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    By Regency Salon and Spa
    In: Blog

    What’s the Difference Between a Professional Facial and DIY Treatments?

    DIY masks, peels, and exfoliators can feel really good on your skin, and they can also moisturize and soothe dry or irritated skin. Whether you buy over-the-counter facial treatments or make them yourself, they are a great way to relax and pamper yourself with some extra TLC.

    So if you’re happy with what you’re doing at home, why would you consider scheduling a professional facial with an esthetician?

    Here are four reasons it is 100% worth it.

    1. Expertise.  This is hands-down the most important reason to see an esthetician. We’ve all had skin issues crop up that we can’t seem to solve, even with our favorite products. Whether it’s dry skin, oily skin, acne, or blackheads, a professional has seen it all and knows the best treatment for your unique skin type. This is especially important as your skin changes over time or with different seasons. When your regular skin care routine isn’t working anymore, an esthetician will help you come up with a new plan that works for you.
    2. Quality of Treatments. Yes, DIY and over-the-counter treatments can be nice for daily or weekly maintenance, but they can’t compare to professional treatments. That’s especially true for extractions. Blackhead extraction is harder than it looks, and if you don’t do it correctly you could cause scarring and inflammation. Your esthetician may also use steam treatments, professional exfoliation, and microdermabrasion to improve the tone and texture of your skin and reduce the visibility of acne scarring, spots, and fine lines. While all of these treatments have DIY counterparts, the quality won’t be as good as you’ll get from a professional.
    3. Quality of Products. Your esthetician also uses professional-grade products you can’t buy in the store. For example, the chemical peel you get from an esthetician has a lower pH (and is therefore more effective) than anything you buy over the counter. That’s because if administered incorrectly, these products can damage your skin. But in the hands of a professional, they will leave your skin glowing and refreshed. The same is true for microdermabrasion treatments, exfoliants, and esthetic peels. You’ll see a dramatic difference in how your skin looks and feels after a professional facial as compared with the DIY version.
    4. Recommendations for At-Home Treatments and Products. Estheticians aren’t against at-home treatments. In fact, cleansing and exfoliating at home is important for keeping your skin looking its best between facials. And if your budget doesn’t allow frequent facials, a quality skin care routine will help you keep skin healthy. Your esthetician can recommend products that work best with your skin type and specific needs, and you can be confident that you are giving your skin the best TLC possible – even if you can’t get to the spa on a regular basis.

    Whether you schedule a facial twice a year or every month, we promise you will love the experience. If you’re ready to feel the refreshing difference a facial can make in your skin care routine, give us a call and schedule your appointment today!