Whether you are looking to get pampered or want to give your skin some well deserved TLC to improve its condition, a facial is the ideal solution. By cleansing your pores, exfoliating away dead cells and treating common skin concerns, a facial is guaranteed to nourish your skin while also making it appear healthier and younger. To make the most out of the luxurious experience, you need to know how to prepare for a facial. Luckily for you, we have devised a handy guide telling you everything you need to do to for your facial to be a success.

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All you need to know on how to prepare for a facial

Our skin is the largest barrier against infection we have, so keeping it healthy and moist helps it to remain strong and protective. There is no denying that there are a huge number of great skincare products and face masks which complete the perfect beauty routine, but sometimes you can’t compete with the work and expertise of a professional. Having a specialist skincare professional give you a facial means you are guaranteed to receive a personalised service, targeted to your skin type and skincare preferences. At our beauty clinic in Aylesbury, we regularly carry out high quality treatments that are renowned for producing effective results. Moreover, our years of experience giving clients facials in Milton Keynes means we are the perfect team of expert individuals to advise you on how to prepare for a facial properly.

Avoid exfoliators

Most facials, such as our GeneO+ 4 in 1 super facial, include an exfoliating treatment. For this reason, we advise avoiding your much loved exfoliating products at least four days before your facial. If you continue to exfoliate regularly leading up to your treatment, you are at risk of over-sensitising your skin. If this happens, your skin will become very irritable, and you may even experience breakouts, redness and a feeling of tightness. If you already have fairly sensitive skin, you may want to consider removing your exfoliator from your skincare routine altogether and opting for a gentler alternative. Cleansers are a refreshing skincare staple that are considerably kinder to your skin as they do not contain crystals, micro-fine granules, or natural beads. Many people believe they can only remove the dead skin cells from their skin using an exfoliator, but this is certainly not the case. When you use a cleanser, not only are you actively free your skin of dead skin cells, but you will also be able to effortlessly remove make-up, excess oil, bacteria and pore-clogging debris. We also wanted to remind you that as well as avoiding exfoliating pre-facial, you should also make an effort to stay away from the exfoliator for at least five days after. After receiving a facial, your skin will be sufficiently exfoliated for at least a few days after and continuing to exfoliate may cause further problems.

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Be prepared to talk skincare

Professional facials typically include a consultation before the treatment so the aesthetician can customise the service to meet your skin needs. Before talking to your beauty specialist, you should consider what problems your skin has and how you would like to target these issues. For example, if your skin is acne-prone and you are aiming for a clearer complexion, discuss this with your skincare expert, and they will be able to advise you on the best facial. One of the most effective ways to treat and minimise the appearance of breakouts is to use our laser carbon peel mask. Without using any harsh chemicals that could damage your skin, our carbon mask treatment unclogs your pores, allowing your skin to breathe and giving you a glowing complexion. The laser we use during this treatment impressively generates heat, which will completely rejuvenate your skin and give you similar results of a chemical peel – all without the harmful ingredients!

Bring along your skincare products

Many aestheticians find it helpful to see what products you use on your skin, so they know what works best for you. They will be able to give you expert advice regarding the effectiveness of your current products and recommend what may be more beneficial for your skin. Not all skincare spas and beauty clinics will offer this service, so it is worth contacting the facility beforehand and finding out whether this is something they will be willing to do. If the answer is yes, we recommend bringing along all of your statement skincare products that you tend to use regularly. A typical skin care routine includes the following, so if you use any of these products, it is worth bringing them along to your appointment:

At our beauty clinic in Milton Keynes, you can receive skincare advice from industry specialists who have extensive knowledge on how to properly care for your skin.

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No waxing or shaving

Waxing or shaving 24-48 hours before or after a facial will make the facial experience somewhat uncomfortable. Your skin is always that little bit more sensitive after waxing or shaving, so when it comes into contact with skincare products, it could cause a tingling or stinging sensation. Many people who do not wait a sufficient amount of time to shave or wax after their facial suffer from breakouts, and in more severe cases, tearing of the skin.

Try not to sunbathe

If you sunburn easily, it’s best to avoid soaking up the sun a few days prior to your treatment. Sun-damaged skin can feel very sore and painful, and a facial will not be able to fix this. In fact, applying a facial onto sunburnt skin could potentially cause even more damage, and many beauty technicians will not conduct the service until the burn has cleared. If you do happen to catch the sun, it’s important that you ring the clinic in advance to reschedule your appointment. Depending on its severity, treating sunburn is fairly easy, and you should be able to book your treatment in without having to wait too long.

Remove all makeup

Although your aesthetician will remove your makeup for you, it’s always better to come prepared to save time. There are many methods which you can use to remove your make up, but some are significantly healthier for your skin. The most common way to remove makeup is to use makeup wipes as they are cheap and convenient. However, makeup wipes rarely remove all the makeup from your face and the chemicals in the wipes could cause your skin to feel dry. Alternative makeup removal methods include cleansers and micellar water. Using either of these products will likely take more time to remove makeup than wipes, but the results are far more superior. Aside from removing all makeup effectively, cleansers and micellar water are also full of skin-loving ingredients that will keep your skin looking hydrated and nourished for longer.

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Don’t forget that having a facial is one of the most relaxing and luxurious treatments you can get, so there is no need to feel anxious. After all, if you use our beauty salon services in Towcester, your skin will be in expert hands, and you will not have to worry about receiving a facial that could be detrimental to your skin. To remain as relaxed as possible throughout the treatment, picking a reputable clinic is key, but there are other ways you can make yourself feel stress-free on the day, such as wearing your comfiest clothes.

Make your results last!

Opting for a good quality facial is an excellent investment for both the long and short term benefits it provides. Instantly after your facial, you will notice a visibly brighter complexion and softer skin. However, like anything, maintenance is required to keep your skin in such good condition. After your facial, you must remember to stay hydrated and drink the daily recommended amount of water to help flush out toxins. Doing this alongside implementing an effective skincare routine will ensure your skin remains looking healthy and glowing for as long as possible.

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