A lovely facial, the time where you get to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. However, it may not always refresh your wallet. Facials are nice but they can sometimes be a bit pricey. An at-home facial is the perfect solution because you can show your skin some love and don’t have to break the bank to do it.
Facials are so nice, the first time I ever got one I was about 27. I drove down to Tucson, AZ to surprise my Mom for her birthday. She had booked herself a massage and facial at this cute little spa.
I managed to get the name of the spa and sneakily called and made my own appointment the same day and time as my Mom. One of my best surprises to date if I do say so myself hehe.
The facial was amazing and I was in love! My skin felt so soft and clean after.
I’ve gotten a few facials since then and it’s such a great experience, the only downside is how pricey they can be. But also, there are some nights that I just really want to relax at home. I don’t want to have to drive anywhere and I’d rather hangout in my robe.
So, on nights like this is when I like to show myself some love by doing my own facial.
I don’t do this on a regular basis but mostly when my skin feels like it could use a little somethin somethin, you know.
The Set up
I try to plan ahead of time. Yes, we must schedule time for ourselves! Even if it’s 10 minutes.
I’ll choose a day over the weekend because I have a little bit more time to work with. I would recommend a day that you’re off from work and don’t have to rush off anywhere.
I also like to do my facial in the evening because I can refresh my skin then go to sleep and let it simmer in all the goodness haha.
What You’ll Need
Large glass bowl with hot water
Lavender or Eucalyptus essential oil
Makeup remover wipe – You can check out the reusable ones that I use here.
An exfoliant, mask or scrub
Toner and cotton pad – I also use reusable cotton pads that you can check out here.
Moisturizing mask – I made a DIY one that you can check out below
It’s ok if you don’t have all of these items, you can just follow the steps with what you have on hand. One thing that can be beneficial for your skin is gently massaging it, especially while cleansing or moisturizing. It really helps to get the blood flowing in all the right places.
My skin is very sensitive and dry so I use what works best for me. I don’t use products that contain any type of alcohol, coconut oil, or citrus like lime, lemon, or oranges because I’m allergic to those things.
But of course, I recommend you use what works well for your skin since everyone is different.
Prep The Steam
Before we get into the facial the first thing you’re going to want to do is put some water in a medium pot and bring it to a rolling boil. This is going to act as the steam for your facial.
You can continue with the first three steps while you wait for the water to boil.
Once the water has reached a rolling boil, carefully pour it into a large glass bowl. Then add in about 6-8 drops of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil.
Now, let the facial begin!
1. Remove Makeup
First thing I do is remove my makeup with my reusable cloth. This feels so good after a long day of makeup wearing.
If you choose to do your facial on a makeup-free day then you can just skip this step and move on to the next one.
Gently wipe away your makeup and don’t forget your eyes too.
After all your makeup is off, cleanse your face with what you normally use.
For me, I just use distilled water. I’ve done so much trial and error with various cleansers over the years and most of them contain either one of the ingredients that I’m allergic to.
When I saw an allergist a couple years ago she suggested just trying to cleanse with water. It’s worked for me ever since. Keeping it simple is what my skin likes.
Now, because I only use water I take my time washing my face. I want to make sure it’s as clean as possible. I don’t want any left over makeup, I’m not about that life…gross.
Gently massage your face while cleansing it, from the back of your cheeks to the top of your eyebrows. It feels so soothing. Then rinse your face and pat dry with a towel.
Once your face is nice and clean, next you’re going to exfoliate. What this does is take off all the dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin.
Getting rid of the dead skin cells allows for refreshed and plumper skin on the surface.
I use this mask that I bought from an organic salon that I go to. They also do facials and it was recommended to me by the esthetician. Since my skin is dry it’s important for me to exfoliate but in a way that isn’t too harsh on my skin.
If your skin isn’t as sensitive as mine you might want to try a DIY exfoliant such as brown sugar mixed with a little bit of oil. You’ll want to use a healthy oil such as coconut, avocado, or jojoba.
You can also Google some other DIY recipes that would be good for your skin. I try to look for ingredients that I already have on hand. After all, we’re trying to save some money with this at-home facial.
If you use a mask like I do, you can keep it on for about 10-15 minutes. I leave mine on for 10 minutes.
If you use a scrub then you can rinse it off once you’re done gently massaging it all over your face.
After you’ve rinsed off your mask or scrub, gently pat your face dry with a towel and it’s time for the next step…my favorite.
By this time your bowl of water should be a bit cooled down. This is important because you don’t want to burn your face with the steam. So always remember to let the steam sit for a few minutes before you go to steam your face.
So what you’ll want to do is lean your head over the bowl and place a towel over your head. Allow the towel to cover your head and the bowl so the steam doesn’t escape.
Steaming the face helps to open up the pores and bring moisture back into the skin.
You can steam for a maximum of 20 minutes or as long as you’re able to. It can get a little stuffy under the towel so I will steam for a few minutes, open the towel to let some cool air in, then continue steaming for another few minutes. I do this until I feel it’s been long enough.
