I was 14 when I experienced my first facial. I’ll never forget the experience because it was so new and exciting. But I’ll also never forget how confused I was at the beginning of that facial because I had no idea what to do or what to expect. If you’ve never experienced a facial before, this blog post is for you! Today on the blog, I’m talking about why you should experience a Customized Facial, how you can prepare for your first appointment, and what you can expect during your first treatment.
Why should you experience a Customized Facial with me?
Customized Facials are not only an opportunity for you to relax and treat yourself, but it’s an opportunity to start your journey towards your best skin! I specialize in results-oriented treatments, and love working with clients who have specific goals for their skin. I believe achieving your best skin is an equal partnership--I’m committed to giving you the best treatments, but you also need to be committed to following a homecare routine between treatments.
How can you prepare for your first appointment?
It’s best to arrive to your appointment with a clean face (no makeup on) and wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change out of. Also, know what skincare products you’re using at home or even bring your current products with you! When you arrive for your appointment, I’ll have you complete consent forms to learn more about your skin before your treatment.
What can you expect during your treatment?
You’ll first change into a spa wrap and get comfortable under the covers of my treatment table. The lights will be off and relaxing music will be playing in the background. I’ll remove any makeup and cleanse your skin, then turn on my magnifying lamp to start my analysis. We’ll talk about your current product routine, your current skin condition, and I’ll ask you what your skin goals are. I’ll then make recommendations for your treatment and suggest a homecare routine. If you have any specific questions for me, don’t be afraid to ask them! After the analysis, I’ll dive into your treatment.
During a treatment, I’ll cleanse your skin again to ensure all makeup is removed. I’ll then apply an enzyme mask, which exfoliates your skin by digesting dead skin cells and breaking down excess oil. After applying the enzyme, you’ll sit under steam for 5-10 minutes. I’ll ask “On a scale of 1 to 10, how tingly does this feel?” I always start with mild enzymes, which typically have a tingle factor of 1-3, on new clients to gauge your skin’s tolerance. After several minutes, I’ll massage over the enzyme to promote circulation and oxygenation.
After the enzyme is removed, I may perform extractions to remove blackheads and clear any clogged pores. I use an ultrasonic spatula, which glides over your skin and essentially vibrates the blackheads right out! This process is virtually painless, but you may feel slight pressure when I use the device.
The remainder of the Customized Facial will depend on your skin type and goals. I may apply peptide serums and infuse them with my ultrasonic spatula, or create a custom blended treatment mask, or massage with cooling globes, or even do a little of everything. A Customized Facial is truly customized to what your skin needs!
What happens after your treatment?
After your treatment, I’ll reiterate what you can be doing at home to take care of your skin between treatments. I have sample sizes of my professional products available, and can put together a customized sample pack for you to take home. You’ll receive an instruction card on how to use the products and I’ll walk you through the routine I’ve suggested. I’ll also make recommendations for treatments going forward, and recommend receiving treatments consistently every 4 to 6 weeks. When you get home after your facial, there’s no need to do your evening skincare routine (unless you apply makeup after your facial, then you definitely need to remove your makeup, cleanse, and do your routine before going to bed!) and I’d also recommend not exfoliating for the next few days following your facial. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
Still have questions?
I offer complimentary consultations if you would like to come in and discuss your skin goals before scheduling your first treatment. I’m also available for questions through social media, text, or email. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions!