The 4 Reasons Why I Stopped Getting Facials
The 4 Reasons Why I Stopped Getting Facials
by Wendy Ouriel
I used to believe that there were certain rules to skin care that must be followed to have healthy skin, and among those rules was to get a facial at least once a month. The facials always felt nice, it was a relaxing way to spend 90 minutes, and my skin looked nice afterwards. However, as life got busy I found that I was not able to make my facial appointments, and neglected to go for 6 months. And you know what? My skin did not notice the difference. The prices of facials vary from spa to spa, and it also depends on your location. I was spending $250 per visit, and for that price my skin should have seen some long-lasting benefit, and it didn't. Here is why.
1. You cannot reap health benefits from something that is not done regularly.
For some reason, skin care is given a magical thinking bias that other markets are not allotted. If you were interested in getting into shape, you find a gym that looks nice, talk to their membership advisor, and she told you that you only needed to work out at their gym once a month to have a fitness level that would rival Serena Williams, you would probably walk out because there is some shady deceptive marketing going on.
So why is it that we think that we can have beautiful healthy skin from something that is only done once (possibly twice) per month for only an hour? We know that we cannot expect to eat healthy once a month and reap any sort of benefit, or work out once per month and be in shape, so why do we think that we can only treat our skin sporadically and see any real benefit? We can't.
2. Extractions left my face looking worse than before I had the facial.
Anything harsh done to the skin is doing more harm than good, and extractions are something I file under the "get rich quick scheme" of skin care. Sure, that blackhead is gone, and you severely damaged your skin in the process. Whenever your skin is inflamed, red, and hurts, that means you did something your body is unhappy with, and it is eliciting a damage-control response to repair the harm. During a facial, having something poke and squeeze at your skin is damaging at the cellular level, and as we get older, our bodies become less and less able to repair that damage. Every time you get a harsh extraction you are causing more and more damage to accumulate, and that means aging.
If you are a human with skin, that means you have pores. And if you have pores that means sometimes a little bit of dirt gets in there. Its ok, and I guarantee that you are the only one who notices it. Only your esthetician is looking at your skin under a magnifying glass, and that unnecessary nitpicking is why your skin looks worse after getting an extraction.
My advice is twofold:
Cleanse gently with an oil-based cleanser that will gently remove blackheads gradually.
Use the arm-length rule when examining your face. This means hold your arm out in front of you. Never examine your face closer than arm's length because no one is ever looking at your face closer than this, so if you hold your face right up to a mirror, then you are likely to pick at your skin, obsess over something no one else even notices, and you are likely to do needless damage to your skin.
3. Many Estheticians Use Harsh Products
Adding on to point #2, harsh products can also damage the face. Harsh products are any sort of chemical peels, fragrance and essential oil-laced products, scrubs, and other abrasive exfoliants. Not all estheticians use harsh products, I had an amazing esthetician whose knowledge of skin care was profound, and never used anything damaging or harsh in her routine. However, because my knowledge of skin care is also more than that of the casual facial consumer, I knew to only settle for a esthetician who understood that fragrance and essential oils are damaging, and that chemical peels and physical exfoliants can be dangerous.
The majority of those who receive facials just go by "feeling". The facial "felt" good, so they go back. That good feeling is not indicative of its benefits. Fast food tastes good, but it is certainly not good for you. Rubbing turpentine on my face may feel great, but I wouldn't know because I would never put something so harmful on my skin.
4. Your money is better spent on daily skin care
You are better off spending your hundreds (or thousands) monthly on a legitimate, healthy skin care routine that you do daily. Real health benefits require a daily effort, whether it is mental health, such as daily meditation to alleviate stress, physical health such as daily exercise, or skin health by daily application of your chemical exfoliant, anti-aging serums, sunscreen, and night creams.