Especially when under stress, a day of pampering at the salon or day spa can be a good way to relax and unwind. But if the itinerary includes a facial, it is important to take steps to ensure a positive experience.
• Call ahead. Do a little research and find out if the salon or spa you are considering has licensed aestheticians who have worked with patients with skin conditions such as rosacea.
• Talk before your treatment. Tell your facialist about your rosacea and any other medical conditions. Any of these may require adjustments in the treatment you receive.
• Review your skin-care routine. Mention the specific products that you use on your face. This may help guide your aesthetician in choosing products least likely to aggravate your condition.
• Avoid irritating ingredients. Ask for a list of ingredients for all products to be used during your facial so you can avoid anything that may cause irritation – such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, witch hazel or certain fragrances.
• Stay away from heat and peels. Refrain from such procedures as steaming your face, hot towels or hot wax treatments, which can stimulate flushing. Also avoid skin peels or exfoliating your skin with coarse cleansers, which may aggravate rosacea.
• Don’t forget your medical therapy. Consistent use of your medication may be essential to prevent or minimize any rosacea symptoms that may be associated with your facial.