Tick off these essentials to get the dream facial
So many of us see getting a facial as a “special treat”, when actually it’s as essential as getting our hair cut or visit to the dentist. Your face is constantly getting bombarded with lotions and potions (not to mention the daily onslaught of pollution if you live in the city). So it’s important for it to get a regular “M.O.T” – for a therapist to not only spruce up your skin, but to tell you if it’s too congested or too dry – and to suggest products to help fix it. Of course facials aren’t cheap, so to make sure you’re getting the most out of that 60 minutes, here’s an essential check list to bear in mind.
1. Choose a facial that will suit your skin type
Before you part with your cold hard cash – do your research. If your skin’s congested, go for something involving exfoliation or extraction (removal of blackheads) and maybe some laser treatment if you have severe acne. Or if your complexion is dry or tense, go for a hydrating facial, with some massage involved.
2. Know what you’re getting before you invest
You don’t want to shell out for someone to just apply several products layered on top of each other with some relaxing panpipe music in the background (you can probably recreate this yourself at home). If you want a results-driven treatment, you should look for one featuring hi-tech equipment, such as microdermabrasion or laser therapy. A detoxing facial massage is also worth investing in.
3. The therapist needs to ask questions about your skin
If you have sensitive skin, you don’t want hard-hitting exfoliation or essential oils that might bring you out in a rash. Any good therapist should make you fill out a questionnaire about your skin before even laying a hand on it!
4. Speak up!
Facials should never be painful – ever! If extractions feel excruciating, they are damaging your skin. If the acid peel feels like fire, it is damaging your skin. Remember, your face is delicate and should be treated as such. The same goes if you’re too cold or too hot – after all you’re paying for this experience and you want to be comfortable and relaxed.
5. And finally… arrive early
This sounds like a no-brainer, but punctuality is vital so that you have enough time to fill out a questionnaire, let the therapist know if you have any specific concerns and make sure the room temperature is OK. Usually the spa will have an appointment straight after yours, so they won’t be able to run over if you’re late. Plus, you won’t reap the relaxing benefits of the facial if you arrive feeling hurried and stressed!
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