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If I had an unlimited budget, I would go to the spa every week for a facial. It is the most relaxing, decadent of treats. But given that a high quality facial can cost upwards of $100, I’ve learned how to make do at home and still get amazing results. Follow these steps to see for yourself! Feel free to put on some relaxing music and jam.

What You Will Need:

  1. Cleanse

The first step is to cleanse the skin of all makeup, oil, and dirt. The oil cleansing method is ideal for a facial, but you can use any cleanser you wish. If you are oil cleansing, pour a quarter-sized amount of jojoba oil into your palm and massage it into the skin. Run a washcloth under hot water, wring it, and spread the hot washcloth over your face. As it cools, rub the planes of your face to remove the oil.

2. Gently Exfoliate

Facial treatments will be absorbed deeper into the skin if you have removed the layers of dead skin from your face before applying them. These glycolic acid pads are great for chemical exfoliation. Alternatively, you could combine steps 1 and 2 by cleansing with an exfoliating cleanser such as St. Ives apricot scrub or by rubbing a facial scrubber on wet skin.

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3. Wear a Facial Mask

Now it’s time to put on your favorite mask. You can use a mask that treats a specific skin concern, or a healing clay that will help clean your pores and nourish the skin. Mix the clay with apple cider vinegar and apply to the planes of your face. If you are seeking to treat multiple skin concerns, you can spot-treat using different kinds of masks.

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4. Bask in Steam

Steam will open your pores, helping your mask penetrate fully. You can expose your skin to steam by holding your face near a hot bowl of water. It helps to hold a towel over your head to trap the steam. You will feel the pores open as the steam reaches your face.

5. Remove the Facial Mask

Wash off the mask completely. You can wipe it off with a hot washcloth, or rinse your face in the sink or shower.

6. Extractions

Your skin is primed for extractions. Use a blackhead and pimple removing tool to gently push down on the area around a black or white head, dislodging the congestion in the skin. Be careful when popping pimples–it is easy to cause scarring and to infect the pimple, leading to more breakouts. When you pop pimples, be sure to disinfect them as you go. Stridex Acne Pads are a great option for this.

7. Tone

Wet a cotton pad or soft washcloth with witch hazel. Use it to gently wipe your forehead, cheeks, and chin. Witch hazel tightens pores and tones skin, and is my favorite part of a facial. No need to rinse.

8. Moisturize & Massage

Rub a tiny amount of Weleda Skin Food into the skin, thinning it out with jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil . Use the palms of your fingers to gently massage your face to encourage blood circulation. You can apply additional products at this time if you choose.

That’s it! I hope this works well for you. While it may not replace the decadence of a spa, it will suffice and your skin will thank you for it! If you liked this post, leaving a comment is always appreciated.


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