Author, Jasmine Chante Russell, @jchante__ on IG.
An at-home facial is a great way to give yourself the DIY spa experience. A personal manicure and pedicure plus properly done facial, along with the perfect ambiance, is perfect when you’re seeking an authentic spa day in the comfort of your own home.
The best thing about an at-home facial is that it doesn’t require a large arsenal of tools and products. Just a few products along with proper technique can offer you man of the same skin softening and smoothing benefits of a professional facial.
Step 1: Double Cleanse
Recently, aestheticians and beauty publications have recommended the double cleansing method for fresh, clean skin free of dirt and dead skin cells for when it’s just a regular cleanse, as well as prepared for the rest of your routine when you’re giving yourself a facial.
Begin with an oil-based cleanser to get rid of stubborn makeup and dirt. Even if you aren’t beginning with makeup on, it’s likely that was at least some left behind from the last time you wore makeup, especially with today’s emphasis on longwear products.
Massage the cleanser into your skin, breaking through the top layer of build-up. Next, splash your face a couple of times with slightly warm water and then massage again. Next thoroughly rinse your face or gently wipe it with a clean face cloth or cotton pad.
The second cleanse should be done with a gel or cream cleanser. This step serves to draw out impurities that can deposit deep in your skin such as sweat and bacteria. Take some time with this part and try to spend about two minutes massage scrubbing your face lightly to get a non-abrasive but still deep cleanse.
Step 2: Exfoliate
As always, after you cleanse you should exfoliate, a term I’m sure you’ve heard before but may not know exactly what it means. It’s probably number one on the list of skincare jargon we often throw around without clearly defining.
Exfoliating is simply getting rid of whatever dead skin cell may be left behind because even after a double-cleanse, unless your daily skin cleansing routine is rigorous, it’s very easy for impurities to build-up on your face. Plus, this is a spa-routine so we want to make sure not to skip any skincare steps.
Physical exfoliation includes scrubbing your face with a tool such as exfoliation mitts, dry brushes or a loofah. You may also use a scrub made out of items likely already in your kitchen including coffee grounds, brown sugar, milk and honey. Or, if you’re in the mood you can always do a little of both.
Step 3: Mask
Charcoal masks work well with oily and acne-prone skin. Refinne’s GLOW Charcoal Mask is a clay charcoal mask uniquely designed to both draw out impurities and retain moisture while nourishing the skin. The formula is vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, sulfate free as well as carcinogen free and includes kaolin clay and lecithin.
For further pampering, you can also include area-specific products like Refinne’s LIVELY Eye Gel to the mask section of your DIY facial. The eye gel was designed to decrease the appearance of eye fatigue, puffiness and dark circles while hydrating and smoothing the appearance of the skin around the eyes. Some key ingredients include cucumber, vitamins E and K, shea and caffeine.
Step 4: Moisturize and Massage
This step can be personalized depending on your skin needs, goal and how much time you have. Here’s where you get to apply whatever products your heart desires to fulfill your at-home spa experience, but no matter which or how many products you use it is important to make sure a moisturizer is utilized at some point.
If you plan to use a few products keep a few things in mind: serums before moisturizers and apply products thinnest to thickest. These techniques, along with soothing ambiance music and aromatherapy using candles or wax melts can transform your home into your personal spa, allowing yourself to nourish your skin right at home.
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