Everything you need for an at-home facial

At-home facial – what do I need?

With beauty salons and clinics you might be looking for ways to do beauty treatments at home. One of my favourite beauty treatments is a facial, and you can easily do one at home. Giving yourself an at-home facial doesn’t mean you have to buy lots of expensive products. Here’s the four key steps of a facial, with options for low and high budgets.

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Step 1: Cleanse your face

The first thing to do during your at-home facial is cleanse your face. If you’ve been wearing makeup, or you just want a deeper clean, I recommend a double cleanse. Start with an oil-based cleanser then use a heavier cream formula. This will ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed but also hydrated. Make sure you remove your cleansers with a muslin cloth for some gentle exfoliation.

Alpha H balancing cleanser

I tend to use the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and Alpha H Balancing Cleanser. If you want more budget friendly options, I would use the Superfacialist Vitamin C cleansing oil and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

On a budget: Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil – £12 and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – £15.50

Treat yourself: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – £47 and Alpha H Balancing Cleanser – £25

Step 2: Use a masque

This is probably the most exciting part of a facial. It’s definitely the step that can make the most difference! Select a masque based on your skin’s needs and how intense you want it to be. For example, a clay mask is great for oily/acne-prone skin. If you have dry skin a hydrogel masque may be your best option. I’m currently enjoying using a soothing clay masque to calm and detoxify my skin.

L'Oreal pure clay masque

On a budget: L’Oreal Pure Clay Soothing Mask – £7.99 for calming skin, Garnier Moisture Bomb – £1.99 for hydrating skin, Revolution Pink Clay Mask – £7.95 for detoxifying skin

Treat yourself: Origins Hello, Calm – £25 for calming skin, Fresh Rose Face Mask – £21 for hydrating skin, Milk Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask – £20.50 for detoxifying skin

Step 3: Apply a serum

Serums can be a great way to add some hydration, radiance and plumpness to your skin. I use a serum in both my morning and evening skincare routine. During a facial they’re the perfect step for giving your skin an extra boost. Make sure you check the active ingredients in your cleansers, masques and serums before applying them all together. You want them to work in harmony, not cause your skin irritation or damage!

I’ve been using the Alpha H vitamin serums recently, but I also think The Ordinary have some great affordable options.

On a budget: The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ serum – £12.70

Treat yourself: Alpha H Vitamin B serum – £24

SPF and serum

Step 4: Apply a SPF

If you’re planning to leave the house after your facial, make sure you apply an SPF to protect your skin. This is especially important if you’ve used any acids or vitamins in your routine! You’ll want to go for a SPF of 30 or above. I’m currently using a Emma Hardie one, but there’s lots of great options out there.

On a budget: Soltan Sensitive Protect Facial SPF50+ – £6.50

Treat yourself: Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF30 – £46

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