I know that getting a facial can seem like a luxury, but from time to time, our skin needs a professionals attention even though it may not seem like it. I had the pleasure of getting a facial when I took my cruise to Bermuda. A few weeks before I went, I knew my skin needed some attention. I decided to wait until my vacation because I wanted a luxurious experience. But before I get into my experience, I am going to list signs that you may need a facial.
- Experiencing excessive dryness or oiliness on areas of the skin
I have oily skin, but it seemed no matter what I did or what mask I used, I couldn’t seem to get my oil under control. I would say the same if you’re experiencing dryness on the skin
- Texture, consistent breakouts or enlarged pores
Texturethat won’t seem to go away or stubborn breakouts can also be a sign that you may need a facial. The great thing about getting a facial from a licensed esthetician is extractions are done on blackheads and whiteheads.
- Want a better understanding of your skin
Sometimes it’s great to get a professionals advice on your skin. A lot of times, we can be using the wrong products that can keep us from our skin greatness. Also, we misdiagnose our skin, thinking we have dry skin when we have dry/combination skin or oily/dehydrated skin.
Now back to my experience, I was lucky to have fantastic esthetician Magano do my facial on my cruise. I decided to do the BioTech peel using Elemis products on the skin. Before starting my facial, my esthetician asked about my skincare routine and what products I was currently using. Once I listed through all of my current products and method. I was shocked to find out that I overly exfoliate my skin. Most exfoliating products have directions to use them 2-3 times a week. Since I suffer from oily breakout-prone skin, I thought I was doing things correctly by having AHA products in my routine at least 2-3 times a week. Magano informed me that over-exfoliating my skin was making me dry; hence, why I suffered from excessively oily skin and some stubborn texture on the forehead. Excessive use of retinol and AHA’s peels can cause the top layer of the epidermis to thin. Doing a peel once every two weeks and a scrub once a week was enough to keep things in check.
I also learned that switching up your products every six months, including your moisturizer, can help the skin as well. I’ve been using the same moisturizer for two years lol. Exfoliating toners can sometimes also be drying out the skin as well. With all of the exfoliating toners on the market, we can be doing more harm than good.
With all of that said, I streamlined my routine, and I will be laying off all of the exfoliating products and using them in moderation. These were recommendations for my skin type and my skin concerns. I recommend getting a professional facial from a licensed esthetician to learn more about your skin and finding the routine that will help you along on your skincare journey. I will keep you all posted on my skincare journey and all of my new findings.