At-Home Facial: Seven Steps to Glowing Skin

Patient Expert

I'd like to get a facial, but going to a spa isn't in my budget right now. How do I give myself a facial?

According to the American Psychological Association, 48% of Americans state that their stress levels have increased over the last five years. A third of American adults suffer from extreme stress. The top two sources of stress include work and money.

Unfortunately, stress is not just an inconvenience. It's related to a whole host of health issues, both physical and mental. Not only does chronic stress place you at greater risk of heart disease and other ailments, it also creates bad health habits when people don't manage stress effectively. People who suffer from stress tend to have erratic eating habits and those who drink or smoke are more likely to do so under stress.

The good news is that you can help manage your stress by taking care of yourself and finding healthy ways of calming your anxiety. One way to take some time out is by giving yourself a facial to soothe strained muscles and pamper your overworked brain.

Here's a step-by-step guide for a quick and easy facial aimed at rubbing out stress.

1. Tie hair back and put on a soft cloth headband. Remove makeup with a gentle makeup remover. Try Lumene Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover, which is fragrance-free.

2. Wash your face with your regular cleanser. Pat dry.

3. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, apply an exfoliating or clay mask such as Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask or REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask. If your skin tends to be dry, apply a soothing or hydrating mask such as Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque or Decleor Hydra Floral Intense Gentle Hydrating Mask. Follow the instructions on these products carefully, since some masks can become irritating when left on too long. Relax while waiting to wash off mask. If desired, slice a cucumber and place them over eyes to soothe.

4. When it's time to remove the mask, soak a hand towel in hot water-but not so hot that you burn yourself. Wring out and rub off mask, rinsing towel as needed.

5. Using cotton pads, swipe alcohol-free toner over skin in order to remove any last traces of the mask. Try Nivea Visage Alcohol-Free Moisturizing Toner.

6. Finish with a lightweight lotion. Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizer comes in lotion and gel form for both dry and oily skin. Dot the lotion over your face and gently massage into skin using upward strokes. Pay attention to the area around your eyes.

7. Take a deep breath, shake out your hair, and enjoy your glowing skin.

A word of caution: When giving yourself a facial, remember that you don't need to pick at your skin. A licensed cosmetologist may be trained to remove blackheads, but don't try this yourself. When done incorrectly, this can lead to infections and scarring.