One facial treatment may go a long way in providing your skin with what it needs to stay healthy and looking radiant, especially in sunny Singapore. However, what happens after you have a facial?
We introduce toners, sunscreen or serums to our skincare routine to protect and nourish our skin with ingredients to help it look its best. Similarly, your facial treatment does not just stop after you’ve had the session.
Depending on your skin goals, your therapist or dermatologist may advise you on your next steps for you to achieve your desired results, if any.
Besides arranging your next facial appointment, the aftercare advice that they give is just as important for your skin to restore its health.
People in Singapore book a facial treatment for all kinds of reasons, be it for maintenance or to tackle a specific skin problem like acne or wrinkles.
During the session, your skin will be densely cleaned to improve the absorption of skincare ingredients that are meant to help alleviate your skin issues. The main purpose of aftercare of facial treatments include:
By taking care of the aftereffects of the treatment on your skin, you are giving it time to adapt to the treatments and ingredients, thereby boosting the effectiveness of the treatment in restoring your skin’s health.
Different facial treatments offer different results, and this varies depending on your skin concerns, skin type and goals.
Much like taking medications and getting on bedrest when you fall ill, the aftercare helps your skin get better. The more you keep to it, the sooner you will see your desired results.
Some facial treatments may involve procedures that may overstimulate your skin, such as extractions.
The aftercare here plays an important role - as with all other facials - as it helps in reducing the side effects of such facial treatments as much as possible, so that you may achieve your desired skin goals.
Here are some basic skincare habits you can incorporate immediately after a facial treatment for longer-lasting effects.
1. Avoid putting on makeup or other facial products for at least 6 hours after your treatment.
Your skin contains lots of pores to help it “breathe”, and applying makeup or piling on facial products like moisturisers or serums right after a facial not only undermines the effects of the facial, but will also clog your pores and congest your skin.
2. Avoid picking at your skin or use abrasive skincare products like scrubs for at least 72 hours after your treatment.
It is normal to experience slight redness after a facial, or itching after an extraction. However, your therapist will apply light cream or moisturiser to calm your skin and help it heal.
It’s important to let your skin repair itself after undergoing a facial treatment. Touching your face or scrubbing your skin will worsen it.
3. Stay away from direct heat for up to 48 hours after your treatment.
Direct heat can include sunbeds, saunas or hot spas. It is best to avoid suntanning on the beach right after a facial as well, as your skin is completely raw and vulnerable during this time, and may not be well-protected against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
4. Only go for one facial or skincare treatment at a time.
This is crucial, regardless of the areas of your skin that are treated. Besides letting your skin breathe, setting a reasonable window of time between facial treatments of at least 48 hours is important.
This can help your skin adapt to the first facial treatment and allow it to repair and heal properly before the next treatment.
5. Refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol for up to 72 hours after your treatment.
The smoke from cigarettes contain particles that can clog your pores, and after a facial treatment your facial pores are almost always larger and can easily trap smoke particles. This can worsen your skin condition even if you have just had a treatment.
Similarly, alcohol contains compounds that can affect your skin and speed up the aging process. Stay clear of harmful substances after a facial treatment and the benefits of your facial will last longer.
On top of applying the above-mentioned tips, here are some additional skincare advice that you can consider to maintain healthy-looking skin in the long run!
● Continue your skincare routine: cleanse, tone and moisturise.
● Don’t sleep with makeup on.
● Regularly hydrate yourself with 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
● Maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Skincare doesn’t just stop at a facial - it continues even after you have had one, and aftercare certainly helps in prolonging the benefits of your facial for your skin. The steps may look small and menial, but if done regularly and consistently, you can say hello to brighter, clearer and better skin for the long haul.
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