If we were to rank our self care rituals, making a trip to the spa for a facial with our favorite esthetician is near the top. That said, with COVID-19 still a concern, not everyone is comfortable venturing out of the house just yet. With the help of a few trusty products, you can give yourself a facial at home that’s seriously spa-worthy. Whether you want to go all out with a full 6-step facial or just add a new pampering product to your usual at-home routine, you’ll look refreshed and feel relaxed.
Cleanse skin with a non-irritating, purifying cleanser.
Start your at-home facial using this gel cleanser containing afaLUXE, an amino acid-based antioxidant that improves skin’s moisture, along with vitamin C and Dead Sea minerals. This clarifying cleanser helps prevent future breakouts, as glycolic and salicylic acids team up to clear blackheads and refine pores. If acne isn’t a concern, try the LovelySkin LUXE Gentle Cream Cleanser, which also contains afaLUXE but forgoes the acne-fighting ingredients and hydrates as it cleanses. Thoroughly rinse your face with water and pat dry with a towel before moving on to the next step.
Exfoliate to buff away dead skin cells.
Never heard of a fizzofoliant? It’s Eminence’s clever name for this exfoliating powder, which fizzes and foams when you add water. Combine a small amount with a few drops of water on your palm and rub your hands until it lathers. Massage into skin (take care to avoid the sensitive skin around your eyes), rinse and gently pat dry. Rice flour and adzuki bean powder gently exfoliate without causing irritation.
Pro Tip: If you’re pressed for time, you can skip a step by mixing the powder directly into your cleanser for an all-in-one double cleanse!
Steam your face to remove impurities.
Giving yourself a facial at home with steam provides multiple benefits for your skin. Steaming helps draw out built-up bacteria, sebum and dirt that’s dwelling inside your pores. This not only will prevent future breakouts, but because pores actually appear larger when filled with impurities, your pores will look smaller after a steam. This professional-grade facial steamer is easy to use and has a wide nozzle to provide full coverage across your face. Now that your pores are clear, the products you apply in the final steps of your facial will also absorb more effectively.
Apply a professional-grade peel.
Ready for more radiant skin? A spa-quality resurfacing peel such as this one by Obagi, which is offered at the LovelySkin Spa, will do the trick. Make sure your skin is completely dry before applying this treatment with a cotton pad. “This peel has three different acids: lactic, glycolic and salicylic,” says board-certified dermatologist and LovelySkin CEO Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Together, they exfoliate the outer-most layer of skin, improving its texture and reducing hyperpigmentation.” One box has four vials, each good for 1-2 weekly treatments.
Hydrate with an anti-aging moisturizer.
After a powerful, professional-grade peel, your skin may feel a little tight or dry, which is perfectly normal. To help, apply a thin layer of your favorite non-irritating moisturizer to keep skin calm and comfortable. We recommend the Triple Lipid Restore because this anti-aging moisturizer features 2% ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids. It provides skin the long-lasting hydration it needs with some added rejuvenating benefits as well!
Finish your facial with a massage.
Get ready to roll your way to relaxation. Ending your at-home facial by massaging your face with a jade roller has many benefits, including promoting lymphatic drainage, reducing puffiness and helping products better penetrate your skin. Use this roller in upward motions across your face and neck for 5-10 minutes. The roller’s larger end works well for your cheeks, neck and forehead, while the smaller end is meant for use near your temples and around your eyes.
What products are you using to pamper yourself at home during the pandemic? Please share with us in the comments.