Summer Skin Care Essentials for an “At Home” Facial

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Summer Skin Care Essentials for an “At Home” Facial

By Derika Crowley

I love to get regular facials, but right now they aren’t in the budget. So, what’s a girl to do? DIY of course! During the winter, I’m all about keeping my skin hydrated and moisturized; but, in the summer this getting a little trickier because my skin is naturally oily.

For the most part, I don’t switch up my products too much, but I do swap out a few items to ensure I get a more matte effect in the beginning, so as I become oiler throughout the day, I get a dewier effect.  I do however, make sure that I give myself a facial more frequently and use facemasks focused on creating a natural glow over those that promote moisture and hydration.

WHAT YOU NEED IN YOUR BATHROOM

·     Cleanser

·     Toner

·     Facial Spray

·     Exfoliator

·     Extractor Tools

·     Clay Mask

·     Serum

·     Sunscreen

·     Face Steamer (Optional)

THE ROUTINE

Let’s talk about how to give yourself a facial. After years of esthetician (and good ol’ Pinterest) this is the most common routine for an at home facial:

1.   Remove makeup, dirt and grime:

Make sure all of your makeup is removed using cleansing water or a balm. My favorites at the moment are L'Oréal Micellar Cleansing Water and Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.

2.   Cleanse:

Using a cleanser to wash your face thoroughly (I like to use a brush, but you don’t have to)

3.   Steam:

I purchased a $20 cleanser off Amazon which is AMAZING. After cleansing, I put my face over my steamer for a few minutes to open my pores up. If you don’t want to invest in a steamer, you can do this in the shower, using a hot washcloth or boil some water on the stove and put your face over it (do what you do, boo).

4.   Exfoliate:

After the steam, scrub away dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliant. After your face, remember to scrub your lips too.

5.   Extract:

Using extractor tools, get rid of any whiteheads or blackheads that you have. This part is tricky, so if you don’t feel comfortable go to a professional.

6.   Mask:

Apply a clay mask to your face and neck. Let the mask sit for about 10 – 15 minutes and then remove.

7.   Rehydrate and Apply Toner:

After you’ve removed your mask, rehydrate your skin with a toner or facial spray (or both)

8.   Apply serum:

Apply a small amount of facial serum to your skin to give it a boost.

9.   Moisturize:

Apply an eye cream to your undereye area and facial cream to your face and neck. Treat spot any blemishes or dark marks. Apply lip balm as well.

10.   Sunscreen:

If you’re headed out for the day after your skincare routine, remember your sunscreen!

Definitely consider these essentials and routine to not only save on your beauty budget but also to look your best this summer! We want to see you flourish and your skin to POP all summer 2019! Happy self care beauties!