How Often Should You Get Facials?

Did you know that wrinkles start to form around age 25? Being obsessed with skincare in an attempt to always look youthful and fresh is nothing new, and spa facials might be able to help. By adding facial treatments to your skin routine, you will be able to provide your skin with nutrients it doesn't usually get. 

But how often should you get facials? In short, it depends a lot on the type of skin you have as well as the type of facials you like to get. And, of course, it depends on your budget. 

Many people who get facials are blown away by the positive results on their skin. These people then start to think that by getting more facials, they should be able to obtain exponentially better skin. However, getting too many facials might actually end up damaging your skin and causing irritation. 

Keep reading more below to see how often you should get facials so you can maximize their benefits on your skin. 

Consider Your Skin Type before You Get Any Kind of Facial

Some people have more sensitive skin than others, and understanding your skin type can go a long way when it comes to deciding how often you should get facials (as well as what kind of facials you should get in the first place). There are also people who have oily, dry, or combination skin. Many people make the mistake of forgetting about what kind of skin they have before they get a facial, preventing them from being able to choose the best facials for them. 

People with oily skin tend to be more prone to skin problems such as whiteheads and blackheads, especially around the T-zone. The T-zone includes your forehead, chin, and especially the nose. People with oily skin are more prone to whiteheads and blackheads because their individual pores more easily fill up and become clogged with sebum (oil). 

In some cases, these clogged pores may lead to acne. Even if you have oily skin without acne, you may need to get facials more often compared to people with dry skin. You should also avoid oily facials if you have oily skin because it would not be best to slick your skin with even more oils. 

On the other hand, stripping all of the oils from your skin isn't necessarily a good idea either, although many people with oily skin often think that this is the best thing for them. If you strip your skin of all its oils, your skin might actually start to produce more oil in order to replenish the oil that was removed. 

For dry skin, you will most likely benefit from a hydrating facial. You might also need to get more facials more often, depending on how dry your skin is.

What about Acne-Prone Skin?

Before you can experience the benefits of facials, you will first need to think about whether or not your skin is prone to acne. This is because acne-prone skin tends to be more sensitive and inflammatory compared to regular skin. The point of a facial is to end up with glowing, healthy skin, so you certainly won't want to face a forest of pimples by the end of the treatment. 

Acne-prone skin may be the way it is because its pores are more easily clogged. When pores get clogged, they are more likely to become inflamed and this can result in pimples. After all, pimples are only little pustules of inflammation that may be on the surface of the skin or within the deeper layers of skin. 

Whatever the case, you will want to avoid facials that have ingredients that might clog your pores. Usually, oils tend to clog pores, so avoid facials that have shea butter, olive oil, and any other kind of oil in them. Although these oils might be hydrating and nutritious for normal skin types, they are likely to make a mess of those with acne-prone skin. 

But this doesn't mean that you won't be able to benefit from facial treatments because you suffer from acne. There are still plenty of facial options for acne-prone skin and some facial treatments might even be able to help your acne. For example, salicylic acid peels and glycolic acid peels might be especially helpful for those who suffer from acne. 

Just be sure to avoid facials that might trap sebum in your pores. Thicker and stickier masks are usually not ideal for acne-prone skin for that reason. Depending on what kind of acne you have, you may need facials more or less frequently than usual.  

The Types of Facials You Should Know About

You might be able to get some facials one or even twice a week. On the other hand, for other types of facials, you might need to get them once every few months. The type of facial you get will greatly determine how often you should get that kind of facial. 

Also, one facial might prevent you from getting any other type of facials for a temporary period of time. Whatever the case, it all depends on how a facial affects your skin and for how long it affects your skin. For example, chemical peels tend to be one of the most serious types of facials. 

If you want a facial that really strips off the upper layers of your skin, a chemical peel is the one for you. Chemical peels come in different kinds of strengths, so you should be able to choose the right kind of peel for your skin type. The stronger the chemical peel you choose, the more layers of skin will be stripped away. 

For that reason, very strong chemical peels, also known as deep peels, are usually best for those who have pitted acne scars, wrinkles, and other skin issues that are difficult to otherwise get rid of. Keep in mind, however, that these peels require some downtime and you will need to keep your face in bandages for some time to prevent an infection. You might need to heal for several weeks or even months.

You can only get this peel once in your life. Medium-depth peels are much less severe and for that reason, you can get them more often, usually once every few months. They are best for those who have some skin discoloration and fine lines and wrinkles. 

You can get superficial peels every few weeks.

What about the Different Types of Spa Facials?

Spa facials tend not to be as abrasive to the skin like chemical peels. For some spa facials, instead of removing layers of skin, they focus on replenishing nutrients to the skin. Others may focus on removing excess oil, improving blood flow, or moisturizing your skin

Whatever, the case, you are usually able to get spa facials more often than chemical peels. This is because you won't have to worry about having to let your skin rest and heal as it grows new skin cells. However, this does not mean that you should get spa facials multiple times a week, even if they are soothing. 

Too much of a good thing often doesn't yield great results. Instead, you should take everything in moderation, including how often you get facials. For example, you should get an exfoliating facial once every few weeks. 

Because an exfoliating facial may contain beads or chemicals that promote your skin cells to shed, it is important to give your skin some time to breathe. You also don't want to waste your money by getting a facial that your skin is still benefiting from weeks later. By giving yourself a month or so, your skin has time not only to recuperate but also for more old skin cells to build up so you can remove them again. 

Why bother getting another facial if your skin is still donning its freshest layers? Even with moisturizing facials, you should only get them about once every month. After all, your skin can only absorb so many nutrients. 

If you keep on getting one moisturizing facial after another, you can't expect to turn back the clock years or even decades. By getting one facial a month, you can maintain the health of your skin without the risk of irritation.

How Often Should You Get Facials?

How often should you get facials? In the end, it all depends on what kind of skin you have and what kind of facial you plan on getting. If you want to get a chemical peel, you won't be able to get facials all that often because your skin will be in the process of healing for a long time.

On the other hand, with ordinary facials, you should be able to get them around once every month. To learn more, check out our facial services