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Why everyone needs to have a very fancy facial once in their life

Whether you are a skincare junkie, a trier (but not always a doer), or completely clueless, you need to go for a facial.


This isn’t just because it’s a fun, luxury treatment, but because a skincare specialist will examine your skin, discuss any specific issues (such as pigmentation, breakouts, congestion or ageing) and give you advice on what to do and products that will help.

What is a facial?

It is a step-by-step treatment tailored to your skin to boost overall skin health while targeting any conditions or issues with some of the best skincare products on the market. A facial will usually involve a cleanse, a light peel to exfoliate the skin and sometimes extractions of blackheads, followed by a mask tailored to your needs, followed by moisturiser, facial oil and always ending with SPF.

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How often should you get a facial?

How often should you get a facial?

This is totally up to you. I believe if you have a good skincare routine then you don’t need to get a facial very often. However, skin changes as we age and so getting a facial every five to ten years will be helpful, because the specialist will be able to tell you what your skin needs and how to look after it.

Having a professional talk me through my skin and discuss different products I could use, explaining the different ingredients that would benefit me, means that I can continue to care for my skin better than I ever would have before.

If you are under 25 and don’t have any problems yet, book one for your 25th birthday to set you on the road for good skin as you get older and it changes. If you are over 25 and have never had a facial, go and find out how to take care of your skin and deal with any issues you may have already noticed.

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Do facials work?

Well, the answer to this depends on what you want to get out of it. If you have problem skin, then regular facials can help treat it and keep any conditions at bay. Otherwise, facials work best for a short-term boost and an education in your skin.

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How long does a facial take?

Usually between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

What happens during a facial?

What happens during a facial?

My first facial was at the Harpenden Skin Clinic in Hertfordshire. I was 27-years-old with fairly good skin. A few fine lines were developing, particularly around my eyes and on my forehead, with blackheads on my nose and chin.

We looked at my skin under the UV light and it wasn’t pretty, partly because I am already very freckly so the light revealed the crazy amount of pigmentation underneath. However because I am freckly this is normal, if somebody didn’t have freckles but had a lot of pigmentation underneath then it means this will eventually come through without proper skincare and they may not be too pleased about this.

Anyway, we discussed my face and for the very first time I discovered I have combination skin.

I always thought I had slightly oily skin — halfway through the day I have a shiny forehead and I get blackheads on my nose. What the UV light revealed was that on the edges of my face, the skin is quite dehydrated.

This is also common around the eyes — because the skin is thin it dries out much easier. Most serums and creams will fix this up, but a specific product for your eye can be good if you’re prone to sensitivity or milia.

She then advised on a tailored treatment with a light peel to clear oil and blocked pores, followed by a moisturising cloth face mask, intermingled with lots of different lovely products slathered and luxuriously massaged into my face and neck.

what is a facaial

Afterwards my skin was clear, bright and plumped with those fine lines — that we didn’t even worry over in the consultation — miraculously gone.

There was a couple of red patches on my skin from the peel. This would have subsided throughout the day but I sat under the Dermalux LED light for 20-minutes — red light waves encourage healing in the skin cells. My redness would have subsided in time without it in time, but for those with acne or rosacea it will work wonders to calm any inflammation and irritation.

The effects of the facial continued to develop throughout the week. For people with problem skin (and lots of money) it is recommended to have a treatment once a fortnight for upkeep, everybody else is once a month.

This is not something most of us can afford, myself included, but remember this isn’t what I am advising. I am advising just one fancy facial, to find out about your skin.




  1. January 22, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Loved this post, I definitely need a facial, it’s so great that they advised you on your skin as well! x

  2. May 24, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    I’ve had one facial before and it was really really nice and left my skin feeling great. So I definitely agree! x

  3. May 24, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    I’ve loved reading this. I’m quite ashamed to say although I’m a huge skin care junkie I’ve never actually been for a facial. Will definitely change that now!

    • mattielaceydavidson
      May 25, 2018 / 8:24 am

      Honestly, you’ll learn so much about your skin xx

  4. May 25, 2018 / 11:43 am

    I am so treating myself to a facial soon! I’ve not been able to give my face a good proper scrub for six months because of a tumour, and now that it’s out and I’m healing I can not WAIT to have a proper facial!

  5. May 25, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    If I could, I’d have a facial once a week – I love the way my skin looks and feels after one x

  6. May 26, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I have never had a facial before because i thought they are just expensive treatments but now i understand they are an investment

  7. May 27, 2018 / 12:42 am

    I had a really good facial experience once, when I was doing a 21 days skin challenge and learned a lot about how to take care of the skin and how important it is to use products based on natural ingredients and that doesn’t contain any chemicals. I definitely recommend doing a facial once a month if you can afford it!

  8. May 27, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    See I can totally get on board with this. I love going for facials as I really like to invest in my skincare first and foremost xxx

  9. June 4, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Such a great post. Need to go treat myself to one!

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