How To Give Yourself An At Home Facial With Spa Results
There’s nothing like a spa facial. It’s relaxing and indulgent and you walk away with skin that glows for days.
But who can afford that every week? These days you don’t have to.
There are so many amazing skin care products and tools out there on the market that you can easily treat yourself to a spa-quality facial in the comfort of home. Furthermore, we’re in the information age where you can find basic instructions for things like this fairly easily.
To give yourself a great at-home facial, you’ll need the proper tools for the job. Make sure any products you choose are based on your skin type.
For example, if you have sensitive skin choose gentle products that with soothing and calming ingredients. If you have blemish-prone skin opt for products with ingredients like tea tree oil that treat the blemishes, and healing ingredients like rosehip oil to soothe damaged skin.
Here are the basics of what you’ll need:
- Mask or Peel
- Scrub or Facial Brush
- Eye Cream or Gel
- Eye Cooling Treatment (optional)
- Lip Treatment (optional)
You’ll also need to gather your tools for the job. This includes:
- 2-3 Clean Towels
- Facial Steamer or Large Glass Bowl
- Purified Water
- Cotton Balls
- Soothing Music (optional)
- Aromatherapy Candle or Diffuser (optional)
Now that you’ve got your products and tools, it’s time to get to the good stuff – your facial!
Step #1: Steam
A facial steam relaxes the skin, opens the pores, and naturally and gently exfoliates. Start with about 3-5 minutes of steam.
If you have a facial steamer, you can sit in front of it at a safe distance with your eyes closed and the steam directed at your face.
If you don’t have a facial steamer, you can use a glass bowl.
Place the bowl on your counter top and carefully fill it about half way with very hot water. Place a clean towel over the back of your head and let it drape over the outsides of the bowl, creating a tent-like shape that catches the steam as it comes off of the water.
Being very careful, keep your face about 10-12 inches above the water and allow the steam to rise onto your skin. If it’s too hot take a break or back away further from the steam.
Spend about 3 minutes with your facial steamer or bowl before moving onto Step #2.
Step #2: Cleanse
After your steam, your skin will be primed for cleansing. Using clean hands, splash some purified water on your skin.
Put a pea-sized amount of your cleanser into your hands and gently massage it in a circular motion over your face and neck, being careful to avoid the eye area.
Use the cleansing process as a mini-massage. With gentle pressure start at your forehead and make small circles on your skin with your fingers to the sides of your temples, all around your cheeks, over your nose and chin, along your jawline, and down your neck to the collar bone.
After doing your cleansing massage for about 60 seconds, rinse your skin with purified water.
Step #3: Exfoliate
The next step is to exfoliate. No matter what type of skin you have (oily, dry, sensitive, blemish-prone, normal, or combination) exfoliating is important step.
If your skin is not very dry or sensitive, you can use a scrub to exfoliate. Using the same motion as your cleansing massage, gently rub the scrub over your face, jawline, and neck, being careful to avoid the eye area, then rinse with purified water.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, try a facial cleansing brush. These are soft-bristled brushes that can sweep away dead skin cells and impurities without being overly harsh. Use a little of your cleanser on the brush, wet the brush and your face and neck, and very gently guide the brush over your face and neck to exfoliate.
Rinse your face with purified water and move onto Step #4.
Step #4: Treat
Dry your face with one of your clean towels before applying your treatment. Apply the mask treatment over your face and neck with your fingers or with a clean brush.
Follow the instructions on your product for how long it should be left on your face. If you’re using a lip mask or eye cooling treatment, you can apply them and let them sink in while your mask goes to work.
After the recommended amount of time has passed, follow the product instructions to remove the product then rinse your face (including eyes and lips) with purified water and dry with a clean towel.
Step #5: Tone
Soak a cotton ball in a toner customized to your skin type and sweep the toner over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, and treated at this point, so opt for a gentle toner. Something like witch hazel or micellar water will be effective but gentle.
Step #6: Moisturize
Finally, seal in the benefits of your facial with a great moisturizer. With clean hands, apply the moisturizer from your hairline all over your face, jawline, and neck down to your collarbone. Gently dab on eye cream if you use it.
Your DIY facial is complete! Enjoy your glow!