What Exactly Is a Butt Facial & Do You Need One Before Bikini Season?
When you picture getting a facial, it’s your face that comes to mind. But facials aren’t just for your face anymore. There are facials for your back, décolletage, and your booty. Yes, butt facials—or “fanny facials”—are a thing, and they’re not as intimidating as you might think. As bikini season is drawing near, what better time than now to talk about facials for your bum?
If you’re intrigued, you’ll want to keep reading. We spoke with board-certified plastic surgeon, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. John Burroughs to learn more about this popular spa treatment for your rear end!
What Is a Butt Facial?
So, what exactly is a butt facial? Well, according to Dr. Burroughs, butt facials basically work to refine, address skin concerns, and smoothen the appearance of your derriere. There is no exact method for this specific type of facial, as it can incorporate a variety of treatments into one session.
“There is no standard butt facial,” Dr. Burroughs says. “They can include microdermabrasion and dermal infusion of helpful serums to moisturize the skin or help with other skin concerns in the area. Often after dermabrasion, a mask may be applied as well as vitamin C and a massage of the tissue.”
Depending on your key concerns in the area—whether it be acne or an uneven tone—you can talk to your provider about the best way to help improve the look of these concerns on your butt. “A comprehensive butt facial can leave the skin feeling better, and appear more toned,” Dr. Burroughs says. These results, however, will ultimately depend on the specific plan discussed with your provider.
According to Dr. Burroughs, butt facials originally became popular thanks to one major outlet: social media. “Selfies of one's back side, also known as ‘belfies,’ are becoming more popular in the younger generation of women,” Dr. Burroughs says. “ Also, bikini coverage of the buttocks is becoming less and less causing our bottoms to be more exposed than ever.” Because of these modern trends, women (and men too!) are seeking out ways to have a photo-friendly backside.
3 Tips for an At-Home Butt Facial
Is a butt facial out of your budget? You can give your bum a little extra attention at home, and make it swimsuit ready. Here are some of our top tips for giving yourself a butt facial at home.
Tip #1: Cleanse
If you’re dealing with body acne that has made its way onto your bum, reach for a body wash that’s formulated with ingredients to target body breakouts. When in the shower, give your body skin a thorough cleanse.
Tip #2: Exfoliate
Just like exfoliating your face, giving your bum a gentle scrub down is a great way to help slough away dead surface cells that can wind up clogging pores. Once or twice a week, use a gentle body scrub in the shower to exfoliate your backside. Then, use a dry brush to help remove any remaining dead cell buildup.
Tip #3: Moisturize
After cleansing and exfoliating, it’s imperative to add moisture back onto your skin’s surface. Grab a body butter, or an unscented lotion if you have sensitive skin, to help restore moisture to the area.