How to Give Your Skin an At-Home Facial
Facials can make your skin look positively luminous however they often come with a steep price tag. A good alternative is to give yourself a facial in the comfort of your own home. Not sure where to start? Read on for everything you need.
Step #1 Secure Your Hair
You want to be able to work on your face without getting any product into your hair. Pull you hair back into a ponytail or bun.
Step #2 Remove Your Make Up
An important step in your facial is to remove the makeup and dirt that might be lingering on your skin. Use a non-rinse product, such as micellar water, to remove all traces of foundation, mascara, and blush off of your skin and eyes. You can also use a gentle, rinseable cleansing product to remove everything with lukewarm water. Gently pat any leftover water off of your face.
Step #3 Time to Scrub
Apply a gentle scrub, free of harsh sand or crystal particles onto your skin and gently rub. Don’t massage too harshly as this can hurt your skin. A great product to slough off skin cells on oily skin is Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Blackhead eliminating scrub. Rinse everything off to make sure you’re face is fully clean.
Step #4 Steam It Up
Steam is a pivotal part of facials but luckily you can recreate this luxurious step at home even if you don’t have a professional face steamer. Simply saturate a washcloth in hot water then wring until it is damp. Leave the washcloth on your skin for a few minutes to open up your pores to dislodge any additional skin cells that might still be trapped in your pores.
Step #5 Mask Time
Your pores are open and receptive to products so now is the time to apply a mask tailored to your skin’s needs. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, opt for a clay mask to draw out impurities. Apply and let the minerals do their (highly beneficial) work on your skin. Let it rest just until just before the mask starts to dry — while it looks and feels super fun once the mask is dry, allowing this to happen can rob your skin of precious moisture.
Do you have dry skin? You’re the perfect candidate for a nourishing and hydrating mask. Choose a mask that includes hydrating ingredients like humectants and emollients to restore moisture and help your skin’s barrier function.
If you have sensitive skin a calming mask is right for you. Choose a mask with calming qualities such as chamomile to soothe your skin.
If you have normal, blemish-free skin, use a product that will help improve the brightness of your skin. Find a mask with citric or glycolic acid which will give it a brightening effect giving you a fresh, even-toned complexion.
Step #6 Take Care of Your Eyes and lips
Our eyes and lips are often neglected, so a facial is the most opportune time to actually devote some attention to these areas. If you don’t have an eye mask on hand, take a slice of cucumber or a cool spoon to chill this area. Apply an eye cream or gel with retinol to diminish the appearance of fine lines.
Exfoliate you lips with a gentle scrub; you can make an easy lip scrub at home by mixing honey and sugar. Gently run it over your lips – try not to eat it – and once you wipe it off your lips should be super soft. Follow with a nourishing lip balm to restore your lips’ moisture.
Step #7 Massage in Moisturizer
You’ve applied a lot of great products so now it’s time to seal everything in with a moisturizer. Your regular moisturizer is fine, but kick it up a notch, by massaging it into your skin in an upward motion to stimulate your skin and prevent any tugging.
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