Getting my first facial was a big deal. A lot of my friends are talking about getting Botox and I’m not at that stage yet. So, I’m opting for preventative care – eating right, working out, and having a good skincare routine.
Going to the spa has always seemed like something for the rich and famous, not the young and entrepreneurial.
But according to experts, one of those self-care things we should be doing is going to the spa for a facial.
“Going to the spa is like going to the dentist,” said my esthetician from Bluemercury.
I got my first facial at Bluemercury’s new store at 1153 N. State Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.
And, I want to share with you what it was like to get my first facial
It’s so Comfortable.
The first thing many people will tell you about going to the spa is that you usually have to wear spa attire – a robe and slippers. While I was nervous, it’s quite the luxury to wear the robe and then slip into the warm blankets while you get a facial. Plus, when you wear a robe, it makes it easier for the esthetician to give you a shoulder robe and neck massage during the facial. Ahh, relaxation!
You Should Have Four Facials a Year.
As my esthetician said, going to the spa is like going to the dentist. While it’s important to practice at home care, you also need a professional to unclog your pores and bring back that healthy glow.
My esthetician recommended that men and women (yes, men too!) with healthy skin need to get a facial about four times a year with every change in season.
Lauren Conrad, one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers and designer, shared that she gets facials every other month and in between does DIY masks.
In an In Style magazine interview, a skin care expert from The Body Shop shares that one a month is the magic number for getting a facial, but with diet and exercise, you can take fewer trips to the spa.
So, basically, find what is right for your budget and for your skin. I would say start with a facial in your late twenties, invest in a good skincare regimen (even if that starts with making sure you take your makeup off at night) and treat yourself to one or two every year.
Facials and Skin Care Routines Are Important.
What you eat and what you do at home matter. This is true for the doctor. It’s true for the dentist. And it’s true for the spa.
Unless you’re smearing pizza grease on your face, your diet will not completely change your face the esthetician told me. I just did the Whole30, a new 30 day cleanse, and by eating my vegetables and drinking lots of water, my skin was more hydrated and therefore clearer.
Diet and exercise are so important to being healthy. But, genetics play a big role in your skin conditions, and ladies, so do hormones! I asked my esthetician why I was breaking out on my neck and she said that’s because of hormones.
I’ve developed a nighttime skincare regimen. Consistency and using the right products have helped clear up my blackheads and protect my skin.
There’s five steps to a skin care regimen:
I was excited to try some new Bluemercury skincare products. I was using an eye cream from Arbonne, but I learned from my esthetician that you need to combine an eye serum with an eye cream for maximum results. I love Bluemercury’s Hydraboost Eye Serum, it has 4.5 out of 5 stars on their website.
I’ve also started using the Hydraboost Serum 2.0 to my face after washing it. It also has 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Bluemercury website. I like the lightweight formula with ingredients like Peptides and Glycolic Acid that help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The natural tamarind and vitamin B5 also help plump and hydrate your skin!
Chemical Peels Are Amazing.
Not all treatments are the same. At Bluemercury they offer a few different types of facials that you can combine with eye zone treatments or chemical peels.
I got the most popular facial treatment blend, the modern facial + glycolic peel + vitamin oxygen blast. I added the eye zone treatment for the bags under my eyes.
I had seen another fashion blogger have a chemical peel and she said it wasn’t as scary as it sounded.
I had the glycolic peel – a gentler peel – and didn’t have a bad reaction to it – usually your skin tingles. But I will say to hydrate the day of your facial! When your skin is hydrated, it won’t be as sensitive. So products won’t burn or tingle as much.
It Takes a Minute.
Just like with a healthy diet and exercise, you aren’t fit after one gym session, the same is true for skincare products and facials.
When getting your first facial, don’t be like me and go on a trip the next day. You don’t know how your skin is going to react to the treatment.
Below is a picture of my face immediately after the facial. Warning: my face is so red! I was smiling because I was so relaxed and my esthetician was so nice!
My second photo was taken a few days later, and almost all my redness was gone.
Not all facials are the same. Sometimes you have chemical peels, which literally can cause your skin to peel a few days after the facial. I was lucky and didn’t have any issues. I wore an invisible skincare mask from Bluemercury the first two days after the facial – which meant no make-up. Good thing I was on a roadtrip!
I hope my first facial experience has helped you learn more about skincare and taking care of yourself.
A few takeaways about my first facial is that the process takes about an hour, your face might tingle at some point, and it’s best to have at least one day or an afternoon off right after the facial in case you have a reaction.
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Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.