skin care

Protecting Your Skin After a Facial

Spa facials can transform and rejuvenate your skin. They deeply cleanse and remove dirt and impurities, leaving the skin refreshed and healthy, especially when done regularly. It is essential to take after facial care measures to maintain that glow for optimal results. Here is what to do to care for your skin after a facial.

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Protect your Skin from the Sun

It is crucial that you avoid exposing your skin to the UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun at least seven days after your facial. Freshly scrubbed skin is sensitive and vulnerable to sun damage. Exposing your skin to the sun can increase the risk of discoloration, age spots, freckles, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also increases the risk of melanoma (skin cancer).

On your spa day treatment, wear a hat and protective clothing to protect your face from the sun, and always apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Reapply sunscreen every few hours when exposed to the sun for extended periods. Plus, avoid tanning beds since they also emit ultraviolet rays.

Hydrate & Moisturize

Maximum hydration is the best way to maximize the benefits of your facial treatment. Drink plenty of water after your facial to flush out toxins, avoid dehydration and keep your skin healthy and glowing. Hydration helps the skin cells to function efficiently, absorb nutrients and maintain the skin’s radiance. Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables for your skin’s health.

If your skin was exfoliated during your facial, layers of dead skin cells and natural oils that protect and moisturize your skin have been removed. This is why you should use a moisturizer to trap moisture and keep your skin soft and smooth.

Wait Before You Exfoliate

It is essential to avoid exfoliating immediately after your facial because the skin will be sensitive and delicate after your facial. After 3 to 4 days, you can continue to exfoliate once weekly. This will keep your skin soft and smooth, free of dead skin and build-up of oil that dulls and clogs your skin pores. Avoid aggressively exfoliating your skin and choose a gentle scrub since harsh skin care products can irritate the skin. Always wash your face with warm water and avoid hot water since it dries out the skin.

Refrain from Touching your Face

It is essential to avoid touching or picking your face after your facial to prevent contaminating the skin and exposing yourself to infection as your skin heals. It would be best if you also avoided facial contact with objects used by other people like telephone receivers or sharing pillows.

As your face begins to heal after the facial, your skin will begin to purge and push out blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, which is a good sign that your facial is working. During this time, avoid picking at cysts, pimples, or splinters since this can irritate and scar your face.

Avoid Wearinf Makeup

It is best to avoid putting on makeup or beauty products at least 24 hours after your facial because they can clog and congest your skin and make your facial ineffective. After the facial, the pores are still open, and the beauty products can irritate or react to your skin, leading to breakouts. Makeup tools also harbor bacteria that might get into your skin’s pores. If you need to put on makeup, use clean makeup tools. A makeup break also helps toners, creams, serums, and other beauty products to work more effectively. Always remove your makeup before sleeping.

Reschedule Going to the Gym or Working Out at Home

It would be best if you gave your skin time to repair and rejuvenate. Skip the gym or workout session for at least 48hours since the increased heat, pollutants, and sweat can cause or worsen irritation to your freshly treated skin. You can work out before your appointment to give your skin ample time to heal and rest.

Stay Away from Direct Heat to your Skin

Do stay away from direct heat, especially saunas, hot spas, or sunbeds, immediately after your facial since it is vulnerable to swelling and redness. During your facial, your skin has already been mildly steamed, and exposing yourself to more heat can make your skin more sensitive and cause broken capillaries.

Go for One Skin Treatment at a Time

Let your skin breathe, heal and repair itself before going for another skincare treatment for at least two days despite the areas of the skin being treated. This is important because it allows the skin to adapt and respond to the initial facial and minimize or aggravate skin irritation.

Refrain from Smoking and Drinking

Keep away from smoking and drinking for at least 72 hours after your facial. Cigarette smoke contains particles that block or clog the skin’s pores which were opened up after your facial treatment. Alcohol also contains substances that can accelerate aging and increase the risk of bruising. Avoiding these substances can help keep your face glowing, brighter, and radiant for longer.

Reschedule Any Facial Laser, Wax, or Shave Treatments

Wait at least seven days before going for any hair removal procedures. This is because waxing exfoliates the skin, and once it is applied to the hair, it may lift your skin leading to over-exfoliation, ugly scabs, and burns. Spread your hair removal appointments 24 to 48 hours before or after treatments.

Follow your Esthetician's Instructions

After your facial, you will be given specific instructions on how to maintain and take care of your skin to get the best results from your facial. It is essential to follow the instructions keenly to boost your facial treatment life. A customized, quality home care routine prolongs the results of your facial for the coming weeks. Your esthetician can also help develop a solid home skincare routine depending on your skin type and needs. Combining professional treatments with a homecare routine is the best way to optimize your skin’s health and vitality. Do not forget to attend your next facial appointment (monthly or quarterly facials are best) to keep your face glowing and address any new concerns.

The Takeaway

Facial aftercare is the best way to reap the maximum benefits of your facial. It is essential to be consistent with your skincare routine and regularly go for facials for improved, brighter, and healthier skin in the long run. For more information contact The Caudle Center.