As the world is slowly opening up again, thanks to the recent vaccination rollouts, we’ll soon hopefully go back to our regular routines, pre-COVID. Although, since we’re not 100 percent there yet, and it will take some time for us to recover, most of us—if not all—still have reservations when it comes to going out for nonessential matters. One of these nonessential matters? Facial treatments. While this may be essential to a hardcore beauty lover, like myself, going to medispas to receive treatment just isn’t worth the risk for me. And, with the rise of at-home DIY facial treatment trends, I don’t really see an immediate need to book an appointment.
Sure, an at-home DIY facial doesn’t really compare to the relaxing vibe of your go-to medispa or the professional touch of your favorite facialist. But, it would do just the trick to keep your face clean and clear of gunks and dead skin. “To call something an at-home facial, in my mind, means I’m going to do something deeper than my daily routine,” celebrity aesthetician Olga Lorencin tells Good Housekeeping.
Keep reading to find out how you can do a DIY facial treatment at home!
I can’t stress enough the importance of double cleansing. Any skincare routine or facial treatment truly starts with this step. I usually use micellar water, if I haven’t been wearing heavy-duty makeup throughout the day, to initially clean my face. Otherwise, I use an oil-based cleanser to melt away the makeup and other impurities. Next, I use a water-based facial cleanser (and veer away from foam cleansers) to remove the oil, sebum, and any dirt left. Since I have combination skin and am prone to acne and blackheads, I use a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid.
Steam your face
Contrary to popular belief, steaming your face doesn’t open up your pores. In fact, according to dermatologist Arash Akhavan, MD, there’s no such thing as “opening” or “closing” your pores. What good the act of steaming your face does, however, is softening the top layer of skin and loosening the debris in your pores. This makes extractions easier and less harmful to the skin. Face steaming is also great if you want to achieve that hydrated and plump skin.
You can steam your face by hopping in a hot shower; putting your face over a bowl of hot water, and trapping the steam with a towel over your head; holding a hot washcloth over your face; or, if you have extra ka-ching in your wallet, a face steamer that’s worth the investment.
Aqua peel alternative
One of the reasons why I got into the at-home facial wagon is because of the pore vacuuming trend. Because I never liked extractions and skin-pricking, I’ve always opted for an aqua peel facial when going for treatments. I’ve always found it better and less painful than the traditional facial treatments we know. The aqua peel treatment suctions out all the gunk and even the biggest blackhead while flooding your skin with moisture. Wanting to replicate this treatment at home on a budget, I settled for a pore vacuum instead. It does its job in taking out the gunk, dead skin cells, and surface-level whiteheads and blackheads. However, don’t expect it to be on par with an aqua peel facial (considering the device is made of plastic and doesn’t compare to the aqua peel machine). I felt the satisfaction, though, of seeing the dirt collect on the nozzle and feel my nose smooth and clean.
Another tool worth trying is this pore extractor and serum infuser device. Similar to the pore vacuum, it decongests your pores and removes surface-level blackheads, whiteheads, and other facial gunk. What makes this tool better than a pore vacuum, though, is you can safely use it all over your face, and it’s closely similar to getting an aqua peel facial, thanks to its serum-infusing feature.
Mask it up!
It wouldn’t truly feel like a facial if you skip putting on a face mask. You can choose a variety of masks (clay, sheet, or charcoal) based on your skin’s needs. For my type of skin, and to further draw out impurities, I use either a volcanic or a benzonite clay mask. Although, sometimes I like wearing a sheet mask too. This is when Dermapore serum infuser tool or a gua sha comes in handy. If you have the money for it and want to splurge and invest on a long-lasting mask, opt for an LED light therapy face mask. This tool has been used by dermatologists to treat inflammations after facials, even before the tool’s popularity since 2019.
Don’t forget to apply your serums and moisturizer afterwards to achieve a full face glow!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Carmela Valencia)