I’ve combined knowledge obtained from previous professional facials, YouTube videos, and various credible books and websites to provide a step-by-step process in giving you a spa-like facial at home. Whereas a typical facial can cost anywhere between $150-$250, this mini facial can be done for a third of that price (ballin’ on a budget). Whether you simply want to pamper yourself or are seeking the many benefits facials can offer your skin, I personally suggest giving yourself one once a week. A professional facial is not necessary for someone in their early 20’s unless you have major skin concerns (as told by my esthetician). I receive one once a year; otherwise in order to continue saving money I do these mini facials once a week at home!
Before going into detail about the facial process, I want to discuss and give some background as to why I decided to make this post. Between school and work I am constantly feeling stressed out. Working for Hooters is a great experience but being surrounded by fried foods and running around all day has definitely taken a toll on my skin. One way I am able to stay in control and take care of myself is by eating healthy and making sure I properly care for my skin and body. Doing once a week facials allows me to take time out of my schedule to relax and purely focus on myself.
A traditional facial starts with removing the makeup and cleansing the skin, just as your typical skincare routine would begin. An esthetician sometimes will use a Clarisonic during this phase just to ensure that all makeup and dirt is cleaned off the surface of the skin before beginning the next step.
Once your skin has been thoroughly cleaned, the following step is a facial steam. When I received a facial at Spa Jardin, my esthetician steamed my face for approximately 20 minutes. Steaming causes your face to sweat, opening up the pores. This releases toxins and allows the dirt and other impurities clogging them to come to the surface. Steaming your face also allows your skin to become more receptive to skincare treatments you’ll be doing afterwards. I use the My Little Steamer Go Mini and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water (it smells amazing and helps calm acne). If you don’t have a steamer on hand, just boil a pot of water and pour it into a bowl. Place your face over the bowl of steaming water to allow the steam to penetrate your pores. I would suggest steaming your face 5 to 10 minutes.
Immediately after steaming your face it is important to follow with a scrub while your pores are still penetrable. The steam softens the surface layer of the skin where you can then gently scrub to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliation should be done one to two times per week in order to avoid the build up of skin cells, which can result in excess oil, clogged pores, and blemishes. A face and body scrub I am currently obsessed with is the Ocean Salt scrub by Lush Cosmetics. This is a “coarse and fine sea salt scrub with organic lime juice to brighten and avocado butter to soften.” It leaves your skin soft, supple, and prepped for the facemask that follows. A cheap alternative to this scrub is Studio 35’s Loofah & Terry Cloth Facial Buff, which can be found at your local Walgreens. Just apply your facial cleanser to the damp loofah and gently scrub your face in upward, circular motions.
After thoroughly scrubbing your skin, it is now prepped for the next step: a face mask. Apply a mask that best suits your skin and what problem areas you are trying to correct. There are numerous options on the market right now for these: deep pore cleansing, hydration, antioxidant, and so on. Be sure to research and read reviews from previous users about the product. Two companies I personally trust with my skincare products are Lush and Fresh. Lush’s handmade cosmetics are 100% vegetarian and natural. They are gentle on the skin and use fresh and natural ingredients that help detoxify the skin. A mask by this company I recently fell in love with is the Mask of Magnaminty. This mask is “packed full of peppermint, kaolin, and scrubby aduki beans for deeply cleansed skin.” When you first apply it your face begins to tingle because of the peppermint and after washing it off your skin feels completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
The other line I suggest is fresh. “Fresh is pure beauty.” This company uses natural ingredients, creating timeless products that not only smell amazing, but also are effective. Two masks in particular I’ve used the last four years are the Rose Face Mask and Sugar Face Polish. The Rose Face Mask is a gel formula infused with rose petals. After using this mask your face appears dewy and supple because of its hydrating qualities. The Sugar Face Polish has dual purposing, where it exfoliates the skin and acts as a mask. You can either gently scrub your skin and wash it off or leave it on for ten minutes for the brown sugar, strawberry seeds, and plum and grape seed oils to really penetrate the skin. This mask reveals a more radiant complexion after usage because of its exfoliating and hydrating properties.
The last step and easiest is applying a moisturizer after thoroughly rinsing off your face mask. During the day I use a light moisturizer that contains spf, whereas during the night I like to sleep with a heavier cream on my face. We naturally lose moisture during the nighttime as we sleep, so it is vitally important to help our skin cells lock in that moisture. In addition, skin cell regeneration is also slightly faster at night, therefore you want to pick a good moisturizer that is really going to absorb into your skin. For the last 3 months I have been using Dermalogica’s Super Rich Repair from their Age Smart product line. This is a deeply nourishing cream for dry and dehydrated skin. “Powerful peptides help encourage collagen-producing activities while an acid-free soothing complex supports elasticity and tone.”
This facial routine should take about 30 minutes and you’ll achieve the results of radiant, glowing skin afterwards. Skin is the body’s largest organ, constantly being exposed to dirt and debris clogging your pores. Although I mentioned certain products throughout this post, feel free to switch them up with what best works for your skin. Also, if you have any suggestions on natural product lines I should try, please let me know!