The majority of women in the UK see facials as a treat - a lot of French women - and New Yorkers - see them as maintenance - and go at least twice a month if not weekly.
So if you're not in the latter group - let me give you some tips to make sure you get the most out of the facial that you DO have...!
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- If you can, try and have a facial by a person - not a high street brand.
It's better to save up and go to someone/somewhere whose reputation precedes them.
They will be more inclined to be interested in helping your skin than selling you products.
There are, of course, exceptions to this rule - unfortunately they are usually the high-end brands and are not always easy on your bank account! If this is not an option - always take recommendations of friends above advertising.
- If your therapist doesn't take a health/skincare history or talk to you beforehand - leave.
Think about it - would a doctor give you a prescription without examining you? A dentist drill a root canal without an x-ray? And most importantly - would you LET them? You cannot give a decent SAFE facial without information on your client.
- Check the room.
- Look at the therapists trolley/working area.
- Speak up
If you're cold, tell them.
If you're too hot, tell them.
If the music is too loud, ask them to turn it down.
If the pressure is too firm/soft, tell them.
You can also gently hint if you would rather not be spoken to - critical in a 'mass market' facial where they are trained to 'talk you through the products'. Spare me. Between the kids, work and the husband - I do not want ANYONE to talk to me thank you. If the place is on fire - please feel free to wake me up. Otherwise, button it.
Any decent therapist wants your experience to be as near-perfect as possible.
- The procedure itself
The key part of this is the massage - this should be firm - you should feel it working - and should last at least 20 minutes. You need to be pink when you come out of this room -not just look like you've had your make-up removed. For further info on massage click here.
- Avoid add-ons
Stop it. Immediately.
And stop using tissues on your face if you do it at home - Immediately.
- And finally.... the facialist herself (not being sexist here - they are USUALLY a woman)
I know it SEEMS like commom sense but don't be shy - if she smells - she smells... complain - you'll be doing the next person a BIG favour.
My favourite therapist ever has a slight tendency towards OCD. (LM this is for you!)
Spotless room, spotless person, borderline bleach aroma (not as bad as it sounds), obsessive cleaning, obsessive about the client experience...damn near perfect....