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I have been on quite the skin journey since the pandemic began. I was using my extra time to rummage through my stash of skincare products and, well, some of them messed up my skin, but some of them cleaned it up.
I am still dedicated to trying all sorts of new products that make sense for my skin. But, a little more than a month ago, I really wanted to book a facial. I felt like I’d tried all the over-the-counter products I could, and I needed a boost.
But, I’ve really been trying to stick to my budget. Getting a spa facial and splurging on products likely wasn’t the best idea for my wallet right now.
Then I realized that I probably had all the tools and products to give myself a facial. I went to Pinterest to get ideas. From there, I put together a list of steps to give myself an at-home facial that’s got to be almost as good as one at a spa!
Here are my steps and products:
Step 1: Steam
This is the step that really makes things feel like a spa! Steam gets the pores open and makes each product more effective, so it’s essential.
I have used the Vanity Planet facial steamer for a few years and I love it! I fill it to the max line with water, which gives you 15 minutes of steam. If I’m feeling really luxurious, I’ll fill it again and do another 30 minutes!
Step 2: Double cleanse
Next, it’s time to cleanse the skin. Use your favorite cleansers, but I’d recommend doing an oil or a balm first, then a gel or cream cleanser.
I use the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil first, and then use the Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash.
Step 3: Extract
Next, you’ll want to extract any blackheads or junk that doesn’t belong! You may not need this step, or it may vary from facial to facial.
Step 4: Exfoliate or peel
This is the step that really changes each time for me, depending on what my skin needs. I mix it up between using a chemical peel product (I use the Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate – Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment), my Michael Todd Beauty Sonic Microdermabrasion set, or a topical exfoliant such as the Dermologica Exfoliant.
Step 5: Tone
Step 6: Mask
Now it’s time to mask! Choose a mask that addresses your current skincare issues, whether it’s antiaging or dehydration. I’m still trying to fight acne, so I use clarifying masks.
Step 7: Apply Serums
Step 8: Eye cream
Next, apply your favorite eye cream. I have been using (and loving) the Give Them Lala Bags Be Gone eye cream.
Step 9: Face oil
Step 10: Moisturize
I cheat a little on this step and apply an overnight mask instead of a moisturizer. I use the Fresh Floral Recovery Calming Mask. But, if you’re looking for a good moisturizer, the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar is a favorite.
Step 11: Lip treatment
When I’d get facials at a spa, this was one of my favorite parts! Give yourself a finishing step by using a nice balm or a lip mask. Bump up the experience by applying it with a lip brush. I use the Give Them Lala Coconut Kisses Lip Mask.
…And then you’re done! It’s a lot of steps but I do this facial every week (usually on Thursday nights), and it gives me an excuse to really have time for myself.
I bring a chair into my bathroom, set up my iPad for a show or queue up a podcast, and get to it. I’ll usually have a glass of wine or make some lemon water, if I’m really feeling fancy.
Plus, this has really helped my skin!
Do you do some sort of at-home facial? I’d love to hear your routine and favorite products!
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