Making A Facial Last

So you’ve just had a facial and your skin looks fantastic, now what?

I love me a good facial.  It’s not for the relaxation or the nice shoulder and hand massage.  It’s for the part that everyone hates, the extractions.  I love having a trained professional squeeze all the dirt out of my pores like her life depended on it.  It’s painful, but in that “hurts so good way” because I know when it’s done my pores will be squeaky clean.

What I don’t like is paying a small fortune for a facial and then having dirt and grime violate my pores before the week is even up.  So what’s a girl to do?  Surprisingly, unless you ask, you don’t really get a step by step guide to keeping things clean after a facial.  Maybe not so surprising…because if you really could master this why would you need another facial, right?  Anyway, here are some things I’ve learned over the years and a few new tips I just discoverd.  I just had an awesome facial a few days ago to prep my skin for summer, so I’ll let you know how things turn out.

1. Wear your sunscreen

This one is pretty obvious and anytime I’ve had a facial during the day, the esthetician has slathered me up with SPF before I walk out the door.  After a facial, your skin has been exfoliated so you’ll be more susceptible to sun damage.  Make sure you lather up that sunscreen to protect the delicate new skin the facial has just exposed.

2. You don’t need to wash or scrub your face after a facial

An esthetician told me this years ago, and this was a tough one for me to get used to at first.  After a facial, your skin is sensitive.  It has already been poked and prodded and fully exfoliated.  Unless you’ve applied makeup after your facial, you can simply go as is for the rest of the day and night.  If it’s a particularly humid day, I’ll rinse my face before I go to bed and simply reapply moisturizer.  Just keep the routine super simple to give your skin a break.  For the next few days, be gentle with the cleansers you choose.  Also, wait about a week before doing your usual exfoliation to avoid irritation.

3. Embrace the natural look

Now that my pores are clean, the last thing I want to do is layer on thick makeup that will potentially accelerate clogged pores.  So try not to layer on the makeup after a facial and use it as a time to let your skin and pores breath.

4. Hands off!

This is a great tip from Well+Good.  If an aesthetician has not picked at a blackhead or pimple, you shouldn’t either.  It means it probably wasn’t ready for picking yet.

5- Antioxidants

According to the website Byrdie, you should use antioxidants after a facial to heal and protect your complexion and keep your skin glowing.   Antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E and resveratrol.  While this is a good tip, you should be using an antioxidant in your daily skincare routine already.

I’m into day 4 after a facial and still on the no makeup kick.  Though I’m keeping my face mostly bare, I’m still using eye makeup.  I’m not concerned about blemishes around my eyes, so no harm no foul.  In a few days, my next step will be to adhere to a strict exfoliating mask schedule of twice a week.  As much as I love skincare I still find it very, very hard to stick to this usually.  It somehow feels like homework.  Also, I’ll continue using La Roche-Posay Effaclar K daily ( It’s a BHA leave on exfoliant with salicylic acid.)  Starting from a clean canvas, fingers crossed, it will work even better than it already has for me in the past.

Since I only get facials occasionally, I’m dedicated to making this one last!