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Treating yourself to a luxurious facial doesn’t have to be expensive or even require a trip to the spa. In fact, learning how to have a diy at home facial is the best thing you can do for your skin (and wallet)! Plus, it’s actually super easy! There are a few key steps for an at home facial that will make all the difference.
Since many of us are still stuck at home, now is the best time to learn the steps of an at home facial. So, let’s bring the spa into your house and pamper your skin, shall we? Follow these steps for the perfect DIY facial at home!
At Home Facial Steps
1. Get Comfy
I suggest putting on a plush robe, or your most comfy pj’s. One of the best things about a facial is the part where you get to relax. So, make sure you’re comfortable for your at home facial.
2. Double Cleanse
First, use an oil cleanser or balm to remove any makeup or sunscreen. Oil cleansers are key to get your face clean and free of any stubborn makeup.
Then, followup with a second cleanser to cleanse the skin. A double cleanse is key and makes sure your face is free of any dirt or oil. This also ensures that the skincare products you apply will be able to sink in more and be more effective. Now that your face is nice and clean, we can move on the next step.
This is the fun part! A facial steam is an absolute must have for an at home facial! Steaming your face will soften up your skin, allow your products to penetrate better and open up your pores.
Option 1: You can truly go the DIY method and heat some water on the stove and use that for your facial steam. All you need to do is boil a pot of water and then pour it into a large bowl. Allow it to cool for a few minutes to make sure it’s not too hot. Then stick your face over the bowl and allow the steam to do its thing. You can also put a towel over your head to get extra steamy.
Option 2: You can also choose to purchase a facial steamer online that does all the work for you. They’re typically shaped for your face so the steam goes exactly where it needs to, unlike when you use a bowl of water. You can get a cheap one for about 30 bucks on Amazon, or if you’re feeling a little extra luxurious, you can also buy some that are upwards of $100.
Option 3: Hop in the shower and let the steam work its magic.
I typically like to steam my face for about 15 minutes. Any more than that and I tend to get a little bored. But, if you want to, steam for longer. Just be careful the steam isn’t too hot because you don’t want to burn your skin.
Now that our skin is nice and soft and you’ve soften all those dead skin cells, let’s exfoliate them away! Exfoliating after steaming means that you will be able to get even more dead skin off. The dead skin will come off easier and your skin will be baby smooth.
For this step, I prefer some gentle physical exfoliation. I recommend a konjac sponge or a gentle scrub. The key is gentle. You could even use a soft microfiber wash cloth, a Foreo or Clarisonic.
You could also do a mild chemical peel or chemical exfoliant acid treatment.
Now it’s time for my favorite step: a mask! Masking is so fun and always makes my skin look and feel 10x better. Plus, it’s the best step of an at home facial because masks deliver instant results and are great at helping certain skin concerns.
Depending on your skin, you can do a clay mask, exfoliating mask, hydrating or calming mask. It really depends on your concerns and what you want to help treat.
Just apply your mask and follow the directions for it. After the time is up, remove your mask with warm water and pat your face gently with a towel to dry it.
The next step for your at home facial is a toner. And no, that doesn’t mean Neutrogena’s astringent full of alcohol and irritating ingredients.
After a mask, I like to apply a toner to a cotton pad and swipe all over my skin to remove any left over residue from the mask. Toners will also enhance the absorption of your skincare products.
Depending on your skin concerns, you can chose a toner with acne fighting ingredients or something more soothing/hydrating.
7. Sheet Mask Or Rubber Mask
Sheet masks are soaked in serum that you apply to your skin so that your skin will soak up those wonderful ingredients. Sheet masks often target a specific concern and have potent ingredients like hyaluronic acid for dryness or green tea for soothing irritated skin.
Rubber masks are a new trend, but also great at packing a punch. Most rubber masks come in powder form that transform to a rubber like texture after adding water. You apply the mask to your face and let it do its thing. Like sheet masks, rubber masks can often target specific concerns like acne, or dull skin.
Now it’s time to apply your favorite moisturizer. Your skin is clean, exfoliated and ready to get some moisturizing ingredients back into it. It’s important to moisturize your skin after a facial. It will add hydration back into your skin, ensuring it’s healthy. Plus, it will also lock in the serum from your sheet mask.
You can also add any serums or treatments before this step if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.
Now it’s time to give your face a massage. Now that it’s got some moisturizer on it, it’s the perfect time to massage that in. I personally like to use a jade roller or gua sha, but you can also just use your hands!
This massage will help your skin absorb the moisturizer, de-puff your face and increase circulation so your skin will be absolutely glowing.
There’s no right or wrong way to massage, just be sure you’re doing it gently and just do what feels good to you!
And those are the steps for an at home facial that you can do anytime you’re needing a little downtime and wanting to get better skin. I personally love to do an at home facial once a month. Not only is it cheaper, it’s also great for mental health to take some time to pamper yourself.
Tell me, what are you favorite at home facial steps? If you’ve never done at at home facial, try these steps out and let me know what you think!
Be sure to check out my post on how to have an at home spa day and take your at home facial up a notch and give yourself a spa day at home!