I have been getting facials for nearly a decade – anywhere from 2-4 times a year. I find them to be a luxury with benefits, helping my mental state as well as my skin.
When I first started getting facials, they were “youth” or “teen” facials. Essentially, they cleansed and moisturized my skin and then gave me a shoulder massage. Not a bad situation for a 14-year-old! These simple facials led me on the way to good skincare maintenance and allowed me a little indulgence every few months.
In college, I decided to upgrade to a real facial. A Big Girl Facial. They were described with scary words like “peel” and “extract” – not exactly conjuring images of monks chanting as I am moisturized into spa bliss. To make my worries worse, I Googled “Do women really enjoy facials?” Don’t do that. Trust me.
Since that first facial – which I survived and actually quite enjoyed – I have tried to schedule them regularly, often trying different spas or methods. I’ve come up with a few ways to make these beauty rituals extra enjoyable.
- Dress for it. Most spas will require you to remove at least the top half of your clothing (and sometimes your entire outfit!) and cover yourself under a towel on the table. Don’t be surprised by this nudity request! I am more modest than some, so I opt for a strapless bra that won’t be ruined by oils or lotions and full coverage underwear. If the fire alarm goes off, I am still in a pickle but at least I’m not stark naked!
- No earrings or necklaces – you’ll be asked to remove them anyways.
- This might seem obvious, but skip makeup all together. It will be a big mess to have it all taken off during your facial.
- As for your hair, I find a low braid or high ballerina bun keeps my hair out of my face and out of the facialist’s way, but still creates a stylish look.
- Be educated on what to expect! Most facials include a cleansing, a steam (where they blow steam in your face – its wonderful!), treatment, extraction, and moisturizing. Some will include a chemical peel, exfoliation, and hopefully a great neck and shoulder massage! The facialist may also treat your neck area and décolletage, which is why they ask that you remove so much clothing!
- Ask questions. What kind of facial will you receive? Can they treat special concerns, such as fine lines or acne? Are you allergic to anything, or sensitive to certain oils?
- Extraction will happen. Well, most likely! Extraction is where a facialist or aesthetician extracts all the gunk from your pores, such as blackheads. They may use their fingers or a special tool. It is uncomfortable, but I find it rebalances my skin and brings it to a good place. I will say that the best extraction I’ve had did make me cry, but it was definitely worth it.
- Be vocal during the process. It is okay to say “ow, that’s a little hot!” Your aesthetician will understand, adjust accordingly, and most certainly not be insulted!
- Close your eyes, breathe deep, and enjoy the sounds and scents. You have no where to be but here, and nothing to do but lie there.
- Prolong the relaxation. Schedule your facial at the end of the day, so you can simply go home, make a cup of peppermint tea, and continue the indulgence!
What are your tips for enjoying these beauty basics? Do you have an at-home facial remedy you love?