What to Expect the First Time You Get a Facial
In the beauty industry, you can usually feel like you’re the odd man out whenever the conversation of facials come up. “What do you mean you’ve never seen an esthetician?” If you’re one of the (you might be surprised to learn) many people who have never received a facial before, you’re certainly not alone. Most tend to shy away from professional skin experts because they have super-sensitive skin—and have probably read enough horror stories to convince themselves that their daily cleanse-tone-moisturize routine was just fine. But eventually, everyone should get a facial just once (and I promise you’ll become hooked as long as you go to the right place), and see what all the hype is about.
What Is a Facial?
There’s no one set answer to what a facial is. That’s because, depending on your skin care concerns, it can incorporate any number of treatments, including serums, creams, oils, acid peels, exfoliation, steam, laser, and more. Quite the mouthful, huh? Regardless of which aspects are included in your particular facial, the result is typically the same: clear, bright skin that looks positively glowing.
- Calmed inflammation
- Less breakouts
- Blurred fine lines
- Shrunken pores
- Smoother skin
- Brighter complexion
Again, it all comes down to what your starting complexion concerns are and which treatments are included in your facial. However, regardless of techniques incorporated, you can look forward to fresh, healthy-looking skin post-treatment!
How to Prepare for Your First Facial
As you might have guessed at this point, it depends on which type of facial you’re getting. If you’re opting for one that includes steam and extractions, then you can go about your business as usual. If, however, you’re veering towards a peel, you might want to consider skipping out on your at-home exfoliation 24 hours beforehand to avoid the chance of irritation from too much sloughing. At the end of the day, your best bet is to consult with your esthetician for precise prep steps leading up to your facial.
What to Expect During a Facial
The day of your appointment, arrive with a clean face, as will be instructed, and fill out forms to give the esthetician more info about your skin. Some of these questions on the sheet will be:
- Do you have any allergies?
- Does your skin negatively react to lotions and soaps?
- Do you have sensitive skin?
Your esthetician will come out to greet you and lead you into the room.
You’ll then discuss your skin concerns and go over anything else on a personal one-on-one before advised to remove your top clothes and slip under the bedsheet once the esthetician leaves the room. You might be surprised to learn there is a “body” portion during a facial! As the facial appointment begins, your esthetician will examine your skin at a closer range and note any areas that they might see (ie. Congestion, hyperpigmentation, dryness, etc).
Depending on what facial that is chosen, you’ll receive a face steam, cleanse, and the customized treatments and masks. A neck and arm massage are usually offered while the masks sit and work their magic! For the full rundown of the facial itself, that’s something you’ve just got to try yourself to experience how it feels, how your skin reacts, and the subsequent results you’ll see when you look in the mirror afterward! (Plus, how soft and flawless your skin will feel!)
The Final Takeaway
We will say that you’ll note that it’s going to be one of the most relaxing experiences you’ll have. Most people even fall asleep during their facial appointments! Esethicain fingers can feel just as soothing as a massage therapist at the right spa! Try it for yourself at Botanica Day Spa and take your pick of our long and amazing list of facial services! Call 727-441-1711 or book your appointment online here and welcome the new adventure to that radiant, clear skin you’ve been craving!