Know what you want to get out of your treatment, whether it's clearer skin or just an hour of relaxation and pampering -- and don't be afraid to communicate those wants to your esthetician. "I think it's absolutely okay to let their esthetician know what their expectations are because that allows the esthetician to meet those expectations," says Katie Hamilton, Program Coordinator and Esthetician with Associated Skincare Professionals (ASCP). That includes telling your esthetician about any personal preferences; for example, that you like a particularly gentle touch, or that you'd rather she not talk during the treatment.
Let your esthetician know about any problems or issues you're having with your skin. "Everybody knows if they have sensitive skin that reacts to new products, or whether they're prone to new breakouts, or if their skin is really tough," says Tami Meraglia, M.D., Medical Director and Owner of Vitality Medispa and Wellness Center in Seattle, Wash. If you don't tell your esthetician about these issues ahead of time, you could walk out with a bad reaction from the products used.
Be clear on how much you want to spend. Skin care service prices can vary widely depending on where you live (big cities like Los Angeles and New York are typically more expensive than small towns) and what type of facility you visit (spas and hotels tend to be pricier than salons). Find out what the facility charges before you go or you might end up with a severe case of sticker shock.