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Although most people are excited about getting their first facial by a skin care professional, they aren’t always sure what to expect! They’ve heard the reviews from others that say facials leave your skin glowing and feeling healthier than ever, but they aren’t sure what happens between Point A and Point B.

Never had a facial but are curious about the experience? Check out this hilarious video from Buzzfeed that shows 3 people getting their first facial! The estheticians featured does a great job of explaining each step and the purpose it serves.

Want to know more? Here’s a basic breakdown of what to typically expect at a facial with Just Jill Cosmetics & Skincare (there are tons of specialized treatments, but here are the facets you’ll find in most of them!).


Everyone’s skin is different and therefore will respond differently to products. The last thing you want is to use a serum or exfoliant that irritates your skin instead of helping it! Your esthetician will want to assess your skin type (dry, oily, acne-prone, sensitive, etc.) and current skin care routine to determine what will be most effective for you. Jill likes to have clients bring all their skin care products to their first appointment so she can see what’s working for you, what isn’t good for your skin, and where to make improvements.

Facial Cleansing

After changing into any spa garments (like a terry cloth wrap and headband to hold back your hair) and getting situated in the spa bed, your esthetician will begin your facial by simply washing your face. This is to remove any dirt or makeup so you’re working with a cleaner slate. He/she will usually use a gentle cream, gel, or lotion cleanser on your face and neck and wash it away with a warm cloth.

Exfoliants with Enzymes or Peel

An exfoliant will loosen up dead skin, and the enzymes dissolve that dead skin to prepare your face for extraction (also known as: “zit popping”). This step is often used along with a damp heated towel designed to loosen clogged pores and prepare your skin for treatments. It’s also incredibly relaxing for the client.

Extraction only if needed

This is the step people are most curious about, and that’s probably why you see so many YouTube videos of it! During this phase of the facial, your esthetician will remove blackheads and/or whiteheads either using their hands (covered to protect your skin!) or a blackhead extraction tool. This part can feel a bit pinchy, but won’t be super painful if done correctly!


A mask may be applied to your face according to your skin needs. Dry skin may need moisture/hydration, while oily skin may need to have excess oils and sebum absorbed.

Finishing Touches

Finally, your esthetician may apply a special serum, cream, or eye/lip treatment to your face to cool your skin and round out the facial process. He/she may also make skin care recommendations for you to continue improving the health of your skin.

Micro-Current / LED/ Herbal Micro-derm

Everything Jill does is completely custom, so even though the above steps are the basic parts of an average facial, Jill knows you are not average at all. Instead of taking a “one size fits all” approach, she lets YOUR skin tell her what to do. She mixes and matches with MC, LED, or Herbal Micro-derm for anti aging, skin tightening, hyperpigmentation, acne, etc.

Visit us on Lamar

Just Jill Beauty & Wellness is located on North Lamar behind the Half-Price Books, in beautiful Austin, Texas.

Our Hours

Monday-Thursday: 10AM-7PM
Friday: 10AM-6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10AM-5PM
No walk-ins - Appointment Only