How to help clients maintain their skin after a facial

Celebrity facialist, Antonia Burrell, gives her advice on helping clients maintain their post facial glow.

Firstly, you must remind them that it’s important to invest in their skin every single day. 

Clients should cleanse once in the morning and always double cleanse in the evening. The first cleanse simply removes the remnants of the day, such as make-up, dust, pollution and any SPF lotions or creams applied earlier. The second cleanse goes much deeper and really goes to work on removing any excess dirt, sweat, sebum or other nasties trapped in pores. 

For clients suffering from the dreaded adult acne, a good cleansing plan should become a daily ritual but they should ensure that the cleanser is pH balanced and non-drying – I always recommend balms or oils. 

It’s also super important to advise exfoliating at least once a week to help to keep pores from becoming clogged. This will also reveal smoother and more radiant, glowing skin. Masks with AHAs are a good way to keep skin looking glossy and fresh. 

In my opinion, another powerful step in any skincare routine is the addition of a serum. It can help address a wide range of skincare concerns including dehydration, pigmentation and radiance and is well worth the investment to keep the skin in equilibrium. 

Finally, teach clients how to smooth fine lines via facial massage at home. My favourite is tapotement because it instantly lifts and rejuvenates the skin and leaves a tingly sensation. Clients should simply tap gently on the skin when applying serum or oil, focusing on areas that show signs of premature ageing, such as the forehead, for 30 to 60 seconds. This stimulates the blood circulation to the skin, leaving it firmer and plumper. 

Antonia Burrell is a celebrity facialist, aesthetician, lecturer and founder of the eponymous skincare line. She is also a member of Babtac and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.