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There’s nothing better than taking the time for some self-care, it allows a moment to destress and concentrate on yourself all while tackling skin concerns head on. Spa facials can be pricey, but the good news is you don’t need to break the bank to perform a good facial, there are ways to get that fresh spa feeling in the comfort of your own home. Here is how to give yourself an at home facial for smooth, squeaky-clean skin!
What is a facial?
If you’re wanting to go above and beyond your usual skincare routine, then it may be time to introduce a weekly at home facial to revive your skin. These are usually a series of exercises performed on the face, using a range of treatments to deeply cleanse and improve the appearance of the skin.
Facials relax both the body and mind with massage techniques tailored to releasing tension in the face while treating the skin with products to help target skin concerns. There are lots of different types of facials, but their main purpose is to make your skin feel as nourished as possible.
What are the benefits of a facial?
Much like any skincare step, facials are all about improving the condition of the skin, cleansing away impurities to leave behind a smooth base instantly. They usually come with instant brightening but also have longer lasting benefits to them. These benefits can be a multitude of things, from exfoliated skin to a plumper appearance that diminishes the fine lines.
Above all, nothing can compare to the confidence a facial brings. It almost has the magical ability to bring a new lease of life, think of it as a weekly shedding of old skin cells to make room for a fresh base.
Create a tranquil atmosphere
It may not always be possible to take yourself to the spa so, what’s the next best thing? Bringing the spa to you! To give yourself the most spa-like, at home treatment it’s important to set the scene of tranquillity, much like how you’d find your spa experience. Start off by lighting some candles and turning on some gentle music to really feel as though you’re in serenity. You may be the one having to perform the facial on yourself but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on the atmosphere.
Double cleanser your skin
Double cleansing your skin should be a step that you’re already introducing into your skincare routine. Cleansing your skin twice will ensure old makeup and dirt is completely dissolved ready for the next steps of your facial.
Begin by breaking down any old makeup with a cleansing oil before proceeding to use a water-based cleanser or micellar water to pick up any remaining dirt.
CeraVe Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanse
The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm
It’s now time to heat up your skin with some steam, this will be extremely beneficial to unclogging your pores and make your skin more receptible to soaking up serums and moisturiser. If you’re wanting to invest in a good steamer there are a huge range of facial steamers ranging from lower price points to high. However, if you’re looking for a more cost-effective way of steaming your skin simply hold her head over a bowl of hot water to absorb the steam into your skin.
For the babes that are longing for smooth, radiant skin then the next step is one that will transform your skin from dry to dewy instantly. Exfoliating is the key step to rid the epidermis of old skin cells. Stay away from gritty exfoliates as these can damage the skins barrier and instead opt for using a chemical exfoliant in the AHA or BHA family to refresh the skins surface.
It’s time to get into arguably the best part of the at home facial – the face mask. Here’s where you can really elevate your experience by introducing massage techniques into your application. Tailor your facial to your own skin concerns by choosing a mask that best matches your skin type. For example, if you’re looking to brighten your skin, a vitamin C mask may best suit you or if you want to purify the skin choose a clay or antioxidant mask.
With your fingers, massage the product into your skin in circular motions, starting at your temples and working your way outwards. Using the palm of your hand, glide you’re the mask from your jaw upwards over your cheeks using a medium pressure.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial
Applying serums to your face is the penultimate step of your at home facial. Serums are the most potent of skincare ingredients, delivering concentrated ingredients to your skin to target specific needs. Choose the serum that best suits you depending on your skin type, if you want to discover what different serums suit different skin types then head over to our blog on serums to discover which is the best serum for you!
Seal in all the goodness from the previous skincare steps by slathering on the moisturiser to add in some additional moisture. Here you can use your usual daily moisturiser or any formula that works best for your skin!
Just like that, you’ve completed you’re at home facial and I bet your skin feels extremely refreshed! Giving yourself a weekly facial will really help to refresh the skin and give you some much needed down time, pop it into your weekly routine and you’ll feel like a brand-new person!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar MAT+ Moisturiser Oily Skin
CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot with Ceramides for Dry to Very Dry Skin