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Self Care: Give Yourself An At-Home Facial With These Products

Who doesn’t love a facial? An entire hour of silence that ends with a glowing complexion. You can give yourself an at-home facial with these amazing products!

Few things are so indulgent and yet also necessary for healthy skin.  The challenge is rarely in convincing yourself you need a facial. The challenge is in finding the time to get one between work, family and life.  Right? So why not give yourself a facial early in the morning before the day starts or when the day is done before bed, whichever is your happy time.  Here’s how to give yourself a spa quality facial at home.
Carve out 30-45 minutes of your day once a week to treat yourself to an at home facial.  Start by using your favorite cleanser in the shower to open your pores as you would any other day.  

Step one of the DIY facial is an exfoliating facial massage.  Exfoliation is crucial to removing the dead skin, product and environmental toxins that build up on our faces daily congesting pores and causing breakouts.  You should be exfoliating daily or every other day as part of your regular skincare routine not just during your facials. Search YouTube for some great massage techniques or simply massage a little less than a quarter-size dollop of product into the skin in an upward, circular motion for at least two minutes.  Pay extra special attention to the T zone (your forehead, nose, chin and are around your mouth) as those areas usually get the most blackheads and breakouts. Your skin should be a little red after this, which is no cause for concern.

My all time favorite exfoliating product is the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub.  I swear by it.  It’s made of kaolin clay to suck out toxins and dead sea salt to physically scrub the toxins away.  It’s all natural and gentle enough for sensitive skin, though, you should use less pressure during your massage if you have sensitive skin.

If you have extra sensitive skin or acne prone skin and avoid scrubs as a general rule, try La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution Acne Toner with Salicylic Acid.  Dampen a cotton round with the product and give yourself a facial massage.  The salicylic acid will gently unclog pores, fight acne and turn skin cells over.  

That was the hard work.  Step two is a bit more relaxing. Now that your pores are open and all dead skin and product has been washed away, generously cover your entire face (and maybe your neck) in a detoxifying mask.  It’s worth making an investment in a really good mask with great ingredients because it will do so much for your complexion and also because you’re saving money by giving yourself a facial at home and skipping the spa.  I love GlamGlow Supermud.  It was designed for acne prone skin but can be used by anyone with great results.  It’s made with a blend of six skin-saving acids and activated charcoal, and it sucks all of the toxins out of your skin in the short time it takes to go from wet to dry on your face.  Try the travel size at Sephora for only $25 if you’re unsure about the investment.  For a real steal, you can try the Yes To Tomatoes Impurity Fighting DIY Powder-To-Clay Mask, which comes in a single use package.
During the 10-20 minutes that you let the mask dry on your face, consider giving yourself a foot massage with lavender oil for relaxation, stress relief and a little treat.  There are loads of great massage videos on YouTube.

How that you’ve cleansed, scrubbed and detoxed your face, you’ll need to add a little hydration and some nutrients back into your complexion.  Find a really comfortable place to sit, turn on a meditation soundtrack and apply a hydrating sheet mask. Sheet masks are great because they are soaked in serums that are good for your skin, and you can buy them in single use packaging so you can try a bunch to find the one you love. I love the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask because it feeds Japanese superfoods into the skin including green tea, rice and algae plus vitamin E and essential fatty acids that leave skin glowing.  Another great option that’s a steal is Simple’s Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask.  Now you could just relax for 20 minutes, but I suggest using a jade roller in upwards motions (or find a great YouTube video) to massage the serum into your face, increase circulation and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.  After 20 minutes, massage the remaining product (squeeze it all out of the pouch) into your face, neck and decolletage.

For a little extra love around the eyes, I pack Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado on my under eyes and lids before applying the sheet mask.  Like the serum from the sheet mask, I massage it in or leave it to soak in.  Don’t wash or wipe it away.
There you have it, a DIY at home facial that will leave you feeling beautiful and relaxed without breaking the bank!!                    


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