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ask your estheticianFacials can be both intimidating and anxiety-inducing, especially during these times. Face treatment not only requires the trust of a stranger as they put their hands and tools directly on your face, but also with the foreign products and substances that should make your skin feel better than it’s ever felt before.

However, treating yourself to a facial doesn’t have to be stressful if you are prepared to ask the right questions to an esthetician who is open and willing to answer them. Facials can be quite costly, so making the most of the experience is essential. 

Speaking up before, after, and even during the appointment will help you build knowledge and have a better facial experience. So whether you’re a first-timer, or hoping to prep your skin for a consistent skincare routine, here are a few questions you should ask your esthetician before your next facial. 

Four Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

1. “What Is Your Specialty?”

This should be the first question that you ask. Typically, different estheticians specialize in different types of treatments. Doing advanced research beforehand will help you narrow down your options and find someone who is an expert in your particular skin goals and needs. Lay out your expectations from the beginning and ask your esthetician if they can deliver these results. 

2. “How Should I Prep For My Appointment?”

Although a simple process, you’d be surprised to find just how many clients come in unprepared and with a full face of makeup. There are a few factors you should disclose with your esthetician in advance, like your skin tone, type, and texture, the presence of injectables, your health history, past laser treatments, and recent hair removal procedures. Depending on the time of your appointment, a simple gentle pre-cleanse, moisturizer, and SPF will have you prepared for your appointment.

3. “What is Your Skin Background?”

As with most service professionals, an esthetician should be trained and licensed. Get to know your facialist by learning about their career, and why they got into the business. It may reveal a side of them that resonated with you and your personal skin journey.

4. “What Brands and Products Do You Use In the Treatment Room?”

This is a really good question to ask for safety reasons. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you need to know how your skin is going to react to the products. Skincare is quite expansive and ever-evolving with ingredients that range from natural organic to clean beauty and professional-grade products. The more knowledge you have about the products and the facialist’s experience with them, the better.

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