Thousands of people are talking about At-Home Spa Day, as a lot of people are at home during the COVID-19 stay at home orders around the world. I am an “essential” worker, which means I go to work every day and am exposed to the public. So, I haven’t had any “extra” time on my hands. Although, I do practice Spa Days at home quite often. I try to do something extra for my skin every week or even twice a week.
Here is how I do my facial at home:
First Step: Cleansing
Spa day at home always consists of thoroughly cleansing the skin before using the steamer or any products or other devices. I like to do a double cleanse. Starting first with a cleansing balm or cleansing oil. A couple of great picks are: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm or Yes to Coconut Cleansing Balm. Both have very different price points. I have come to realize that it isn’t so much the cost but the ingredients and the consistency of skincare that make a difference in skin health.
Second Step: Gentle Cleanser
Usually, I use my Clarisonic at this point. I like how it has the timer so I make sure that I am using it for a certain period of time. If you don’t have one, just massage your face with your cleanser for 60 seconds.
However, if I am using my Sonic Face Scrubber, I forgo the Clarisonic. That is too much for my skin with the other spa facial steps.
Steaming the face
My “spa day at home” next step is steaming. I know there is a bit of debate over steaming one’s face. I enjoy it. It helps me relax. Relaxing is a big part of Spa Day.
I don’t steam until my face is completely soaking wet. Just a light mist. It makes it very convenient to use a steamer, but it isn’t necessary. There are other ways to steam your face or get a similar effect:
- Use a towel over your head as you put your face near a hot bowl of water
- Jump into a hot shower for a moment
- A very warm, wet washcloth held on your face for a minute or so
If I am going to use my face scrubber, I always use the steamer because you need to keep your face wet. You can use just a water spray on your face if you have a face scrubber but not a steamer. There are always ways of making your spa day at home a wonderful experience without all of the extras. I find that the sonic face scrubber does an excellent job of cleaning out my pores. I recently tried it on my sister as well and she said she had really noticed the difference. (She came back again to use it).
If I am not using the face scrubber, I will use a chemical exfoliant without the steamer. Sometimes I use, The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (other companies are now making something similar to this peel) or Peter Thomas Roth Peel Pads. Both are nice peels. The Ordinary’s peel uses both AHA and BHA (as the name states), which is considered a light chemical peel. Light peels or acids are my preferred choice of exfoliants. I like them because they do the best job at removing dead skin cells and the glue that keeps them attached. They also are capable of keeping the skin hydrated.
Acids in skincare really aren’t as scary as they sound. In fact, I recently completed a series of 6 peels each about 2 to 3 weeks apart using 40% Glycolic Peel. You do have to be careful with these more potent peels. There will be more on this type of peel to come. I don’t use them on a typical Spa Day at Home, but you really don’t have to be scared of them if you use them properly.
Enzyme Exfoliants or Scrubs
I also like using enzyme peels, They are more along the lines of a physical exfoliant, but they differ from a face scrub in that fact that you don’t have to scrub with them. Pumpkin peels are also a form of an enzyme peel. I will be doing a post on Pumpkin peels coming up and which one would I choose based on the ingredients. These enzyme peels are usually based on food products, such as pumpkin, pineapple, papaya (one of my favorites), and the list goes on and on. These types of peels are also excellent for a light exfoliation of the skin while still keeping the skin hydrated and in some cases (depending on ingredients) adding more hydration to the skin.
There are some great mild scrubs out there. I like the fact that in all of these peels or scrubs or masks, there is a variety of price points. That way you can stick to your budget and still find products with some skin-loving ingredients.
The effects of most of these products are temporary, but also preventative for skin issues. Temporary in the fact, that all of the skin tightening effects can go away in a short period of time. They can prevent acne or oil and dirt to clog up your pores. Acids in skincare have shown to have positive effects on the skin that may even rival more expensive treatments with consistent use. That is why you really need to add some consistency to your at-home spa day (no matter what you choose to use). We all deserve to take care of ourselves.
Sheet masks are also amazing for a Spa Day at Home. Just relaxing and laying back for 20 minutes with a sheet mask on with some light music. (Tell Alexa to play spa music). Everyone should really relax more often. I think a lot of people would agree with me based on the sales of sheet masks in the last few weeks.
After removing whichever type of product you choose to use, a toner is a nice addition to your Spa Day at Home. It takes the ph in the skin to a normal range. Elf makes a nice Balancing Toner for around $10.00. You can use witch hazel or whatever you have on hand. Some people put a tiny bit of baking soda or soda bicarbonate in a spray bottle with water and they use that as a toner.
I should mention that you can do this all while relaxing in the tub. I don’t usually do that, because I don’t enjoy it that much. I prefer a nice hot shower. It is all amazing either way as long as you are enjoying your Spa Day at Home and doing something great for your skin and you.
After your toner, if you didn’t use a sheet mask with tons of serum already on your skin. Serums are a wonderful addition to your spa day facial. There are so many serums on the market now with a variety of price ranges. You are bound to find one that works for you. Try to find a hydrating one with Niacinamide, it helps with age spots and uneven skin tone as we age.
For the facial, if my face is feeling thirsty still, I will use a richer cream for my face like IT cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream or La Roche-Posay Cica Balm. The rich cream just feels so nice on my skin and feels a bit more like a luxury facial.
For the body, I would recommend Alpha Skin Care Revitalizing Body Lotion, this stuff uses AHAs to remove the dead skin cells and hydrate your skin at the same time. I alternate with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. You can use the CeraVe on your face and on your body. It is a rich cream with some great ingredients at a reasonable price tag. So slather it on.
There are also overnight masks to wear to bed. They do a fabulous job of adding more hydration to the skin. Yes, I always mention products that hydrate. Hydration is what keeps our skin young-looking and plump. It also keeps our skin from prematurely aging based on dryness.
All of the overnight masks that I have, are a bit higher priced, to be honest. I love my Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, that one is still my favorite. It isn’t too much richness, that it causes those little Millea (white bumps on the face). I have used Kiehl’s, Origins, etc. they are all pricey and have all caused me to have Millea, not that they might not work for you. Right now, I am trying Youth To The People overnight mask. I will let you know how that goes.
These are of course just options. If you have some products like these at home, use them. Whatever you have on hand. The point is to do something for you that doesn’t cause you more stress and does something for your skin. You will feel better about yourself in the long run and you will have more to give to others if you feel good.