It’s Fall now and the seasonal skincare issues are here as well. People have skin sensitivity to so many things they normally would not be sensitive to and that makes things a bit complicated at the spa. If you have a facial scheduled and have a sneezing episode right before the facial you might feel that it will just worsen your skin sensitivity.Not necessarily, but it does turn your spa visit into a slight problem. Just be honest with the esthetician, be sure to tell them if you have allergies, reactions to ingredients or other issues.
As everyone’s schedule is so busy, sometimes people rush into the spa a tad late, apologizing, and feeling that they are generally flustered. Add an allergy flare-up right before you arrive and things get really tense. Seasonal skincare changes happen right when you least expect it. Keep in mind that a good spa will overlook that tardiness, do everything to make you feel at ease (not give you the evil “you’re late” glare) and calm your spirit in every way.
Allergies and Skin Sensitivity with Ingredients
Many spa product manufacturers have turned towards more natural skincare formulas. You should feel comfortable in a professional spa that the “back bar” products (as they are called) are all of high quality and good ingredients. If, you notice that they seem to be using a product line right off the grocery counter shelves or perhaps a heavily marketed mlm product line, you might be in for a surprise during your facial with skin sensitivity issues.
Many over the counter products are really not formulated to work together with other products and they tend to be manufactured in rather large batches to save money. What does that mean? It means they are prepared for a long, long shelve life and there are some strong preservatives lurking about in that formula. If you have any skin sensitivity due to allergies or ingredients, the lesser grade products will give you the biggest problems (reactions) due to their rather long ingredient lists. Good, professional spa product lines will cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin with excellent ingredients and minimal or no alcohols or preservatives. It does make a difference what product line the spa uses, especially when you have skin sensitivity.
Just be sure to inform them if you are allergic to any ingredients, even food sources like strawberries or nuts. Many new skincare companies are including fruits and veggies in their formulas as new discoveries reveal the topical benefits of these natural foods. If you don’t tell your esthetician you are allergic to anything, your spa day might be cut short with a quick trip to pick up Benadryl. Your red and itchy skin would pretty much ruin your day too of course! So, be forthcoming with all necessary information to ensure your day continues in a blissful fashion.
This blog post was not meant to scare you in the treatment room, but to encourage you to speak up and discuss any skin sensitivity you might have (especially during the Fall allergy season) with your esthetician or else your spa day may be uncomfortable. A great spa product line can assist a knowledgeable esthetician to give you fabulous results with every visit – no matter what the situation! And sometimes a client with allergies prefers to visit the spa in order to have the facial steam clear up their sinuses, too! In any event, be sure to give yourself enough time to truly relax and get your skin prepared for the cooler, winter weather that is sure to come soon. If you like the products during the facial, leave with a sample or purchase that thicker winter moisturizer so you are prepared. (Just make sure that ingredient list is not hiding bad ingredients! – check it out!)
Have you ever had a skin sensitivity issue at a spa? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!