Skin Care Tips: How Often Should You Get Facials?
A facial can be a great way to boost your regular skin care routine and support healthy skin. And as with any spa treatment, a professional facial can be quite a special treat. But how often should you get facials? It depends on several factors — including your budget, schedule, and specific skin concerns. And while going to a pro is a great move for self-care and a little stress-busting, you can totally give yourself a simple facial right at home, with the right tools, products, and a little expert advice.1
Read on to learn more about the potential benefits of getting (or giving yourself) regular facials, the kinds of facial treatments you can get from estheticians, and tips and ideas to help you incorporate this DIY skin treatment into your healthy skin care routine.
What Is A Facial?
Advancements in skin care research and technology have given rise to a ton of intriguingly high-tech professional treatments, all promising multiple benefits. But a classic basic facial, when done correctly, already does plenty to support healthy skin. It often involves deep cleansing of the pores through steaming and/or exfoliation, a light facial massage, and (if necessary) extraction of blackheads and whiteheads to support a clear complexion.2
Products targeting your particular skin type may be used as well, such as moisturizing masks or deeply hydrating lotions for dry skin, or pore-clarifying peels for those with oily skin.
What Are The Benefits Of A Facial?
Frequent facials may help to promote a healthy complexion, as well as serving as self-care and boosting well-being. Here are some of the more popular benefits of facials.
Stress And Anxiety
It may not show on your skin right away, but you will definitely feel the difference when you get or give yourself a great facial. Research shows that a facial massage, often a part of a classic facial, can help you relax and de-stress, putting you in a better, more positive mood.3
If you can, consider letting the pros deal with breakouts, zits, and blackheads. One benefit of facials is having access to a licensed esthetician to help you safely extract impurities from your skin. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn blackheads and whiteheads or an unexpected breakout, a pro can use the right tools and products to help you on your way to clearer skin.4
Whether through use of a physical scrub, or a chemical or enzyme-based peel or mask, a facial often includes some element of exfoliation. This greatly helps with gently sloughing off dead skin cells and promoting skin cell turnover — helping support more radiant-looking skin.5
A Facial Helps Keep You Glowy-looking All Year Round
Here’s a potential benefit any type of skin — even sensitive skin — can get behind: Thanks to the lymphatic drainage and blood circulation brought about by a facial massage, you may be able to see and feel fresher, more rejuvenated skin. This can be especially helpful during the colder season or winter months, which can often leave skin tight and dull-looking.6
Popular Types Of Professional Facials
Some professional facial treatments offer specific benefits based on your skin concern. The following types of facials should be performed by licensed professionals — and make sure you consult your dermatologist before trying any of them.
- Microdermabrasion Facials: A machine buffs the top layer of skin, helping exfoliate and resurface skin cells. This is helpful to those with dull skin or for those hoping to help reduce the appearance of brown spots or pigmentation.
- LED Facials: This treatment uses LED light therapy to calm red, irritated skin and to help lessen the appearance of breakouts.
- Brightening Facials: These rely on a combination of chemical peels and acid treatments to help break down dead skin cells and support cell renewal, helping reveal more vibrant-looking skin.7
When it comes to getting a professional facial, your best bet is to take a look at your current skin condition and have a conversation with a licensed esthetician about the most beneficial facial for you.
At-Home Alternatives: Give Yourself A Facial In Five Steps
Looking for a simpler, more basic facial treatment you can do on your own? If you’re hoping to give your skin a little pick-me-up, here’s a step-by-step guide for giving yourself an at-home DIY facial.
- Cleanse skin thoroughly. It’s best to begin with a literal clean slate. Remove all traces of dirt, and double-cleanse if you have a full face of makeup on.
- Gently exfoliate with the right product. Some people are comfortable using physical scrubs, however, we recommend opting for acid- or enzyme-based masks, or light peels. Massage the product evenly over your face, and rinse off correctly when time is up. You can also use a leave-on chemical exfoliant with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) in your daily routine for an easy radiance-booster!
- Steam safely. You don’t need any fancy facial steamers like you see in spas. Simply hover your face over a basin of hot water, and cover your entire head with a towel to trap steam in.
- Mask up to moisturize. With your pores all ready to receive some nutrient-rich products, massage on a mask specific to your skin care needs, like a hydrating one for dry skin, or a charcoal or clay one for oilier skin.
- Seal in the moisture. Once you’ve rinsed the mask off, massage your favorite moisturizer on to finish off your fresher, more rejuvenated face.8
Follow These Tips For Success
- Make an effort with the ambiance. Light your favorite scented candle, or play some relaxing music during your home facial. Make your bathroom your own personal spa for the day.
- Don’t be tempted to do your own extractions. Again, leave the extractions to the pros. You may worsen any breakouts by trying to extract them yourself.
- Serums can be your savior. Since you’ll be going through the effort of deep-cleaning and steaming your face, you should use quality products with potent ingredients to truly make your facial effective. For example, layer a serum underneath your moisturizer.9
Put A Fresh Face Forward With A Facial
Ultimately, you aren’t required to commit to pricey spa facials if you don’t have the time or budget for it — and there’s nothing stopping you from reaching your skin care goals by doing your own facials at home. As with all things skin, as long as you’re guided by your dermatologist and you target your skin’s specific needs, you’re sure to get glowing in no time.