I checked out some of the offerings of various skin care spas to see what their process was. In the end, I felt pretty comfortable putting together a DIY facial that not only cleansed/treated the skin but ultimately gave me that glow that can only be experienced through a professional session.
Once the massage is complete, I cleanse the skin using a the Clarisonic Pro. Next I move to steaming using my beloved Panasonic facial steamer. I've had a bunch of facial steamers in my day. Their steaming action was never enough for me. Especially after experiencing more intense steamers at the spa. After a few upgrades, I finally landed on the Panasonic. This thing is pretty powerful. The amount of steam it produces is unreal. Plus I love the fact that I don't have to stick my face in it which allows me to steam while I'm working on the computer, thumbing through a magazine, doing my nails, whatever. The part where the steam comes out can be adjusted up or down so I point it directly to my face no matter how I'm positioned.
|Glam Glow // fresh clay mask|
The last step is what's going to elevate this experience to a spa level facial. It transforms your skin from nice looking to "glowing." Without a high level exfoliation, your facial won't produce the results you want. By now exfoliation should be part of your normal routine. But on facial day, you want to incorporate products that actually make a difference to your skin. For me, this means applying a mandelic acid peel, a glycolic acid peel, or a fruit enzyme peel. They eat away at the old layers that act as a barrier between you and the skin you've always wanted. Acne scars fade and your skin takes on a reflective property, giving it the appearance of a healthy glow.
|Riiviva Diamond Tip Microderm Abrasion // Mandelic Acid Serum // Alpha Beta Peel|
Even though the chemical peels works wonderfully, the additional benefit of using physical exfoliation (with suction) is the stimulation of additional collagen. For this reason, I'm choosing to rotate between the chemical peels and the physical removal of dead skin.
I've given myself a facial using the steps above a couple of times. Each instance, my face looked pretty amazing. I'm saving a ton of money in the long run by not having to drop over $100 each time I want to experience bright, healthy skin. With all that said, I still did enjoy the hydra facial and I would like to invest in a few more sessions. That is until someone develops an at home version of the process.
The only step I feel I need to improve is adding an addition step after exfoliation to infuse my skin with nutrients. Since I've removed the dead layer of skin, adding a fancy serum or cream with skin nourishing properties would be icing on the cake.