Since staying safely at home is our number one responsibility these days, we’ve been searching for ways to make home feel a little more zen! One of our favorite ways to relax is a spa facial. It’s the perfect combination of indulgent and effective, and nothing can beat that post-facial glow. With the right products, there’s no reason you can’t recreate that spa experience at home.
So wrap up in your fluffiest bathrobe, light your favorite candle and put your video chats on “Do Not Disturb,” because this at-home spa facial at home is all about you! To get the full spa experience at home we are going to follow these five steps:
Once you’ve set aside about an hour (before bed is great – it gives the final step even more time to sink in) and gathered your products, you’re ready to get started!
Here’s how to DIY a spa facial at home:
1. Cleanse to remove makeup and dirt.
We want to make sure we have a blank canvas for the at-home facial, and your daily cleanser is a great place to start. For those with normal to dry skin, our Quench Cleanse is both gentle and moisturizing, while Dream Clean contains soapberry to help combat acne on more oily complexions.
Whichever cleanser you choose, get started by massaging it onto damp skin in circular, upward strokes. Remove it with several splashes of warm water.
2. Exfoliate to lift away dead skin cells.
As our skin ages, cell turnover starts to slow down. Exfoliation helps it along, removing dead skin cells to let other products penetrate even better. There are two types of exfoliants, chemical and physical. The difference is just like it sounds: chemical exfoliants use ingredients like hydroxy acids to break down the dead skin, while physical exfoliants use tools or substances like beads to scrub it away. The kind you choose is entirely dependent on your skin type!
Our Skin Polish is a physical exfoliant that’s gentle enough to use on most skin. It’s actually an exfoliant/face mask hybrid, so if you’re also using it as a mask, feel free to jump ahead to Step 4! Apply a generous amount to freshly cleansed, damp skin. Massage it in gently for about 30 seconds and, if desired, leave it on for 10-15 minutes before removing with splashes of warm water.
3. Steam to open up pores.
If you’ve just applied Skin Polish, you’ll want to skip this step this time. But if you’ve just finished up with another exfoliant of your choice, now’s the time to turn up the spa atmosphere! During a spa facial, you’ve probably noticed that the esthetician uses a specially design facial steamer to help open your pores. If you don’t have one of those laying around (we don’t, either!), a heat-safe bowl and a towel will work perfectly for steaming your face at home.
Start by boiling water and search for some ways to customize your steam. A few drops of your favorite essential oil, some dried flowers or herbs or even a few lemon slices will help it feel extra special. Add your items to the bowl and cover with the boiling water, then drape the towel over your head and shoulders and lean over the steam. Don’t get too close – about 10-18 inches is fine – and don’t steam for longer than 10 minutes. Breathe in the scent you’ve created and take this time to relax!
4. Apply a mask that meets your needs.
Now that your pores are cleansed and open, a mask is able to really do its job. With so many masks to choose from, it’s important to look for one with ingredients that work for your skin. While your friend might swear by a certain sheet mask or a powerful vinegar-based concoction, your face has its own needs and sensitivities. Try a few different products in small amounts to find what you like!
For those with oily or acne-prone skin, our Masque of Zen contains ingredients like naturally antibacterial tea tree oil and the mild astringent cinnamon bark extract. Apply generously to damp skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes, then remove with a warm, moist cloth and follow with several splashes of warm water.
5. Moisturize to seal in the goodness.
Once you’ve washed your mask off, it’s tempting to hop right into bed or continue on to the next item on your to-do list. But like with any skin care routine, it’s important to finish off your DIY spa facial with a moisturizer. We’ve just given our face a treat, and moisturizer helps seal in all of that hydration! Your normal moisturizer is absolutely fine here, but a little extra thought into how it’s applied makes it feel extra indulgent.
Grab your daily moisturizer – our Skin Therapy is a good choice for normal to dry skin, while Cool Balm comes in a soothing gel for oily or sensitive types – and apply a small amount to your fingertips. Using gentle, upward-and-outward strokes, apply the moisturizer all over your face. Add a little extra product and continue this motion for one or two minutes. Facial massage is thought to help keep facial muscles toned and circulation moving, so it’s a beneficial way to finish up your at-home treatment.
You might have noticed that we left out one step that you’d usually find in a spa facial: extractions. Even estheticians hesitate to perform extractions on themselves, as it’s hard to get the right lighting and angle at home. Poorly performed extractions can lead to more congestion and, worse, scarring. So do your face a favor and leave that step to the pros!
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