For me, a facial is the ultimate treat. I love them, but I don’t do them often.
Yesterday, a friend of mine got a facial and in my sheer jealousy, I decided to give myself one of my “at home” facials and thought I’d share the products I use and how I give my skin a little treat.
I already use a lot of these skincare products independently, and some on a daily basis, but there’s something nice about truly taking my time on my skin.
Step one: turn the shower on and get it extra hot and steamy.
Step two: an oil cleanser. I normally love these for taking off my makeup, particularly stubborn mascara. Makeup melts right off, but in this case, it’s a great way to get some moisture into my skin. I take two pumps of the Primark facial oil (this is the one I’m using at the moment) and massage into wet skin in circular motions. Really working it in and then, taking a flannel face cloth, I wipe off the excess.
Step three: double cleanse. I’ve been using the -417 Luffa Micro Foaming Gel cleanser that I got in my January Glossybox. This foaming cleanser leaves the skin extra clean and refreshed.
Step four: exfoliate to resurface the skin. I much prefer a gentle, acid-based exfoliator. So I use this glycolic exfoliator that you can pick up in Savers and the likes. Similarly to cleansing, I really work the exfoliator into my skin. It’s very gentle, so doesn’t leave my skin feeling raw, but it does leave it feeling very smooth.
Step five: a mask. I actually pop this on while I’m still in the shower. The one I’ve been using recently is a charcoal mask, again, that can be picked up in Savers. It doesn’t dry down, so after 5-10 minutes, I wash it off and it’s time to get out of the steam.
Step six: serum. I’ve been using a specific The Ordinary regimen, but any serum that you’re using will work. I used the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, letting it sink in for a few minutes and then layers the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% on top.
I generally take good care of my skin, but this really is a treat. I follow steps three, six and seven on a daily basis – changing up step 6 slightly in the morning – but I don’t take half as much time between steps or to work the products into my skin, letting the products sit and really do their thing. I definitely don’t normally spend 20 minutes in the shower.
I try to do this at least once a month, but that can be easier said than done. Life gets busy and in the way. I could treat myself to a facial, but that’s an added expense when I really enjoy taking the time for myself and I have the products on hand.
That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with paying to have someone do it professionally, it truly is a joy and they actually know what they’re doing, but if you’re on a budget or you’re looking for another way to show yourself a little bit of self care, then this is perfect!