How Often Should You Get a Facial

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With the rise of the HydraFacial, CBD-infused facials, and cryotherapy facials, professional facials have never been more popular and innovative. While social media platforms like Instagram can make you eager to try the latest and greatest facial treatments, it's important to know what the best regimen is for your skin. In other words, if you have unlimited time and resources, how often should you receive professional facials to optimize your skin health without causing irritation?

Aesthetic experts Shani Darden, Joanna Vargas, and New York City dermatologist Ellen Marmur all concur that the optimal frequency for professional facials is once a month.

According to Vargas, "I always advise clients to have a professional facial once a month. Nothing you do at home can replace the expertise of a professional. Furthermore, your skin's needs can change based on the season and your lifestyle, so having a monthly appointment with a professional ensures that you are receiving the best care possible."

The 28-day skin cell turnover cycle makes once a month the ideal frequency for professional facials, explains Marmur. Receiving a professional facial more often than once a month may cause skin irritation. However, there may be exceptions to this rule, so it is always best to follow the recommendations of your dermatologist.

What are the different professional facial options?


According to Marmur, "Not all facials are equal. I used to believe that facials were more of a hype than a benefit for the skin, but now, with the advanced HydraFacial technology, I have changed my opinion." (For those who are not familiar with the HydraFacial treatment, it is a medical-grade hydration technique that involves cleansing, exfoliating, and infusing serum into the skin.)

According to Marmur, professional facials can generally be divided into several categories: chemical peels, HydraFacials, extractions, lymphatic drainage, LED facial, and microdermabrasion. However, many facial treatments can also incorporate a combination of these techniques in one session. For instance, Darden's Signature Facial, which is a popular choice among clients, includes a gentle chemical peel, oxygen therapy, microcurrent, extractions, LED light therapy, and other customized treatments based on the client's skin needs.

It's crucial to remember that while the general recommendation is to have a professional facial once a month, some treatments, like the HydraFacial, should only be done once every three months. With such variations in skin types and concerns, and different recommendations for different treatments, it is vital to seek advice from a professional to determine the best plan for both your skin and budget.

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Expert advice: Be mindful that not all facials are the same in terms of quality and safety 


To ensure you choose a reputable establishment for your next facial appointment, be wary of the following warning signs, according to Marmur. "Avoid establishments that are unclean, poorly lit, overcrowded, without visible supervision from a medical doctor, or that offer untested or unproven experimental treatments. These are considered risky and could potentially harm your skin."

Can at-home face masks or tools compare to the ones used by professionals? 


The answer is no, not quite. However, there are still many things you can do at home to maintain healthy skin. Although at-home tools, such as the jade roller or dermaroller, may not provide the same level of benefits as professional treatments, they still offer significant benefits. This is good news, as most people do not have the time or funds to treat themselves to a monthly facial.

"At-home devices can improve the health of the lymphatic system in the skin by promoting lymphatic drainage," says Vargas. "While I support people taking care of their skin regularly at home, it's important to invest in a high-quality system."

Darden also mentions that at-home facials without any fancy equipment are beneficial as well. "If you're unable to get regular facials, an at-home facial can be a great way to exfoliate, brighten, and hydrate your skin," she explains. However, Marmur warns that if you have any skin conditions such as acne or rosacea, it's best to consult a dermatologist instead of trying to treat it yourself.

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