From anti-ageing to reshaping, facials are the best way to treat our skin to some well-deserved nourishment every now and then. Besides, pampering yourself with a facial regularly helps your skin to ward off the toll that free radicals from the environment, stress or any bad beauty habits take on your skin.
Extractions, although an integral part of most facials offered in spas and beauty salons, may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the feeling that you get when you glide your fingers over your face after that painful ordeal is truly unparalleled. We all have a love-hate relationship with facial extractions but there is no denying that they are essential in helping us achieve a glowing, clear complexion – or at least within the next couple of days post-facial. Aiding in purging those pesky whiteheads and blackheads from your pores, extractions provide your skin with a fresh new slate that allows your skincare products to work even better than usual.
However, do not be alarmed when you notice some redness or slight breakouts directly after your session, which also depends on your skin type and aesthetician. As extractions can be pretty harsh on the skin, it is totally normal to encounter such side effects after you leave the salon. However, it is important to provide your skin with the utmost care to minimise redness and sensitivity as well as to reap those precious benefits following your facial. Here are some ways you can consider incorporating into your skincare regimen to effectively repair your skin and get your glow on.
What You Should Not Do
On the first day after getting a facial treatment, please refrain from picking at your skin as this may lead to further inflammation, infection, or worse, potential scarring. Resist the temptation to pop any zit that rears its head on your sensitive skin if you want a beautiful complexion. And with all the redness from the facial extraction, you might want to whip out your heavy-duty, full-coverage foundation to cover all that up, but you really should not do that. After all that deep cleansing and pore purging, it is highly recommended to give your skin a short vacation from makeup for at least a day as your skin will be more prone to clogging and bacteria during this trying time. Besides, keeping your pores clear will also enable the serums, essences, or lotions used during the facial to be more effective and ensure complete absorption.
Aside from that, it is also probably for the best if you avoid the gym or saunas for a couple of days after your facial. The increased heat and sweat can be aggravating to your freshly exfoliated skin, which may lead to broken capillaries and prolonged skin sensitivity.
Aftercare Is Key
Caring for your freshly loved yet vulnerable skin after your facial can be a tedious task, but offers lasting benefits when done right. Before getting into nourishing your skin, you should also consider skipping exfoliating and loading up on sunscreen for the next week or so. Since most facials consist of a chemical peel or facial scrub, it is ideal to put exfoliating on hold over the next few days in order to avoid over-exfoliating. Exfoliating too much can be detrimental to your skin’s delicate protective layer, which may cause inflammation and even irreversible damage. On top of that, your skin will be more sensitive and susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays after extraction and exfoliation, therefore it is important to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
As your pores are more “open” than usual, it is the best time to slather on your favourite skincare essentials so as to maintain the results of the facial. However, do try to avoid toners with salicylic acid as well as skincare products that are infused with retinoids. This is because the vitamin A derivative can make the skin even more sensitive, especially after the rigours of an extraction, which turns that glorious post-facial radiance into unwanted redness.
While You Are Sleeping
To get your best skin possible from facial treatments, you should consider setting a skincare routine. Feel free to speak with your aesthetician during the consultation to find out which products work best for you and create a post-facial regimen that will maintain the glow in your skin.
As we all know, sleep allows the body to boost blood flow to the skin, which works wonders for your skin as it encourages cell regeneration and renewal. That said, combining a nighttime skincare routine with some quality beauty rest can help you in your quest for healthier skin, and at the same time, resolve the sensitivity caused by facial extractions. Besides, the sooner you stick to a nighttime skin routine, the better your skin will look and feel over time. At night, your skin’s protective barrier function is lowered, which means it is the perfect time to give it the extra nourishment it deserves due to the increased permeability.