what not to do after a facial!!!!
Don’t use an exfoliator for at least 48 hours. Don’t get a laser treatment. Don’t wax or thread. Don’t schedule a deep cleanse on the same day as major event. Yes, yes, yes and yes. But all that’s before getting a facial. What should I do after a facial to make sure all that pricey steaming and massaging has the most effective results? We’ve rounded up the skin experts for this list of post-facial treatment no-nos that can wreak havoc on your skin.
1. DON’T WASH YOUR FACE. ACTUALLY, DON’T EVEN TOUCH YOUR FACE
Why? Because you’ve just had it washed by a professional who spent 60 minutes cleansing your skin. So you can skip this step for the next few hours. If it feels super-greasy, a splash of water will suffice at bedtime. As for the touching-of-face, post-facial skin is even more vulnerable to infections, so transferring grime and bacteria from your hands to face is really not a good idea.
2. DON’T PICK
Some zits survived the facial? Leave them alone for a couple of days – a deep-cleansing facial can make a few naturally surface within 24 hours. And if your facialist has deliberately left them alone, it’s usually because they’re not close enough to the surface yet. Let them be or call up about a follow-up extraction visit – the facial equivalent of a bang trim.
3. DON’T USE AT-HOME PEELS OR RETIN A/RENOVA FOR AT LEAST 72 HOURS
Alpha-hydroxy acid peels, chemical exfoliators and vitamin A are a recipe for redness and over-sensitive skin when combined together. Play safe and give your skin a 2-3 day break from potent at-home products after a treatment.
4. STAY OUT OF THE SUN
Even incidental sun exposure can cause sun damage and skin cancer. And since 100 percent of facials involve a scrub or a peel (anti-aging facials often include both), you’ve got a new batch of vulnerable skin cells on the surface that can easily burn.
5. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
You should always drink a lot of water, especially after a facial. It not only keeps you (and your skin) hydrated but also helps your body push out any toxins that may have been released during the facial.