The Perfect At-Home Facials
How would you love to get a professional facial every week? In an ideal world, we would all have the time and money to indulge and splurge. Unfortunately, until someone invents an infinite time and money generator, weekly facials are out of the question… or are they? While it’s luxurious to have a professional pamper your skin, you can easily create that luxury right at home for a fraction of the cost.
What Are Facials?
A facial is a series of steps — far beyond daily face wash — that intensely cleanses, exfoliates, nourishes, hydrates, and moisturizes your skin. There are all kinds of trendy facial fads that come and go, and they can sometimes be intimidating. The salons want your business, so they want to be offering the newest and most shocking services:
- Vampire Facial: It is called a vampire facial because it draws blood. That’s right, they take blood from your veins and inject it back into your face. Your platelets are separated and injected like a filler, while the rest of your blood is rubbed into the skin after a microneedling treatment. This is a severe facial that should only be done under the care and consideration of a doctor. If they offer to draw your blood at your neighborhood salon, run.
- Laser Facial: This is another treatment that should only be done by a licensed dermatologist, though many salons are starting to offer the service. These lasers burn off the thin outer layer of skin and as it heals, the skin is said to come back smoother and tighter. However, it can cause injury and potentially leave scars and permanent damage on your skin if not done correctly.
- Bee Venom Facial: Providers of this facial claim that bee venom ‘gently’ stings the skin and stimulates blood flow. It is said to noticeably reduce the depth of wrinkles, but that could just be because their skin is swollen from the bee venom. Obviously, if you have a bee sting allergy, this is a trendy facial to avoid.
There are always going to be new ideas and different ways to incorporate technology into a facial, but the fundamentals never change, and the fundamentals, you can do at home.
Why Are Facials Good For My Skin?
Everyday washing and moisturizing is the best thing for your skin. Facials don’t replace that, they add to it. Think of facials as a deep clean or moisturizing treatment. They are not for everyday use, but regular facials can delay the visual signs of aging, keep skin supple and soft, and combat any skin concerns. Not to mention, facials are soothing. Take the time to relax and slow down, and you’ll get the added benefit of lower stress levels — and that alone will show on your skin. If your everyday routine is a regular wash, a facial is like a power wash.
Can Too Many Facials Damage My Skin?
You don’t need a powerwash every day. But a facial a week is a great rule of thumb. Some salon facials include strong chemical peels, extractions, and other intimidating steps listed above. If you are interested in those, go to a licensed esthetician and/or dermatologist. Those are extreme treatments that should not be done more than once a month and definitely should not be done at home. A facial does not need to include any damaging or dangerous treatments to be effective, in fact, most don’t.
What is the Best At-Home Facial?
All the best at-home facials start with the same step: cleanse. Not only your face! Cleanse your hands, towels, washcloths, brushes, and any tools you want to use. Once everything is clean, follow the steps below:
You can start with an oil-based cleanser to remove any makeup, residue, and grime. Gently massage your face while washing. Not only does this set the mood, it helps your skin absorb the product and encourages drainage. Follow up with a foaming or gel cleanser to clean deep into your pores without stripping your skin. If you don’t have two different cleansers, don’t worry! Wash your face twice with the same cleanser. Be gentle. This at-home facial should be a soothing experience.
Steam helps “open” your pores and allows the products to penetrate deeper into your skin for maximum benefits. Fill a bowl with hot water, hold your face above the water, and place a towel over your head to trap the steam. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil — eucalyptus will make you feel like you’re in your own personal spa. Be careful, steam burns are no joke! Make sure the water isn’t too hot, and take a break from under the towel when you need to.
Now that you’ve cleansed and steamed, your pores are softened and your skin is incredibly sensitive. Scrubs are way too harsh and can create micro-tears on your skin. A chemical exfoliant is best. It will gently slough off dead skin cells without leaving any tears on your delicate skin.
You cleansed your skin, now it’s time to treat it. Grab your favorite face mask and apply a thin even layer — if you want the full spa experience, apply with a silicone spatula instead of your fingers. Leave the mask on your skin for up to 20 minutes, and then gently remove with a warm washcloth.
The most important part of a facial is this final step. You have just cleansed your face, “opened” your pores, and removed all oil and buildup. Now you need to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier. Apply a serum to your clean face. Your skin will be craving the nutrients packed in serums right about now. Let that fully absorb into your skin and follow up with an oil. The oil will hydrate deep into the skin’s layers. While it absorbs, pay special attention to your eyes and gently dab on some eye cream. Finally, apply moisturizer, to lock in all that hydration.
How Can I Make the Most of a Facial?
Try your next at-home facial before bedtime. Your body has its own natural regeneration process while you sleep. Giving yourself a facial before bed allows you to work in tandem with that natural process and maximize your efforts. (Don’t forget to sleep on a clean pillowcase!)
The best facial caters to your skin’s specific needs. So choose products that target your issues. If you’re feeling dry, make sure to use a moisturizer with a humectant. If you’re feeling dull, use a vitamin C serum or mask for brightness. If you’re feeling oily, try a clay mask. There are countless ways to mix and match your products to get the best results.
Facials Don’t Have to be a Luxury
Everyone deserves good skin. You don’t have to spend your money at the esthetician once a month to keep your face looking its best. You have the power to pamper yourself. Grab some girlfriends to make a night out of it. Share this blog and tell us the skin issue you want to target in the comment section below. And don’t forget to snap a selfie in your mask!