Facial at home like a pro. We have an easy to follow step by step facial guide with the products you already have!
We know how you feel, not seeing your esthetician for weeks. We feel it too. Stay at home policy may affect your skin for better or for worse. And that is your choice.
In the most stressful situations, we like to try and find something that can keep us positive. And what could better describe positive than relaxing spa-level facial?
Good facial can help you refresh your skin, and also decreasing stress and anxiety levels.
We prepared you easy-to-follow a step-by-step guide for a professional DIY at-home facial. Let’s bring back that glow, girl!
Step 0. Prepare
What will you need?
Any good facials start with good preparation. And we want to assure you, that you won’t need any fancy products. A facial can be easily done with all you already have in your bathroom and maybe even in your kitchen!
- Gentle or double cleanser
- Steamer or bowl with boiling water
- Chemical exfoliator or face scrub
- Detoxifying or clay face mask (can use many different alternatives)
Step 1. Double Cleanse
Before we start extracting all the dirt from deeper layers of the skin, let’s make sure our skin surface is clean and prepared.
For effective cleansing choose double cleanse using a warm face towel. So you not only give your face a good cleanse but also help to open pores and prepare your skin for the next step.
What is double cleanse?
Double cleanse is a way to cleanse your skin using both oil-soluble and water-soluble products. Our skin gets exposed to hundreds of different environments trough the time and attracts all types of dirt. Even the skincare products used daily can stay on our skin surface for a countless amount of time if not cleanse properly.
How do I double cleanse?
First of all, you need to start with an oil-based cleanser. Oil cleanser will help you dissolve all the dirt which is trapped under oily parts of your face. In case you do not have one at home, you can use a tiny amount of coconut or any other facial oil.
The second part of the double cleanse is using a water-based cleanser. For this you can choose any gentle cleanser, just to remove all the oil and leftover dirt from your first cleanse.
Step 2. Steam
Although you already used a warm face towel and that helps to open pores, for better results good steam can help even more to soften your face and open all the microchannels in your skin, therefore you will be able to cleanse all the dirt from deeper layers of your skin. We have a couple of home steamers we like, however, if you don’t have one you can use a bowl with boiling water, keeping your face close to the steam. Add some extra sea salt and essential oil to get the relaxing and spa-like feeling.
Step 3. Chemical Exfoliation
You know that feeling when you touch your nose and it leaves you feeling like you’re touching sandpaper? First thought, blackheads.
Well, guess what, those are not even blackheads. The little greasy bumps in your t-zone are called sebaceous filaments and the real blackheads hide just behind them. To get your blackhead extracted first you will need to remove sebaceous filaments and there is no better way than a chemical exfoliator.
A chemical exfoliator will slowly melt all the dirt in your pores, helping to clean all the sebaceous filaments and even parts of your blackheads.
Chose the right chemical exfoliator depending on your skin type, if you are looking to learn more about chemical exfoliators and how to choose the right one, read AHA vs BHA: Acids in Skincare, where you will find a full guide selecting the right chemical exfoliator for you.
Step 4. Extraction
Now when your pores are open, sebaceous filaments are cleared and we have access to deeper layers of your skin, time to do the extraction. The best way to extract dirt from your skin is by using clay, benzoyl peroxide or charcoal-based masks.
The minerals in masks are highly effective for absorbing oil and detoxifying your skin.
Apply whichever you have by your hand and give yourself a relaxing 15min break, while the mask will dry.
In case you run out of all the facial masks, we have a secret recipe for you, using only 2 ingredients.
A couple of drops of benzoyl peroxide 3% and a tablespoon of dry (or fresh) yeast. Mixed it up altogether apply a thick layer all over your T-zone and think layer on the more sensitive parts of your face. Leave it for 10-15min and rinse it with warm water.
Step 5. Time to tone!
When your mask has dried, clean it with a warm face towel, making sure you do not lave any excess of the mask on your face. Time to tone! After washing your face so many times and using all the harsh cleansing products, you really want to bring that pH back to balance. Use hydrating or calming toner, so your skin can start relaxing.
Step 6. Feed your skin
When your skin is toned and dry, time to serve some nutrients to your skin. For this, you can use your favorite sheet mask or active serum. Most recommended would be vitamin C serum or mild retinol. Apply it on the dry skin and let it melt in for a couple of minutes. At this step, you also can give yourself a quick massage with a face roller or lightly pressing tips of your fingers.
Step 7. Moisturize
Now when your skin is clean and hydrated, time to lock all the hydration we have created. You can add a thick layer of your favorite nighttime moisturizer or if you going straight to bed add a sleeping mask, so your skin is protected from all the dust and pollutants all night long.
We promise the next morning your skin will look glowy and clean like after any spa-level facial.