Getting a regular facial is one of the best things we can do to keep our skin in pristine condition. But let’s face it, getting frequent facials done professionally isn’t exactly cheap. Here are my personal five favorite and easy steps you can take to give yourself an at home facial that will have you feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the spa.
1. Use steam to open up your pores
Whenever giving myself a facial at home, I always boil some water in a large pot. When the water starts to give off steam but isn’t at the point of splattering, I turn off the heat and place my face over the steam (be careful not to burn yourself with water that is too hot!). This will open up your pores and allow all of the dirt that is trapped inside them to escape. Use the steam for about two minutes or until your skin starts to feel slightly tingly.
2. Cleanse and Exfoliate
Now that your pores have been opened up, it’s time to take care of the oil and dirt that is clogging them. Begin by using a mild, fragrance free cleanser like Cetaphil or Panoxyl to wash your face. Use cold water when washing, it will speed up the process of your pores closing back up. Once you have cleansed, use an exfoliator to scrub off any dead skin on your face. If you don’t have an exfoliator lying around, you can easily make one yourself by adding some sugar to your normal face wash!
3. Apply a Face-mask
The next step in the process is to apply a face-mask. My two favorite face-masks are Freedman’s Avocado and Oatmeal Mask and the Queen Helene Mint Jelup Facemask. The best part about these two masks is that they super affordable at $3.50 each and they are incredibly effective. They will leave your face feeling bright and fresh as soon as you wash them off. When you’ve applied the mask of your choice make sure to have some cucumber slices on hand to throw over your eyes. The cucumber will take care of any darkness around your eyes!
Now that your skin is glowing, it is time to apply a moisturizer to restore and hydrate your skin. Choose a moisturizer that is light and fragrance free. This will prevent any breakouts or blemishes from occurring on your face. Because my skin is super sensitive and prone to acne, I use Johnson and Johnson’s baby lotion to moisturize on the market and you can certainly use it as an adult.
Voila! Now you have learned everything there is to know about giving yourself a facial at home. Because the process is time consuming, it is best to do about every two weeks! Another insider tip to keep in mind not just for facials but for your everyday skincare routine is to make sure you use a new, disposable tissue to wipe your face after you have washed it. Towels, no matter how clean tend to be very harsh on skin and they can cause breakouts. By following these steps you will always have beautiful, glowing skin!