Skip the Facial, Buy Quality Products
To facial or not to facial? That is the question. Patients often ask me "How often should I get facials?"
Some are eager to go in for weekly or monthly facials despite the fact that they are not seeing any improvement in their skin. What is it about the word facial
that we associate with perfect skin? If you like the deep cleansing effect of a good facial or if you love some pampering (that relaxing face and neck massage), then strut your stuff and go for a monthly facial. I'm not saying this is a bad
thing ... but for those more on a budget I propose the use of better products for more long-lasting results.
In many instances my advice would be to skimp on the routine facial and take your provider's recommendation on the core products your skin needs. For example, if a patient has congestion with comedones they should run to their esthetician ASAP. But they should also get started on a retinoid to prevent the oil accumulation in the first place. If sun damage or post inflammatory lesions are the concern, appropriate anti-aging products are a necessity. A mild peel may also be helpful. As I tell patients, treat the underlying problems for the best long-term results. Maintain with great products and your next splurge on a facial will be quite the experience, yielding even better results.
Of course, deciding whether or not to facial also depends on your specific skin needs and your relationship with your facialist. A true medical esthetician will guide you in the right direction and use the appropriate products for your skin type. That being said, not every esthetician is created equal. Find one based on a provider or friend's recommendation. And whatever you do, use great products to enhance the benefits!