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

Whether you are a beauty aficionado, a trier (but not always a doer), or completely useless and clueless, you need to go for a facial.


This isn’t because it is a fun, luxury treatment. It is because an expert will examine your skin, look at it under a UV light to expose any issues (such as underlying pigmentation, dehydration or congested pores) and listen to your concerns.

What is a facial?

It is a step-by-step treatment tailored to your skin to give it a boost, with some of the best skincare products on the market. A facial will usually involve a cleanse, extractions of blackheads, a light peel to exfoliate the skin, followed by a cleansing or moisture mask, followed by moisturiser, 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, your skin changes as we age and so getting a facial every few 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 my skin, means that I can continue to care for my skin better than I ever would have before. I was recommended, as most people are, a vitamin C serum for the mornings. This oxidises and protects the skin. This should be followed by a cream and then SPF factor 50.

In the evening, for anti-aging a retinol cream or serum followed by a cream. Of course, both processes come after proper cleansing, with masks and moisture masks added in intermittently.

If you are under 25 and don’t have any problems yet, book one for your 25th birthday to set you on the right 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 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.

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How long does a facial take?

Usually between 45 minutes and an hour and a half.

What happens during a facial?

What happens during a facial?

I recently had a facial at the Harpenden Skin Clinic in Hertfordshire. I am 27-years-old and I have fairly good skin. A few fine lines are developing, particularly around my eyes and on my forehead, and I get 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 black heads on my nose. What the UV light revealed was that outside of this, on the edges of my face, the skin is actually quite dehydrated.

This is also common around the eyes – because the skin is thin it dries out much easier and that is why you need to use separate eye cream, a product which always baffled me.

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 for 20-minutes.

This machine is non-invasive and uses wavelengths of light with LED technology to deliver safe and effective results for a wide range of skin conditions. My redness would have subsided in time without it, but I am told it works wonders for those with acne or rosacea.

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 such a treatment once a fortnight for upkeep, everybody else is once a month.

Of course, this is not something I can afford but remember: this isn’t what I am advising. I am advising just one fancy facial.

Of course, if you are like me, this is easier said than done. I really struggle to stick to a regime, but a week later I still feel very inspired to try. Either way, the fact is I now know exactly how to care for my skin to keep it clean, healthy, fresh, and protected – while preventing aging and unnecessary pigmentation.

If I don’t stick to it I cannot blame the fact I cannot afford fancy treatments because all you need is one, with some really good advice thrown in.




  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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