As a therapist, I have always enjoyed performing facials, I love sharing my knowledge and helping people feel more confident about their skin.
I always say facials are an investment. And as with all investments, we like to make sure we are getting the most for our money. That is why I have devised a few simple guidelines to help you get the best results.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
The first step to glowing skin is researching what facials are best suited to your concerns. Personally I prefer to be recommended a facial by someone I trust because I have had so many terrible facials! As a general rule you get what you pay for and I would expect to pay in the region of £75-£150. There are of course exceptions to this, as I have recently found an amazing therapist in Surrey, England who charges £40 per hour.
Try not to get swept up with the latest trend or celebrity craze. It’s the only time I don’t opt for caviar, chocolate, diamonds and gold.
NATURE OR SCIENCE?
Part of your decision process should also take into consideration the brand of product used during your facial. Some brands use the power of nature to deliver results to the skin, whilst others are more result driven and will be scientifically designed to transform your skin. For me the brand used is incredibly important and will dictate whether I choose to book the facial or not.
GET READY TO STRIP
When you invest in a facial, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your time. Make sure you are wearing something that can be easily removed or a top that slips passed your shoulders.
If you wear jewellery, try to remove it at home before your treatment. I have wasted so much time undoing and fastening clasps in the dim light of a treatment room with oily, slippery hands. Not only does this eat into your treatment time, it’s the easiest way to loose your precious keep sakes.
REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP
Another massive time waster is wearing makeup to your facial. Sometimes this can’t be avoided, but if you can at least avoid wearing mascara that would save your therapist some time. In order to assess and treat the skin the therapist needs a blank canvas and to completely remove some makeup it can take in excess of ten minutes.
TALK AND LISTEN
Having a facial may be a rare treat for you. So consultations and listening to recommendations can seem tedious because all you want to do is get on the bed! To get the most out of your facial, take the time to tell your therapist why you are there and find out what results you should expect to have after the treatment.
There are some things that you can do at home that can undo the effects of your treatment, so don’t waste your money and TALK TO YOUR THERAPIST.
After describing what you would like to change about your skin, he/she will then carefully select which products to use to target that problem.
It’s too late to request things when you are already half way through your treatment. The therapist has mentally mapped out the timings of the treatment and if you ask for changes last minute, the end of your facial will be shortened, most often the massage, THE BEST BIT!
When it comes to the end of the treatment, your therapist will want to provide you with recommendations. By now you will probably be half asleep and feeling a little reluctant to move from the bed. BUT this is the prime time to find out how to maintain the effects of your facial.
This is your time. Be unapologetically self indulgent for this one hour. Turn off your phone and any distracting noises and allow yourself to completely switch off.
If your therapist is being a bit of a ‘Chatty Cathy’ don’t be afraid to politely ask her to stop talking because you want to try zone out.
KEEP IT BARE
You’ve probably heard before that wearing makeup after a facial is best avoided. This is especially true if you have had a peel or laser treatments. If you feel like you HAVE to put on makeup after your facial (and believe me, I know how you feel, I’ve been there!) I would recommend that you use Young Blood foundations. These will allow your skin to breathe and continue to feed and hydrate your skin.
The skin is 64% water, so keeping hydrated after your facial is one of the best ways to maintain the effects of your treatment. Avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks can also prolong your post facial glow.
Stay committed to your skin, especially if you have a particular problem that you want to address. Targeting fine lines and wrinkles, acne and sensitivity will need more than one visit to your skincare specialist. For optimum results have your facials in quick succession and then top up those results with one facial per month. Most spas or salons will offer packages, whereby you get one facial free for paying for nine facials in advance. This is well worth doing if you have already decided to invest in your skin.