10 Rules About Geysers, Facials, and Pearl Necklaces

There comes a time in every guy’s life when he wants to pull out and impersonate Old Faithful, just for the visual. Or perhaps there come many times. Women, too, may appreciate the visual — just like the hickey, it’s a spectacle (though hopefully not one that your co-workers will spot the next morning).

Facials, in particular, remain one of the biggest taboos — and taboo-busting sex is often the hottest, in that “so wrong it’s right” way. But in some cases, it is so wrong that it is simply wrong. For example, performing an at-home facial without first getting permission.

Coming on a person’s face is a loaded act, like slapping them in the face (which can also be a “nice touch” in the middle of sex, come to think of it). Projectiles aimed at your face — a glass of water, a loogie, a cream pie, a fist — are rarely hallmarks of affection. The above-the-neck money shot is also a staple in porn — making it extra hot for some people, and extra icky for others. In fact, its prevalence in porn is one reason why people averse to cheese don’t necessarily go gaga for the facial. And let’s not forget that a guy’s juice stings like a mother if you get it in your eye.

Of course, not all facials are created equal. Like eating fish eggs, context is king. If you’re an abusive asshole whose mom didn’t love him enough and consequently treat every lover who has the misfortune of crossing your genital path as if she (or he) were a side of beef, then the facial is a true act of degradation. But if you call your mother once a week, are in a mature relationship, and you both are tickled by it, then the facial is an act and nothing more — an agreeable form of role-playing. If you mark your territory because you believe your partner is your property, then you deserve to be evicted without notice. But if you mark the territory because you like the visual, then it’s simply a way to make things more fun without waking the neighbors.

Here are a few guidelines — mostly for the ejaculator, natch — for doing it the right way:

  1. Don’t rush the clean-up like you’re a puppy who just peed on the rug — wipe your partner down tenderly and treat the act as part of the post-coital bonding. If it’s a particularly large deposit, lead your partner by the hand to the shower to rinse off together.
  2. Only tacky idiots and pre-teens attempt to win over a gal by listing a facial’s benefits to her complexion. Semen does indeed contain protein, which can have a temporary tightening effect on wrinkly skin…until she rinses it off in the powder room.
  3. If you’ve never come anywhere but in the condom before, consider building up to the facial: stomach, breasts, back, neck (a.k.a. a “pearl necklace”). Or just ask your partner where you should come.
  4. Remember that ejaculate can spread disease if it comes into contact with any mucous membrane, not just the vagina (i.e. mouth, eyes, open cuts, anus).
  5. If you want to request a facial in advance (so the sex is not imminent and the pressure is lifted), don’t raise the subject at breakfast or during rush hour traffic. Instead, do it over a glass of wine when you’re playing footsie and things are a little frisky. Lean in and say something like, “You’re so sexy, you make me want to do dirty things. I’d really love to come on your face sometime.”
  6. When asking permission mid-sex, just make the request part of the dirty talk: everyone’s more open to suggestion in the throes of ecstasy.
  7. Ejaculate on the face becomes unsexy (not to mention chilly) exactly 2.3 seconds after the last orgasmic shudder. Therefore, never request a facial unless you’ve got a box of Handywipes or a towel on the bedside table. If you only have Kleenex on hand, settle for a pearl necklace.
  8. Guys, don’t complain if you get some on yourself; remember, it’s on her face.
  9. Nothing says “the pretend defilement ends here” quite like a good cuddle.
  10. All of the above applies to women who have the ability to female ejaculate.


  1. Before my wife, I had never given any woman a facial. My wife and I have enjoyed porn for several years now and the first time I have her a facial was actually her own doing. This was when we were dating so she was my girlfriend at the time. She has no issue with facials and actually likes them because she knows they are a major turn-on for me. That said, I show respect when in the act. I avoid her eyes, ears, nose and, when possible, hair (her hair often gets hit, though). Sometimes my ejaculations can be unpredictable and so it’s all good if an honest accident happens. But in general I avoid those areas out of respect. If I do that, then facials are all good with her and she really gets into them. As a guy, it is hard to explain why facials are so appealing. But nothing is quite as exciting. It’s an amazing experience.

  2. Why does it need to be defilement? I enjoy giving women (and now exclusively my wife) facials and I enjoy seeing them in porn, but not because I think its dirty and it sullies the woman. Quite the opposite. I want to have the woman at least seem like she is enjoying it, that she is accepting of all parts of me, that this is just another part of me that she is willing to experience.

    I don’t want her to feel “dirty”. I want myself to feel “clean” and accepted

    Probably stems from maternal issues due to an absentee mother as a child….

  3. …and, for the record, I LIKE kissing a woman after I’ve climaxed in her mouth or on her face. And most like that I like it.

  4. I’m just amazed at how well written these comments are. I might just have to come here more often and forget about the ESPN website.

