Are Facials Worth It?

From the Show: HER
Summary: Get the lowdown on facials.
Air Date: 8/14/17
Duration: 29:00
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Jessica Wu, MD
Dr. Jessica WuDr. Jessica Wu is a Cosmetic Dermatologist in Los Angeles, California, where she has practiced for 20 years.

She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the USC School of Medicine. 

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Wu frequently lectures at national and international medical conferences and was an investigator in the clinical research trials that led to FDA approval of Juvederm wrinkle filler and Latisse lash growth serum.   

Dr. Wu’s first book, Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days, is an easy-to-follow beauty and diet guide for everyone who wants to have a better complexion. Packed with testimonials from her celebrity patients and unretouched before-and-after photos, Dr. Wu reviews the science behind what we eat and how it affects our skin, and shows how easy and delicious it can be to get gorgeous at your very next meal.

When she’s not helping Hollywood’s A-list get red-carpet ready, Dr. Wu dishes up advice and spills skin-care secrets on national television shows such as Good Morning America, The Doctors, and Entertainment Tonight. 

In her leisure time, Dr. Wu enjoys fitness activities and is a certified ski instructor. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
  • Book Title: Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/drjessicawu
  • Guest Twitter Account: @drjessicawu
Are Facials Worth It?
Is a facial worth the expense? It depends on you and your skin. They work best for those with acne or dry/sun damaged skin.

Facial Advice

  • Have realistic expectations for facials. They don’t lift sagging skin. They don’t address deep-seated problems.
  • Peels can be useful every four to six weeks for adult acne or sun-damaged skin. It takes about one month for your skin cells to completely turn over.
  • Schedule your facial four to seven days before a big event. Stick to your usual facialist so there are no surprises.
Facial Procedure

A good facialist will talk to you about your skin and past experiences with facials. Your hair will be banded out of your face and your eyes covered.

The first step is a warm mist that softens the dead layers of skin to make extractions and treatments easier. Say something if the steam is too hot.

Extractions come next in order to clean out pores. Some facialists use comedone extractors that clear out whiteheads and blackheads. Others will use their fingers and a tissue. Any instruments used for extractions should be sterilized between patients.

Those with anti-aging concerns may then get micro needling. Hair-like needles are rolled across your skin to pierce the skin to help stimulate collagen production and improve penetration of antioxidants.

Finally, your skin will be treated with an appropriate skin care formula selected by your facialist. You may get a light face, neck, shoulder or hand massage.

Don’t stop your skin care at the edge of your face. Cleanse and moisturize all of the areas that are exposed.

Listen as Dr. Jessica Wu joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share what you should know about facials.


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