There are countless benefits to receiving a facial on a regular basis, but let’s face it…they are expensive! The average cost of a facial can range from $25 to hundreds of dollars depending on where you go. Multiply this high price tag by twelve if you get a facial once a month and you are now spending upwards of $1,000 a year. Fortunately, you can save yourself a ton of time and money by establishing an at-home facial routine and giving yourself a home spa treatment that produces the same effects.
Although your skin can improve with age, many still experience acne and other skin issues in adulthood. Taking care of your face at a young age is an important aspect of beauty and self-care that sometimes is underappreciated. Many people find themselves regretting that they did not take better care of their skin while they were younger and are now dealing with wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring. Giving yourself a facial is so much more than washing your face and rubbing on some lotion. We have created a simple step-by-step process for a home spa treatment that both women and men can follow to ensure a consistent and effective skincare routine is developed.
Steps for a Home Spa Treatment
The best thing about a facial is that it doesn’t take a professional to do. With a few supplies and a little time, you can give yourself a facial at home following these steps:
1Create Peace and Quiet
When you are getting a facial at a spa, a majority of the time you are in a room alone with only the facialist. When giving yourself a facial at home, create a sanctuary some place in your home where you can be alone and relax. Go into your bathroom away from your spouse, kids, pets, or anyone else in your home that may cause disruption and distraction. Close the door, play some soft music, light some candles and allow the aromatherapy and solitude to give you a spa-like experience.
Once you are in the location that you would like to do the facial, take a minute to get prepared. During this time you should gather all the supplies you need, lay the products out in an organized manner, and place them in the order of use. This will allow you to move through your facial easily without getting confused or accidentally using the wrong product. A list of some of the products and items you will need to give yourself a facial at home are:
- Headband to keep hair away from face
- A few dry towels of different sizes
- Sink or large bowl of warm water
- Cotton balls or cotton rounds
- Makeup remover
- Hand soap
- Extractor tool
3Wash Your Hands
Before you begin the process of giving yourself a facial, clean those hands! Take a minute to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap prior to touching your skin. It is crucial to remove the bacteria from your hands so you do not transfer them to your skin, which could potentially cause problems such as acne and oily skin. Through this process, you will be using your hands to both apply the products as well as wash them off so you must ensure your hands are sterile.
Many spas will provide you with a robe to wear during your facial. This allows you to be comfortable and relaxed and also gives the facialist better access to your face, neck, and chest without your clothing getting in the way. So when you are ready to give yourself a facial, slip into a nice robe. When choosing what kind of robe to wear, look for one that is made from soft material, as well as one you can easily move in. Although thick, plush robes feel divine, they are more prone to raising an individual’s body heat and cause sweating. You want to have the exposed areas of your skin covered to prevent getting a chill, but you want to keep your body at a regular temperature so you are neither hot nor cold.
The Solid Basic Robe by KicKee Pants Womenswear is ideal to wear for your at-home facial. It is made from soft, quality material that provides the ultimate comfort. Combining long sleeves and a calf-length, this robe covers most of your body keeping you at a desired temperature. The sleeves are tight-fitting which allows you to complete your facial routine without having to worry about your sleeves getting wet or dipping in products. Each robe is available in multiple colors or patterns and also has a matching nightgown to accompany it or can be mixed and matched to create your own style.
The Solid Twist Nightgown has a flattering design and is perfect for both sleeping or lounging. The wide neck of the nightgown will allow you to take it on and off without having to worry about transferring the products you just put on your face onto the clothing. The Solid Basic Robe and Solid Twist Nightgown are the perfect sleepwear set for both pregnant and non-pregnant women. The stretchy material will allow you to wear these items year round as your belly changes in size if you find yourself expecting. Either way, you’ll want to stay in this nightgown/robe combo long after your facial is over.
Although you will be washing your face, sometimes it takes more than one method to completely remove makeup. Sometimes you have a thick application of makeup or you utilize waterproof makeup products that are difficult to take off. Before washing your face with your cleanser, use a makeup wipe or micellar water to remove a majority of the makeup. Depending on the coverage, you may need to use multiple wipes to ensure the makeup is off as best as possible.
Using a generous amount of cleanser and warm water, begin to gently wash your face. Using your fingers, massage the cleanser into your skin with circular motions. This will remove the remaining makeup and oils that are on your face. Make sure to cover your entire face with the cleanser and even bring down onto your neck and upper chest. When trying to select a cleanser to use, you may be overwhelmed with all the different varieties available. To find one right for you, read the label and check the ingredients of any product before using it on your skin.