  5. I like dirty sex. I like rough sex. I like almost all sex. I like “dominating” sometimes and sometimes I like being “dominated.”
    But facials? I just don’t really get the appeal. I think it’s mostly the thought of it getting so close to my eyes and potentially in my eyes–not sexy.

  6. Personally, I’m not a fan of facials and my husband could care less, but we both enjoy the some of the other areas(breasts/stomach).

    @Figleaf, for us, it’s not a matter of pulling out, but usually the result of some naked mutual gratification via blow or handjob.

    You’re right about pulling out during intercourse. For me that kind of defeats the purpose of intercourse unless you are using the pull-out method like Madamoiselle L.

  7. @Madamoiselle L,

    Oh totally a personal preference thing! And based on the cleanup, hygiene, and fertility issues I can see the receiving partner making the request for withdrawal. The premise of Em & Lo’s post was that only the penetrating partner would make the request and that’s what I was balking at.

    As I said I’ve done it and would do it. But I’ve never enjoyed it even remotely enough that I’d want to do it without being asked.

    Actually you raise a good enough point about fertility issues that I think maybe if the ejaculating partner should be making requests it should be a request to ejaculate inside his partner, rather than the reverse.

    Hmm…. thinking… thinking…

    You’d still need to communicate clearly about where the ejaculate would go, and for that Em & Lo’s list would be perfectly applicable.


  8. Figleaf, again, this is a personal preference. Since we use withdrawal as a birth control choice, My Man is used to “pulling out” and does so during any type of penetrative sex, in any orifice about 50 to 99% of the time (50% mouth and backdoor, 99% PIV)

    He likes it. If he feels he wants it “warm and wet and encased” that can be worked out, too.

    Variety is the spice of life. 🙂

  9. Best part of this whole thing: “I don’t just go around pulling womens’ hair and coming on their faces.” Funny!

  10. Maybe I’m missing something but I’ve never seen the appeal of withdrawing on the brink of orgasm just so I can wank off in mid-air?

    I mean, if pulling out feels better than, say, intercourse or fellatio then you are doing it so wrong Dr. Kinsey would be rolling in his grave.

    Tip #1: they didn’t start making porn stars do “money shots” to maximize their enjoyment.

    Tip #2: yeah, it’s so much more “domineering” to give yourself a half-baked orgasm that your partner can easily towel off.

    I’ve done it experimentally, and I’d do it again if a partner asked me to. And based on past experience with a massage partner dripping warm oil on my skin I can imagine it might be nice not only to watch but to feel your partner splashing on your skin when he came. But ask a partner if I could come on rather than in her? Not in a million years.



  11. This kinda makes me lol, because I think we’re all actually saying the same thing. It’s all about attraction/what you like/don’t like. Nobody is expecting everyone to like things one way or another, and no one is telling anyone they’re wrong for liking what they do. We all just have different types of experiences and preferences of our own. I think we can all confidently say that everyone here agrees that some form of communication respecting both partners’ desires must take place before facials, but why limit it to facials? Don’t we feel that way about any sexual act, or non-sexual act, for that matter? Good communication is going to happen in ways that are compatible with the personalities present, which means it’s going to be different for everyone, but it should happen. That is all. I’m going to be done now.

  12. In all fairness to me, Meg, I think I’ve made some pretty broad generalizations about men too, you big sexist. 😉

    And yes, I get what you’re saying. I haven’t slept with all women, and not all women like facials. I’ve never actually SURPRISED a woman with one – I always broach the subject verbally first. But I do it in what I feel is a more masculine way than a wussy, “may-I” conversation.

    And yes, I have heard “no, don’t come on my face” too. In which case I drop it. I never pressure anyone into anything. Instead I find the women who actually want the same things I do.

    Which raises the question: how could my facial rate be so damn high? Could I possibly have figured out a way to tell the women who want facials from the ones who don’t, before I even sleep with them?

    The answer is no, it’s not that – it’s that WAY more women want dirty sex than would ever admit to it!

  13. Word-of-caution duly noted, Dannie. Thanks.

    I realize how some of what I write might sound taken out of context/coming from a random guy off the internet, so let me clarify.

    The reason I do well with women is because I’m good at telling the women who do want me from the women who don’t. And I’m good at making the women who do want me feel safe and comfortable.

    I’m actually an affable, non-threatening and good-humored type of person. But I’m also decisive, selective and sexually bold. For the women who do like me, that’s the sweet spot – exactly what they want in a man.

    The women who aren’t into me never become aware of my more extreme behaviors/opinions. I screen them out (or rather, realize that I’ve been screened out) very early. We never spend enough time together for them to get offened by my views or tastes.

    So please rest assured: I don’t just go around pulling womens’ hair and coming on their faces. By the time I do that there’s attraction and comfort in place, and with those in place I’ve never gone wrong.

