Getting a professional facial can be one of the most relaxing experiences everâ€”but having a reaction to one is a surefire way to destroy that Zen state.
Experts say the overwhelming reason bad facials happen is because spa-goers have engaged in certain activities beforehand that set their skin up for disaster. Here’s what not to do pre-facial so that your visit leaves you calm and serene…not red and inflamed.
Donâ€™t: Wax Within 24 Hours of Your Facial
Waxing strips the skin of its topmost cells like a form of aggressive exfoliation, and immediately getting a facial on this sensitized skin is asking for trouble, says Mariola Barczewska, an esthetician at New York Cityâ€™s Haven Spa.
Don’t: Make Out with a Rough-Shaved Beau
â€œScruffy beards and stubble can seriously irritate skin,â€ says Barczewska. Youâ€™ve probably even noticed your skin turns red and inflamed if youâ€™ve ever had a kissing session with a stubbly dude. Donâ€™t go in for a facial if your skin looks irritated like that, says Barczewska.
Don’t: Spend Time in the Sun the Day Before
The great thing about facials is that they can go a long way in repairing sun damage like pigmentation, but your skin needs a chance to rest after sun exposure. Otherwise, it may react to anti-aging or acne-clearing ingredients in your treatment, says Barczewska.
Don’t: Get Botox
If you’re getting Botox, it should be at least 48 hours before a facial. â€œYou canâ€™t massage skin thatâ€™s been freshly injectedâ€”you risk moving the injectable around to the wrong area,â€ says Barczewska. If the picture that brings to mind isnâ€™t terrifying enough, remember thereâ€™s not much a dermatologist can do until the injectable wears off in a few months.
Donâ€™t: Do Your Own Home Repairs
Squeezing your own pimples and blackheads before a facial will hyper-inflame your skin and make it very difficult for the esthetician to properly extract whatâ€™s left in your pores, says Barczewska. So be firm with yourself, and hold off for the professional to handle it all.
Don’t: Get Eyelash Extensions
â€œThe glue used for lashes canâ€™t be rubbed or have lotion or steam on it for at least 48 hours,â€ says Barczewska. If it does, the time and money you put into your lash extensions will be for naught, as theyâ€™ll likely separate.
Don’t: Use Exfoliating Products
Ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid can sensitize skin since theyâ€™ve exfoliated the outermost layer. Most facial reactions come as a result of this issue. If youâ€™re unsure of the ingredients in your go-to skin-care products, stay on the safe side and use gentle products for a few days leading up to your facial.
The bottom line: To prevent any crazy skin reactions, play it safe for a few days leading up to your facial. Youâ€™ll have a much more pleasant experience if you do!