Many of us enjoy doing face masks at home, whether they are sheets masks or peel off masks, they give our skin some extra pampering. At some point, you may want to visit a spa for what seems like that extra pampering and get a European facial.
Now, Im not here to talk you out of such a wonderful experience….I just want you to be informed of what could potentially go wrong and how to avoid having a negative experience. There are some very horrible worse-case scenarios posted online about skin reactions, acne, etc and Im not going to cover that here since I dont have first-hand knowledge of that.
What I want you to be knowledgeable about is YOU and YOUR skin when speaking to your esthetician prior to your facial so that you won’t have a negative experience.
You should know your skin type – i.e. oily, dry, combination. You should inform your esthetician what type of products you currently use or that you have had issues with prior to finding what works for you.
Most European facials include a chemical exfoliant that follows the initial cleansing. If you have exfoliated in the 3 days prior to your facial, you may want to inform your esthetician. I personally cannot exfoliate the entire week prior to using a chemical exfoliant because otherwise my face will be beet red for days following the treatment.
If you have breathing problems in humidity, please inform your esthetician. They can modify your facial to use a warm towel or just not place the steam that close to your face.
If you have ANY known allergies, let your esthetician know during your consultation. I have both food and environmental allergies and many products used during your facial may contain these products. Prior to my first facial, I had no idea that products containing cucumber could trigger a ragweed reaction.
Do not hesitate to contact your esthetician or even a physician if you have a reaction to products that were used. The earlier you treat, the quicker you will ‘recover’.