Do you wash your face after going for a facial?
I was asked this very interesting question once, and I’d kept it at the back of my head ever since; curious about what the majority of people think.
I go for facials as often as I can but while I was more adventurous before in my relative youth, I am now much more cautious about choosing a facial salon, which will be a story for another day 😉 For now, I’m curious to know if you do or do not wash your face after going for a facial. And I’m sure you’re wondering what I think about this too 🙂
The general opinion is that you shouldn’t, since you have just had your face pampered and massaged and cleaned and moisturised for over an hour with products that are usually a little more concentrated in active ingredients than the ones you use at home. If you wash your face after your facial, you’d have to re-apply your skincare and it just isn’t as effective, or so they say.
So, being a detractor, I have to say that I do wash my face after going for a facial.
Yes, it does seem like I’m undoing all the hard work put in by the facial therapist and wasting the products slathered on my skin, but it is for this latter reason that I wash my face.
Quite often, I find that during a facial, they apply product more generously than I would at home. I’m no stranger to layering multiple products, but I apply them in thin layers, using little product. During a facial, I find that products are applied generously on skin and often, after I’m done, although I feel relaxed and my skin looks lovely and fresh and glowing, it feels heavy. It’s not surprising, since there is so much product applied on it, before you leave the salon.
Another reason is because I may not go straight home and straight to bed after going for a facial. Sometimes, my facial is in the middle of the day and then I go out, or do stuff or exercise, that may involve me sweating, and it would be quite awful not to wash your face then right?
What I do is wash my face while I’m having my evening shower, washing away the grime of the day. I don’t do a deep cleanse face wash of course, since I never reapply makeup after a facial, but I do use a regular face wash as a one time cleanse.
After that, I do apply my regular skincare but using less products so I usually do a simple wash-tone-moisturise routine as my evening skincare routine on facial days. I figure that my skin has already absorbed the products from the facial, and I just need to keep the basics to keep my skin feeling comfortable. So far, so good 🙂
Do you wash your face after going for a facial? If you do, why do you do it and if you don’t, why not?
I tried not washing my face before, but it was just too uncomfortable for me as I like a nice fresh feeling to my skin before bed, so that’s the other reason I wash my face despite already having a facial. I figure that if I put back some of the hydration and moisture, I’m not over doing it. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but I am curious what you do 😀