Historically, the word “facial” has conjured up images of relaxation in far away vacations spots. In today’s world, the word refers to many different options, from quick, effective, clinical visits to longer experiences that offer relaxation. All are aimed at keeping skin youthful and radiant. Facials have moved from a once in a while luxurious treat to a mainstream must in the never ending quest for beauty. This evolution in self care begs one question: how often should I get a facial?

As an Esthetician for 20 plus years, I can tell immediately if a woman takes care of her skin. The irrefutable fact is facials make a significant difference, especially when paired with good skin care routines at home. My clients who have kept a regular schedule in my studio and at home look significantly younger than their peers.

When deciding what that perfect schedule is, I look to the biology of the skin. There is a complete cellular turnover every 28 days under perfect circumstances. This turnover slows down as we age, leaving dull, lackluster skin. In the case of acne, skin cells “pile up,” leading to inflammation and breakouts. Regular facials can prevent problems that these conditions may cause and deal with what is presenting at treatment time. Because of this, I always recommend clients get a facial every four weeks.

If a client has specific issues we are working on, such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or rosacea, regular treatments customized to those needs will achieve and maintain results on a quicker timeline. In the case of acne, a client will need more frequent treatments (bi-monthly) until the situation is under control, which usually takes 3-4 months.

In the end, budget usually makes the final call. If you are unable to get consistent facials, my recommendation is to work with a trained professional to create an at home regimen that will address your skin’s needs. In this case, do your best to plan for a facial at the change of each season.