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Facial 101: Everything You've Always Wondered

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An esthetician breaks down everything you need to know about your next facial

Having 'flawless' skin has always felt like a carrot dangled out in front of me - so close, yet so far away. I've talked about how to make your makeup last and products I love, but never about facials and the importance of having a good skin care regimen. After all, out of all the body parts to be pampered, I'm pretty sure our face is the most overlooked. 

As I've gotten older, I've starting caring more and more about my skin (sorry future wrinkles!). Personally, I've always wondered what an esthetician does to your face, how often we should get a facial, how we can take care of our skin, etc. While I'm pretty well versed in the beauty world, I'm not an esthetician or dermatologist. So I've turned to the skincare gurus, Andrea and Elaine at Dermaplus for their expert advice. Check it out below...

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How important are facials in maintaining a healthy skin care regimen?

Facials are essential and very important piece in maintaining a healthy skin care routine. Facials help to stimulate sluggish skin cells and regenerate production of new fresh healthy cells. The products used within facials treat the deepest layers of your skin. Even the facial massage has an important role in aiding circulation, cell production, turnover and assisting in further penetration of important ingredients! Each step and process during a facial plays an integral role in treating specific skin concerns and revealing new, fresh, healthy skin. Make sure to speak with your esthetician afterwards on what he/she recommends to help maintain the results! 

What, exactly, takes place during a basic facial and what are some examples of "add-ons" that can be included in a facial?

Facials should be in-depth and completely customized to each individual's skin needs and goals because we all have different skin types. 

Our Signature Facial is a 70 minute treatment that includes:

  • deep and refreshing triple cleanse,
  • manual exfoliation, steam,
  • soothing enzyme exfoliation,
  • gentle yet thorough extractions,
  • mild glycolic treatment,
  • high frequency treatment,
  • relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage,
  • warm hand treatment,
  • finishing off with a customized 3 layer healing mask.

We suggest, talking with your esthetician if you're having a "problem area" or any other issues with your skin so they can recommend a corrective treatment utilizing a Glycolic Peel, Microdermabrasion and a Soothing Collagen Facial Blanket.


How often do you recommend someone get a facial? 

This really depends on the individuals skin care concern. Typically we recommend anywhere between 4-6 weeks to quarterly.

Are there any products you recommend to use in-between facials, for each skin type? 

Like I said, we're all about customization because no two skin types are alike, therefore no two skin regimes will be the same. Anything you can do that's natural and free of chemicals is always a good idea. We hand blend our own professional grade Dermaplus Skin Care line, in house, because it allows us the ability to truly cater every product to custom fit every individuals skin. The skin care line is an all-natural, plant based, botanical and vitamin infused line that you can now order online

Veronica: I've been using a few products from their skin care line and loving the: Chamomile Cleanser that foams up with water; the Salicylic Toner which is great for me because I'm prone to milia so the salicylic helps loosen up the skin; and their moisturizer which is super hydrating and doesn't leave my face feeling greasy. 


Can you share a little with us about finding the "right place" to get a facial?

Finding the right skin care professional is key! It is important to do your research and really be sure you can trust where you are receiving your treatment. It's always best to get a recommendation somewhere/someone but we also suggest reading the reviews on places like Yelp.

For the SF locals, what other products do you offer at Dermaplus? 

We have facials (obviously!), waxing services, personalized spray tans, and a medical side for laser treatments. No matter what the service is, we'll always provide you with a plan that is 100% tailored to you, because you are unique! 

I hope y'all found this helpful! If you have any other skincare topics you'd like us to cover or questions, let me know in the comments below.

For the SF locals, I highly recommend Dermaplus. I've been going there for a few years now. Their staff is incredible, they make you feel relaxed and welcomed, and will work wonders on your face (because they have on mine!!) They're located in the Marina on Union Street :)

How To Use LikeToKnow.It

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LikeToKnow.It is such an amazing invention. I've definitely caught myself saying "why didn't I think of that." They make it easy to shop via Instagram. I always come across bloggers or celebrities and want to know where their dress or outfit is from, so LikeToKnow.It makes it easy. All you have to do is register then "like" my photo (or others that use LTK) and you'll get an email of everything I'm wearing. How awesome is that!! 

So here's the low down... 

1. Register your email at - it's free and only takes a few minutes! 

2. Like one my Instagram pictures with links

3. Within a few minutes, receive ready to shop product links directly to your inbox. There will be photos of the items that when clicked will send you straight to the store that I got it from. 

4. Sometimes if someone doesn't have the exact item they are wearing, it's because they don't work with RewardStyle or is sold out so will try to find a similar item to link for you.  

It’s really that easy!!!!

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Here's an example of from one of my favorite looks:

For The Love Of Highlighters

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Top Favorite Highlighters

Okay, so highlighters are literally my life! Yes I realize I just shared some of my beauty favorites, but purposely didn't include any highlighters. Now let's be honest, I am a highlighter phene - in my book, there's nothing better than a really good highlight (seriously, gorgeous!). I love the way a highlight grabs the light on your face and makes you glow. I get compliments almost everytime I wear it. I apply highlight on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and a little on my cupids bow and chin.

Top Favorite Highlighters

My Favorite Highlighters

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Champagne Pop is my newest highlight to the family and my all-time favorite. Becca Cosmetics collaborated with Jaclyn Hill (one of my favorite YouTube beauty bloggers) to create this highlight. Jaclyn's vision for Champagne Pop was to create a summertime glow for all skin tones - from the fairest to the darkest. Champagne Pop is a super pigmented rose gold color with both pink and gold iridescence. The pinks and golds adds more warmth to the skin to give you that summertime glow. It's a bit sheer, which is great because you have control more over the product - you can do more of a subtle natural highlight or build it up for a more dramatic look. This just came out to July 2nd and in-stores on July 16th, so definitely get your hands on this limited product before it sells out! 

2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in the shade Opal is an all time favorite! In fact, if Jaclyn Hill didn't collaborate with Becca then this would still be my go-to highlighter. I love the way this illuminizer absorbs and reflects light. Opal gives you more of a golden glowing highlight, which is different from Champagne Pop because there isn't any rose and pink undertones. The shade opal is ideal for my skin tone and darker. However, If you're super fair get the shade Moonstone.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade Luminous Light is more of a beige skin tone color. This highlighter is the most subtle of the three, but packs a big punch in the light. Think of luminous light of more of a champagne pearl color that gives you a soft, incandescent candlelit glow.

Top Favorite Highlighters