We’re not going to sit here and tell you that spa days are overrated because, let’s be real, they are definitely not. If you’re in need of a spa day but can’t get to a spa, then this guide on how to create a spa-like experience during your at-home facial is the next best thing.
This list of at-home facial tips will transform your space into your personal oasis while you treat your pores to a perfect combination of hydration, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Let’s dive into all the ways to make your at-home spa day nothing short of fantastic.
Create a Relaxing Atmosphere: No Previous Spa Experience Necessary
For those who have been to a spa for a facial, you know that pampering is part of the deal. Cucumber water, robes, diffusers gently wafting a combination of lavender and sage through the air; it’s all just delightful. But, if you aren’t necessarily on the hunt for estheticians that specialize in skin treatments, how do you create the full spa experience in your own home? Here are a few helpful tips to really help you set the mood, even if you’ve never been to a spa!
1. Claim a Room. You don’t have to give yourself an at-home spa day in the bathroom! In fact, don’t. Try branching out to the living room or your bedroom. Basically, you want to pick somewhere you’ll be comfortable and relaxed.
The bathroom is a great room, and it definitely has its moments, but most bathrooms don’t exactly scream “relaxation.” Choose a spot and politely let everyone else in the house know that for the next several hours, this is your sanctuary, and you are not to be disturbed.
2. Dress For Success. Grab your most comfortable plush robe, plenty of towels, lots of pillows, some slippers, and maybe even your favorite scrunchie or headband; it’s time to get comfy! Every good at-home spa day starts with getting comfortable.
If you prefer to wear your favorite pair of sweatpants instead of a robe, go for it! If you’re most comfortable in leggings and a big T-shirt, you do you! The point is, spas are places of luxurious comfort, and you need to give yourself full permission to get as comfortable as you possibly can.
3. At-Home Ambiance is an Absolute. If you have opted out of searching for where to get a facial and are keeping your spa day homebound, you’ll want to make sure to set the tone for your day of relaxation.Here are some things that help with ambiance: candles, diffusers, music, beverages, pillows, snacks. Remember, when it comes to creating the atmosphere, there is nothing too extra and no detail too small.
You are treating yourself to an at-home spa day, and no one knows how you like to be pampered quite like you do. Give yourself permission to get honest about what you really want. Maybe instead of classical spa music you want to throw on the best of Beiber. And instead of cucumber water, you want to sip a rosé spritzer and crush a Toblerone bar. Whatever you feel like doing, do it. Your spa, your rules.
How Cleansing Like a Pro Sets the Tone for Total Bliss
Once you’ve set up camp and are fully comfortable, it’s time to get down to business. The first order of business for any good at-home facial is deep cleansing.
Healthline advises that there is a big difference between cleansing for a facial and the typical daily cleanse you are probably used to as part of your daily skincare routine.¹ For one, cleansing before a facial at home is a multi-tiered process that will require multiple cleansers. Additionally, cleansing before a facial isn’t the normal “scrub as hard as you can so you can go to bed” method you’re probably familiar with.
Instead, here is the step-by-step cleansing process to gently and completely cleanse your face before continuing with the rest of the facial.
1) Gently remove all makeup using a standard makeup remover
2) Massage lotion onto the face and make sure to rub it in completely
3) Using a skin-friendly (read sulfate-free) cleanser, wet your face
4) Massage the cleanser on your face in a circular motion
5) Take a microfiber wash-cloth and begin to gently remove the cleanser
6) Pat your face dry
When cleansing your face before an at-home facial, it is vital to use the right kind of facial cleanser. Typically products without any additives are best. Whatever brand of cleanser you use, make sure to begin with an oil-based cleanser to lift out any remaining makeup or dirt that might be clinging to the skin, and then transition to a sulfate-free water-based cleanser for a deeper clean.
Cleaning your face sets the base for an invigorating facial experience and allows your skin to truly take in all the hydrating, moisturizing, and toning you’re about to embark on.
Exfoliating Is Invigorating
After your skin is clean, it’s time to exfoliate by gently scrubbing your face. At this point, you may be wondering, “Didn’t I just do that?” The short answer is no; cleaning and exfoliating are very different.
Cleansing using a face wash cleans the surface of the skin, whereas exfoliating strips away any dead skin cells that may be hanging around. This description sounds way more aggressive than it is, but trust us, you need to do this.
