I actually had plans for today's post to be the first part of my healthy living journey but I went and had my first facial yesterday and I'm really wanting to tell you about my experience.
After sharing some of the crap that has been going on with my skin I had a few recommendations to try out a facial. It has been something I've always wanted to do (even when my skin was in better condition) and Chris had even bought be a gift card to a spa for Christmas but I was scared to let someone come close to my face after a bad appointment with a dermatologist.
Well I'm here to say that it went really well! I choose not to go crazy the first time around and while the results were not out of this world (still great results though), I'm really happy with the decisions I made. I now feel like I'm more comfortable with the idea of a facial and I've found someone I feel like I can trust.
Know & Understand Your Current Skincare
I say this only because I was asked questions by my esthetician throughout my facial. Obviously you're probably not going to be an expert (and they expect that) but it really does help them, help you. AHA's & Retinols were the two big ones I was asked about. Just read your product labels or Google them and check out their ingredients (usually if a product has claims of brightening or resurfacing they include one of the ingredients mentioned). Another tip I learn at my appointment, when it comes to these two ingredients, stop using them for the two or three days prior to a facial (especially if you're doing something aggressive).
Avoid Picking & Waxing Prior
I'm only saying this because I waxed my own eyebrows the day before I went and I think it made the enzyme peel sting a bit more than it would have otherwise. Obviously you should always avoid picking at your skin because of the scaring but this will also leave your skin a bit more sensitive to some of the products they are likely to use.
Do Your Research
Learn as much as you can about the spa, their services, and the esthetician prior to making your appointment. Since I'm working on using more organic skincare products I wanted to go somewhere that was aligned with that. I understand that not all of their products will fit the bill 100% but a bulk of the ones used during my facial did. I also read through about 15 pages of reviewer comments to find the esthetician I wanted to go with. This may be excessive, but there was no way I wanted to walk in without knowing.
Only Do What You're Comfortable With
I opted for their introductory facial since I viewed this as a test run for the facility & the esthetician. The thought of doing anything more extreme with someone I may not trust didn't sit well with me. Even though the results were less than if I had gone with microdermabrasion (or other facials they offered) it's worth the peace of mind in the future.
Make Sure They Do Their Research
This was pretty easy since the spa I went to requires you to fill out a questionnaire prior to performing any services. I suggest that you make sure your esthetician knows the results you are wanting and your comfort level. However, don't let it stop there. I was not there for relaxation, I wanted results (anything to assist in reducing spots & scarring), not just physical results but knowledge as well (I wanted to learn as much as I could while there). When she asked a question, I responded and I tried to keep a conversation going for most of the 50 facial.
Communicate & Ask Questions
I've heard/read the word extractions many times prior to getting my first facial however it's completely different when the person getting ready to perform them utters it. My face was in her hands and I had a lump in my throat...and I don't like pain. While I was pretty certain it wouldn't actually hurt, I was still scared, so I asked. Something I really appreciated during this was the fact that she used a slightly warm cloth/towel to cover my eyes. I realize this is probably so the bright light does blind you and keeps you more relaxed, but I'm glad I couldn't really see anything during this process. If you're ever uncomfortable or in pain, let them know! Don't be scared to speak up, you're the one spending good money and it's your face!
I hope some of this help you guys! How was your weekend? Anything fun? Did you do any DIY projects or pamper yourself...or both?