials. They unclog pores, help remove toxins, and clean the skin so that it’s more open to absorbing moisturizers and other products. However, the exfoliating and deep-cleansing done in facials can leave the skin very vulnerable afterward, so after-facial skin care shouldn’t be overlooked. Take a look at this guide for the basics of taking care of your face after receiving a facial:
This tip appears again and again in almost every skin care guide because it’s a huge way to boost your skin’s health from the inside out. Stay hydrated before and after your facial, and you’ll find you leave with healthier glowing skin.
Stay out of the sun
Most facials incorporate some kind of a peel or exfoliation that removes the protective top layers of skin, leaving a younger and vulnerable layer on the surface. This layer of skin is much more susceptible to burns, which can leave permanent damage and scarring. Your esthetician will finish your appointment with a professional SPF product, but you should make sure you’re prepared for after the appointment with sunglasses and a hat to keep your skin further protected. This also means absolutely no tanning beds for the first few days.
Go makeup free
Various treatments are performed, which could lose some of their effectiveness if you apply too many clogging products afterward. Try sticking with just a sunscreen after the facial, and only use mineral powder makeup if you’re returning to work or going to an event later that day.
Avoid using cleansers
Again, because of all of the treatments involved in the facial, your skin should have a rest from any cleansing products and scrubbing that are a normal part of your routine. At least for the first 24 hours, simply rinse your face with cool water, and avoid using any washcloths or wipes. For a few days after the treatment, apply a gentle cleanser using only your fingers.
Don’t use the sauna or gym
Many types of facials have a steaming treatment that increases circulation and gives you a glow. Reheating or steaming your face can make your already sensitive skin even more vulnerable and can lead to redness caused by broken capillaries. You should also consider skipping the gym after a facial to avoid sweat and heat ruining your after-facial glow.
Schedule your massage before your facial
Following a facial, when you are face down you can cause damage to the skin from the pressure received during from your massage therapist. You should also try sleeping on your back for the first night after a facial to avoid imprints and introducing bacteria from your pillowcase onto your face.
Listen carefully to instructions
The most important after-care tips will come directly from your esthetician, depending on the specific treatments they’ve done, so make sure to listen to and follow the instructions carefully. Extractions, microdermabrasion and other more intense treatments may require certain products or practices for the couple of days following the facial. Don’t be afraid to ask any after-care questions you have – it’s better to be more prepared than to damage the skin unnecessarily.