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Facials are healing, soothing and beautifying and are among the most popular spa treatments, along with massage. But how often should you have a facial? Like many things in life, the answer is, “It depends.” Everyone’s skin is different, and there are many types of facials, from anti-aging to laser. Moreover, depending on the time of year–and your lifestyle–your skin changes and has different needs. Your esthetician will perform a skin analysis before she treats your skin and help you choose a facial and skin care regimen that’s right for you.

Set A Facial Routine
Facials do a lot of unseen work to keep your skin looking beautiful. And while a facial is an excellent once-in-a-while treat, we think they work best if when part of a routine. A professional facial every four to six weeks can change your complexion for the better because your skin cells desire consistency. It’s why washing your face every night, not just some nights, is vital for clear, smooth skin. If at this point you are rolling your eyes and saying: “You sound like my mom,” when it comes to taking care of your complexion, she is right.

Facials Made Simple
Facials do not come in one-size-fits-all. They are designed to teat all kinds of complexions­–­dry, oily, a combination of the two, sensitive or normal, young or mature–and help heal special conditions like acne or rosacea. Spafinder’s guide to facials provides the basics for many of the most popular facials. And you can find more articles on facials, peels, exfoliation, masks and more in our beauty blog.

Check The Menu & Read Reviews
The most expensive facial doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best quality. The added expense could mean extra bells and whistles when a no-frills facial can get the job done. However, make sure the spa and their equipment are immaculate. A no-frills facial is one thing, but ignoring safety and hygiene is another.

Spas that offer amenities, such as steam rooms and saunas, may charge a bit more for their services. Typically, clients can enjoy these extras before or after their facials, turning a skin treatment into a mini-spa getaway. Moreover, many add-ons, like a vitamin C serum or anti-aging boost, will increase the effectiveness of your facial. That’s why it is essential to read the spa’s menu thoroughly and check reviews.

Surprise Your Face
You can give yourself a facial at home, using scrubs and masques to perk up your skin. However, facials work best when performed by a trained professional. Plus, your day or medical spa has the equipment that makes a spa facial a big step above at-home treatments. Experts also recommend that only trained professionals perform extractions (removing blackheads and whiteheads). DIY extractions can lead to injury, scarring and infections–all things you want to avoid.

And here is the surprise. When you are doing an at-home facial, your brain knows every move you are making, and there is no surprise. When another person gives you a facial, their movements are a surprise to your brain and, therefore, more enjoyable.

The rewards of a facial are numerous when included as a part of a regular skincare routine. And if you’re still struggling to get that wash your face every night thing down, a professional facial can make up for a lot of missed nights.