How to DIY a Facial at Home
Is your skin feeling dry or is it showing a little bit of color? Something like that , there is nothing like a facial to bring your pores back to life. I don't just mean slapping on a sheet mask here. I mean the whole spacivan. Since everyone is finding themselves trapped at home these days (and we all need spa time more than ever), Orlando, Florida licensed esthetician and InstaNatural, performs spa-level facials from the comfort of home. To find out how. So, go ahead and pamper yourself - you deserve it.
1 Double Cleansing
A good facial stars with a clean base. Double cleansing is a big part of everyday life, but it's especially important to start your facial with this method to deeply cleanse the skin and remove all makeup, dirt and debris, says Wilson. First, use a makeup remover balm to completely remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from the face. Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser ($34; sephora.com ). Next, follow up with your favorite foam or gel cleanser to make sure everything is squeaky clean. Do this with the PMDClean Smart Facial Cleansing Device ($99; sephora.com ), which uses 7,000 vibrations per minute with heated technology for a deeper clean.
Wilson recommends buffing the skin with a choice of chemical peels or exfoliating masks that contain physical exfoliating properties, depending on the level of exfoliation needed for the skin. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($59; ulta.com ), which can be mixed with a little water to make a paste. For a more intensive treatment, try InstaNatural Glycolic Peel ($24; instanatural.com ), which reduces wrinkles, discoloration, and the appearance of pores. A dermaplanning tool can also help: a version of Stacked Skincare ($75; sephora.com ) was developed by a professional esthetician in a sustainable way to safely remove dead skin cells and excess peach fuzz from the house.
This step is optional (but probably the most relaxing). Not only is it meditative, but steaming your face can help you open up your pores and soak in all the skin goodness to come. The Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer ($149; sephora.com ), with its compact design, heats up in less than a minute alongside distilled water. If you don't have a mini-steamer on hand, you can use the steam from a hot shower to achieve the same effect.
4. Serum and massage
Facial massage is not only comfortable, but also wonderful for skin health, says Wilson. Taking a few minutes to deliberately give yourself a lymphatic facial massage, using tools such as gua sha stones, jade rollers, and even your hands, will increase the skin's energy and help rid the face of puffiness. Be sure to apply a serum or facial oil to prevent pulling on the skin (the rolling process will help penetrate the product). If you need a recommendation, the Skin Gym Face Sculptor Beauty Roller ($69; ulta.com ) is a cult favorite from beauty editors and estheticians.
5. Tone and mask
By this point, your face should already look and feel softer. It's time to reset your skin's balance and hydration levels. Mist your skin with a gentle moisturizing toner to help balance and calm it, says Wilson. Follow up by applying your favorite replenishing mask, which infuses the skin with ingredients that help address specific skin issues. Foreo UFO ($199; sephora.com ), which combines a masking formula with heating, cooling, and T-Sonic pulsation for maximum absorption. When you're done, remove the mask with a warm, damp muslin cloth and gently wipe everything away in small movements, without dragging the skin.
Finish the facial with a light application of a replenishing moisturizer. Avoid those that contain acids or retinol. Applying these after exfoliation can cause dryness and irritation. Instead, look for soothing moisturizers that contain antioxidants and nourishing oils, Wilson says. As a final step, dab an eye cream under your eyes to give them some love.