Always ask questions
Learning more about your skin with a great esthetician will help you in the future. Your esthetician is the perfect resource for you to learn if you are using the right cleanser, how enough should you exfoliate, and more. It can help you get clarification on what they are doing to your skin to improve it.
Some examples of questions to ask:
What do you think my skin type is?
How often should I invest in a facial?
Do you have any product recommendations for my skin?
Can you help me set up a goal plan to remove my hyperpigmentation, acne, scarring, etc?
Be open on your goals
The esthetician is here to help you achieve your goals. Every time you walk into the room, you need to have two goals in mind: reaching your skin goals and relaxing. Being open with your esthetician on what your goals are can help them tailor their expertise for your facial. If you are on Accutane or Retin-A, let them know. The end goal is for you to be happy with how you look.
Avoid chemical exfoliation
When getting a facial, a good esthetician will customize your facial to you. Your skin may need more assistance in texture and brightness. A chemical peel will be used to help solve these problems. To avoid oversensitivity, avoid chemical exfoliators like the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Bha Liquid Exfoliant least 3 days before your appointment.
Before your appointment, be sure to give your skin a few days to heal after your waxing appointment. Hair removal like shaving is another form of exfoliation but can cause a reaction to your skin. You do not want to have heavy skin sensitivity and a damaged moisture barrier from a peel when you have waxed immediately before the appointment.
Relax and enjoy
This facial is an investment for you. Either if you were gifted a service or purchased it on your own, this is your time to relax. Taking the time to breathe, close your eyes, and may fall asleep is a good thing. The Western world is always on the go. Take this moment to be present in your space and be at ease.