Many of us consider getting a facial the height of relaxation, an occasional indulgence used to treat ourselves. And while facials are certainly intended to bring calm and reduce stress, they really stand out for the improvement they bring to the skin. Which leads to the question of "how often should you get a facial?"
“I always tell my clients that facials are a routine and can be compared to a gym membership for the skin,” says Eti Elison, a licensed skin care specialist and owner of Skin by Eti Elison in Los Angeles. Elison notes that by performing regularly scheduled facials on her clients, she is able to prevent skin issues from forming while successfully treating existing issues.
“Skin gets clogged and dull due to environmental exposure, natural oils in our skin and hormonal issues. Professional facials chemically remove dirt, oil, dead cells and impurities, leaving the skin clearer and healthier.”
Depending on the person, the term “facial” can mean different things. While a basic facial involves steps that deep clean the skin, exfoliate and hydrate, facials are typically customized to meet the needs of the individual’s skin.
“If a client has any specific issues they’re working to address, such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines or rosacea, regular treatments included in a facial customized to your specific needs will help you achieve and maintain results on a quicker timeline,” says Sabrina Ehlis, a licensed esthetician and the owner of Minneapolis-based Sabrina Brow and Skin.
So back to that question of often you should get a facial. Elison and Ehlis agree that every four weeks is a good benchmark.
"Your skin turns over an entire cycle in 28 days, however, that cycle slows down as we start to age. Because of this, the skin does not easily have that radiance that it used to. Having a facial once a month not only allows for addressing any issues that might have turned up but keeps the skin looking as youthful as possible,” says Ehlis.
“While four weeks is my standard answer, it really does depend on the client’s age and the condition of their skin,” adds Elison. “For example, if a client has active acne or pigmentation, professional treatments are needed more frequently. Sometimes waiting too long between treatments causes results to be ineffective.”
For those who are unable to accommodate a monthly professional facial regimen, it is possible to realize at least some of the benefits at home. Taking time to deep cleanse the skin, exfoliate, mask and hydrate can keep your skin in peak condition until you're able to see your esthetician. Click to learn some suggested steps, as outlined in the Lexli At-Home Facial.