If you have ever wondered, “Are facials good for your skin?”, the answer is absolutely. However, in order for facials to be most effective, the step of exfoliation must not be skipped. Exfoliation just means getting rid of the old skin cells so that the new skin cells are fully capable of absorbing your facial treatment. The reason you don’t scrub hard while you’re cleaning is that the exfoliation process is a more effective method of bringing new skin cells to the surface of the derma.
Here are some easy at-home ways to exfoliate:
1) Use an exfoliating tool like a brush or a wand
2) Use a microdermabrasion scrub or other textured exfoliating scrub
3) Use an at-home peel
Exfoliating doesn’t need to be intense to be effective. Generally, it is the scrub or exfoliator that does all the work for you. Skin cells are not as stubborn as you may think, so you can gently scrub, and the rough surface of your exfoliant will help to shed any dead skin cells.
Choose A Mask… It’s Time to Pamper
There are four basic kinds of at-home face masks:
Gel – Best for eliminating redness due to their cooling properties
Cream – Ideal for adding moisture to dry skin that is in need of a pick-me-up
Clay – The best bet for unclogging pores and pulling out oils
Sheet Mask – Great for hydrating and tightening skin for achieving a brighter skin tone
For those who prefer a more personalized approach, perhaps a DIY mask. Using natural ingredients, you can even try making a homemade facial on your own.
Now comes the really fun part.
Aside from getting to give yourself a little facial massage, this is the part where you get to sit back and relax. You can’t really do much while the mask is on, so it’s literally the perfect excuse to relax and do nothing.
Enjoy the “me” time!
Time to Moisturize
After 15-20 minutes with the facial mask on, it’s time to gently remove and rinse. Allure recommends that you carefully remove all fragments of the mask with a damp towel without using any soap or facial cleanser.² Once the mask is completely removed, blot your skin with a dry towel to remove any excess moisture.
Speaking of moisture, grab your favorite moisturizer and apply it to your skin!
Once you have completely rubbed in the moisturizer, you’re free to kick back and keep relaxing. With your skin feeling so soft and supple, you may even start wondering how often to get a facial to relive this soothing experience. The facial may be over, but the night of self-pampering has just begun. Feel free to add a little spot treatment for dark spots or acne at this part of the process.
With your facial done, you’re free to pop in a movie, catch up with a friend, or just enjoy laying around doing nothing admiring your beautiful glowing skin! No judgment here.
Aftercare: Developing a Successful Skin Care Routine Is a Must
Getting the most out of your at-home facial hinges on this vital step for continued skin success. Sure, an at-home spa treatment is great, but it may not be feasible for every day. Town And Country reminds readers that you’re going to need a routine to help keep your skin glowing and your pores perfect.³ Lucky for you, we have just such a routine right here:
1. Cleanse. Cleansing your skin daily will keep it clean and fresh. You may have bought it especially for your at-home facial, but you can actually use the same cleanser you just used on a daily basis.
2. Tone. This daily skincare step is a great way to keep your skin taught and bright. Toners that have natural ingredients are best for your skin, so best to use something like hyaluronic acid and avoid anything with alcohol in it.
3. Moisturize. This is perhaps the most important part of any daily skincare routine. Any skin type craves hydration, and your moisturizer is a necessary step in keeping your skin happy and healthy. To enhance your skin’s hydration, consider incorporating a vitamin C or hyaluronic acid serum after you tone your face and before you apply your moisturizer.
The first three steps of your daily skincare routine should be the same for morning and night. In the morning, finish your routine with a little sunscreen to protect your skin during the day. At night, finish your routine with a vitamin-rich serum to lock in the hydration of your moisturizing cream.
Let’s Make Your Next Spa Day Special
Clearly, at-home spa treatments sound awesome, but the next time you’re itching for the full spa experience, let StyleSeat help you book an appointment. With just a few easy clicks, we can connect you to the best skincare professionals in your area. Whether you are searching for a qualified esthetician in Atlanta or expert facialist in Houston, look no further than StyleSeat to help you start your skin journey.
Whether you’re looking to book a professional facial, want a bit of pampering, or are ready for a full-on spa day, we can help get you the appointment you want. Plus, cleaning up is a lot easier when the spa isn’t in your living room. But, for now enjoy your at-home spa day.