So how often should I receive facials? Well the answer is, it depends. I am consistently asked how often one should receive facial treatments and while it’s not one sized fits all there are some general guidelines. Since I have opened my treatment room doors I’ve always emphasized the need of a through consultation for our first meeting to address your conditions which may be acne, fine lines, sun damage, or rosacea to create a plan of action. Generally plan on a 20-30 minute consultation followed by a deep cleasning facial or a gentle peel on your first visit.
When you are receiving a routine maintenance facial with no real need to address any major concerns, I recommended to have one with the change of the seasons. Why is this? Have you ever noticed that your skin seems dryier in the winter and oiler in the summer? Climates change, our diet changes, the temperature changes, even our stress levels can change with the seasons. Of course all of those factors affect the condition of your skin. It’s important to stay hydrated and reduce redness that can occur during the fall and winter. Peels and microdermabrasion are also a great idea to do mostly in these months. However, during the spring and summer months you may notice that your skin is becoming oiler possibly you might feel the need to begin wearing sunscreen again(which I recommend daily no matter the time of year). So if you’re content with your complexion but just need an additional exfoliation or deep cleansing occasionally I can set you up on the Maintenance Facial Program.
*Maintenance Facial Program
- Deep Cleansing Facials every 2-3 months
- Gentle Resurfacing Peels every 3-6 months
- Customized home care daily
- Total of 4-6 Treatments a year
Ok, now if you’re someone who has some issues you want to improve. It may be struggles with acne no matter the age or gender, sun pots, rough texture, uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Then a different course of action is needed and I will set you up on a Correction Facial Program.
*Correction Facial Program
- Deep Cleansing Oxygen Facial or Vitamin C Peel
- Customized daily home care
- 4-6 treatments every 2 weeks, a resurfacing combination with LED Therapy and/or Oxygen Infusion
- After correction, begin maintenance facial program(see above).
Why every 2 weeks? First, our skin sheds every 30-60 days depending on our age. As we grow older that slows down so the idea is to speed up our cells metabolism to shed sooner. Now with that said, you may or may not see your skin actually peeling with some of these treatments just like don’t actually see our skin when it sheds naturally. But, at times if it does peel it will be between 3-5 days post treatment. Second, when that new layer has shed and healed it’s time to shed another layer. This targets the real problems and the spots begin to lift, inflammation from acne is reduced and so on. Third, this time frame allows both you and I to address any concerns you may along the way. An example may be the need to change home care because of dryness or sensitivities. Remember we are on this journey together.
Can’t you just peel off my skin with one big peel and help me sooner? No, I will not do this for ethical reasons. Doing this can very well cause too much injury to your skin and possibly over react causing more damage. The peel may also go too deep and that’s no what we want either.
Both “Programs” do require some committment unless you are that 1% of the population that just naturally has perfect skin without doing anything for it(not me). I’ve said this to quite a few to my clients, think of me like a personal trainer for your skin. If you wish to loose weight, to increase your energy, decrease stress, or eat healthier then may seek an athletic trainer or nutritionist. Someone who’s trained and specializes in helping people do just that. It is truly a way of life just like diet and exercise, brushing and flossing or any other analogy you wish to compare it to.
Also, peels and microdermabrasion are not as scary as you might have thought, if you’ve even thought about them. Done slow and steady and performed by a professional that has experience, they can greatly improve your skin giving you a healthy and radiant complexion. I can’t make any promises to erase every concern you have but I can guarantee to educate you on the right products to use for your skin, get your skin in great shape, and to help you reach your skin’s true potential.