At-home facial : bring the spa to you
There is nothing better than a deep cleansing facial performed by a skincare professional to unwind and get perfect skin. However, if you can’t go to the spa or a dermatologist every month, it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself with this multi-step skin treatment. Time to bring the spa to you!
A facial is always a matter of taking care of both your body and your mind: creating a relaxing atmosphere at home is the first step. To make your bathroom more spa-like, turn up the heating, fill up your essential oil diffuser, light a few scented candles, put on your favorite chill playlist, and relax!
Ready to get rid of any impurities and deeply purify your skin? Here is our step-by-step guide to doing your facial at home like a pro.
Before giving yourself an at-home facial
A deep cleansing facial is just what your skin needs for a younger-looking complexion. However, cleansing deeply into the pores doesn’t mean no longer being gentle with them: the key to healthy and radiant skin is always kindness!
Make sure to use products which respect your skin type without aggression. Moreover, If you suffer from sensitive skin, you may limit your facials to once every 1 and a half or 2 months instead of doing it once a month as is generally recommended.
Deep cleansing facial: let’s start with a double cleanse!
The key to a successful facial is in proper preparation of the skin, starting with a deep skin cleansing. As a matter of fact, before you do anything else to your face, you want it to be free of any traces of makeup, sunscreen and other cosmetics. This is the only way to get an effective facial! To make sure your skin is as clean as possible give Korean double cleansing a try.
This two-step deep cleanse involves an oil based cleanser and a water based cleanser and will remove cosmetics, as well as excess sebum, pollutants, dead skin cells and bacteria. It is a guarantee to get rid of any impurities, to unclog pores and to get the most out of the other steps.
TIME TO TURN ON YOUR FACIAL STEAMER
A good facial always includes some kind of steaming process in order to prime your skin for exfoliation. Not only does it help to open up your pores, but it softens up all the dirt inside, making them easier to unclog.
Besides, steaming your face makes the skin very receptive to your night creams and serums, ready to repair and rejuvenate. Not to mention it is an amazing way to relax and erase as much stress as possible.
Don’t have a proper facial steamer at home? Don’t worry, there is no need to buy a fancy device in order to make the most of this process. A bowl of hot water and a soft towel will do a fantastic job. To make this moment even more unique, feel free to add a few drops of lavender essential oil or another essential oil that you like.
Take extra care not to burn your face by over-steaming your skin. Stay above the bowl for 5 or 10 minutes. Keep your face a few inches from the water. You should never feel any discomfort.
People with very dry skin should limit steam sessions to just 2 or 3 minutes, once a month.
YOUR FACIAL THIRD STEP: THE EXFOLIATION
Now that your skin is free from cosmetics and impurities and your pores are unclogged, let’s remove the extra layer of dead skin cells and excess oils the facial steamer process allowed to release. A regular exfoliation is the next step in your beauty routine!
Exfoliating your skin is also essential to help all the ingredients of your moisturizer to penetrate, restore your skin's natural balance and keep your skin looking beautiful!
Make sure to choose a gentle exfoliator that suits your skin type without drying your face out.
YOUR AT-HOME FACIAL FINAL TOUCH
Applying a face mask will be the final step in this detoxifying routine.
To make the most of your open pores, choose any mask with detoxifying ingredients, based on your skin’s needs and type. It will finish up cleaning your pores and leave your skin perfectly clear and soft.
Your at-home facial is almost done! It’s time to show your face some extra love by nourishing and giving your skin all the nutrients needed to regenerate: put on a super-rich mask and / or apply your favorite serum or moisturizer which delivers super-concentrated ingredients. Massaging in your mask or cream in order to encourage blood circulation.
FACIAL CLEANSING TOOLS
Using facial cleansing tools along with facial treatment is not mandatory, but it can be useful to boost the effect of certain steps.
For example, you may want to give a konjac facial sponge a try to effectively (but gently) cleanse your skin when exfoliating.
You could also grab a soft facial cleansing brush to apply your mask and a face roller to really massage in your cream or serum at the end.