It’s time to pamper yourself.
You can enjoy the benefits of a facial without leaving the comforts of home.
All it takes is a few minutes of shopping and a little free time.
What do you need for a facial?
When you visit the spa, they do a multi-step skin treatment.
A visit may cost seventy-five dollars or more.
For twenty-five or less, you can buy everything you need to do it at home.
At a minimum, you’ll need skin cleanser, exfoliator, and a mask or hydrating cream.
Chances are you have some of these things already.
Let’s look at the steps and products.
How to do a home facial
Start with cleansing.
For this part, you could use your regular face wash and warm water.
Take off your makeup and relax.
Plus, when you use a product that you’re familiar with, you’re unlikely to end up with irritated skin.
Next, it’s time to exfoliate.
Before you begin, you might want to steam your face to open the pores.
Close your eyes and hold your face over a bowl of steaming hot water for a few minutes. You can drape a towel over your head to hold in the vapor.
Then, if you have dry or sensitive skin, go easy. Instead of a scrub, use a gentle exfoliator.
This could be a motorized brush like the Clarisonic and a creamy cleanser.
Or you might opt for an exfoliating peel with glycolic or lactic acid.
Skip the scrubs unless you have oily skin.
You don’t need to scour your face to do a good job. The idea is to cleanse the pores and remove dead skin.
A red complexion just means you’ve overdone it.
Now, it’s time for extractions. This is a step best left to the professionals.
You might take the time to pluck stray hairs instead.
If you have the proper equipment to extract blackheads and know how to use it, you could give it a try.
Be sure to cleanse your skin again afterward to avoid spreading the bacteria around.
At this point, it’s really nice to have a friend nearby. If you’ve teamed up to do a facial together, give each other a face massage.
If you’re on your own, gently rub your cheekbones and temples with a circular motion. Be careful with the delicate skin around the eyes.
You might find that massaging the thick part of the hand by the thumb feels nice, too.
Finally, apply your favorite face mask. The top choices are clay masks to detox and reduce oiliness or a hydrating mask to rejuvenate dry skin.
My favorite choice is an anti-aging Japanese face mask. It feels so refreshing and leaves my skin plump and soft.
In fact, some sheet masks are so restorative you can skip the night cream before bed.
Can a facial reduce wrinkles?
Facials make your skin look and feel fabulous for a short while, at least.
But if you want to get rid of wrinkles or hyperpigmentation, a one-time treatment won’t be enough.
Retinol is possibly the best way to resurface your complexion. It does take a few weeks to make a difference.
Ways to make your treatment at home feel more special
I bet you can think of ways to make your spa facial a unique experience.
You might be thinking of soaking in the tub with a glass of wine nearby and candles flickering in the background.
I find that certain smells make the experience more appealing. I add essential oil to the bathwater or burn a special candle.
Also, listen to your favorite music.
Whatever you do, make it a relaxing treat for yourself.
Even if you don’t have the budget right now to splurge, I have an idea for you.
Why not request product samples and try out a new cleanser, moisturizer, or exfoliator?
Or ask a friend to let you try a couple of squirts of her favorite products.