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What NOT to Do Before and After a Facial Treatment

What NOT to Do Before and After a Facial Treatment

Beauty Editor, Adetoun Adeyemo, January 2nd 2019. 10:30am

Photo Credits: Burst

For most of us, facials aren’t a part of our regular skin-care routine because of cost, busy schedules, sensitive skin—the list goes on. But ask any celebrity aesthetician, and they will tell you facials are one of the top secrets behind Hollywood’s most beautiful complexions. Here, Joshua Ross, founder of SkinLab and celebrity aesthetician—shares his facial dos and don’ts for flawless skin all year long.

Two weeks: “If you want to get a spray tan, have it be more than two weeks prior to your facial, so your skin tone doesn’t end up irregular.”

One week: Stop exfoliating. “This will allow the aesthetician to do a more thorough exfoliation. If skin is overexfoliated, you won’t get the best results-oriented exfoliation that they might have done otherwise. It’s also a good idea to increase your sun protection one week prior.”

72 hours: “Discontinue use of all retinols, acids, actives, anti-acne and anti-aging products, as they can sensitize the skin and not allow for the treatment to be as thorough.”

48 hours: Be sure to avoid the steam room both prior to your facial and for at least 48 hours after your facial in order to reduce inflammation. “Steam increases the core temperature of the body and causes an increased amount of circulation in the blood, which can lead to inflammation. You want to avoid this pre- and post-facial because you want a controlled amount of trauma and injury to the skin, and your facial will take care of all of that. You’ll most likely be steaming in your facial anyhow, so you don’t need it!”

The day of: “If you plan to work out before a facial, have it be at least two to three hours ahead of your appointment. Workouts increase the core temperature of the body, which can make the skin more reactive to certain parts of your facial, such as the steam and extractions. Also, if you plan to get Botox injections on the same day, get them afterward because it’s recommended that you don’t lay down after receiving Botox.”

Also notes that after a facial, it’s crucial not to wash your face, or even that evening before bed, so you can allow the products to absorb. “But the next day, you can return to your regular skin-care regimen,” he says.



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Salt vs Sugar Scrub

Salt vs Sugar Scrub

Posted on Novermber 6, 2018. 12:50pm

By Adetoun Adeyemo.

Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine for face and body. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin.

How Often Should You Exfoliate?

We suggest exfoliating twice a week as part of a good home care regime – both the face and body. While it’s important to remove dead skin it’s also important not to strip away too many of your natural oils, so a good balance is essential.

I love a good body scrub. Usually after a body scrub I feel brand new, along with the dead skin cells disappearance. To cut down on spending, I make my own body scrubs and do them at home. One day I used salt instead of sugar and well I was not pleased.

The Importance of Exfoliating.

Firstly, exfoliating the skin is necessary.  It is the key to glowing skin. It gets rid of dull and dead skin cells and this helps you to absorb skin products better. By exfoliating you are giving yourself healthier and brighter looking skin.

Three wooden spoons with different kinds of sugar in each.

The Difference Between Sugar Scrubs and Salt Scrubs

The main difference is the size of the granules.  Generally, sugar is smaller than salt, thus sugar is less abrasive on the skin and is used for body scrubs. Salt scrubs are generally used for tougher parts.


Best for: sensitive skin, freshly-shaved legs, can be used all over the body

• Sugar scrubs exfoliate whilst also moisturizing the skin.

Because it is gentle, you can use sugar scrubs more often. Daily if you like.

There aren’t as many nutrients in sugar scrubs.

Sugar is best for the Face

Natural Sugars are less drying on the skin.


Best for: elbows, knees, feet, calluses

•Salt scrubs make good muscle relaxants.

It can sting if scrubbing over cuts and bruises.  Salt scrubs can be drying to the skin, and you may need to re-hydrate pretty intensively after using a salt scrub.

Sea salt is usually used in making homemade scrubs, and it contains wonderful minerals that are great for your body.

Salt scrubs are wonderful for detoxifying your skin and helping to purify the skin as well as keep your pores clear

Salt scrubs can kill bacteria & reduces inflammation

The reason I decided to go with home made sugar scrubs is because I can keep a track of the ingredients. Scrubs bought in stores contain preservatives, and other ingredients that can be harmful to the skin. You can easily make a salt or sugar scrub with all natural ingredients at home. Sugar scrub has a short shelf life but I guarantee you will use it up in no time.

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