  14. That’s great Johnny, but again, you haven’t slept with every woman. The women you choose to play with probably have similar sexual interests as you. I don’t like facials – they don’t turn me on, they make me feel awkward. And if a guy suddenly decided to just jizz all over my face and expected me to enjoy it, well sorry to say I probably wouldn’t sleep with him again. So generalize all you want about the women you’ve slept with but don’t lump ALL women in with them.

  15. Sort of synthesizing things here, I would say the topic should be broached before the facial happens, in whatever way, period, whether it’s asking for permission or just giving some forewarning. Personally, I like it rough, and have no problems with having semen pretty much anywhere on my body -except- my face. It’s not that I have a problem with semen, or that I would complain if some landed there from time to time, but having a full-on facial appeals to be about as much as being pied in the face; it’s just not a sensation I enjoy. Plus, my eyes are bad, so I get flinchy when things move rapidly toward my face, which can really screw with the mood. Not every facial is an act of sub/dom behavior, so just broach the topic in a way that is appropriate to your circumstance, but please broach it before just diving in and assuming that because she’s a woman and likes it rough that she’s up for it. And Johnny, I caution you about generalizing, even from your 100% experience stand. The women who are consistently attracted to you are clearly into men who like to “take the reigns” or whatever, but that’s not the case for all of us, even those of us who like to have our hair pulled and be spanked and have semen all over other parts of our body.

  16. If I generalize, Meg, it’s because every single woman I’ve ever “fluid-bonded” with, to quote Mml. L, has requested a facial. Every single one. Even some of my non-fluid-bonded parnters have.

    I also have pretty extensive experience as a nervous and over-cautious lover. I get way better results now as a dominant, aggressive lover. I have more partners (although I’m with just one now), hotter partners, and better-satisfied partners. I’ve gotten lots of feedback from women about how hot it is to be with a man who knows how to take the reigns (figuratively -no pony play here). And I’ve never had any woman leave me for it. Come to think of it, my rate of returning lovers – those who come back for more – is damn near 100%. So yeah, I’m pretty comfortable generalizing.

    But yeah, I realize that it’s not a 1:1 correlation between hair pulling/facials. But it’s not totally uncorrelated either. I’m just suggesting a hotter way to broach this than an awkward conversation.

  17. Asking my permission to come on my face has never turned me off, but thanks Johnny for make sweeping generalizations about women. Just because I enjoy my hair being pulled or being spanked does not automatically mean I want your semen on my face.

  18. I don’t understand the squeamishness about semen, either. Of course, if you aren’t in a dedicated, fluid bonded relationship, it’s probably not safe. But, in the confines of a good relationship with a fluid bonded partner, there is nothing “gross” about semen. It’s one a normal outcome of sex, and I see it as a lovely product of sex.

    A lot men will ask, “Where do you want it?” Or “May I come on your (face…boobs….butt….belly, whatever) but and although Johnny is right, is is a common occurrence in Dom/Sub relationships, it is also appropriate for exploring couples who haven’t recognized the dynamic of their relationship.

    I know I would feel VERY hurt if My Man though my sexual fluids were “gross” and attempted to prevent them from getting on his face or anywhere else. Semen is no different, and men feel no different about how women treat their seed.

    Our good freind Nina Hartley says in her book, “There’s nothing that doesn’t wash off.” That’s true for semen. I don’t even see the need for a towel or a handywipe (really? Wow, sexy. “Your ejaculate grosses me out so much that I keep antibacterial wet wipes next to the bed.” THAT is degrading to the man, they all produce semen, and drawing attention to the fact that you think it’s icky, gross and germy DOES hurt feelings.) A Puffs of Kleenex will suffice after a facial or a pearl necklace until you get into the shower or wash your face later on.

    I don’t see the deal with why some women have a problem with this. It’s part of your partner, it’s a basic ending to your man’s orgasm. As long as you two are fluid bonded, there is NOTHING “gross” or “degrading” about it.

    There is something uniquely masculine about semen. IMO, women who have a problem with “getting it on them” may need to re-evaluate their attitudes toward how they feel about males in general.

  19. Two things.

    First, I don’t think “asking permission” ever got anyone anywhere sexually. It turns women off. Facials are a domination/submission type thing, and nothing undermines the dominant role like a wussily asking permission to do something. If she wants a facial (and many women do, trust me), she wants it from a MAN. If you’re not sure how she’ll take it, test the waters with other, less-gross dom/sub type stuff. Pin her arms to her sides when you’re on top. Put your hand on her throat (no squeezing yet). Grab a handful of her hair (don’t pull hard yet). If she’s turned off by those things, the facial probably isn’t happening. But if she’s into it, try broaching the facial in a way commensurate with your dominant role. Tell her where she’s getting it, don’t ask.

    Second, in my opinion, a real man isn’t afraid of his own sperm. If she’s not squeamish about getting it everywhere, neither should you be. After nicely cleaning her up (NOT with toilet paper), kiss her on the mouth. Not a cautious little peck, either. A passionate kiss. Leave her feeling good about it.

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