If you have a skincare brand that you love and trust using on your face, see if they offer a collection of several products that compliment each other and work together to produce glowing results. The Pink Collection by Leah Lani Skincare offers four essentials that fit perfectly into your facial routine. Incorporate the Kalima Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder, the Meli GLOW Illuminative Nectar Mask, the Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toning Mist, and the Bless Beauty Balm into your at home facial routine to cleanse, hydrate, treat and moisturize.
If you have never heard of cleansing powder, you may not initially think of a face wash but it will change the way you clean your skin. The Kalima Cleansing Powder by Leah Lani is a cleanser in powder form that you activate with water. Pour some of the cleansing powder into the palm of your hand and add a small amount of water to produce an effervescent pink mixture. You will immediately begin to smell the aromas of soft vanilla, hibiscus flower, and citrus. Spread onto your face and allow the silkening coconut milk, oatmeal, vitamins, fruits, clays, and vanilla beans to work to soften and clean your skin. Also doubling as an exfoliator, the Kalima Cleansing Powder increases collagen and smooths your complexion. This cleansing power will even assist in fading any post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that you have on your face.
The perfect time to treat any acne you may have is after having thoroughly cleansed your face. Acne is inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin. The main causes of acne include genetics, stress, diet, hormone imbalance, medications, and beauty routine. Acne can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of if not treated correctly with a regular skincare routine. Many people get fed up and frustrated trying different acne products with little to no success. One of the most effective ways to treat acne is with blue light technology. Blue light acne therapy uses an LED light directed at pores to attack acne-causing bacteria. Blue light technology is frequently used by dermatologists and facialists when treating acne; however, these treatments can be extremely expensive.
If your skin type is prone acne, you may want to invest in your own blue light tool. Foreo, one of the leading companies in skin and oral care has created an at-home blue light acne treatment tool called Espada. Espada is a small, hand-held tool that will help you gain control of your acne issues. By simply holding Espada to your acne, the laser-precision targeting combines with T-Sonic pulsations to help heal the affected area.
When you’re ready to use Espada, simply turn it on and place the device at the desired area of treatment. Pulsations will automatically be emitted for 30 seconds, intensifying gradually and stopping once the 30 seconds is over, alerting you to move on to the next acne spot. The light and pulsations cause no pain or irritation and you will immediately begin to experience fewer breakouts and clearer skin. Espada comes in a travel pouch and is lightweight enough to be portable whenever necessary. One charge will allow for 50 uses and Espada is 100% waterproof. You will find that Espada is fast-acting, easy to use, cost-effective and an ideal tool to use in your skincare routine.
An electric steamer is ideal for steaming your face; however, if you do not have one there are other ways to achieve the effects of a steamer. One way is to allow steam to build up in a hot shower, but this requires you interrupt your facial to take a shower. The alternative is to fill a bowl with hot water and hold your face over the water for a few minutes. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam in, but don’t place your face too close to the water. The purpose of the steam is to open up your pores and soften any blemishes making extracting easier. The steam also acts as a moisturizer and really preps your face for the remainder of the facial.
Doing extractions basically means popping pimples. The goal of extracting is to remove bacteria from the infected area of your skin so it may heal faster. Although using two fingers to pop a pimple is the age-old way, an extractor tool is much more efficient and cleanly. With a sterilized tool, place the extractor over the blackhead and gently press until the oil plug exits the hole. If you do not have an extractor tool, you can place tissues over your fingers and attempt to extract that way. Be careful not to let either the fingernails or the extractor tool dig into your skin too much to avoid cutting the skin and potentially scarring it. After each successful extraction, it is crucial to immediately wipe the spot with astringent on a cotton ball allowing the pore to be disinfected while it is still open.
Exfoliation is an important part of a facial. This step in the process removes dead skin cells and leaves skin softer and more radiant. Using your favorite exfoliator, gently massage the scrub onto your face in a circular motion. You can also bring the exfoliant down to your neck and upper chest. Rinse your face, neck, and chest well to remove all excess granules. Although the point of exfoliation is to scrub your face, you will want to use a gentle and smoothing exfoliator.
The Avocado and Sea Moss Exfoliator from Be Well is an ultra-fine skin polisher proven to reveal softer, smoother skin. Made from natural, organic ingredients, this exfoliator is unlike others. The avocado is full of antioxidants that are known for protecting your skin, while the high vitamin and mineral content of the Irish sea moss hydrates and nourishes your skin.
