How to do an at-home facial with glowing results
Glowy spa-quality skin from the comfort of your own homeThere’s nothing like spending an hour or two at a luxurious spa or beautiful facial salon and emerging feeling and looking your best with glowing, radiant skin. It’s a self-care treat that never fails to boost your mood and your confidence. But, when you can’t get to the salon, you can still treat your skin to an at-home facial which will give you glowy spa-like results. Read on for how to do an at-home facial.
How to do an at-home facialStep 1: Timing is everything
A weekday evening or a weekend afternoon are ideal times to treat yourself to an at-home facial. If you’ve had a busy day at work, studying, managing family commitments, or running around on a Saturday or Sunday, dedicating time for self-care is a lovely way to destress while also giving your skin some much-deserved TLC. Book your at-home facial into your schedule just like you would if you had an appointment for a facial at the salon, self-care deserves a dedicated space in your calendar.
Step 2: Set the spa-like scene
Create a calming, spa-like sanctuary by lighting a favourite scented candle (we love Black Blaze Rainforest Sunlight Scented Candle) and hitting play on a playlist of chill tunes. Slip on a bathrobe and you’re ready to start your at-home facial.
Step 3: Double cleanse
Any facial, whether it’s at home or in the salon starts with a good cleanse of the skin. Apply your preferred cleanser, rinse off thoroughly and apply again, rinsing off thoroughly for the second time. Starting with a double cleanse to remove pore-clogging bacteria, dirt, pollution, make-up, and other daily skin aggressors turns your skin into a clean canvas ready for the next step in your DIY facial.
Try: All skin types: Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser: Geranium Leaf, Bergamot and Rosebud
Gents: The Skills Anti-Aging Foaming Face Wash
Sensitive skin: Gracious Minds Daily Elements Antioxidant Oil Cleanser
Step 4: Exfoliate
The next step in your at-home facial is exfoliation. Exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells and removes excess oils revealing brighter, more radiant skin. Opt for an exfoliator (aka face scrub) that suits your skin types and needs. In a salon setting, it’s common for the facial to include an exfoliator containing an effective exfoliating acid like glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. If it’s suitable for your skin, reach for this type of exfoliator for your DIY facial (learn more about beauty acids and their skincare benefits, here). Rinse your exfoliator off thoroughly.
Try: Hunter Lab Cleansing Facial Scrub
Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Face Exfoliant
Step 5: Steam
Steaming helps open the pores up which assists in allowing skincare products to penetrate deeply into the skin and work their glowing skin magic. After exfoliating, it’s time to steam. If you have a facial steamer this is the step in the facial to use it. Or, DIY your own steamer by filling a bowl with warm water (not boiling), and hovering your head a safe distance over the bowl, placing a towel over your head so the steam wafts up into your skin. Be careful not to hover your face too close to the bowl to avoid scalding the skin. Steam for about 5-10 minutes then gently pat your face dry with a towel.
Step 6: Face mask
After steaming, apply a face mask. Your skin will be prepped and primed after cleansing and steaming, so reach for a mask that will work hard to specifically target and treat your individual skin concerns. For instance, if your skin is feeling congested, try a detoxifying mask formulated with clay to draw out impurities like Hunter Charcoal Mud Mask or Theseeke Rosé Clay Mask. Leave on for the desired time and rinse thoroughly.
Step 7: Serum, face tools and massage
Following your face mask, apply your face serum of choice, massaging it into the skin. And while you might not be able to replicate the experienced professional hands of a facialist, a face roller is the next best option to massage your serum in. Using a face roller to massage the product in not only helps the skin fully absorb the serum, it also stimulates circulation, depuffs and relieves facial muscle tension (think: reducing the appearance of fine lines). Find our handy guide to using a face roller, here.
Try: Cannabella Complex COQ10 Face Serum
Theseeke Rose Quartz Crystal Face Roller
Step 8: Moisturise
Your skin should be looking and feeling radiant by now but there’s one final essential step: moisturising. Nourish, hydrate and protect your newly glowing skin with a moisturiser suited to you.
Try: Peggy Sue Dawn to Dusk Facial Cream
Step 9: Body care
As an optional add-on for a top-to-toe glow, after your at-home facial, apply a calming, botanical-scented body oil or body lotion. And don’t forget your hands and feet—they’re super hardworking and need extra care.
Try: Arithmos Soothe Rose Geranium Superfine Body Oil
Ms Brown Geranium Body Oil
Saya Mandarin Peel Hand and Body Lotion
Dos and don’ts of at-home facials
Do book a regular DIY facial into your schedule, your skin will visibly thank you!
Don’t DIY facial extractions. Most facials in the salon include extractions, but they are better left to the professionals. Plus no one likes extractions, so keep your at-home facial enjoyable by leaving the extractions out.