As a recent skin care fanatic, my favorite skin care treatment right now is a facial. Prior to becoming a grooming editor, I never did anything to my face. I’d wake up in the morning, splash water on my face, occasionally put on Olay moisturizer and call it a day. Now that I educate readers on the importance of sun care and pollutants that can affect the microbiome, I have a far better love and appreciation for skin care products and treatments.
Fortunately, as a grooming editor, I am attuned to all these services and often get invited to have the service done. Getting a glimpse at the pricing (average facial is $150), I am always left wondering how people can afford monthly facials. They must be really beneficial for the skin right? Or is it just a way for spas and dermatologists to make extra money? To learn more, I’d like to make the case for monthly facials with the below benefits.
What is a facial?
A facial is a non-invasive, deep cleansing treatment performed by dermatologists or aestheticians that can will promote hydration and remove any blemishes or extractions. Essentially, a facial is maintenance for your skin.
In a similar vein (we had to), it’s like getting a service on your car or working out. Each service on your car or workout on your body is awesome, but when it becomes a pattern, in this case, monthly, that’s when you can really reap the long-term benefits (clear, hydrated, glowing, and decongested skin).
What are the benefits?
There are loads of benefits of getting a facial:
- Eliminates clogged pores.
- Boosts hydration.
- Evens out discoloration like dark spots and acne marks.
- Regular facials allows the dermatologist or aesthetician to make sure the routine is still working — hint: it’s important for your treatment to evolve as your skin does.
- Cleanses and decongests the skin.
- 100 percent customizable — you can enter an appointment and share your skin concerns or the aesthetician can look at your skin under a bright light and ask what you’d like to focus on, whether it’s acne, fine lines, or dark spots.
How often should you get one?
Let’s be real, if you have the coin, you can go anytime you want — although we wouldn’t recommend more than once a week. But if you are rocking on a budget or simply don’t want to submit your skin to that much deep cleansing, dermatologists recommend going in for a treatment every four to six weeks for maximum efficacy and consistent effects.
There are some things that could change the frequency of a facial, like skin type. Patients with acne-prone skin can get a facial biweekly so the aesthetician can focus on chemical peels and extractions. You might also change the frequency based on the season or a special event coming up where you’d like to look your absolute best.
Are monthly facials worth it?
Absolutely. Basically, dermatologist recommend monthly facials because of the skin’s regenerative process. Skin cells regenerate every 14-28 days so the best time to deep cleanse and exfoliate is within that time.
For more skin-related content, check out our 6 tips for perfect transitional skincare from fall to winter.
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