The At Home Facial

  • Home facial Okay, so its not the hand-massaging, Enya-playing, extraction-filled kind, but it also doesnt come with the hefty price tag.

    Check out our tips for giving yourself a pretty darn good at-home facial, if we do say so ourselves.

  • Wash (No, Really Wash)

    Yes, this may seem like an obvious one, but were not talking the quick splash of water and a few rubs of cleanser kind of washing. In order for products to penetrate properly you need to really get skin clean.

    Were (big) fans of the Clarisonic, which is 6 times more effective at removing makeup, and power washes skin to get it ready for other products, such as toners, moisturizers, and masks.

    If you dont want to shell out the $200 for a Clarisonic, try picking up Pretikas Sonic Dermabrasion Facial brush ($41.50), or Olays new ProX Advanced Cleaning System ($30), which has been touted as the drugstore Clarisonic.

    Lastly, if youre determined to seriously cut back on spending, just sing Happy Birthday twice while sudsing up your skin.

  • Use a Mask

    Masks are great in the sense that theyre a quick, relatively inexpensive way to revitalize skin.

    The problem with them, though, is theyre often misused.

    People tend to use too much product, leave them on too long, or choose the wrong one.

    Once you find the right mask for your skin, follow the directions. Leaving a mask on longer does not make it more effective. In fact, it can irritate or dry out skin.

    Were big fans of pumpkin masks (IE our sensitive skin has never been irritated from them). They work wonders at purifying dull skin. Two of our long-time favorites are:

    Jacqua Pumpkin Papaya Puree Enzyme Facial Mask

    Zia Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

    Tip #1: If you have combination skin, try using two different masksone for your t-zone and another for your cheeks.

    Tip #2: Fill a bowl with hot water and steam your face (but not too closely) for a few minutes after applying a mask. This will ensure good penetration of the product.

  • Moisturize

    After rinsing (and if need be, toning) always finish off with a moisturizer or face oil. You need one no matter how oily or finicky your skin. (Were sure youve heard that skipping moisturizer will only create more oil in the skin.)

    Your lotion serves as a protective barrier against winter weather and skin-drying heat. It also helps to lock in ingredients after your facial.

    Rose and lavender oils are great for soothing flaky, chapped skin, while vitamin c serums pack an antioxidant-rich punch for tired, stressed-out complexions.