We’ve all been there: those situations where you want to look your best, but your skin has other plans. Try to fix it? Don’t even go there! 9 times out of 10 you know those zits will somehow become bigger, badder, and more apparent.
These are the moments where restraint, education, and a healthy dose of self love and humor come into play. That’s why we consulted our expert Savor Spa estheticians on the healthiest way to clear inopportune blemishes without causing damage to your skin.
1. After polling our team on the topic, one suggestion was unanimous: “Always cover fingers with tissue or damp cotton before trying to do extractions. Most of our clients admit to scratching or picking with their fingertips, which wreaks havoc on skin,” says Jess Arnaudin, senior esthetician at Savor Spa West Village. “Even seemingly clean hands harbor heaps of bacteria beneath the nails. Picking skin in this manner will introduce more microbial invaders and can worsen the blemish and lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation scarring.”
Senior esthetician and lead educator at Savor Spa, Elizabeth Perez, added: “Before extracting, fingers should be covered in tissue to protect the skin. If it’s a difficult one, trying different positions can help. For example, switching fingers from 9 and 3 o’clock to 12 and 6.” The bottom line? Stick to this non-negotiable rule and your skin will be less at risk for damage than if attacked with fingernails alone.
2. For Naomi McCann, senior esthetician based at Savor Spa Woodstock preparation is key. “Always cleanse first. Then soften the eruption with steam, either over a steaming cup of water with a towel over your head, or in the shower. Only approach blemishes which have a clear head and are ready, not deep under the surface.” Another approach is to prep skin with Om Aroma & Co. Manuka Detox Masque which contains a gentle enzyme exfoliant to unplug and dead cells and makes clearing impactions easier.
3. After extractions, Jess suggests to “Fill an ice cube tray with inflammation reducing skin-savers like aloe vera, steeped green tea, or Om Aroma & Co. Lavender Toning Mist. After extracting that pesky blemish, grab an icy healing cube and apply for 15 seconds with light pressure. This will help to bring down redness and reduce any swelling for a quicker heal time.”
4. Every esthetician on our team was adamant about clients coming in for a regular monthly cleaning and using these tips only in dire situations. Naomi says, “Extractions are tricky, and if done incorrectly, can create long term scarring.” And that’s an avoidable outcome on the road to your gorgeous glow.
Want to avoid making a tricky situation worse? Get some deep cleaning TLC at either of our two spa locations in NYC or the Hudson Valley with any 60-minute treatment. All of our hour-long organic facial services include gentle manual extractions performed by highly skilled therapists. Treat yourself and your skin to some love!