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What To Do After A Facial + What To Tip For A Facial: Facial Encyclopedia Part 4


What To Do After A Facial + What To Tip For A Facial: Facial Encyclopedia Part 4

This post is brought to you by our Esthetics Experts Panel, composed of skin care professionals, educators + authorities with decades of experience in the industry.

Ever wonder what to tip for a facial or what to do after a facial? The answer to those questions depends on what kind of facial you received, and what your biggest skin concerns are. In the final part of the Facial Encyclopedia series, we're giving you easy-to-remember guidelines to follow after receiving a professional facial.

how much should I tip my esthetician?

Should you tip an esthetician? The answer is absolutely yes. Remember that your esthetician is providing you with a service, so you should always tip. What to tip for a facial is much like tipping a server at a restaurant. A 20% tip is good, but base it off the esthetician's performance.

what to do after a facial

A facial's results are only as good as how you maintain them – or how you take care of your skin at-home. And that's completely in your hands:

follow your esthetician's recommendations

Regardless of what type of facial you received, your esthetician should put together a specific at-home care agenda for you – so make sure you follow it. These directions are based on your skin concerns, your skin type and any special instructions needed with the specific kind of facial you've received. This will help continue and maximize the results you achieved during your facial.

For example, if you received the Bioelements Calming Facial, your esthetician will probably recommend you start a sensitive skin routine to keep the skin calm and comfortable.

To ensure you get the best care possible, make sure to give your esthetician as much information as you can about your skin, lifestyle, and expectations. A good esthetician will work with you to help you achieve the skin you've always wanted.

wear broad spectrum SPF

Since any pro facial is stimulating and detoxifying, you want to make sure to use sunscreen to protect the fresh skin revealed after the facial. If you spend time in the sun without a good sunscreen you'll get sun damage, which can negate the positive effects of the facial.

skip the gym

Can you workout or go to the gym after a facial? You should avoid hitting the gym after your facial for about 24 hours, because you might over stimulate the skin due to sweating and increased circulation.

wait to exfoliate

You'll also want to give your skin a break from exfoliation for 48 hours after a facial. This is because your skin experiences a professional level of exfoliation during your spa facial and you don't want to over exfoliate.

use a light touch

When you do exfoliate or even cleanse the skin next, make sure to not scrub too hard. Always be gentle to your skin, especially after a facial. You can wear makeup after a facial, but your skin will be more sensitive so stick to makeup that isn't perfumed and doesn't have ingredients that would clog pores or lead to breakouts.

why is my esthetician trying to sell me products?

It's an esthetician's responsibility to professionally recommend the products you need to give you the results you want. Your esthetician is a licensed skin professional with expert knowledge in what is best for your skin. When you listen to their recommendations, you're doing your skin a huge favor. Good estheticians aren't just trying to sell you products; they're trying to help you get the skin you want! Still wary? Read this list of 5 traits to look for in a good esthetician and the red flags you should avoid.

learn more about facials

Check out the rest of our blog series "The Facial Encyclopedia" that covers everything you need to know:

Types of facials, what to tell your esthetician

What to wear to a facial and how to prepare

What happens during a facial

experience a Bioelements Professional Facial

Discover the visible results of a customized Bioelements facial – from "no downtime" chemical peels and clinical strength acne treatments, to powerful skin firming and targeted pollution-neutralization. Experience a Bioelements treatment designed just for you and find a Bioelements Partnership Spa here.

NOTE: COVID-19 has effected and altered operations for some spas. Check with the spa directly for their current business status.

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brought to you by the Bioelements Esthetics Experts Panel

3 Responses

Sabrina Courtney
Sabrina Courtney

February 12, 2019

Thank you so much for all the great information. I was a little hesitant about just blindly walking into a spa not knowing what to expect since I have never been to one. I know feel 100% more confident about me and my daughter’s first spa experience. I have now done my research and found a great, top rated facility (since I don’t live close to one of your facilities) to go to. I for sure cannot wait for us to have this first experience together. Again, Thank you very much

These are such great tips! I need to be mindful of over exfoliating and the beauty expiration date. Thank you so much for sharing!

Alan Chapman
Alan Chapman

One of the best skin treatment I really love is the facial treatment! Thanks for sharing this helpful and informative article. Keep it up!

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