Published On: October 17, 2022

If you’re getting a facial, it’s probably because your skin could use some TLC. Facials are great for giving your face a much-needed detox and helping to shed dead skin cells and impurities from your pores. But there are a few things you should avoid when getting one.

Facial at Lapis & Oak Spa and Salt Lounge


The following list of skin care tips should be followed before and after a facial session:

Select a facial session that is suitable for your skin type

No matter what type of skin you have, there is a facial for you. There is no guarantee that the facial your friend recommended will give you the same results. If you have oily skin, an intensely moisturizing facial might cause breakouts. It is important to balance out the oils in the skin in order to deeply cleanse it. You should do your research before getting a facial. Ask an esthetician at Lapis & Oak any questions you may have.

Before a facial, do not wax or shave

It is common for your skin to become a little sensitive when you wax or shave. A facial often involves extractions and massaging, so waxing or shaving before a facial can make your skin irritable. In even worse cases, if you have sensitive skin, you will likely experience redness and blotchy patches of skin that will take a while to calm down, especially if you have acne. Therefore, make sure that you do not wax or shave your face before you have a facial.

If you must wax or shave before your appointment, try using some moisturizer after the treatment is over. This will help soothe your skin and reduce the redness that may occur.

Go bare-faced

In the same way that you shouldn’t wear makeup when you go to the gym, wearing makeup when you go to the spa to get a facial can defeat the purpose.

Save time and walk into the spa with a freshly bare face. If you remove your makeup at the spa just before your facial, there might be some leftover makeup on your skin. This makeup is very likely to mix with the ingredients in your facial and will cause a cluster of breakouts to appear on your skin.

Cleanse your face before heading out to get a facial

Even though you need to go bare-faced, you should also ensure that your aesthetician has a clean canvas to work with. You should wash your face with a mild cleanser that is suitable for your skin type prior to your facial session.

We recommend Ultraceuticals Balancing Gel Cleanser. It’s a gentle lathering gel cleanser formulated to remove makeup and surface impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance, so it won’t irritate your skin.

Do not expose yourself to the sun before or after a facial session

Whether you’ve had an intensive facial or not, sun damage can make your skin worse. After a facial, your skin is still raw, and staying away from the sun will help the ingredients absorb into it.

Do not exfoliate your skin after having a facial

The physical act of scrubbing your face is already a major component of a facial right after the steam has been applied. As a result, your skin has already been exfoliated. Excessive exfoliation can cause your skin to become extremely sensitive and irritable. For at least five days after having your facial, refrain from scrubbing your skin.

In the fight against wrinkles, regular professional facials are crucial because healthy, regularly exfoliated, and nourished skin stays younger for longer. There are fewer breakouts and scars are less noticeable.


The best thing we can do for our skin is be diligent with our morning and evening skincare routines and let the professionals treat it regularly.  A professional facial boosts collagen production and keeps wrinkles at bay.

There is no doubt that facial sessions have many benefits, but how often you should get them varies.  Discuss your skin goals with your Lapis & Oak esthetician so they can give you better advice on products and treatments. 


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