Do These Three Things To Make Your Facial Last Longer

Trust us, your face—and wallet—will thank you.

Do These Three Things To Make Your Facial Last Longer
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You do all your research, find the perfect aesthetician and head in for your much-anticipated facial. You have a great time and immediately after, your skin thanks you for the treat. However, a few weeks later, the results of your pricey service seem to have evaporated into thin air. Sound familiar? Yep, we've all been there.

If you're wondering just how to extend the results of that facial until your next appointment, you're not alone. On our quest to find some skin insight, we consulted Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, to get some answers. She gave us three post-facial tips to help ensure we get our money's worth next time we visit the spa. The good news? Turns out this whole great-skin thing isn't as complicated as we thought.

1. Avoid Too Much Contact

We admit we're always tempted to run our hands through our hair after a haircut. Similarly, we inevitably want to touch our fresh, soft skin after a facial. Sadly, it's probably not the brightest idea. "I would avoid touching the skin a lot after a facial because this could also irritate the skin and cause a breakout," says Vargas.

And while she doesn't believe applying makeup directly after a facial ruins your aesthetician's hard work, Vargas does say doing so can cause a breakout if your skin is irritated or if your aesthetician went a little overboard with the extractions.

2. Exfoliate—But Not Too Often

Your skin goes through a lot on a weekly basis, so it's only natural that it needs regular exfoliation to stay in tip-top shape. Vargas recommends exfoliating with a scrub twice a week to maintain that post-facial, lit-from-within look. "It keeps the pores cleaner between facials, and it maintains the glow you got from your last facial," she says.

But don't overdo the exfoliation right after you leave the spa. "I would not exfoliate for several days after a facial because your skin will be exfoliated enough in the treatment," she explains. "And you don't want to over-exfoliate or you could get redness and breakouts."

3. Keep It Simple

In truth, fabulous skin isn't all that complicated after all. "I know women are looking for a magical solution, but the real magic will happen if you just take good care of yourself on a regular basis," says Vargas.

Translation? The trick to "I-just-had-a-facial" skin really is as simple as washing your face before bed, eating healthy—Vargas cites veggies as master skin de-puffers and breakout fighters—and gravitating toward skincare products with pure ingredients.

Simple, but effective!