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Who loves getting pampered at a spa? I know I do! Going to the spa for a facial is something I look forward to every month, but due to the current pandemic situation, spa treatments have to be put on hold. Despite not being able to go to the spa for your monthly facial, you can always enjoy a soothing and relaxing facial in the comfort of your own home.
Light up some scented candles, play some zen music and get ready to enjoy a spa-like facial at home. Follow this step-by-step guide to help you get that fresh and glowing complexion you deserve!
To make it feel like you’re really at a spa, put on a bathrobe and wear a headband to make sure your hair doesn’t get in the way. Go for a fleece headband as it won’t damage your hair throughout your facial treatment.
The first skin care step of your at-home facial is extremely important. Cleansing helps get rid of any impurities, and removes all traces of makeup or sunscreen, if you’re wearing either. Use an oil cleanser to gently get rid of dirt or product build-up and follow with a facial cleanser.
Everyone’s skin is different so when choosing a facial cleanser, listen to what your skin needs. If your skin feels dry, go for a cleanser with a creamy texture like AROMATICA’s Rose Absolute Cream Cleanser. For oily or acne-prone skin, a foaming cleanser like Huxley’s Foam Deep Clean Deep Moist is ideal to give you a deeper cleanse.
To achieve a more radiant complexion, exfoliating is a must. Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells and also improves your skin texture, making your skin feel softer and smoother.
Peeling gels are a great way to gently exfoliate your skin and Secret Key’s Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel is a classic favorite. If you haven’t tried it, now’s your chance to do so! Formulated with lemon water and extract, this peeling gel gently scrubs away dead skin cells lingering around your skin. Gently massage the gel all over your face and neck for about 30 seconds before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
Steaming is one of my favorite steps in a facial because it’s the most relaxing! Steaming is great for promoting circulation, opening up your pores and softening blackheads, which makes them easier to remove in the next step.
Don’t have a steamer at home? No problem: Create a DIY steamer at home by simply pouring hot water in a large bowl. Next, lean your face right above the bowl and drape a towel that’s large enough to cover both your head and the bowl so the steam doesn’t escape. Steam your face for about 10-15 minutes and take quick breaks if you need to. If you have sensitive skin, five minutes is sufficient.
Take your steaming to the next level by adding rose petals or a few drops of essential oils into your bowl of water. Lavender oil, a personal favorite of mine, promotes relaxation and is great for detoxing your skin.
I would recommend leaving the extraction process to professionals to avoid scarring your skin. But if you really have to do some extraction, remember to be extremely gentle and make sure your hands are clean before you begin.
How to get rid of blackheads at home:
- Place a finger on opposite sides of a blackhead, use a tissue if needed
- Gently squeeze the blackhead with your fingers and never with your nails or you risk tearing your skin
- Make use of a blackhead remover tool (disinfect them before use)
- The blackhead should come out easily and if it doesn’t, wait until you can get it fixed by a professional to avoid irritating your skin
Another way to get rid of blackheads is to use a blackhead remover skin care product such as RiRe’s All Kill Blackhead Remover Gel. Formulated with naturally-derived ingredients including peppermint extract and sunflower seed oil, this gel works great for removing blackheads and excess sebum.
After enduring the painful part, now’s the time to relax and give your skin some extra TLC with a face mask. To get the most out of this step, slather on a mud mask to purify your skin and tighten your pores. Then grab two cucumber slices and place them on your eyes to help depuff and hydrate your delicate eye areas.
After 10 minutes, wash off your mud mask and get ready for your next mask. Apply a sheet mask to help boost your skin’s hydration levels and soothe your complexion. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and take this time to massage your skin with a face roller to boost blood flow and enhance the penetration of the sheet mask’s ingredients.
After your well-deserved face masks, continue on with your skin care routine and grab a facial mist, eye serum and moisturizer.
Using a facial mist is one of the easiest ways to add extra hydration to your skin. Mist your entire face (don’t forget about your décolletage too) with NEOGEN’s Dermalogy White Truffle Ampoule Drop Mist to soothe and strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier.
Don’t forget to treat your eyes! CLIV’s Golden Ball Healer Eye Zone Ampoule helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also treats dark circles and puffiness.
Seal everything in with a hydrating moisturizer like PURITO’s Saa Buckthorn Vital 70 Cream — the perfect cream to soothe, brighten, firm and protect skin against external stressors.
To complete your at-home facial, apply a lip sleeping mask to soften your lips. Now you’re all set! You’ll feel extra relaxed post-facial so continue to unwind by doing something that de-stresses your mind. It can be binge-watching your favorite Netflix show, reading a book or creating a crafty DIY project.
- Chapter 73: The Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing Your Skin
- Chapter 72: Skin Type vs Skin Condition
- Chapter 71: A Beginner’s Guide to Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)