(Closed) Facial newbie – share your experience!

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Birtsmorton Court, Worcestershire, UK

HaaaveYouMetTed:  I had my first ever facial just a few weeks ago at the ripe old age of 30! I’d always wanted to try a facial because I thought it would be a nice treat, but I kept putting it off due to my temperamental skin, and as vain as it sounds, I wasn’t keen on being seen without makeup… I literally look like death without any makeup on! Like you, I suffer from hormonal breakouts which often result in large, sore spots along my jawline. Typically I broke out just before my facial! But I needn’t have worried!

There are different types of facials so my experience may be different to yours, but my express facial went like this. The therapist asked me a few questions about my skin first, and then selected products suitable for my skin type. The facial started with the therapist applying a foam cleanser to my face. After a few minutes  massaging the cleanser into my face she removed the cleanser with a warm cloth. Then she gently applied an exfoliating scrub and again removed it with a warm cloth. She then applied a face mask and gave me a lovely head massage for a few minutes while it dried – it was so relaxing! Then she removed the mask with a warm cloth and applied a moisturising serum. It was quite a brief facial – 25 mins maybe? But I loved every minute!

I think it’s normal to break out after having a facial. I had already broken out prior to my facial but I didn’t notice any extra spots afterwards.  My skin felt and looked amazing afterwards, so soft and bright! I haven’t had another facial since but I’d like to. I’m not sure whether I will have them regularly in the run up to my wedding but I’d definitely consider one before the big day!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My fiance and I get facials semi regularly. We actually just had one on Saturday in preparation for our wedding on 3-4. I didnt break out this last time but my fiance had a few spots that have popped up since saturday. Its your pores getting rid of the impurities so while its annoying keep telling yourself its a good thing. I usually go for peels or hydafacials and we try to go once a month. My face is so much brighter and I really notice a difference when im putting on makeup (esp my bronzer) Facials can get super expensive when done regularly so we go to a local beauty academy and get them done for $25-$35. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Facials do tend to break me out – especially if my skin has been breaking out lately.  I’ve never found them to be a key to good skin long term, though.  They are nice and relaxing (the place I go takes an hour).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I just started getting facials regularly at the end of last year. I haven’t noticed any breakouts after them though.

Mine are expensive because I go to a full out spa that probably over charges you for “atmosphere,” but I love it. It takes at least an hour and they do a cleanser, steam your face, put on various masks and give you head/arm/hand massages while the products are setting in. Then they do extractions (which hurt sometimes but it goes pretty quick.) They finish off with a moisturizer and some lip balm and give me some infused water.

I do think it’s helped my skin overall, but I’m not sure I SEE a big difference honestly. I do it once every 8 weeks and I’ll probably stop after the wedding or go somewhere that doesn’t charge so much.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Last few times I went to a spa for a facial (which was very enjoyable!) they pushed me to buy their products…Anyone else have the problem? I’d like to go back to getting facials done again, but I’m worried about being pushed to buy their  products when I like what I use currently and it works for me.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I get regular facials done at a place that specializes in facials (Skoah), so it’s a little cheaper than a spa. My skin is usually a bit red after a facial and I sometimes get little pimples, but they go away after a day or so. My experience is pretty much what PPs have described. Extractions suck, but it’s pretty quick.

I have congested skin and I feel like regular facials definitely help with blackheads/breakouts.

flowerkat:  yup, this definitely happens to me. I usually just tell them I’m still using up old products and will let them know when I’m out and need new products, haha. I usually don’t end up seeing the same person so they usually aren’t able to follow up and ask if I’m out of my existing products.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I haven’t had a facial in a long time, but I have had microdermabrasions… and those feel amazing! The last time I got a facial, I was so sleepy afterwards. It was great, and obviously relaxing. 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I never really found they made me break out too much, but I do find it makes your face pretty red for at least that day….I have pretty sensitive skin though.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

HaaaveYouMetTed:  I have only gone to one place for a micro, and they have a couple different options. The one I like is the crystal micro, which is a wand and they blast crystals on your face and it sucks it all up. It’s almost like someone is vacuuming your face.

The other kind was a diamond file, which is like a nail file but sharper. The last time I went in, the gal I go to did both.

It does not hurt at all, and is actually kind of relaxing… especially  the crystal one with the wand. Your face can get red afterwards, but I love that clean feeling.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

HaaaveYouMetTed:  As long as you tell them about your skin concerns, they should tailor it to your skin. If they do extractions, go for it! It can be a little uncomfortable at first, but I LOVE it and how good my skin feels after. Make sure they don’t use any products with retinol if you don’t already use it (plus stop using for 3 days if you do). The only bad experience I ever had was a facialist using a retinoid, then giving me a sample of serum without telling me that was in it- my skin began the initial purge and was a huge mess. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I get facials monthly, (my cousin does them) and my skin has never been better. We work on the issues that I am having that month ie: dry skin, breakouts, she treats them and we are good to go. So relaxing and it gives us time to catch up!!

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