<p>Skin Care: Everything you need to know about getting a facial</p>

Skin Care: Everything you need to know about getting a facial

by Paige Exell -

Although beauty may only be skin deep, the skin-care industry proves that a lot of people care about keeping their skin looking its best. And while we've stressed the importance of regular exfoliation and having a great skin-care routine, some people swear by the transformative powers of a good facial above everything else. Have yet to experience a facial? Fear not!

Get The Look is giving you everything you need to know about getting a facial before you book an expensive appointment! Read on to find out if a facial is right for you, and the results you can expect!

FACIALS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Who should get them, and how often?

Whether you're a teenager or not, there's likely a facial that's just right for you. In your mid-20s, your collagen and elastic fibres are starting to slow down, so you might as well start as young as you can. Taking care of your skin should be done at every age – it's all about investing in whatever makes you feel your best! If you're one that appreciates a good facial to help you look your best, try to go every 4-6 weeks to keep your skin bright and glowing!

A good facial will have...

The first step of a facial will usually involve some sort of chat or consultation with your esthetician about your skin type and your concerns (they just need to know your skin so that treatment can be tailored to your needs!) After that, the esthetician will begin your facial with a thorough cleanse of your skin with a gel or foaming cleanser followed by exfoliation via microdermabrasion or a peel. If your pores are especially congested, your esthetician might perform some extractions – a technical term for squeezing the impurities out of your pores using precise application of pressure. This task is best left to the pros, who will know how and where to do this without causing future breakouts or other damage to the skin.

The room will usually be equipped with a machine that blasts warm steam onto the face to help soften skin and open up the pores. After getting your pores clean, your facialist will likely proceed with a series of masks or treatments tailored to your skin type and concern. They will finish things off by layering serums and moisturizers tailored to your skin type to lock in hydration and maximize the benefits of the treatment.

What results should you expect?

If you received extractions or experienced intense exfoliation, it's normal to see a bit of redness immediately after your facial. Overall, you should notice a brighter complexion with a smoother, more even texture. In the days following the treatment, make sure to continue to take care of your skin by cleansing and moisturizing regularly.

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