How to Do an At-Home Facial
At-home skin care doesn’t have to be complicated. Sure, you may not be able to completely emulate the expertly applied finger strokes of your favorite esthetician or turn your bathroom into an oasis of aromatherapy. But an at-home facial is a pampering ritual that may help you de-stress while improving the health of your skin. Potential skin benefits include removing impurities, boosting blood flow, and improving skin hydration.
By following the tips and advice provided below, you can make your skin smoother and softer by re-creating a near-perfect experience at home. Should you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our esthetician Daneyda at Spa Services at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in Orland Park, Illinois. With her help and advice on the best skin care products, as well as those you can purchase online from us, you’ll be sure to be getting the best at-home facial.
As you follow the tips below, remember that nighttime is the best time to treat yourself because your skin is more relaxed and starting to go into repair mode, making it more accepting of your attention.
Wash Your Hands
The first tip is simple and more important than ever. Before beginning the process of your at-home facial, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You then can move on with the rest of your routine.
With any type of facial, your first step should always be to cleanse to prep the skin. In fact, it might even be better to initiate your at-home facial with a double cleanse, starting with an oil-based cleanser to melt away makeup and remove unwanted, dead skin cells while keeping the lipid barrier intact, and then follow with either a foam- or cream-based cleanser.
After cleansing, it’s time to exfoliate by sloughing off the top layer of skin cells and excess oils to ensure that your choices of ingredients penetrate so that you get the most out of the steps that follow.
Once you have freshly exfoliated skin, you can now steam your face with three simple steps:
- Fill a bowl with warm or hot – but not boiling – water.
- Place a towel over your head and hover over the bowl, about 6–8 inches away.
- Enjoy for 5–10 minutes before gently patting your face dry.
While this is best left to an expert, it’s important to do it gently to prevent damaging your skin and pores when extracting any blackheads. If you’re using an extractor tool, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and be sure to wrap your fingers in tissue or toilet paper. Follow up with a topical acne treatment.
Choose your face mask based on whatever current issues your skin is experiencing. For skin that’s oily and prone to breakouts, it might be best to reach for a clay-based mask or one that contains vitamin C. On the other hand, if your skin is generally dry, use a face mask formulated to replenish hydration with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.
Toning is a way of balancing your skin post-cleanse, adding hydration, and allowing for better absorption of your follow-up products. In addition, a toner can maintain your skin’s pH and help balance and restore it, keeping excess oil at bay.
Using your favorite skin care oil massaged in outward sweeping motions with a simple jade roller helps move the lymph in the right direction. Your facial massage step helps to promote circulation, relaxes the muscles, and increases product absorption.
The final step is to layer on your favorite serums and moisturizer — with the overall goal being good hydration. For most people, this means using serums, a moisturizer (one with hyaluronic acid), antioxidants, and an SPF even if you are not going out into the sun.
Before you have your next opportunity to head back to your favorite spa, these at-home facial tips should still keep your skin in great shape.
Need Help With Your At-Home Facial in Orland Park, IL?
Dr. David Dreyfuss and his Spa Services team can help you with the perfect at-home facial. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Orland Park on 815-806-9400 or arrange a virtual consultation now to continue your journey toward looking the way you want.