After a few bad experiences getting professional facials, I have been sticking to giving myself an at-home facial every month or so. The only difference is that I skip extractions since these should only be done by a professional. Today I’m sharing my seven step at-home facial routine.
1. First I thoroughly cleanse to ensure I’m beginning with a clean slate. Use lukewarm water with any gentle cleanser. Too hot could cause damage, too cold will cause pores to constrict which is the opposite of what you want to be doing before a facial.
2. Next it’s time to exfoliate. I’ll often use the Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial because it’s both a peel and a physical exfoliator. I also love the ExfoliKate exfoliator or the more gentle Tata Harper’s regenerating cleanser. The exfoliating step is meant to create a smoother surface that will better absorb the products that follow.
3. There are two ways to go about steaming. I have a wonderful facial steamer I bought on Amazon that I fill up with water and let run. You can also soak a washcloth in hot water and hold it over your face. Steam for ten minutes to open up pores.
4. Choose a mask. I rotate between quite a few. Maybe The Problem Solver if my skin is congested, Honey Potion or fresh Rose if it’s dry, Borghese Radiante if it’s dull. I prefer to leave one on for longer than instructed, at least 45 minutes, before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
5. After rinsing, do a quick swipe with a toner-soaked cotton pad. This ensures every last trace of the mask is gone and prepares skin for one more treatment step. I recently finished this lovely toner and have been trying out another rose toner.
6. Apply a serum. I usually choose a hydrating one because there is rarely a time when my skin could not use more hydration. The Clarins hydra-essentiel one is an old favorite, I’ve also been trying the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra gel. Occasionally for an extra boost I’ll use this derma roller. You do you here but it increases ingredient absorption by 90%.
7. Moisturize. Think of this step as locking it all in. Instead of my everyday product, I use a heavier moisturizer after doing an at-home facial – this one from Beauty Pie.
My last tip is to complete the at-home facial at least two hours before going to bed to ensure the product fully absorbs into your skin, not into your pillowcase. On that note, switch to a fresh silk pillowcase while you’re at it.
Photo, 4th and Bleeker