Do NOT use any retinoid products for 5-7 days after your facial. Facial treatments leave your skin sensitive for about a week because your skin was thoroughly exfoliated. Despite the several benefits of retinoid products, they also make your skin sensitive. Using retinoids could damage your skin after a facial, reversing the intended effects of the facial treatment.    

Wear daily SPF. Facials deeply exfoliate your skin to clear all the debris that’s been lingering on your face.   However, the removal of dead skin cells leaves your skin vulnerable to damage from UV rays. Do not expose your skin to direct sunlight or tanning beds for at least 3 days. Much like retinoids, sun exposure and UV radiation will cause your skin to become more sensitive after a facial.  The sun can cause irritation, and depending on your sensitivity, it can actually damage your skin in the long run.   

Do not have other facial procedures for at least 2 weeks after your facial; This includes facials by an esthetician using professional-grade products, nano-needling, micro-needling, derma-planing, lasers, fillers, waxing and threading. After having your facial, it’s important to have some downtime and allow your skin to breathe.  Having more than one treatment disrupts the healing process and actually does more harm than good for your skin.

Do not use strong exfoliants for 4 days after your facial treatment. Exfoliating your skin too often will more than likely destroy your epidermis, the protective layer of your skin. This can also lead to irritation.   Avoid exfoliants and instead use a moisturizer specific to your skin’s needs to hydrate and nourish your skin.  Ask your esthetician for guidance.