Listen to your skin, it will tell you what feels good and what doesn’t. You don’t want to over-steam and end up with a red face. The point is to keep things light, comfortable, and open up your pores a little bit.
This is my favorite part because I can just feel the steam working on my skin, while inhaling the scent of the essential oil. My skin feels so soft after.
So, once you’re done steaming )haha that sounds a little funny), pat your face dry with a towel and it’s time to get a little dirty.
If you’re like “oh this is the part where we act like Dr. Pimple Popper,” then you my friend are correct!
Time to get down and dirty, and clean out those pores. I tend to get blackheads on my nose and it’s the part of my face that I’m constantly working on.
I get rid of them, they come back, and the process starts all over again. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and if not, lucky you!
I don’t have one of those extraction tool thingys so I just use my fingers. I make sure my hands are nice and clean before I get started, and I know this isn’t the top suggested method but it works for me.
How ever you decide to do your extractions just remember to be as gentle as you can. Digging your nail into your skin is never a good idea because it rips it and kinda defeats the purpose of a soothing facial. You can use 2 pieces of toilet paper over your fingers if you need to.
We want to be gentle with our skin and hopefully it’ll thank us later.
6. Moisturizing Mask
Once you’re done with extractions, then it’s time to move on to the fun moisturizing mask, yaay!
For my skin I used a simple avocado and honey mask. I simply mashed 1/4 of an avocado and mixed in 1 tsp of honey.
After everything was all mixed together, I used one of my makeup brushes to brush the mask onto my face. I love how cooling the mask feels on my skin. Healthy skin here we come!
This website also has some great DIY face mask recipes for different skin types.
I let my mask sit for 20 minutes, then with a warm wash cloth I gently wiped it away. This mask in particular is a little tough to rinse off so I found using a washcloth is best.
Once I wiped it all off, I rinsed my face with cool water. This helps to close the pores back up and lock in the moisture.
Are you feeling a bit refreshed yet? I hope so.
Alright we’re almost near the end of our facial adventure and hopefully by now you’re feeling a difference in your skin.
After you’ve rinsed your face, it’s time to tone. Don’t worry I’m not talking about exercise, that’s for another day haha.
Toning the face after your mask will also help to lock in the moisture and all the good things you’ve done for it today.
Finding a toner that didn’t dry out or strip my skin was another task within itself. It took some more trial and error, and lots of research. The toners that are sold in stores always have some type of alcohol in them and that just isn’t good for my skin.
After I was about ready to pull my hair out because I couldn’t seem to find a solution, I stumbled across something called hydrosols.
Mountain Rose Herbs gives a great explanation about them and how they’re developed by distilling fresh leaves from the plant. They tend to be less abrasive than essential oils.
I also read how hydrosols can be a great toner for the skin because they aren’t as harsh. So I ordered me a bottle from Mountain Rose Herbs and haven’t looked back since. This stuff has been a life saver.
They have many different types of hydrosols if you’d like to try one out for your skin, you can find them here.
There are also DIY toners that you can make. I’ve heard apple cider vinegar or witch hazel are good natural toners. I would definitely recommend looking up some natural alternatives because many toners they sell in the stores can be too drying even for oily skin types.
But of course for now, use what you’ve got on hand. With my toner, I spray a couple of spritz on my cotton pad and gently wipe it on my face.
So we’ve reached the end of the road, but it’s great beginnings for our skin.
Now it’s time to end on a high note with some moisturizer for our skin. I use a combination of things for my skin and only use them at night, this is why I like to do my facials a little bit before bed.
I use Vitamin K2 and Vitamin A that come in these little droppers, and I use 5 drops of each. First, I drop them onto my fingertips, mix them together, and gently pat onto my face. After that, I use raw cocoa butter. It comes hard since it’s in raw form so I use a spoon to scrape a little bit out.
I rub it between my fingers to help melt it down and then massage it onto my face. Eric loves when I do this because he says I smell like chocolate. Hey I’ll take it!
Gently massage your favorite moisturizer into your skin .
After all that self-pampering you might feel like a whole new person, like hey whose skin is this??
And although I mentioned the products that I use, the most important thing is to use what is best for your skin. If you aren’t sure look some stuff up for healthy and natural alternatives.
But above all, enjoy your facial. We all work so hard we deserve a little R and R. Show yourself some love, keep a little money in your pocket, oh and don’t forget to drink lots of water afterwards.
You got some circulation moving in the face and got rid of some toxins so water is the ticket to helping your body get rid of all the bad stuff. It will also help to keep in all the moisture that you just added.
My skin wasn’t perfect this day, or really ever. I have some redness from my rosacea and a Marilyn Monroe pimple decided to show up right above my lip a few days before I did my facial. But it’s ok I felt good and that’s what matters.
No one is perfect, embrace the skin your in and show it some love. And don’t be afraid to get into it, a robe, slippers, a hair rap, you go for it. Maybe some candles and spa music, oooh lala.