Those of us who have experienced a spa facial at one time or another know that they can be wonderful: you leave your facial relaxed, and with glowing skin (and maybe a few “add-on” skin products as well).
But, aside from the questionable benefits of some over-the-top facial offerings (solid-gold facials? snail facials?), there are some other things to be wary of when getting a facial.
Can a spa facial be dangerous?
An overwhelming majority of spa facials are completely safe. But, as with anything involving your health/body, you should be an informed consumer. A facial performed by an untrained technician, or in less-than-ideal conditions, can result in serious problems, such as extreme irritation, burning, or even infections.
What you should know before getting a spa facial
If the esthetician/facialist is someone you aren’t familiar with, don’t be afraid to ask to see certification. Unfortunately, not every state requires specific certification, but it’s always a good idea to ask. This is someone who will be treating your skin, and you should feel comfortable that they have the necessary skin care training and knowledge.
Even if your facialist is qualified and/or certified, he/she should also have certification on any special equipment or treatments, e.g. steam machines, microdermabrasion equipment, or chemical peels. Just because someone has extensive training in skin care does not mean he/she is qualified to use any and all equipment and treatments available. Never be afraid to ask how experienced your esthetician is with the treatments you’ll be receiving.
Cleanliness is of vital importance
There is no such thing as too clean when it comes to a spa experience. Of course, you don’t want to think of all of the other people who have received spa services (in various states of undress) at this particular location… But the spa owners should be thinking of exactly these things.
Any time you are receiving a spa service, take a good look around. If things look messy or out of place, or grimy, run for the hills. An esthetician or spa owner who can’t take the time to organize their tools and products is one that is likely not paying attention to proper sanitization. And you shouldn’t be afraid to ask what their sanitization procedures are. In fact, tools that will come in direct contact with your skin should be kept in a UV sanitizing system until they’re needed.
You should never feel uncomfortable
If you ask a question, it should be answered. If you don’t like the manner in which you’re being touched, and you speak up, the esthetician should adjust their procedure. If you have sensitive skin, you can ask for a “patch test” of any products that will be used: the esthetician should happily oblige.
A spa facial can be a wonderful experience for your skin and your soul. Take the time to consider your comfort and safety so that you can enjoy it fully.
Of course, if you want to remove all the guesswork, you can always give yourself a spa-like facial at home with a Bel Mondo Bio Cellulose Mask.