What to expect during a facial & how to maintain the results.

Skincare is a journey and the "perfect" skin does not happen overnight, beautiful skin requires time and commitment. I like to compare facials to cleaning your home. You have a daily and weekly routine to keep things tidy, however, every few weeks require a deeper clean. The same goes for your skin!  Having a professional facial every two to four weeks is a necessity in achieving your best skin health. I am often asked by first time clients how to prepare for a facial and what an aesthetician looks for during the treatment process. To prepare for a facial, think about some important questions: skin goals, nutrition, changes you see in your skin and your daily skincare routine and products. These questions will help us address the changes that need to be made in your routine in order to achieve your specific goals. During my initial examination, a full skin analysis is performed to evaluate hydration levels, sensitively, elasticity, texture, skin type and skin conditions. This information is then used to find the best course of treatment, product formulations and personalized schedule. Remember a facial is designed to rejuvenate your skin and relax your mind, enjoy the experience you are on your way to your best skin yet! 


5 quick steps to maintaining a healthy complexion post facial:

1- Cleanse: Using the right cleanser is the staple of a good skincare routine, no matter what your skin type. It is important to cleanse the skin morning and evening to ensure the removal of environmental pollutants, oil & surface bacteria that can lead to premature aging and unwanted breakouts.

2- Tone: Plain and simple, a toner increases hydration levels and and aids in the removal of surface toxins, while balancing your skins' natural pH. Be sure to use an alcohol-free toner and immediately follow with a serum and moisturizer. 

3- Serum: A serum is designed to have a higher concentration of certain active ingredients, which can give your skin the perfect daily boost! They offer added protective benefits to combat pollution and can often help reverse previous surface damage, especially Vitamin C. My rule of thumb is to always apply a serum within 30 seconds after toning the skin, this ensures the most effective absorption. 

4- Moisturize and Protect: Choose a skin-specific moisturizer for your morning and evening routine. The purpose of using a moisturizer is to maintain hydration levels and also act as a protective barrier against environmental elements. During the day try using a corrective moisturizer that you can apply on top of your serum and also importantly contains an SPF 30+ (90% of premature aging comes from sun damage). At night, switch to a moisturizer rich in antioxidants or natural retinol alternatives to aid in cellular repair and correction. 

5- Exfoliate: Exfoliating your skin one to two times weekly will aid in the removal of cellular build-up, revealing radiant skin beneath. Be mindful not to scrub too hard if you are using a manual or textured product, light circular motions will get the job done! If you have active acne or rosacea, consider using an ezymatic exfoliant (no scrubbing involved) to avoid irritation and the spread of bacteria. 


XO- Poppy