It’s been a while since I’ve had to the chance to blog between balancing work and a long string of writers block. But with having to stay at home I’ve had the chance to decompress and refocus my energy. I have to admit though I’m getting a little stir crazy having to stay indoors for over 2 weeks now. But one of the blessings that has come out of this is the break from makeup my skin has been getting. I’ve also had the time to give it a little more love with a weekly at-home facial.
You don’t have to spend loads of money on spa treatments to give your skin a reboot. In fact, many products you probably already can work great to put together your own at-home facial. A good facial consists of cleansing, exfoliating, detoxing and replenishing the skin, and doesn’t have to take hours to complete. You can customize your at-home facial to your specific needs by adding products targeting specific needs like anti-aging or firming. But when it comes to facial extractions, I recommend leaving it to the professionals to avoid scarring or worsening your breakouts.
I’ve been giving myself these facials at home weekly for a while now, and it’s been a great compliment to my regular skin care routine. Not only have a noticed less breakouts but my skin looks brighter and I find myself wearing less makeup. I decided to share this easy to do 7 step classic at-home facial with my current favourite products. You can also substitute any of these products for similar ones you might already have.
At-Home Facial: Top Products
Cleanse – Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser
The first step to any facial is cleansing the skin. Even if you aren’t wearing any makeup you should still kick off your at-home facial by properly washing your face. You want to make sure your skin is fresh from any dirt, oils, pollution and any skin care you might have previously applied. My go-to cleanser at the moment is Caudalie’s Instant Foaming Cleanser. It’s the perfect cleanser to kick off a facial because it cleanses the skin and leaves it soft without feeling tight. You can use any cleanser you have at home but avoid using one that exfoliates if you can.
Shop: Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser, $37 available at Sephora
Exfoliate: Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask
Once your skin is clean and dry, you want to properly exfoliate your skin. When most people think of exfoliating products, they immediately think of scrubs. But for me I live for my acid peels because they’re way more gentle on the skin while getting the job done. Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask by Dior is the perfect exfoliating product for an at-home facial. In 60 seconds skin is exfoliated, pores tightened and complexion brightened all in one easy step.
Shop: Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask, $100 available at Sephora
Steam: Hot Water & Chamomile
The best part of any facial is the steam treatment, and you don’t need any fancy devices to incorporate this step into your at-home facial. Add 2 teabags worth of chamomile tea into a bowl and pour bowling water over it. Once it cools a bit so the steam doesn’t burn put a towel over your head with your face in the steam for about 5 minutes. Chamomile is antibacterial and will help detox your skin while reducing inflammation and soothing skin. It’s also a great way to add some relaxation to your at-home facial. The hot steam opens clogged pores for an even deeper detox.
Shop: David’s Tea Organic Calming Chamomile, from $8.95
Detox: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
Now that your pores are unclogged and open, it’s time to give it a proper detox. My favourite way to detox my skin is with a mud mask. They help to absorb dirt and oil that’s deep into your pores. Lately I’ve been using Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask. Not only does it get rid of excess oils and toxins but ever since I’ve started using this mask weekly overall breakouts have been drastically reduced. This is one step in your at-home facial that I definitively wouldn’t skip.
Shop: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, $47 available at Sephora
Tone: Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner
Toning is a critical part of any skin care routine or at-home facial, and yet not many people do it. This important step helps get rid of any excess oils while balancing the pH levels in your skin. Caudalie’s Vinopure Purifying Toner not only tones the skin and reduces the appearance of pores. It also offers an extra step of delicate exfoliation for fresh skin that is ready to absorb your skin care products.
Shop: Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner, $34 available at Sephora
Moisturize: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum & Instant Brightening Moisturizer
After all the exfoliating and detoxing, this next step is all about replenishing the skin. If you are looking to customize your at-home facial with target serums or eye creams, this is where you would apply them along with your moisturizer. The rule of thumb when it comes to the order of your skin care products is you apply them from thinnest to thickest. For this classic at-home facial I’m focusing on brightening and moisturizing the skin. I’ve combined the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and Instant Brightening Moisturizer by Caudalie.
Massage: AmorePacific Botanical Radiance Oil + Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha
The best part of any facial is the massage, and it’s easy to incorporate this relaxing step in your at-home facial. All you need is a facial oil and either a Gua Sha stone or facial roller, I prefer using a Gua Sha stone. This step relaxes facial muscles, tightens skin and promotes blood and lymphatic circulation. Apply a generous amount of oil on your face, enough to effortlessly glide your stone or roller over your face. Working from your forehead down, begin to massage your face. For those who are new to facial massages, checkout my Gua Sha Facial guide.
Finish: Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Finally, the last step to any skin care routine or at-home facial is setting the skin with a facial spray. I have a couple go-to face mists and one of them is Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, a major cult favourite. I love that this mist not only boost skin’s radiance but also tightens pores and soothes skin. It’s the perfect finishing touch to any at-home facial!
Shop: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $59 available at Sephora
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