A facial isn't plastic surgery, so you shouldn't expect miracles. Even though the marketing materials may make lavish claims about a spa's services, you'll be disappointed and probably annoyed if you believe the hype and sign up for a facial that seems too good to be true. Spa operators will sometimes offer low introductory rates for services and then add options on the basic price that can end up costing a bundle. These additional services can sound mighty tempting if you don't stay focused. Beyond knowing and sticking to the services you're interested in, be wary of spas that promise too much.
The glowing results of a good facial can be deceptive, too. Pink, plumped up and luminous skin may be the goal of a good spa facial, but the satisfying results that meet your gaze in the mirror after a treatment might be short lived. Hydration and massage can increase blood flow and reduce the signs of aging, but only temporarily. After that, there'll be a small residual benefit that will lessen over time.
Facials feel good, relax you, cleanse your skin, unclog pores and help renew your skin's acid balance, but they won't make you look 10 years younger. Facials can be customized to treat special skin conditions or problems, but avoid spas that suggest that they're offering much more than that. Buying into the latest and greatest claims can be risky as well as expensive. Special equipment and exotic ingredients may not have been tested for effectiveness or safety, and even if that prickly pear and caviar mask doesn't do any harm, you'll probably end up spending a hefty sum for a treatment that achieves few if any results.
Spa cleanliness matters; let's proceed to the next page to learn why.