In the jar as a loose powder, the Avocado and Sea Moss Exfoliator is meant to be mixed with water or rose water to create your own blend. To minimize messes, Be Well has created the perfect sized mixing bowl that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand to customize your paste consistency. Using the palm wood mixing spoon, scoop out a dime-sized amount of the Avocado and Sea Moss Exfoliator and pour into the terracotta glazed mixing bowl. Next, drizzle your desired amount of water into the bowl until you have a paste of your desired consistency.
11Apply a Mask
Masking is another important part of a facial that cannot be skipped. According to Early Care, applying a mask to your face is one of the easiest ways to get healthy and supple skin within a few minutes. The top five benefits of using a face mask include, refined pores, increased hydration, diminished fine lines, even skin tone, and firmer skin. Since most masks require the product be left on your face for approximately 15-20 minutes, this step is also a good time to take a break and relax. If you have a cucumber at home, cut a couple thin slices and place them over your eyes while you let the mask dry on your face. Cucumbers on your eyes help reduce puffiness and swelling, eliminate dark circles, prevent saggy eyes, and reduce wrinkles around the eyes.
Also from the Leah Lani Pink Collection is the Meli GLOW Nectar Mask. Every time you apply this mask you are strengthening the skin with enzymes and antioxidant oils for hydration. With beautiful scents of wildcrafted fruits and nectar, the Meli GLOW Nectar Mask will increase your blood circulation and oxygenation leaving your skin soft and supple with a rosy glow. The Meli GLOW mask is made with organic raw honey from Hawaii and stimulating clays that will sink into your skin to illuminate and stimulate.
Everyone should use toner in their facial routine, but it is especially helpful if your skin is oily or prone to breakouts. Toner can help shrink pores, restore skin’s pH balance, protect, moisturize, and refresh skin. The Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner from Leah Lani’s Pink Collection is a toner in a pump bottle. This allows you to spray it on to your face which will ensure it is evenly misted across your skin. Infused with pure Hawaiian spring water, aloe, and calendula, the Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner will heal, repair, and calm your skin. Filled with lavender, blue tansy, and rose geranium, this toner provides skin with the minerals it needs to increase cellular metabolism and reduce inflammation. You will find a beautiful surprise in each bottle of the Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner, a pure rose quartz gemstone from Hawaii. In addition to the many benefits of toning, you will notice your complexion is more youthful, balanced, and revitalized after using the Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner.
One of the last steps of your at home facial will be to moisturize. Although this is an important aspect of a facial, you really should be moisturizing your skin on a daily basis. Moisturizer protects your face by creating a barrier that holds in water to prevent dryness. Regularly moisturizing will help you maintain a youthful appearance and repair damage such as cracked or dry skin.
The final component of Leah Lani’s Pink Collection is the Bless Beauty Balm. This moisturizer is free of water, wax, and emulsifiers, but rich in organic shea and cocoa butters, cold pressed beauty oils, orange blossom, and blue tansy. With your fingers, rub this balm into your skin and leave on your face to produce silky smooth results. The Bless Beauty Balm can also be used on your lips to keep them hydrated and soft.
14Don’t Forget About Eyes and Lips
When giving yourself a facial, you become so focused on your skin that you sometimes overlook important facial features such as your eyes and lips. The eyes and lips deserve the same amount of care that you’ve provided for the rest of your face. There are many lip masks that can be used to heal and prevent cracked or chapped lips and should always be followed with a moisturizing lip balm after using.
To reduce puffiness and redness around the eyes, the Replenish Oil Roller should be used on a daily basis. Another amazing product from Be Well, known as “liquid gold”, 13 organic superfood oils are combined in a 10ml glass roller bottle with a stainless steel roller ball to glide the oil onto your skin. Use the Replenish Oil Roller both before bed and again in the morning to help reduce fine lines and fade dark circles around your eyes.
If we had the means, many of us would jump at the opportunity to receive a professional facial on a monthly basis or more. Unfortunately, there can be several downsides to going to a spa for these treatments. In addition to the high prices, you have to abide by strict appointment times, are potentially exposed to germs from improperly sterilized equipment, and risk being set with a newer facialist just starting out. Save yourself the trouble however by committing to a simple, at-home spa/facial routine, and we promise you will feel even more relaxed and love your own personalized experience.
For more information on skincare and skincare product recommendations, check out our Ultimate Skincare Guide.
Sources: Top 5 Benefits of Using a Face Mask, 7 Proven Benefits of Cucumber for Eyes , 6 Reasons why you Should Add Face Toner to your Beauty Routine, How to Moisturize Your Face
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