Is Getting a Professional Facial Really Worth It?

Do Facials Work

If you feel like you’ve done everything you could at home, getting a professional facial is worth considering before throwing in the towel. But facials can be expensive. So are they worth it and do facials even work? Absolutely!

Let me tell you this. The first time I got a facial was because I wanted to see if I was doing something wrong in my skincare routine. I had all these amazing and expensive products but my results were nowhere near perfect.

And ever since I got a taste of that post-facial glow people were talking about, I made it my goal to duplicate those steps and results. It has been a complete failure on my part, which begs the question, what is it that makes a facial different and so effective? What are some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of getting a facial? Keep reading to find out.

What Is a Facial?

A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that’s done by a professional in a beauty salon or spa. The steps usually include deep cleansing, steaming, extraction, exfoliation, and application of a face mask or multiple masks as well as serums and creams. This is the bare minimum you can expect from a facial.

However, facials are incredibly customizable. And they can include the use of professional machines such as microdermabrasion tools or LED devices. They can also include procedures like lasers and chemical peels. These types of facials are more goal-oriented. And they’re customized for your specific concerns like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, and congested skin.

At this point, a facial becomes more of a treatment and requires commitment and multiple treatments to achieve that desired result. These treatments enhance your results. But today, we’re going to focus on the very basic facial you can get simply for maintenance.

Benefits of Getting a Facial

Here are the reasons why facials work and why they are worth it.

1. Skin Analysis

A facial starts with a skin analysis to map out your facial. It shows you and your esthetician what your skin type is and what your most pressing issues are.

This seemingly simple step can also reveal things you may not be aware of. It can answer a lot of questions and help you better understand what your skin needs.

2. Elaborate Skincare Routine

A facial takes at least 45 minutes and can even take up to 90 minutes. Even on a Sunday when you have all the time in the world to try at-home beauty activities, there’s no way you can take that long to care for your skin.

3. Clinical-Grade Skincare Products

Facial salons and spas use clinical-grade skincare products during your facial. These products can be too expensive when you want to buy them for daily use. So a facial gives you a chance to try them out.

Plus, these spa-level skincare products are usually more potent and effective than our daily drugstore products. Even though you get the real benefits when you use them for a certain period, some of them give instant results as well.

4. Face Massage

Professional facialists utilize several techniques while massaging the products into your skin. As a result, the skin benefits are much greater than what you’d get at home while massaging your skin.

Facialists also include the chest area and shoulders, which we barely remember to care for when doing a skincare routine at home.

5. Extractions

Facials are extra helpful when you have congested skin, enlarged pores, and blackheads. Even though you can try to unclog pores with an exfoliator, some blackheads need manual extraction.

When you don’t know what you’re doing, you can irritate your skin while trying to remove a blackhead or pop a pimple. A professional can do manual extractions and use professional tools to get rid of blackheads and congestion.

6. Custom Product Recommendations

This may not seem important, but when was the last time you got a custom product recommendation from a professional? Because that’s what happens at the end of a facial. Your beauty expert recommends products that are suited for your skin type and issues.

You have the option to buy them. But even if you don’t, it’s still a win. Because it’s still better and more helpful than a recommendation from a salesperson at the beauty counter.

How Often To Get a Facial

There’s no rule out there saying how often to get a facial. But you can decide that by consulting your esthetician as well. They can recommend monthly facials if you have normal skin and can afford to spend to maintain healthy skin.

If you have sensitive skin, frequent facials can do more harm than good. In that case, you can consider getting a facial once every 3 months. To summarize, your skin type, the recommendation of your esthetician, and your skin goals all together decide how often to get a facial.

Tips For Your First Time Getting a Facial

For your first time getting a facial, go for the very basic facial. Never go for a mildly invasive procedure like microdermabrasion or micro-needling from a place you’ve never been to before.

Even if they’re professionals, you still want to check out how they go about treating your skin. As long as you get it done by a professional, a basic facial practically doesn’t carry any risks. But an invasive procedure does. So make sure you trust the place before exploring invasive treatments.

Go bare skin. Because your first step is skin analysis, where you want nothing on your face. Don’t wear makeup or do a heavy skincare routine before your facial appointment.

Nobody gets a facial and leaves the spa looking worse than they first came in. Facials work! Your skin will look healthier and glowing.

However, if there is too much sun damage or your skin is congested, you may require regular facials until you see a more noticeable difference in your skin. So remember to manage your expectations.

If you’re on a budget these days, check out our guide to how to do a facial at home.

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