Facials are usually seen as next level self-care treats because, it’s not every day you get to enjoy the decadence of going to a spa – relaxing in a steam room, having a professional esthetician work magic on your skin and even indulging in a (beauty sleep inducing) full body massage. It’s that one time where you purposefully block out some time for yourself to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. But why not extend the feeling in between your spa visits with a DIY at-home facial? Here’s our step-by-step guide to DIY at-home facial.
The vibe matters. How are you going to feel relaxed if your space isn’t making you feel calm? You can replicate those spa components by turning off the lights in your bathroom and lighting a few candles to invite some warm and cozy energy. Turn on some music that makes you feel tranquil, maybe some Sade or Enya? It’s important for your space to have the right scents too. Add a few drops of essential oil into a diffuser or bath – try our Calming Blend Essential Oil with Lavender and Grapefruit to promote a sense of balance. If you’re going to add an essential oil to your bath, be sure to combine with a carrier oil like jojoba, to protect your skin. And there you have it, you’ve created a spa sanctuary and we haven’t even gotten to the facial step yet.
Steaming your skin does wonders for softening your pores and loosening all that build up in your skin. No sauna, no worries – immerse a face cloth into warm water and squeeze out the excess moisture before compressing the warm damp cloth over your face and neck.
The first cleanse thoroughly dissolves surface impurities such as dirt, oil and makeup while the second cleanse makes sure that you get every speck of dirt and makeup that may be on the surface of the skin. For the first cleanse, you’ll need an oil-based cleanser like our Nourishing Cleansing Oil. Massage the oil into dry skin with a circular motion, then emulsify with water and rinse. For the second cleanse, go in with your favorite cleansing gel, foam or lotion depending on your skin type. While you’re doing a double cleanse, it’s the perfect time to focus on those areas that maybe are a little neglected, Paula says. “The ears, the hairline, the neck (front and back) shoulders and décolleté”.
Exfoliation is always important when you’re doing an at-home facial because it helps remove dead surface cells which stimulates cellular renewal and improves skin texture. You want to get to the skin below so you can effectively treat it. Go for an exfoliant with a granular texture like Purely Age Defying Refining Treatment. Massage onto your now clean, damp skin and then rinse with warm water.
Mists are proven hydration-boosters that also provide a blissful aromatherapy-like experience. To soothe your senses before and after exfoliation, we recommend our Lavender Hydrating Mist. Not only will it refresh and restore that natural glow to your skin, it will also calm your skin and soothe your senses.
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Massaging the skin is optional, but worth it if you want to get the circulation going in your skin. Massaging the skin relaxes facial muscles, reduces puffiness and helps the products penetrate. Using a jade roller, a gua sha tool or your hands, massage your skin from the center of your face to the perimeter, around to the hair line and down to the ears and neck. “By doing that you’re working with the natural flow of lymph, so if you have a little puffiness around the eye area it will help to get rid of that” says Paula.
Paula says that masking is the centerpiece of facials. It offers intensive treatment for the skin and helps to address any skin problems from dryness, oiliness to irritation. You don’t have to pick only one mask either. You can multi-mask and apply specific masks to the areas that need it. Have sensitive skin on your cheeks? Apply a soothing mask to that area that’ll nurture and protect the skin. Is your skin looking dull and tired? A clay mask like our Intense Recovery Mask is perfect to help restore radiance and absorb impurities.
To kick off the moisturising step, prime and condition your skin with our Activating Water Essence. It sets the stage for perfect penetration for all of your final treatment products, says Paula. Apply with a pressing and smoothing motion to prep the skin for serum. Your serum step always comes before eye cream and moisturiser and is a step you’d find during a professional facial. Finally, lock it all in with a moisturiser that works best for your skin type. Warm up the product in your hands to allow for smoother spreading and remember to press in the moisturiser instead of rubbing it in.