If you’re going to the esthetician for your first facial, it can be a little scary. Learn what to expect when you go in and what the machines are in this post.

A facial is more than just a simple skin treatment: it involves a professional esthetician who preps, exfoliates, and even squeezes your skin to get all gunk out.

Sounds a little scary, right? Many women are nervous about doing it. The process can seem intimidating.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty you can do to prepare for your first facial. Read on to find out what to expect.

Preparing for Your First Facial

Before you go in, contact your esthetician to get the full run-down on what to expect. If possible, arrange a short consultation to discuss your options and receive expert advice.

Many spas also provide a questionnaire before your appointment to determine your specific skin issues and what methods to use.

Be sure to skip your skincare regime and show up with a bare face. Topical products such as acne medication and anti-aging creams can react badly with the process and irritate your skin.

Your Esthetician Is Going to Get Personal

Be prepared to answer a lot of questions when getting your first facial. Your esthetician will want to know personal details about your lifestyle, such as your diet, exercise, and skincare routine. This will provide them with insight regarding what they’re working with, as well as possible causes of your concerns.

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Your Skin Type Determines Your Treatment

Not all facials are created equal: depending on your individual needs, you will receive a customized treatment.

For example, if you’ve got acne, you will receive a medicated routine that addresses this issue. On the other hand, if your skin is more on the normal side, you may receive treatment for moisturization and increased radiance.

The office will have a variety of Esthetician Equipment to accommodate your specific needs, such as ultrasonic skin scrubbers, extraction tweezers, and LED light therapy masks.

Do Facials Hurt?

A little bit of pain during some of the more rigorous procedures is normal, such as during extractions (a.k.a. zit popping). 

A lot of other processes, such as exfoliations, can feel somewhat rough but not overly painful. Above all, most of the sensations will feel strange and foreign, especially during your first facial.

How Often Should You Get a Facial?

Generally, once a month is ideal to build up a routine. However, it’s always a good idea to consult your esthetician.

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How Long Does Getting a Facial Take?

Depending on what you’re getting, a facial can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. When scheduling your first facial, you can always ask your esthetician to ensure it fits into your schedule properly.

After Your Appointment

Contrary to what you may think, you will likely leave your first facial with a lot of redness rather than radiance. This is because of the intense processes used to clear your pores and clean your skin.

Because facials bring impurities to the skin’s surface, you should also expect to experience breakouts after your first facial. Don’t worry, these will clear up soon.

Final Thoughts

Getting a facial is a great way to keep your skin looking radiant, hydrated, and youthful. Everyone can benefit from this treatment, no matter what your specific skin concerns are.

After you get your first facial, remember to keep up the routine and take good care of your skin. Over time, you’ll be amazed at the results.

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