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4 Easy Steps for Facial Treatment After-Care

One of life's most indulgent pleasures is undoubtedly a spa facial. Whether you're drawn to the allure of cutting-edge treatments like chemical peels and mesotherapy or prefer the soothing embrace of a hydra facial and classic extraction, facials are essential to any skin-care routine. With an ever-expanding array of innovative techniques, state-of-the-art technology, and effective products flooding the market, investing in a quality facial can treat various skin conditions and concerns.

And a radiant and refreshed complexion isn’t the only benefit of regular facials–improved blood circulation, increased collagen production, and improved hydration are all potential effects.

However, the benefits of a facial don't end the moment you step out of the spa. Ensuring that your skin continues to exude that post-facial glow requires a little extra effort. Here are four indispensable tips and tricks to help you preserve that healthy radiance for the long haul.

1. Treat Your Skin Gently

Facials are crafted to tackle common skin issues and promote improved skin elasticity and texture. Yet, it's important to recognize that certain facial techniques, while ultimately beneficial, can initially stress your skin. Therefore, adopting a gentle approach in the days following your facial is key. Many people often notice redness after facial, a common side-effect and a sign that your skin needs downtime.

Avoid harsh exfoliation: Exfoliation is crucial for shedding dead skin cells and promoting renewal, but post-facial skin tends to be more sensitive. Opt for a gentle exfoliant to prevent over-stimulation.

Skip heavy makeup: Give your skin some breathing space after a facial. Heavy makeup can clog pores and hinder your skin's natural healing process. If makeup is necessary, choose lightweight and breathable formulas.

Hydrate diligently: Hydration is your skin's best friend. Consuming an ample amount of water and applying a moisturizer with hydrating properties can assist in preserving the youthful fullness and glow of your skin.

Avoid the Gym: While sweating it out might be your favorite afternoon activity, excessive sweat right after a facial can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Skip the squats for at least 24-48 hours, depending on facial intensity.

2. Reach for Your Moisturizer

Hydration is an absolute cornerstone of healthy skin. After a facial, your skin is particularly receptive to the benefits of moisturizers, so it's essential to incorporate this step into your post-facial routine.

Use a nourishing moisturizer: Look for a moisturizer rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid. These components aid in trapping moisture, enhancing collagen synthesis, and safeguarding your skin against environmental pressures. The ordinary skincare routine is an excellent choice post-facial, as its formulas are often hydrating and alcohol-free.

Apply moisturizer on damp skin: Following your cleansing routine, apply your moisturizer when your skin retains a slight dampness. This enhances its absorption and seals in hydration effectively.

Don't forget your neck and décolletage: Extend your moisturizing routine beyond your face to your neck and chest area to ensure consistent and uniform skin texture.

3. Avoid UV Exposure

The primary cause of premature aging and skin damage is attributed to the sun's UV rays. The freshly-exfoliated skin after a facial is especially sensitive to the sun’s rays; Even if your facial includes sun protection, continuing to shield your skin from the sun's harmful effects is crucial.

Opt for broad-spectrum sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen that offers comprehensive defense against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF of at least 30 for adequate coverage.

Reapply throughout the day: If you’re unsure when to apply sunscreen in skincare routine, try following the two-hour rule and reapply every two hours. Sunscreen effectiveness diminishes over time, especially if you're exposed to sunlight. Reapply every two hours and more frequently if you're swimming or sweating.

Use additional protection: Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and seeking shade to minimize sun exposure. While you might be beach ready, avoiding the pool or other sunbathing adjacent activities for at least 48 hours is best.

4. Get Clean

After a facial, your skin is revitalized and deeply cleansed–Maintaining this cleanliness is essential in preventing clogged pores and breakouts.

Use a gentle cleanser: Opt for a mild, sulfate-free cleanser that removes impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

Cleanse twice daily: Stick to a consistent cleansing routine, cleansing your face in the morning and before bedtime. This ensures you remove dirt, makeup, and pollutants that can accumulate during the day.

Wash all bedding: Our sheets and pillows can be repositories of bacteria. Sweat, dead skin cells, dirt, and occasional crumbs (no judgment, breakfast in bed is the best) litter our bed linens. After a facial, the skin is clean and prepped for serums and other products, leaving it vulnerable to whatever might be in your pillow. Always wash sheets and pillows, allowing your glowing skin to sink into a clean environment when you head to bed.

The benefits of a spa facial are not short-lived. A glowing complexion is a testament to your commitment to skincare; these four steps are your gateway to sustaining that luminous glow day after day. Your skin is an investment; treat it with the care and attention it deserves.

The Cortiva Institute Student Spa offers advanced facial services to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Reach out today to learn more about spa packages and services.


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