A trip to the spa is one of my favorite things to do. The air is filled with the smell of essential oils creating an instant feeling of relaxation. You’re pampered for an hour (or more) and leave with skin that feels and looks amazing. Even as an esthetician, I still enjoy the whole experience. It’s nice to be the one getting pampered too.
However, going to the spa can get really pricey, really quickly. Sometimes we just can‘t fit this treat into our budget. It can also be difficult to find the time if we already have a demanding schedule. The good news is, I have a quick and easy routine you can do at home. It might not yield the exact same results but it’ll be close.
How Often This Routine Can Be Done
This facial routine can be done weekly and tailored to fit your needs. I wouldn’t recommend doing this more than once a week because you’ll be exfoliating twice and don’t want to over do it. This routine is better to do at night when your skin has more “grime” on it.
Quick & Easy Facial Routine
Wash your face twice with your regular cleanser(s). You might be wondering, do I really need to wash my face twice? Answer: yes. The reason for this is that every day we cake our face with sunscreen (ideally) and foundation. These products are made to cling to our skin (along with dirt, bacteria, and dead skin).
In order to get a deeper clean, we need to remove what’s on the surface first. Think of washing a muddy car. You can’t wax the paint until you’ve scrubbed off the mud. Skin that isn’t cleaned properly looks dull and prevents active ingredients from doing their job. This applies even if you don’t wear makeup because you still have dead skin cells and dirt on the surface. Pro tip:
You can use two different cleansers if you have two different needs. For example, if you have dry skin in some areas and blemishes on your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin). It might be beneficial to use cleansers that focus on each need.
Apply a homemade scrub or a natural product for your skin type. Gently massage your skin in circular motions for 2 minutes. You can either use your fingers or a brush like this one (using the ultra-fine brush). You are going to exfoliate again, so don’t rub too vigorously. Rinse with a warm washcloth and pat skin dry.
Facial steams help to open the pores and create a deep clean. The warm steam improves circulation and hydrates the skin. All skin types can benefit from this. You can do this daily if you choose but even just once a week is beneficial.
To get started: boil 2-3 cups of filtered water and pour it into a large bowl (careful: it will be hot). Add the herbs of your choosing (store bought or homemade) and stir gently. Place a large towel over your head and position your face over the steam, making sure you don’t get too close to the water. To prevent the steam from escaping, keep the towel over your head and the bowl. Continue steaming for 5-8 minutes.
Added bonus: this will help clear up your sinuses if you’re under the weather or suffering from allergies. Depending on the brand and herbs used, you can also drink the herbal tea when you’re done. Yay for zero-waste!
Now that your pores are open and surface dirt is gone, exfoliate a second time. This will ensure you get any remaining dirt out of your pores. Follow the same instructions in step 2. It’s important to be gentle since this is a second exfoliation, and your skin is likely to be a bit more sensitive at this point. You can always skip this step if you think it might be too harsh for your skin.
5. Deep Cleanse
Apply a clay-based or charcoal mask. Leave on for 15 minutes, and wipe clean with a warm washcloth. After doing steps 1-4, you should notice using your mask works much better than if you don’t do those steps. The active ingredients in your mask don’t need to fight through make-up and dirt, your pores are more open and clear, so they can do what they’re intended to.
Apply your toner of choice using a cotton ball. Make sure your toner doesn’t contain isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), this can be very drying to your skin. If you have acne a toner with salicylic or glycolic acid is best. Witch hazel is a great toner for all skin-types.
Finally, apply a moisturizer of your choice. This is an important step, so don’t skip it!
What is your favorite routine? What are some of your favorite products? Let me know in the comments below!