Okay, I looove a good facial, but I don’t always have the time (or the energy, let’s be real) to go to the spa. I try to get a facial about once a month, and at the very least, once every other month. I know girls that go once a week, and while that sounds absolutely amazing, I just do not have the time for that. *SO* I give you, my At-Home ‘Facial’. 🧖🏼♀️
First thing is first, always start with you hair pulled back. I like to only use silk scrunchies, as they are better for you hair and easier on my extensions.
I also love using a cute and fluffy facial headband too if I’m trying to preserve my curls. I’m not sure where mine is from, but here is a cute one I found for $2.
Make sure you always, always, always double cleanse. I do not care if you are three espresso martini’s deep – DOUBLE CLEANSE. For my first cleanse, I have really been obsessed with this Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm. It is such a unique consistency that starts as a true balm, and then literally starts to melt your makeup away!! You could honestly use this for both cleanses if you wanted, but for the second cleanse I like to use something creamier because of my dry skin and so for my double cleanse, this is a newer find for me that I just cannot get enough of – The Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Soft Touch Face Foam. You activate this cleanser into a foam once you warm it up from your hands onto the complexion. I know there’s really “no such thing” as a hydrating cleanser, but this one is as close as it gets! Plus, the packaging looks so cute on display!
I don’t steam every night (not good for the lash extensions, you know?), but on spa/facial nights, it’s essential! I love steaming with the Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer. They might as well just start putting this steamer in spas because it’s just as good as the real thing – & it’s portable #doublewin – & it is way less expensive than a professional one. I would say that this one goes for about ten minutes from full to empty, and sometimes I’ll do it twice. It’s so so easy to use, you just fill the water tank, plug it in, and switch it on. I’m obsessed and you need it.
Post steam, I love to mask! Choosing a mask to do is like choosing your nail color at the nail salon, it’s one of those hard decisions. I do a hydrating mask 90% of the time, and really only like to reach for an exfoliating or resurfacing mask if my skin REALLY needs it. I probably have one of the driest skin types there is, so I stay away from stripping products as much as possible. However, if it is one of those 10% nights, I will most likely use one of these two:
This is such a good light exfoliating and illuminating mask because it’s full of PHAs. For you normal people who aren’t obsessed with science behind beauty like me, PHAs are apart of the AHA fam, and AHAs are one of the most common exfoliants. Here’s the diff between the two – AHAs are smaller, and therefore the penetrate deeper, causing more of an exfoliation. PHAs however, have much bigger molecules, and this means that they don’t go as deep into the pores simply because they do not fit. Therefore, they do not exfoliate as harshly, and do just enough to get that light exfoliation going. I much prefer this and like a gentler route. Plus, this mask has an uber glow effect and leaves the skin looking so soft and radiant!
This is way more of a detoxing mask, and def has more power than the PHAT Glow Facial, but this is what I use when my skin is desperate. This correcting mask is FULL and I mean full of powerful ingredients and antioxidants like cacao, salts, activated bamboo charcoal, clay, marshmallow, clove, cayenne, you name it. This is a fun one to do because it starts as a powder, and you activate it into this warming, squishy clay-like mask. It’s such a hero mask, it will literally help with anything you need from brightening, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, irritation, breakouts, oh – and it stimulates collagen production!
If it is a 90% night and I’m doing my typical hydration mask, head to this post to see my other fave face masks!
After about a half hour of leaving my mask on, I have been obsessed with this new find to take off masks, and even sometimes I’ll use this when cleansing. It’s the Guide Me Wash Cloth and I love the Mocha color!
The At-Home Facial then moves to toning! There are so many traditional toners or mists that you can use, but I have been a long time fan of the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. The base is coconut water and it just smells soooo lovely and is super hydrating!
The next step is an essence and I feel like essences are sometimes overlooked. It may not seem like a super important step, and a lot of people thing that toners and essences are the same, but they’re actually used for different things. A toner is a little more for hydrating, while an essence can really enhance the routine, and give you a tiny bit of resurfacing action going on. I really love the Tatcha The Essence and have used this one for years! It makes my skin super soft and plump and has a trio of fermented Japanese superfoods in it to boost your entire regime, which I love!
We are getting there, I promise! Now it is time for serums. *If* I used an exfoliating mask, I skip any and all serums because I have already exfoliated enough for the day, but if I went in with a hydrating mask, I will typically use a serum. Here’s my top faves at the moment:
At this point, my skin is getting pretty dewy and I’ll let the serum and the rest of the products set for just a min or two before going in with all of my creams and oils!
I always start this part of the facial routine with an eye cream, and for some reason, I just can’t get over this one. I have tried so many eye creams and always come back to this one because I just feel like it keeps my eye area the most hydrated and it’s the Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream.
The second to last step is a good face moisturizer and this is another new find for me, but omg do I love it. If there’s anything you try from this post, it has to be this product – The Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Hydrating Glow Face Moisturizer. Anything that is branded with “hydrating glow” will have my full attention let’s just say that lol. This skincare cocktail has rosewater (one of my faves) for hydration, niacinamide for texture and tone, and micro-algae for instant and locked in, vitamin-rich hydration. It is so so good, and it one of my must-haves for sure!
If you made it this far, thank you from me, and thank you from your skin because it will be happy af later. I seal the deal with the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. Everything you could want in an oil is in this one, and it is so so hydrating, and gives me such a glow that I am just in love with.
By the end of all of this, my skin is FULL of hydration and I just let this all absorb overnight and by the morning, my skin is just so soft and plump – it’s amazing. All without leaving home! I do think it’s important to see an esthetician at least once every other month, but during those in between facial times, make sure you amp up your normal routine to something like this maybe once every other week!
I hope you loved and try this ritual!