You may think you can do it all yourself when it comes to beauty and skincare. After all, the internet, YouTube and social media influencers have put endless beauty advice at our fingertips! With a quick press of a button, you can browse how-to videos on everything from creating salon-quality braids and curls at home or the ideal smoky eye with liners and shadows to using advanced skincare devices that purify pores, lift sagging skin and put the kibosh on lines and wrinkles.But what you can’t find online is the professional advice and hands-on experience of a trained, licensed esthetician. A visit to a skilled skincare pro not only provides a relaxing respite in a busy schedule, but more importantly — customized expert care for youthful, glowing skin for years to come.Not everyone puts aside the time or budget to get monthly facials. However, what you can gain by investing in a consistent facial routine can actually save you time and money in the long run. Our skin changes every few years depending on age, environment, stress levels, hormones, etc. So, the at-home products you were using last year may not be the ideal products for you to use today. Trying a bevy of new products can be fun, but knowing what products address your immediate skincare needs and goals is priceless!Although professional facials can vary by location — be it a luxurious setting at a 5-star resort or a modern day spa in the heart of the city — seeking a well-trained and knowledgeable esthetician can put you on the path to long-term radiance. Here are four of the top reasons to get a pro on your self-care schedule:1) Expert skin analysisThere is a definite difference between your skin type, i.e. oily, dry, normal — and your skin condition — sensitized, rosacea, surface dehydration. When an esthetician is working with you for over an hour, she/he can examine your skin without makeup, under strong lighting and magnification, and in different stages of cleansing and exfoliation. This enables her/him to see exactly what is happening, what your skin is missing, what it truly needs in order to make recommendations to best meet your skincare and beauty goals.And more importantly, the analysis can be a first line of defense in noticing changes or potential issues that a dermatologist can further examine. Screening and early detection are critical in diagnosing and treating more serious skincare issues.2) Professional strength exfoliationHaving a consistent exfoliation step in your weekly at-home regimen is needed to keep your skin smooth and allow for the best product penetration. But nothing compares to the deeper results of a professional exfoliation or peel!This can come in the form of a physical scrub or microdermabrasion, to a chemical exfoliation like an enzyme peel or multi-acid treatment. There are many different options available, and the ideal exfoliation type can be selected based on your skin type and condition, ensuring the right level and method to avoid irritation, but give you that “just from the spa” glow.To continue the results in between facials, we recommend our Correcting At-Home Professional Peel  - convenient pre-soaked pads - to keep your skin clear, smooth, and bright.3) Customized planThere are so many choices of products, ingredients, at-home devices and in-spa treatments – it can be quite overwhelming! How nice would it be to get a step-by-step recommendation of what products to use, in what order and special tips that are customized just for you?And being able to ask any questions you have about your skin and how to care for it is a great benefit of having a trusted skincare professional on your side. No more guessing on the ideal products to get you the maximum results you desire!4) Immediate and future goalsThe consultation is key. Before you are lavishly wrapped and ready to be transported into utter relaxation, your esthetician will consult with you on details like your lifestyle, skincare habits, products you use, and your immediate concerns as well as your long-term skincare goals. Addressing your current concerns and creating a future plan for good skin health and a gorgeous complexion is a fabulous reason to seek the advice of a pro.At Kerstin Florian, we embrace the philosophy of Outer Beauty, Inner Health. It’s not only important what you apply to skin, but overall good health including clean eating, regular exercise and calming your mind contributes to an intrinsically – and extrinsically – radiant complexion. Care of the face and body is a must to keep your skin looking and operating its best, and periodic professional facials are a wonderful way to enhance the regular home care you give your skin.If you need a recommendation of a spa near you, please contact our team at Kerstin Florian, and we can point you in the right direction with a Kerstin Florian trained practitioner! Wishing You Wellness,The Kerstin Florian Team