How to Give Yourself a Spa-Level Facial at Home

How to give yourself a facial at home

Getting a facial is one of the most enjoyable things you can do for yourself. But it’s equally expensive. So, why not learn how to give yourself a facial at home? It’s the ultimate self-care and the perfect way to spend an evening or a Sunday. It’s relaxing and therapeutic. Not to mention, great for your skin!

Creating an at-home spa and giving yourself a facial is way less expensive than getting one at a spa. But that doesn’t mean we should keep things minimal or superficial. After all, the difference between a skincare routine and a DIY at-home facial is the fact that the latter takes much longer.

So even if you don’t want to splurge on anti-aging face tools to enrich your experience, you’re going to want to stretch out every step of the facial and take your time with it.

Keep scrolling to find out how to give yourself a spa-level facial at home.

How To Do a Facial at Home

Step 1. Create the Ambiance

That’s the major difference between a skincare routine and a proper facial, isn’t it? Being in a hurry and squeezing every step into 5 minutes is what you do on a Monday morning.

So, there’s no limit here. Light up your scented candles, put on some music, put on your silk robe, and put on a hairband. Get in the mood!

Step 2. Start with a Clean Face

This is the first step of your at-home facial. Instead of rubbing your cleanser onto your face for 30 seconds and washing it off, take your time with it. Do a double cleanse.

Use an oil cleanser to melt away the makeup. Massage it in to dissolve everything. Use a warm cloth to wipe everything off. Then move on to your regular cleansing step. Wash your face thoroughly and rinse it off.

Step 3. Steam

Steaming is essential in any facial. If you own one, use your face steamer to warm up the skin and open up your pores. If you don’t have one, put some hot water into a bowl and lean over to steam your face.

Put a proper distance from the bowl, about 10 inches, and let the steam warm up your skin for about 5-10 minutes. When you’re done, pat your face dry.

If you have very sensitive skin or rosacea, either do it for a couple of minutes or completely skip this step because steaming can be irritating for sensitive skin.

Step 4. Apply Clay Mask

This would be time to do some extractions if it was a professional facial. But when an at-home facial is concerned, try clay masks to unclog pores and remove impurities from the skin. You can also use a nose strip or peel-off mask for blackheads.

And since we’re going for spa vibes, try using tools for applying masks. Use an old makeup brush to spread out the clay mask instead of using your fingers. When you’re done, use a warm cloth to get rid of the mask.

Step 5. Exfoliate Gently

Your skin is super ready to absorb your skincare. That means your products will be more effective. And it’s time to apply your exfoliant.

Exfoliants come in all forms. Instead of using a leave-on liquid peel, try something gentler like a peel pad to wipe your face with. A low-concentration glycolic acid pad is going to remove the dead skin cells and also brighten up the skin.

If you have oily, acne-prone skin, use a salicylic acid pad to clear up pores. Use your peel pad on dry skin and give it 5 minutes until your skin fully absorbs.

Step 6. Put On a Sheet Mask

Now that you’re done, it’s time to bring back the glow. Use a hydrating sheet mask to plump up the skin and achieve that post-facial glow. Apply your juiciest sheet mask and use a Jade roller to massage it in.

Once you’re done with the sheet mask, remove it and keep massaging the leftovers using the roller. It’ll help with absorption and de-puffing. Remember, masks are the most fun part of giving yourself a facial at home.

So try binge-masking or applying colorful masks to make things different from a regular skincare routine. Again, no rush!

Additionally, gel masks and hydrogel under-eye patches go really well with this step. Your skin is fresh as a daisy, so hydrating products really amp up your glow.

Step 7. Apply a Serum

Your serum has the lightest consistency. Before using your creams, apply your favorite serum onto your freshly plumped skin. Make it a dewy-finish one to add some glow.

If you have dry skin, even a simple hydrating serum will make all the difference for your skin and bring about a natural glow to your complexion and some flush of color to your cheeks. You can also use a brightening serum to revive and energize the skin.

To enhance this step, you can use a Gua Sha tool to give yourself a massage. Your serum will make the tool glide easily on the skin. Start from the mid-face. You always want to go outward and upward to tone the skin.

Step 8. Moisturize

Get a pea-sized amount of your moisturizer and gently pat it on. Instead of slathering your face with it and possibly moving around products, try pressing it in to keep the glow in place.

Don’t forget to apply your eye cream. And drag your moisturizer down to the neck and chest as well.

Step 9. Add Some Oil

This is optional but it does make a difference, especially during colder months. Get a few drops of your facial oil and pat it on your cheeks to lock everything in.

Face oils are glow-boosters by default. They increase radiance and keep the skin moisturized for longer. Now your face is plump and glowing. As a final touch, use a lip balm to bring out the color of your lips.


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