Pre-pandemic and pre-Ollie I was religious about going to get my facials. I would get a hydrafacial once a month, but now I think I’ve had 2 facials since last March. Tried a vampire facial for the first time last week! Will be sharing all my thoughts soon.

 I’ll always love the spa experience but I know a lot of places still aren’t open, or have limited availability if they are, so until you can get in for your next (or even first!) professional facial, bring the spa to YOUR HOME. Skincare is about consistency! So even if you are getting in for your facial take the time to pamper yourself at home too! So get cozy, and take a step into my spa routine at home.

The first step to fake a luxury facial at home is to add a little luxury to the set up. Burn a luxe candle (obsessed with this scent, I’ve posted about it a lot but I just can’t get enough!), put on a Terry headband, your favorite pjs, wrap up in a robe, and find a relaxing playlist. (I usually take a bath or a hot shower before I start my spa day so I feel fresh and clean – it sets the tone)

First and foremost, make sure you remove any and all makeup or excess dirt and oils. I’ve been using these cotton pads for years and they are a favorite for removing makeup. Then you’ll want to do a double cleanse with a good face wash and cloth. I’m about to run out of this face wash and already I’m reordering because I don’t want to miss a day without it – it’s that good. It’s really gentle but also leaves my skin feeling refreshed and more radiant. If you don’t have a face wash you’re crazy about, try this one and let me know if you agree! It’s also important to use something to use a wash clothmuslin cloth, or cleansing device to help exfoliate (just ordered this one – love that it’s deep cleansing and massaging! This one is specifically for sensitive skin.) Once you start doing the double cleanse and add a cloth or cleansing device, you’ll realize what a difference it makes.

Almost all facials start with a facial steam. It’s the best way to ensure a deep cleanse but also promotes circulation, collagen and elastin, but most importantly helps your skin absorb skincare products. I actually didn’t know until I started researching but it’s also super hydrating. (Not to mention so relaxing!) There are tons of at-home facial steamer options available but especially with your skin, you don’t want to take chances so make sure you get one with great reviews like this one. This is a top seller and super easy to use and heats up fast.

There are tons of options when it comes to exfoliating. If you’re in the mood for a face-scrub, I love this one. I saw Victoria Beckam post about it a year or so ago and immediately added it to my cart haha. For something less abrasive, you’ll want a product with AHAs and BHAs – this one is a super quick and convenient and a cult-favorite.. Either way, keep it somewhat simple – the last thing you want to do is over-exfoliate!

Hailey Bieber is my favorite celebrity – all her beauty and fashion fits are flawless! So a year or so ago when I saw her try the microcurrent facial I was dying to try it. My next trip to NYC I booked it. I loved the immediate results but you actually need to do it regularly to see the best long lasting results. This NuFace trinity device is the next best thing if you can’t fly to NYC or LA for a microcurrent facial every week (which really nobody can right haha). Honestly you won’t believe before and after pictures! It makes me want to be super religious about it because it’s the only way you’ll see lasting results.  It tones facial muscles and improves contour and skin tone while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You can also get the basic model here, but the Trinity comes with a lip and eye attachment to target those smaller areas. It’s really simple to use and takes just a few minutes every day, so it’s easy to get in the habit of it. They say even for 5 minutes for 30-60 days you will see results. I can’t wait to start seeing some results as I keep using it!

One of my favorite parts of a facial is the mask. You can just sit, relax, and maybe even get a cat nap in while your skin is soaking up some TLC. These are a splurge but have amaaazing reviews online – will definitely be trying ASAP! I also love these eye masks – I think the eye area makes the biggest difference so if you don’t have time for a full mask, stick these on while you go about the rest of your day. This is an overnight sleep mask that just launched at Nordstrom but has amazing reviews!

Last but not least, a few skincare staples. After your mask you will want to moisturize.
If it’s during the day make sure you add a SPF of 30 or higher since your skin will be extra sensitive and susceptible to sun damage. I also love a good eye cream and lip treatment after a mask. I’m still on the hunt for an eye cream that I love but this one has a lot of good reviews and my friends always post about it, so just added to cart to try.

This is another VB favorite I bought asap after I saw she loved and I am obsessed. My favorite part of the end of my at home facials is a refreshing elixir mist.

And if you’re in the habit of at-home facials, you’ve probably already pulled the trigger on the beauty fridges. Not only are they so cute and extend the shelf life of some skincare products (nothing beats a cold eye cream), they also help with swelling and redness.
Have you guys tried an at-home facial? What’s your secret ingredient?

XX, Kenneth

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