First Facial? What to Expect Before You Go

It’s normal to feel pre-show jitters before any firsts, but when it comes to your first facial, you can leave any worries or nervousness at home. In the words of Dr. Michael Kaminer, “The typical facial is designed to exfoliate, hydrate and in some cases open blocked pores.” Let’s peel back information on what to expect both during and after your first facial and build confidence.

Before You Go

Booking a facial experience for the first time, you want to ensure you are prepared to be honest about your skin and your daily routine. Is your skin sensitive to anything? Do you put on any specific creams every day? Take note of what you use regularly on your face and tell your esthetician prior to the facial. Make sure to also analyze your diet and lifestyle to really figure out where some of your skin issues root from.

Create an end goal for your face—what issues are you trying to address? Do you want to reduce inflammation or restore hydration? Are there a few wrinkles you’re not loving or maybe some dryness? Being clear with your facial goals will help your esthetician understand your skincare needs and determine which facial option is best.

At the Appointment

When going to the spa for your first facial, or any facial, it’s suggested to be makeup free. The esthetician will have you fill out a form of your skin history and discuss your facial options and the process will begin.

Most facials will start off with a thorough cleansing. Your esthetician will steam and clean your skin, then move on to your specific facial. The facial you chose will work for your skin goals—chemical peels, hydration facials, stem cell facials, etc. Depending on the path taken, these facials will work to either exfoliate or moisturize and sometimes extract.

The extraction, also known as when the esthetician becomes Dr. Pimple Popper, is where some people become hesitant with facials. This comes after the facial towards the end of the appointment. The process of the extraction is to rid your skin of all the whiteheads and blackheads, getting as much gunk out as possible. It is completely normal to feel slight pain during the extraction, however if you feel any serious pain, say something.

Once It’s All Over

Your skin might be a bit sensitive depending on the treatment you received, so ask your esthetician what post-treatment soaps and lotions you should use. You may also be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is definitely recommended as an aftercare product.

Your first facial treatment will not be a cure-all, so don’t expect perfect glowing skin after this first time around. But like anything else, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can get your skin looking how you want it in no time, and we want to help you get there. Call Orlando Esthetics or schedule an appointment online today.