At the beginning of March, our entire nation was shaken to its core: due to a pesky virus that we’ve become all too familiar with known as COVID-19. Our routines were upended, work was put on indefinite hold, and millions were left with a lot of time on their hands. Many of us have struggled with what to do with the time. It’s not often that you get a month to yourself to do as you please. So, do we hop on our brand new peloton and work off the 10 pounds we’ve been promising we’ll excise? Or do we try countless recipes to work towards becoming the latest top chef? Do we pick up woodworking, silversmithing, collaging? With all of the spare time to pick up old and new hobbies, it can feel a little overwhelming, if not entirely daunting. But what if it could be simple and easy, all while still being great for you?
As you’ve heard many times before, your health care regimen is crucial to maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Why not try something more luxurious, maybe something you haven't had time to do before this crisis hit. Facials have endless health benefits that we could all profit from at such a stressful, strange time we’ve found ourselves stuck in. It has been scientifically proven that Facials relieve psychological distress, boost cell regeneration as well as collagen formation, creating younger-looking skin. It also promotes blood circulation, which provides your skin with the nutrients it needs to create a healthy glow. Below I’ve outlined a step-by-step guide to an at-home facial that will kick your normal, daily skin care routine up a notch in just 5 easy steps and provide you with instant relief!
To begin the process and if you have it available or feel like splurging with your stimulus check, you'll want to use a facial steamer before step one. This allows your pores to open and absorb the products more effectively. Our skin is bombarded with toxins daily due to pollution and other environmental factors, so a steam is vital to reversing some of these effects, removing dead skin cells and preventing acne and/or skin issues. To create an at-home steamer, simply fill a bowl with steaming water and place your face above the steam, with a towel overhead to contain it, and feel your pores begin to open up. Add a few slices of citrus for additional awakening properties!
5 Easy Steps
First, you’ll want to prep the skin by cleansing your face thoroughly; this opens up your pores for the next steps. For this, our go-to is this Tropical Glow Cleanser from Kopari!
If you wear a lot of makeup, you’ll want to do a second cleanse to remove any excess buildup that might cling to your skin. Once you have a clean surface, we also recommend following up with some kind of exfoliant to remove dead skin from the face, which tends to pile up, making the skin rough and dry. By exfoliating, the following products will be able to easily penetrate the skin and work their magic!
Next, you’ll use a toner. Toner restores and balances the pH levels of your skin while also shrinking your pores. If you don’t have a toner handy, Witch-hazel works as a great natural astringent!
Following this, you’ll pick whichever face mask you want to use. Depending on the type of mask you choose, this step can help tighten the skin, promote stem cell growth, and draw out impurities. Whish has a variety of masks, depending on what you’re looking for – a personal favorite is the Blue Matcha Restoring Mask. Another option if you’re feeling adventurous is to step into the kitchen and play with some of your food items – such as banana, avocado, and coffee beans – to create your DIY face mask!
Whether you feel inclined to do so after your mask, professionals take this time in the process to alleviate your whiteheads or blackheads, which can clog your pores and make your skin dull. Do so by following safe, healthy methods with clean hands or extracting tools and using caution so as not to cause scarring.
After removing your mask, choose a serum suited to your skin types, such as a brightening or anti-aging one. A skin care line that we love is Eminence Organic Skincare! Once you’ve chosen a serum suited to your needs, it will help to revitalize your skin.
Professionals will sometimes massage the face – starting with gently pressing from the chin moving outwards and upwards – while the moisturizing products soak, so as to boost blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Lastly, you’ll apply your moisturizer, which will help to lock in all of the products applied and to layer your skin with additional moisture. Cleansing, steaming, and toning the skin can often leave your skin lacking in moisture so this step is a must! We recommend any lightweight moisturizer to apply by fingertips; we’re currently obsessing over The Everything Multi-level Moisturizer from Care!
For those on the run for whatever quarantine is keeping you busy with, we love the quick and easy Spa System from Nu Skin! Whichever product you choose, your skin and mind will be thanking you for this at-home relief from the new normal we are all adjusting to!