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Whether you've been skipping steps in your nighttime routine or have been following every step religiously and are simply ready to graduate to something a little more GLAMOROUS, it may be time to consider a professional facial.
So when does your at-home regimen make the cut, and when may it be worth it to spend your hard-earned savings?
It is SO important to have both a morning and night skincare routine, and that you commit to it on a regular basis. Consistency is key, and your skin will thank you.
Whether you've mastered a 13-step skincare routine or are just beginning to invest in a line of skincare products, there are 4 key points you should be hitting for the best return on that hard-earned $$$ you're spending: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and SPF. These are the foundations of any quality skincare routine and should be the absolute NECESSITIES of anyone's routine.
However, skincare doesn't begin and end at the sink! So many of our self-care decisions throughout the day have huge impacts on our appearance. Among the list of self-care checklist items are sufficient sleep, drinking enough water, diet and exercise, and more that can have a direct effect on your outward appearance and the condition of your skin. When you have an unbalanced diet, a poor sleep schedule, skip removing your make-up in the evenings, or any combination of these things, your skin is often the first place to show the signs of neglect. When you've been slacking on your self-care (we've all been there or in these unfortunate times of quarantine, are there right now), it is critical to treat your skin to some TLC.
At-home pamper evenings (or mornings) should be a priority. We recommend scheduling your pamper sessions and blocking out time for it each week, giving it just as much importance as that workout or that study session. But you may be thinking, "I have to work, meal-prep, STUDY, who has time to pamper their skin?"
To you I would recommend a great face mask -- the best solution if you're looking for efficiency and results. A mask is a powerful, yet easy to use product that makes elevating your skincare practices a snap. It takes but moments to apply, and while it works hard clearing and brightening your skin, you can work hard cleaning up your home or finishing that paper or taking care of your family. Packed with ingredients to draw out impurities, gently exfoliate, as well as to ensure your skin is not stripped of essential moisture, this multi-tasking marvel is certainly an essential product that delivers visible results in just one use, with increased improvements in skin texture and tone over time.
BTW, did I mention that BLUE OCTOBER has several highly effective, budget friendly masks to choose from? ;*)
WHAT ABOUT OFFICE TREATMENTS?
But what if you want to switch it up or you're ready for some serious enhancement? Whether you have something special coming up or you simply haven't been making your skincare (or any self-care) a priority, it may be time for an in-office facial or treatment.
The treatment you choose can be recommended by our estheticians for all skin types and can improve a wide range of skincare concerns. Consult your esthetician or dermatologist before you book an in-office treatment, especially if this is a new venture for you.
A facial is a multi-step process that consists of a family of treatment combinations on the skin that may include cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, steaming, extractions, etc. There are many different types of facial treatments to choose from and the experience and results may differ based on the type of treatment or treatment combinations you chose.
The best part of the facial is not even how you look leaving the office post-treatment, but how your skin continues to improve over the following day or days (not to mention escaping the world for an hour). It should be relaxing, efficient, results-driven, and certainly worthwhile.
It is SO IMPORTANT to highlight, and cannot be emphasized enough, the importance of having a good at-home skincare routine - especially post-treatment. Follow-up care is important after a deep cleanse because you are putting your skin through a workout and you want to treat it gently and keep it clean and moisturized in the coming days to avoid any breakouts. Your pores are also freshly purged, so you want to be thoughtful about what you're putting on your skin as to not clog them or irritate them as they normalize.
Any products that you use post facial are also said to work better because they are better absorbed and able to penetrate to deeper layers of the skin. Following up a facial treatment with a great cleanser like one from REVISION or NEOSTRATA, and protecting its moisture barrier with a serum like one with Multi-Molecular levels of Hyaluronic Acid or Growth Factor ( see REVISION HYDRATING SERUM or FACTOR FIVE REGENERATIVE SERUM) are incredible options and you may see them work even better now that you've got a clean slate post-facial. And of course SPF of at least 35 is a MUST! Look at all options from REVISION, NEOSTRATA and FACTOR FIVE.
HOME VS. IN-OFFICE
Bear with me now as I create an analogy to help you decide when to treat your skin at home, and when to book an in-office facial.
Think of your skin as a beautiful hand-woven rug. Your daily skin routine (AM & PM) are like your quick daily maintenance chores of vacuuming and spot treatment to keep that rug looking clean and cared for on an ongoing basis. A facial, on the other hand, is like a seasonal deep-cleaning you do bi-annually to professionally clean and refresh that rug for a deeper, more robust clean.
To recap: NOTHING can replace the necessity or efficacy of cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating and SPF to your skin on a daily basis. Giving your skin the royal treatment and booking a specialized facial or treatment with us is not only selfie-fabulous but a worthy investment of both that hard earned money and your time. However, don't expect to recover weeks’ worth of skincare neglect with one in-office treatment -- there is no skincare magic trick to perfect skin. Like all good things, good skin takes consistency and investment in everyday rituals and products to see lasting results.
Stay healthy, happy and beautiful,