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They Should be Done Regularly

Unfortunately, facials won’t deliver revolutionary results overnight. “Think of your skin in the same way that you think of how your body responds to going to the gym,” says Elena Arbodela, head esthetician at Mario Badescu Salon in Manhattan. “You’ll see the best results if you visit regularly.” She recommends seeing your esthetician every four to six weeks unless advised otherwise.

You Shouldn’t Go Right Before a Big Event

Facial treatments often cause your skin to look worse before it looks better (prepare to leave a little splotchy, this is normal). The best time to get a facial is one week before you want your skin at its best. This will allow any redness or blotchiness to fade and be replaced with a gorgeous glow.

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You Need to Switch up Your Beverage Choices

Coffee jitters and total relaxation just don’t mix. Try to avoid (lets be real – reduce) caffeine the day of your facial to make your treatment much more enjoyable.  Post facial – aim to double your water intake, by keeping yourself hydrated you are helping to remove toxins and keep your skin clear and radiant.

Skip Makeup

Maximize your time in the spa by showing up bare-faced and ready to go. Wearing little to no makeup will free up more time for your aesthetician to work on correcting your skincare concerns.

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Waxing and Facials Don’t Mix

While it may be most convenient to book all your spa appointments all in one go (who doesn’t love a day full of pampering?), you shouldn’t get a wax and a facial in the same day. Most facials include a deep exfoliating component that irritates freshly waxed skin since waxing exposes a new layer of skin. It’s best to book these appointments for separate days.

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You’ll Need to Tell Your Esthetician About Your Meds

Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, the medications you take can affect how your skin reacts to facials. Ingredients in birth control, cardiac medications, antihistamines, and acne treatments can make your skin extra-sensitive, says Katherine Tomasso, national director of education for Yon-Ka Paris. When talking with your esthetician pre-facial, tell them about your medication history so they can choose a gentler option, if necessary. And definitely let your aesthetician know if you’ve had a bad reaction to a product in the past.