Health & Beauty

At-Home Facial, a How-To Guide

March 2, 2018

Facials can cost upwards of $150, and don’t get me wrong, at the right spa a perfectly customized facial for your skin is a worthwhile investment. But for those who love to DIY, you can just as easily give yourself a spa-worthy facial at home in a few simple steps with the right products. Plus, any combination of the products listed below will cost you about $100 , which makes this the ultimate budget-friendly facial out there.  So crack open a bottle of wine, turn on Netflix, and indulge your skin from the comfort of your couch.

Step 1 – Cleanse & Exfoliate

Remove all makeup and wash your face thoroughly. You need a clean palette before your facial starts as to not clog up your pores with bacteria since they’ll be opening and vulnerable throughout the process. Wash your face with an all purpose face wash such as Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser ($10) or Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser ($6.29).  Optionally, you can exfoliate your face after you’ve cleansed it to get rid of any dead skin. We’d recommend the Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Scrub ($6.29).

Step 2 – Tone

Use a cotton pad to apply a toner to further purify your skin. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-free toner ($16) is a great option for all skin types. As is Glossier’s Solution ($24).

Step 3 – Steam

Next, let’s open up our pores. There are a couple steam options so it’s completely up to what you prefer. One option is to take a super hot shower and turn your bathroom into your own personal steam room. Another is to boil water on your stove and then pour the water in a large bowl. Place a towel over your head and the bowl and let the steam rise in your condensed space. Drop in a Lush Toner Tab for added steam benefits. It instantly dissolves in the water and creates a clarifying (Tea Tree, $1.45) or calming steam (Dream Steam, $2.45.) Or you can spend a little more and invest in a Conair Facial Sauna sold on Amazon ($24.99).

Step 4 – Peel

Now that your skin is clarified and we’ve opened up our pores,  your face will be more receptive to the treatments in the next few steps. Any of the following three peels will work on all skin types but pay attention to what your skin needs, whether that is some lumizing  or resurfacing. The Pixi Peel and Polish ($24) is an enzyme peel that works to nourish and resurface your skin and will leave it glowing.  If your skin is feeling a bit dull, use the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel ($34). It’s a light exfoliant that will brighten your skin.  Finally, if you are in need of tighter pores or want your skin feeling more radiant,  apply the Caudalie  Glycolic Peel ($39). If your skin is in need of some soothing TLC after you remove the peel, purchase a Jade Roller ($7.98). Jade rollers are an ancient Chinese beauty secret that has been taking over the millennial beauty industry as of late. Dip the jade roller in ice water and massage your face until your skin feels relaxed.

Step 5 – Mask

Depending on the peel, either wipe off the residue or let it absorb into your skin. Now onto masks. Masks are a must in the facial process, they target areas and penetrate deep into the skin in order to activate your skin and provide results. If you are in need of hydration and rejuvenation, use Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration masque ($45). It’s an all over mask that revitalizes your skin instantly and is forsure a worthwhile investment. Pro-tip, keep it stored in your fridge so when you apply the mask, it doubles as a cooling agent.  A more pocket-friendly alternative that is still ultra-hydrating is Burts Bee’s Intense Hydration Treatment Mask ($13) found at any local drugstore. If you want to target your pores for a deep cleanse, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask ($14) is a great option. The Pixi Glow Mud Mask ($22) purifies and balances your skin. Finally,  L’Oreal has an entire line of masks, Pure Clay,  that you can use in different combinations depending on your varying skin needs and are each $12.99.

Step 6 – Massage & Moisturize

Finally, rinse off your mask and last but not least – massage and moisturize. Use whichever moisturizer you already have and really take your time on this final step. Bring back the jade roller to add some light pressure into your massage if you’d like.

Header image via Glossier.

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