Most of us are spending a lot more time inside these days, and if you’re not – you should be! While housebound or limiting exposure to others, beauty treatments such as facials don’t have to fall by the wayside. While it is certainly hard to replicate the results from professional hands, an at home facial can yield some Instagram-brag worthy results if you follow the right steps.
Here is what we recommend for a major glow without leaving the safety of your own home:
1) Double Cleanse: Nothing removes dirt and grime like a good old double-cleanse. Any oil or balm cleanser followed by a milk or gel cleanser works for this step, but you will be hard pressed to find a better combo than Banila Clean It Zero ($19) and Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser ($38). Bonus points for this step if you use a washcloth to remove all residue is a quality washcloth. These cheapies from Amazon get the job done perfectly.
2) Exfoliate: Physical exfoliators have a bad rap, but as long as you are using a gentle formula with extremely fine grains, there is truly no better way to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. HoliFrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash ($40) does just that, with additional brightening thanks to Vitamin C and antioxidants.
3) Mask: If you don’t have extremely sensitive skin, this step is a great time to further clarify and refine. Try a non-drying clay mask such as the Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Detox Mask ($39), or a gentle but effective peel such as Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel ($85).
4) Soothing Mask: After multiple forms of exfoliation, your skin is going to crave some soothing and hydration. First Aid Beauty Fab Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask ($32) is a nurturing mask that relieves redness and irritation thanks to superstar ingredient arnica. If no at-home spa day would be complete without a sheet mask selfie, try the Farmacy Coconut Gel Sheet Mask ($6). It’s a coconut-water-infused sheet mask that conforms to your face perfectly to deliver a major surge of antioxidants and hydration.
5) Facial Massage: Like we said above, it’s unrealistic to expect salon-quality results at home. However, the Skin Gym Face Sculptor ($69) will get you pretty damn close. By rolling over the contours of your face, you skin will appear lifted and glowy. Even better, it will hide the evidence of one too many glasses of wine from the night prior – no judgement when you’re homebound, especially if there are kiddos involved!