If you’ve never had a professional facial before, now is a great time to pamper yourself with one. After all, a facial can not only help you address skin problems such as acne, but can also leave your skin with a healthy glow. Of course, if this will be your first time having a facial done, you might be understandably nervous and unsure of what to expect. No worries, though! By learning what to expect from your first facial, you can go into it feeling more relaxed and confident.
A Consultation with Your Esthetician
Anytime you have a facial done (especially your first time), your appointment will begin with a one-on-one consultation with your esthetician (skin care specialist). He or she will sit down with you, assess your skin, and ask you about any specific concerns you have. During your consultation, your skin care professional will likely also ask you what your goals are for your facial. For instance, do you want to address acne, or are you more focused on moisturizing dry skin? Your esthetician is going to ask you a lot of questions, but they all have a purpose, so be sure to answer openly and honestly.
A Facial Tailored to Your Needs
Once your consultation is complete, your esthetician will present you with a recommended facial routine based on your specific skin type, needs, and wants. Understand that you’re by no means obligated to do everything recommended by your esthetician; what you have done during your facial is ultimately up to you. However, your skin care professional will make a list of custom-tailored suggestions. Once you’re in agreement over what will be done, it’s time to move onto the fun part: the facial itself!
Maybe Some Slight Discomfort
While you should never experience any outright pain during a facial (if you do, tell the esthetician right away), it is possible that you will experience some slight discomfort—especially if you’re having a procedure such as extraction (zit-popping) done as part of your facial. If you experience any discomfort once your skin treatment is done, let your esthetician know so that he or she can make some recommendations. In most cases, however, you skin should feel amazing and rejuvenated once your treatment is done.
Beautiful Long-Term Results
Finally, understand that your skin will likely need some time to recover following a facial treatment, so you probably won’t see your full results until a few days after you have it done. This is why it’s generally recommended that you schedule your facials at least a few days before any kind of special event. Once you see the results, however, you’ll likely want to keep going back for regular facials and fall in love with your skin!
Overall, a facial is an enjoyable experience that can yield many benefits for your skin. Now that you have a better idea of what to expect from your first facial, all that’s left to do is schedule your appointment.