If you have created a substantial facial budget for yourself in the New Year, you are envied by most, if not all, women who care about their skin. However, if you are not taking good care of your skin after your facial, then why even spend the money and time? Even if seeing your esthetician is a special occasion kind of thing, you should (and want to!) prolong post-facial complexion perfection. Below are some tips to follow so your skin won’t go back to normal right away (by normal, I mean a little blah).
Drink Lots of Water
Not that you need to be reminded, but I’ll repeat it just to emphasize the importance of hydrating. Thirsty cells will not carry out their functions like they should. After a facial, you’re one step ahead of the glowing-skin game. But to really win, grab a glass of H20. Don’t forget that what goes into your body is just as important as what goes on your skin.
Keep Makeup to a Minimum
This rule can be difficult to abide by. I recently received a facial and had plans of going out shortly after, so makeup was needed. This is a huge no-no. In the hours after a facial, your skin cells are regenerating faster than usual. You’ll want to let your freshly cleaned pores to breathe. If you must put on makeup, keep it to a minimum and make it mineral. Mineral makeup after a facial is best because it is gentlest on fresh new skin. It also can be quite soothing, especially if you had extractions, as it can actually help reduce inflammation.
The healthy glow immediately achieved following a facial typically lasts 48 to 72 hours. The skin is deeply hydrated during this time, and circulation is boosted, allowing fresh blood to bring new nutrients to the cells. To stretch this even longer, caring for the skin using the right products is key. Your skin has probably experienced a more intensive treatment than it is used to, so boosting your antioxidant use (to help protect your skin and heal properly) is vital. Vitamin C also has brightening benefits to keep the glow factor glowing. I recommend using a drop or two of Merle Roberts Facial Perfection Serum into your daily moisturizer.
Give Yourself a Facial Massage
Instead of just slathering your products on, gently massage them in. When you receive a facial, your esthetician isn’t massaging your skin just because it feels like heaven. It increases lymphatic drainage and circulation, which brings nutrients and oxygen to your complexion. The new nutrients in the skin allow and encourage a youthful radiance and glow to surface in the face. Ask your esthetician how to do a mini at-home facial massage to continue the lifting and firming long after your treatment.
Amp Up the Moisture
Don’t. Stop. Hydrating. Even if you feel as though your skin couldn’t possibly use ay more moisture after a facial, continue to hydrate! If you received microdermabrasion or any professional form of exfoliation, your skin’s natural oils will be reduced. Using a moisturizing mask once or twice a week will help make the results of your facial last longer. Try Eminence’s Calm Skin Arnica Masque, which contains organic ingredients such as Marigold and Shea Butter for optimal moisturization.
Cut Back on the Exfoliation
Be kind to your skin after a facial. You can guarantee you’ve met your exfoliation needs the week after your facial, so put down those scrubs and exfoliating acids. Over exfoliation can lead to irritation, redness, dryness, and breakouts. Wait about a week to get back into your exfoliation routine.
Purchase a Clarisonic
Once you go back to your exfoliation grind, consider purchasing a Clarisonic. It goes beyond your weekly exfoliation by getting into the nitty gritty of your skin. The sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity and loosens dirt and oil. It removes deep-seated impurities from pores and improves circulation. Because of this, it will boost the performance of your skincare products by driving them deeper into your skin. Clarisonics can get pricey depending on the device and brush head you choose, but they will get the job done.
And Don’t Forget to Cleanse and Wear Sunscreen
The simplest way to maintain the glow is to wash your face, religiously. Don’t be lazy and skip out on washing your face because you’re too tired (yeah, we’re all guilty for it…). You’ll never see the results you want if you skip out on this crucial step. Make sure to wear your sunscreen as well! Protect that beautiful face of yours.