What You Need to Know Before Booking a Facial!



Happy Thursday everyone!

With the holidays fast approaching, you may be thinking of booking a facial.  Make sure to read this first so you know what to expect!

Be Prepared to Fill Out a Consultation Card

Before receiving a facial, you will be required to fill out a consultation card.  This helps determine what treatment will be best, and most importantly safe, to perform.  This step should always be incorporated before any treatment. Expect questions asking you about your lifestyle, current product use and medical history and be honest with your answers to avoid any complications.

Your Treatment May Change

Be mindful that after reviewing your consultation card or skin analysis, your esthetician or medical provider may modify or advise you to post-pone a treatment. For example, if you’re using prescription Retin-A, a chemical peel will not be performed unless you have discontinued use for a couple of weeks with permission from your doctor. Or, if you have an eczema flare up or an active blister outbreak, expect to immediately be prompted to medical treatment.

Have Realistic Expectations and Follow Directions

While facials and chemical peels can produce excellent results, you also need to have realistic expectations.  One treatment may not be enough to control your hyperpigmentation or extensive sun damage. Also, maintaining your results is largely contingent on you.  If you are advised to avoid sun exposure and heat for a few days or instructed to not pick at your face, take heed!  Trust us, you don’t want to aggravate your skin and make a condition worse.

Hope you found this helpful!


A Beauty-Full Day!


I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was pretty eventful as I attended The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa in Long Beach! It’s an event held  for professionals in the skin care, beauty and wellness industry where you can attend workshops, advanced education seminars and purchase products.  Translation: heaven for a beauty junkie like me!  Here’s a small recap of my day.



The badge we receive for the day of the event- very nice.

Skin Script

First purchase was at the Skin Script booth.  I got the Pomegranate Antioxidant Cleanser, 15% Vitamin C/Green Tea Serum, and the Ageless Skin Moisturizer, with Aloe and Co-Q10.  

SS Peels


Another Skin Script purchase.  This one is their holiday special Spiced Cider Facial which includes the Apple Orchard Enzyme and Autumn Spice Hydrating Mask.  Unlike the Skin Script items above though, you need a license to purchase these.


I stopped by the Ilike booth which has  an ‘organic’ line of products.  After speaking to one of the representatives, I bought the Sour Cherry Gel Mask for my combination skin.  *Note: I put organic in quotes because there isn’t a universal standard on what is deemed organic.


The Eminence booth was crowded all the time and filled with on-going demonstrations but I managed to squeeze in to scope out their ‘organic’ line. I ended up getting the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant (an exfoliator that seems similar to Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant) and Strawberry Rhubarb Masque with Hyaluronic Acid, again a mask for my combination skin.


Though I received a ton of informational pamphlets and brochures from other exhibitors there, I’m highly interested in checking out these products in the future: (h2t) for their pumpkin peel (it smells AMAZING and will hopefully be ordering it soon), Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, Dermapen, Rhonda Allison and Image Skincare.


Always great to receive free trade industry magazines!

By the end of the day I was exhausted! It’s a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by soo many different products, demonstrations, information, devices, samples (not pictured here) and people.  I concluded my day with a seminar on the Hydrafacial- a modified version of microdermabrasion- and a facial with an (h2t) 30% pumpkin peel.  Pure bliss.

I will post reviews on the products once I have an opportunity to try them out!  What conventions do you look forward to? IMATS? The Makeup Show? Other?  I’d love to know!