7 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Facial

When it comes to treating your skin, there is nothing like getting a good facial. These luxurious treatments are perfect for those looking to exfoliate, cleanse, or heal their skin. However, not all facials are created equal. In fact, there are dozens of ways that a facialist can perform the procedure. So, before you book your next appointment, make sure to do your research on what to expect before the service.

Whether it involves space-age lighting or a plethora of muddy masks, there are many different categories of facials to choose from. New York Dermatology Group dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Weiser recommends consulting with your facialist prior to your appointment, so you have a better understanding of the treatment from start to finish. "Every facial has different components. Some include facial massage and product application, others may include laser or light therapy, or extractions where permitted by state law," Weiser tells me over email. So, with this vast variety of options, it's best to do your research to make sure the type of facial that you choose is right for you.

Once you've chosen your desired treatment, it's time to figure out how get your best results. From prepping your skin to realistic expectations, here's the low-down on what you should know before getting your next facial.

1. You Should Go Gentle

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Show your skin a little TLC prior to your facial by turning to gentle skincare. According to Weiser, "Gentle skin care is important to ensure skin is not irritated prior to any facial procedures." Dr. Gary Goldfaden, founder of Goldfaden MD, takes this a step further by recommending to put away your exfoliators completely. "Do not exfoliate, use peels or Retinoid type products the night before or morning of the facial, especially if you tend to be sensitive," Goldfaden tells me. This can lead to excess irritation after the procedure.

2. Side Effects Can Happen

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When it comes to undergoing any type of facial procedure, there is always a risk of possible side effects. Weiser states that the most common side effects that can occur after a facial are redness and irritation. Be sure to chat with your facialist prior to the facial in order to discuss the any possible side effects that could occur with your individual procedure.

3. Certain Medications Can Affect Your Results

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Taking stock of your medication prior to getting a facial is must, according to Weiser. Apparently, any medications that thin your blood can result in a high risk of bruising during a facial. These medications include many over-the-counter options like aspirin and ibuprofen as well as supplements like vitamin E and St. John's Wort. If you're wondering if any of your own medications will impact the results of your facial, speak with your prescribing doctor prior to your appointment.

4. You Need To Ghost Your Retin-A

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While Retinoids can do wonders for your skin, they can also negatively impact your facial. As Retinoids can thin your skin and make it more susceptible to drying and irritation, Weiser recommends avoid Retinoids for at least four to seven days prior to facial.

5. Do Your Research

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When it comes to performing certain types of facials, not all facialists are created equal. Be sure to do your research prior to booking an appointment to make sure that you choose a professional who specializes in the type of treatment you're hoping for.

6. Breakouts Can Happen

According to Weiser, if facial extractions — a common step in a basic facial — are performed poorly, it could lead to significant acne breakouts. If you're looking for this type of procedure, it's best to visit a facialist with a medical degree to make sure that this process is done is properly.

7. Not All Results Are Instant

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"Every facial has a different timeline," reports Weiser. If you're undergoing a light or laser treatment, the dermatologist states that you can expect results in the first 24 hours. As for other facials, some may cause redness and irritation, which can lead to seeing results five to seven days after the procedure. If you're looking for more immediate results, Weiser suggests speaking with your facialist to see what treatment would work best for you.

As long as you prep beforehand, you skin will adore a little extra TLC. So go ahead and book that facial!

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