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How to Choose the Best Type of Facial for Your Skin

The complete guide to at-home professional facials, and what to expect when you book one. 

Facials are an excellent way to take your skincare to the next level. But do you find yourself asking, “Which type of facial should I get?” The best type of facial to get depends a lot on your skin type and your skincare goals. But this guide is a great place to start to learn about the benefits of getting a facial! We’ll answer your facial FAQs, and help you find the right treatment for your skin.

What are the benefits of facials for my skin? 

Let’s start with the basics: what does a facial actually do? A professional facial experience is different from the DIY skincare masks you do at home! Beyond relaxation, facials are designed to actually improve the look and feel of your skin. The type of facial you choose will yield different results. Some treatments are more focused on providing extra moisture, while others use products designed to prevent signs of aging. But most facials involve a cleansing process followed by exfoliation to smooth, soften, and treat common skin concerns.

Benefits of professional facials for women and men

Should I get a facial? 

Short answer: yes! With so many different types of skincare facials available, there’s something for every type of skin and concern. The next question is usually, “when should I get a facial?” While many people use facials as a treat, getting regular facials is an excellent part of any skincare routine. People often book skincare facials before big events like weddings to help them look their best. However, some types of facials, like microdermabrasion, cause redness and irritation. It’s best to make sure you have at least a few days to heal before the big day.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before booking a facial. For people with sensitive skin or allergies, make sure any products your esthetician uses are ok for your skin. Always discuss your skin concerns, allergies, and sensitivities with your skincare provider before starting your facial appointment.

How often do I need a professional facial to see results?

This depends on the type of facials you get, and what your skin concerns are. A hydrating facial should give you an instant dose of moisture, for example, so you may only need one treatment. If you have any major skin concerns, such as acne, regular treatments may be necessary to see lasting results. Work with your esthetician to create a treatment plan that’s best for your skin type and schedule. 

Best facials for dry skin, anti-aging facials, and acne facials

What’s the best type of facial to get? 

A professional esthetician can best determine which facials to add to your routine and recommend how often to book them. There are some general rules of thumb for the best types of facials to get, though! For example, hydrating facials are recommended during the winter, when the weather is drier. But during the hot and humid summer, a detoxing facial can help clear out excess sweat and congestion. 

Whether you’re new to facials, or a seasoned pro, check out our guide below to determine the best type of facial to get based on your skin type and concerns. 

Breakout prone: professional acne facial

Acne is more common than you think. But it does require specific treatment. Many at-home acne treatments and washes tend to be over-drying. Getting regular facials with a professional esthetician can reduce the severity and frequency of breakouts. For severe acne, always consult a dermatologist for a custom facial treatment plan. Facials for acne-prone skin will often include cleansing, gentle exfoliation, and occasionally extractions. An Acne Facial with Soothe includes products specifically designed to help combat acne, as well as reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation.

Starting to show wrinkles: age defying facial

If you’re concerned about your skin showing your age, look for a rejuvenating facial to restore your youthful glow. During an age-defying facial, you can expect a few key things. Your esthetician will choose products that fight free radicals while concentrating on diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment should include clinically proven ingredients that strengthen the skin barrier, provide moisture, and restore brightness and fullness. For the best results, book regular age defy facials with a professional esthetician.

Rough skin from shaving: men’s facial

Guys’ skin goes through a lot. And since most men tend to skimp on their skincare routine, so you may need some extra TLC. A men’s facial is the best way to improve your skincare routine with minimal effort. A facial for men will reduce irritation from shaving with soothing treatments and gentle massage. Your esthetician can also perform extractions and exfoliating treatments to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion.

A pampering experience: anti-stress facial

This type of facial is great for beginners! If you are looking for a relaxing facial experience, anti-stress facials are for you! Ideal for all skin types, Soothe’s Anti Stress facial is an experience for the senses. Professional estheticians use special massage techniques to relax the muscles in the face and stimulate the skin. Paired with essential oils and aromatherapy, a classic facial like this leaves you feeling calm and restored.

Dry or peeling skin: hydrating facial

Moisture is key for healthy skin. But UV rays (looking at you, sun), pollution, and not drinking enough water can all contribute to dry, dull skin. To make the most of your facial skin care regimen, estheticians recommend incorporating hydrating treatments. A hydrating facial includes gentle cleansing to remove impurities, followed by healing and moisturizing products. You’ll also get some gentle facial massage to stimulate and rejuvenate your skin for a radiating, glowing complexion.

Book a professional facial at home with Soothe's on-demand estheticians

Where should I go to book a professional facial? 

You can get a facial at a spa, dermatologist’s office, or even at home. Mobile wellness providers like Soothe connect you to professional skin care experts, without having to leave your home or hotel. One of the benefits of at-home facials over spa facials is the added relaxation of staying home. There’s less stress dealing with traffic, parking, and crowds. Plus, it’s easier to schedule regular appointments when you don’t have to travel! On-demand and at-home facials are still performed by licensed estheticians, so you’ll get a spa-quality experience with a skincare expert. Plus, you can book with the same esthetician for future appointments to see the best progress with your skincare goals. 

How should I prepare for my appointment? 

You’ve booked a facial, now what? We asked professional estheticians what to do before your facial appointment to maximize the results. Here’s what they recommend:

  • Be ready to discuss your current skincare routine with your esthetician. Don’t forget to tell them about your specific skincare concerns, products you use, and any sensitivities or allergies you have prior to starting the treatment.
  • Avoid heavy exfoliation for a few days prior to your appointment. You’ll get professional exfoliating treatments as part of your facial. Too much exfoliating can be irritating and actually make your skin conditions worse. 
  • Men shouldn’t shave the day of their appointment. To minimize any sensitivity or irritation, guys should avoid shaving the morning of their facial treatment. Don’t worry, you’ll still get an awesome facial even with a little stubble. 
  • Remove any makeup and jewelry prior to the appointment. You’ll want to start with clean skin, and avoid getting any product on your earrings or necklaces.
  • Turn off your cellphone during the session to enhance your relaxation. There’s nothing more jarring than getting a work email in the middle of a facial!
  • Try to avoid direct sun exposure after getting a professional facial. Always use SPF to protect your skin!
How to prepare for your at-home facial appointment to get the best results

Booking at-home facials with Soothe

Professional facials are a great way to improve the overall health and look of your skin. Always consult with a doctor or dermatologist for any serious skin concerns, and book skincare treatments with licensed estheticians. Soothe makes it easy to get your best skin ever. Soothe lets you choose the best type of facial for your skin and goals. Use the Soothe app to book a professional facial in as little as an hour!