Can at-home facials be as beneficial as those at the spa?
Who doesn’t love the feel of their skin after a facial? Think silky smooth, hydrated, and thoroughly cleansed skin you literally can’t stop touching because it feels so, so good. But, at the same time, life often gets in a way and you might find yourself not being able to squeeze in a professional facial into your busy schedule every week — which is how often you should have them done for healthy-looking and glowing skin.
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Luckily, there is something you can do to boost your usual skincare routine, and that’s do-it-yourself facials. And before you ask — yes, DIY facials can be as beneficial as those done professionally at your favorite spa.
The Benefits Of DIY Facials
None of us are immune to fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, or other skin imperfections. And while one facial won’t make up for the lack of a regular skincare routine, no beauty regimen, no matter how elaborate, will make your skin as healthy and radiant as facials do.
It’s the same for facials at the spa, and those you can do yourself at home, even if you’re not using professional products. It’s not necessarily a bad thing either, since doing facials at home gives you more control over the products’ ingredients and how they impact your skin.
Let’s take a closer look at why you should consider adding weekly at-home facials to your regular skincare routine.
They’re A Form Of Self-Care
There are many ways to take care of yourself and invest in quality ‘me–time’, and facials are definitely high up on that list. Although pampering sessions are usually associated with weekend trips to the spa, you can easily recreate that spa experience in the comfort of your home.
You might also find that doing facials at home will make it easier for you to commit to doing it regularly and turn it into a healthy habit, which will significantly improve the look and condition of your skin. Not only that, since stress can wreak havoc on your skin, taking time to destress and relax during a facial can give your skin a boost from the inside.
They’re Good For Your Skin
Even if you dutifully stick to your usual skincare routine, making time each week for a DIY facial is the next step toward a more even and young-looking complexion. Facials give your skin a chance to reset and rejuvenate after a week of collecting dust, dirt, and pollution we’re exposed to daily.
Treating yourself to facials on a weekly basis, at–home or at the spa, helps alleviate skin conditions like acne or blackheads, reduce bags under your eyes, and smooth out signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
They’re Convenient And Inexpensive
The last thing you want is for your facial routine to start feeling more like a chore rather than something to look forward to all week. At the same time though, if you’re struggling to find time to have it done professionally, at–home facials can be a great compromise toward healthier skin.
DIY facials don’t have to be complicated or expensive, either. We recommend experimenting with different facial routines to see what works best for your skin type. For example, you could start with a simple 4-step process:
Begin the facial by gently exfoliating your skin to remove dead skin cells, making it easier for the product's active ingredients to penetrate the skin.
As the next step, smooth on a hydrating serum or essence. Bonus points if your product also contains antioxidants and vitamins!
Apply your mask and gently massage your face with a circular motion to improve the blood flow and stimulate your lymph nodes.
Finish the facial by applying your regular moisturizer.
When done correctly, DIY facials can be a great way to keep your skin soft and healthy between visits to the spa, and you should see a noticeable difference after just one or two uses depending on your skin type. Of course, DIY facials will only help if you have proper skincare products at home that are meant for maintenance and treatment. You can also try finding ways to pamper yourself in different ways every day, because nothing says relaxation like an at-home facial!