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The 15-Minute Facial You Can Do At Home

Skip that $200 spa facial. Here, we break down our go-to home facial routine into 7 super-easy steps.

At the end of a long work week, distressing with an hour-long facial at the spa sounds like heaven. All you need to do is lie down and shut your eyes as a beautician man-handles your face to perfection. You don’t even have to lift a finger. Who doesn’t like a good pamper sesh, right? But here’s the thing – professionally-done facials, especially the good ones, will cost you. Plus, they don’t always work to your expectations or have lasting effects on your skin. A conventional facial at a spa feels good, but if you can get the same hydrating effect from an off-the-shelf beauty product that costs less, why the hell not?

Here’s a little confession: we don’t go for facials. Once a year or in six months just for funsies, sure. But otherwise? Nope. Nada. We’d rather invest in really great products that do wonders for the skin, even if they are a little pricey. Plus, they’ll last you for months. A $200 facial is only a one-time thing.

Ditching the spa doesn’t mean you have to give up facials – just do it at home! Here, we breakdown our go-to home facial routine and the products we like to use while at it. Look, we’re not asking you to give up professionally-done facials for good, but if you’re looking to save a couple, or if your regular facial isn’t working out anymore, why not give our little seven-step routine a go?


Take a hot shower. The steam will help to open up your pores for the steps to come. If hot showers aren’t your thing, fill up your sink with steaming hot water and hold your face over it for a couple of minutes.



Get your face squeaky clean with your favourite facial cleanser. The cult-classic Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is a personal favourite. Consider doing this step in the shower, it’ll save you some time.



This gets the dead skin out of the way, allowing your skin to better absorb the good stuff later on. Exfoliating first helps with the blackheads later, too. We like Skin Inc’s Pure Revival Peel and Philosophy’s Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel. Not only do they work wonderfully well – even on the pesky regions of your face – they’re both quite gentle on the skin. We’ll admit that they’re a little pricey, but you only need to use a small amount each time. (They’re still cheaper than a facial, anyway.)



After you’ve washed the dead skin and exfoliator off your face, prepare your blackhead extractor. (That skinny metal stick with the loop on one end!) Make sure it is clean – and we mean CLEAN. An extractor that has been lying around your makeup bag isn’t going to do you any favours. For a more efficient extraction process, hold your extractor at a 45-degree angle in an upward direction.



Skin throbbing a little? Run your face gently through some cold water to alleviate the stinging. It helps to wash away any excess oil and leftover blackhead guck.



Now that there’s nothing obstructing your pores, it is time to reach deep. We recommend Aesop’s Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, a mask that works its magic without weighing down the skin. Give it 10 to 15 minutes before gently washing it off.



Because your skin is still a little sensitive and red from all the earlier steps, it is best to use a hydrating mask that has been chilled in the fridge. It will also help to close up your pores. Masks – sheet, cream or otherwise – that contain aloe vera or cucumber extracts are your best bet. We cannot get enough of Poretal’s Milky Mask and Aritaum’s Cucumber, Vita C and Aloe Vera Masks.


Follow with you regular beauty routine and you’re more or less done! How’s your skin feeling? A little trick we like to do post-sheet masking is to wait another 10 minutes before washing the remaining mask solution away. Not only will you feel immensely satisfied from how smooth your skin feels as you run it through water, this trick prevents the risk of over-hydration. Too much of a good thing could lead to problems down the road. Well, for your skin, anyway.


Want to make the most out of your next masking session? We walk you through our go-to masking routine and list some of our favourite masks here.


Photo: Michele Morosi / Indigitalimages.com via Vogue.com | Originally posted on November 3, 2016.

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