Facials are workouts for your skin—do you need a better reason to get facials done regularly?!

Following a skincare routine religiously is great, but every once in a while, you need to leave it to the professionals and get a facial treatment done. This multi-step, multi-purpose skin treatment is something your skin deserves. Environmental factors such as heat, pollution and dust, as well as lifestyle habits such as sleeping with makeup on and over-washing your face, take a serious toll on the health of your skin. All these factors ultimately lead to skin concerns such as pigmentation, dullness, dark spots, blemishes and acne *phew*

While cleansing-toning-moisturising helps keep your skin nourished and hydrated, facials are a step ahead when it comes to caring for the skin. Facials help remove dead skin cells and gunk on the face and leave you with brighter, even-toned skin and a healthy glow. However, there could be times when your skin does not feel all that great after a facial. You may experience breakouts, itchiness, irritation or redness. Here’s what you need to do when your skin feels worse after a facial:

what to do when a facial goes wrong

If you experience redness and swelling

Facials involve the use of chemical peels and squeezing at the skin which can result in redness or swelling. In such situations, you can calm inflamed skin and reduce the swelling with the help of a cold compress. Or, you can also reach for body lotions and moisturisers that are infused with anti-inflammatory and cooling ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber. Apply it post your facial treatment on patches that are red or swollen.

what to do when a facial goes wrong

If you experience breakouts

Overly greasy or fragranced products used during a facial can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. Post-facial, flares of blemishes are caused by follicular inflammation. To prevent inflammation from occurring, use a soothing cream or serum infused with skin-calming ingredients such as green tea or aloe vera. You can get your hands on the Lakmé 9 To 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel that is lightweight, non-sticky, hydrating and suits all skin types.

If you have sensitive skin, then skip applying makeup after your facial and allow your skin to breathe for several hours. Your pores are more open post a facial with the deep cleanse, which means your skin is more susceptible to bacteria. Therefore, go au naturel and give your skin a chance to better absorb the creams and exfoliators used during the facial. In case, you have to really wear makeup, then make sure your makeup brushes are absolutely clean.

what to do when a facial goes wrong

If you experience itchiness

Chemical exfoliators used during a facial treatment can cause your skin to be more prone to sun damage and irritation. It is, therefore, ideal to stay indoors a few hours after your facial, and if you have to really step out, then make sure you slather enough sunscreen in order to protect your skin from itchiness and rashes. If at all, you feel a burning sensation or spot a rash, then firstly, skip your toner for a couple of washes after your facial, and secondly, avoid your deep cleansers and exfoliators for at least two to three days.