Have you ever wondered what to do after a facial? 

It is beneficial to pamper your skin with a facial as it can be relaxing and hydrating. Patients often ignore the importance of taking care of their skin after a facial treatment. Maintaining your skin is just as important as pampering it. So, with this in mind, we have put together a complete list of dos and don’ts after a facial!

After a facial, what happens to your skin? 

Your pores wll be open

The facial steam will open your pores, allowing dirt and bacteria to accumulate in the dermal layers of your skin.  

your skin will be more sensitive

For a few hours after your facial, your skin will be sensitive and may have a reaction to skincare products. Depending on the treatment, (Chemical peels, Microneedling, etc.) your cells are exposed and will require time to mature. 


1. using a gentle cleanser

Being that your skin is more sensitive after you undergo a facial, we recommend using a gentle cleanser. Using this type of solution will allow you to keep your skin barrier intact while removing dirt, debris, and unwanted oil and sweat. 

We recommend using Isomers’ Double Duty Cleanser, a skin-conditioning pH-balanced daily cleanser that will not irritate, dry, or tighten your skin.  We recommend this because alkaline cleansers may be harmful to the skin’s barrier. 

2. use a vitamin c serum

Maintain a fresh complexion by protecting your skin from avoiding environmental stressors. You can lose moisture from your skin due to extreme temperatures and air pollution, leading to dullness, dehydration, and wrinkles. 

Using a Vitamin C serum can help protect the effects of your facial. Not only does Vitamin C brightens the appearance of dull skin and boosts collagen production, but it also combats wrinkles and free radical damage. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals caused by pollution and solar radiation on the skin, providing antioxidant protection.

We recommend Isomer’s Vitamin C& Ferulic 15% Skin Brightening Concentrate because it helps to rejuvenate and restore the skin after a facial. 

3. drink a lot of water, keep the skin hydrated

Although moisture has been added to your skin you need to maintain it by drinking enough water for the next 2-3 days. This will help maintain the post-facial glow by hydrating the skin and body! 

4. clean anything that you may use on your face

Since your pores are open from treatment it is important not to allow any dirt or bacteria from This includes make-up brushes, pillowcases, and towels! 

the don'ts

1. avoid exfoliating the skin

Exfoliating too much can break down your skin’s protective layer, causing inflammation and worsening your skin problems. During your facial, your esthetician probably did a deep and thorough exfoliation, so don’t exfoliate for a few days.

2. avoid direct sunlight and use spf

You should avoid direct sunlight after exfoliating and cleansing your skin to prevent hyperpigmentation and increased skin sensitivity. Make sure you wear a large brim hat, sunglasses, and a high SPF sunscreen if you plan to spend time outside. Taking precautions is always a good idea if you want some rays! Additionally, you will see longer lasting results from your facial if you are periodically re-applying SPF after your treatment. 

We recommend using Isomer’s Sunscreen with UV Pearls because after a facial treatment the exfoliation will expose new, fresh skin to the surface. These newer and deeper layers of the skin are more sensitive to the sun’s rays and may burn more easily. Sun exposure after a facial can also increase the likelihood of the formation of new lines and wrinkles. You can make these treatments less effective if you expose your skin to sun damage afterward. In order for the skin to look younger, it needs to be able to heal itself from sun damage and produce the collagen it needs.

3. do not pop pimples

Honestly, this one applies all the time, but your skin is especially vulnerable right after a facial. It is not advisable to squeeze every blackhead or spot, as doing so could cause scarring and promote the spread of bacteria. During your facial, your aesthetician will ensure that everything is extracted. 

4. avoid using topical retinoids and acid peels (we have an alternative for you)

Allow your skin to heal for a week before you use any at-home treatments like peels and retinol.

Due to your skin’s sensitivity after a facial, harsh products can cause more harm than good.  Following a facial, avoid using topical treatments that may dry out your skin for at least 3 to 4 days.

We recommend using Isomer’s Copper peptide serum may help maintain skin health since copper peptides function as antioxidants or molecules that fight free radicals in the body. In addition to forming glycosaminoglycans, copper peptides also help maintain hydration and moisture within the skin barrier by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid. This product will soothe any irritation or inflammation cause by a facial treatment because of all of the healing properties in the copper peptide. 

With all these tips in mind, you can maximize your next spa visit and maintain your radiant glow after you have had a facial!