I used to be a facialist and prided myself on creating an “experience” for my clients. It was important for me to not only improve the client’s skin-I also wanted to thoroughly relax them. My facials consisted of lots of steam, massage, exfoliation and nourishment with little to no extractions. Since I no longer work at a spa, and I’m such a DIYer, an at-home spa is the only way to go! I thought it might be fun to give you an inside look from a former aethetician and learn how to re-create a professional, effective and relaxing facial at home!
Steps in a Professional Facial
- Cleanse-Use hot towel to remove cleanser
- Repeat cleanse
- Steam-10 minutes
- Light extractions
- Massage the face-remove massage oil with hot towel
- Mask with eye pads-remove with hot towel
- Moisturize/eye treatment
- Nugg Masks-I wrote a whole post on Nugg masks. I LOVE this natural skin care company and think it’s just genius to provide masks in pods for individual serving sizes! This 4 pack provides 4 masks that address different issues. I’ve used all 4 and love them all! They are all very nourishing and supportive after a good exfoliation.
- Nugg De-Puff Eye Masks-Another amazing product from Nugg that will help de-puff the under eyes and is essential when doing a full at-home facial!
- Towel Steamer-I had a larger version of this in my spa room. Hot towels are an absolute must! They soften dead skin, open the pores and feel amazing! When I saw this 6 towel heater I had to share it-it’s so perfect for home use!
- Table Top Facial Steamer-Steaming is incredibly therapeutic. I love this table version because you can put it on your nightstand and lay down while you steam. Steaming also softens the skin, hydrates and opens the pores. Plus, a good steam can do wonders for the sinuses!
- Spa Wrap-You gotta have a cute spa wrap. This wrap allows you to take your exfoliator and mask down to your chest with ease!
- Hand Towels-These are luxurious and soft and perfect for removing product!
- Eminence Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher-This exfoliator is gentle yet effective. When you steam, it doesn’t take much to remove a large amount of dead skin.
- Mask Brush & Bowl-I love this mask and bowl. It’s not necessary but it makes everything feel more professional!
Products you use for your at home facial are up to you but of course, I use the ones I make! I use THIS entire set. I find that after an at-home facial, facial oils penetrate more quickly and leave my skin silky smooth!
Pamper yourself-it’s a form of self love and you’ll die when you feel how incredibly smooth your skin will feel after going through each step. And about extractions-I hate them. As an aesthetician I would extract blackheads and pimples that were clearly ready to be extracted. Otherwise, forget it. It is just too easy to bust capillaries and damage skin. Resist the urge to extract. Get on a good oil cleansing regime and before you know it, you won’t have anything to extract!
Don’t forget good spa music and get that diffuser going with lavender essential oil! In fact, put some in your steamer and on your hot towels! A good facial can be literally an out of body experience!
Unfortunately, the only thing an at-home facial is missing is massage but be sure to use a nourishing oil to massage your face at least. Massage is excellent for blood circulation. If you’re really into this, believe it or not-Amazon has some very affordable massage tables! This would be a fun addition to a girl’s wine night!!