Hi Uptown Girls, how are you today? Let’s talk about skin care! Taking care of your skin is important, but there are a lot of different opinions about whether you can take care of some routines yourself or go to a professional. For example, many women are unsure if a facial is something they can handle on their own or if having a professional do it is worth the cost. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of DIY versus professional facials.
Pros of DIY: Convenience and Cost
A do-it-yourself facial can be great for people looking for a convenient, cost-effective way to care for their skin. To get a professional facial, you’d have to call and book an appointment weeks in advance and tailor your schedule to the spa’s. However, a DIY facial is available whenever you need it.
Using household ingredients or buying products yourself can often be more cost-effective than getting a professional facial, too. Instead of spending around $45 for a basic facial, you can buy entire tubes of products or baskets of ingredients that will last through multiple treatments.
Cons of DIY: Amateur Hour
Internet research and product experimentation will only get you so far in the world of skin care. Even if you learn as much as possible and invest in good products, you can’t do everything a professional can. Some procedures that professionals do—such as clogged pore extraction—also aren’t safe for you to perform on your own.
Pros of Professionals: Expertise and Equipment
If you don’t know how to pick the right facial treatment or are unsure of what’s best for your skin, a professional can help. No guesswork will be involved; they’re an expert with experience in a variety of skin types and problems. A professional can perform a facial and other skin care regimens better than the average person due to their training and experience.
Professionals also have access to specialized equipment. LED facials, extractions, and deep steaming and cleansing are just some of the procedures they can do with their advanced equipment.
Cons of Professionals: Availability and Expense
If you live in a busy area, your favorite spa probably gets booked up weeks in advance, which can make it difficult for you to schedule appointments around your own busy lifestyle. It also means that if a sudden skin-care need arises, such as a rosacea flare-up right before a wedding, you may not be able to get the help you need.
Furthermore, even if you can manage to work yourself into a spa’s schedule, professional facials are much more expensive than DIY remedies. Most professionals recommend that you get a facial once a month, but paying $35 to $50 for a basic facial—and even more for a special facial—just isn’t in some people’s monthly budgets.
Based on these pros and cons of DIY versus professional facials, you can choose which skin-care procedure is best for you. If you’re on a strict budget or need facials more frequently than a spa can schedule you for, then doing at least some facials yourself is the best course of action. If you aren’t sure where to start with your skin care or you have skin problems that require special attention, then a professional facial is best.
Whichever you decide, just remember that daily skin care—along with these special facial treatments—are important for your skin health.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.