During this unprecedented time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and experience many moments of uncertainty, so it’s important to set aside a morning or evening during the week to refresh and repair not only your mind and body, but also your skin! And although certain COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, many are still reluctant to leave their homes. That’s why we’re sharing MOZ products that help treat and tone so you can achieve a spa-like facial in the comfort of your own home! Who says you need to sacrifice safety for the sake of self-care? Instead, pour yourself a glass of tea, coffee, or wine (we’re not judging) and prepare to pamper yourself with this simple step-by-step facial guide. So, glow ahead, keep reading!
Once you’ve created a tranquil atmosphere, complete with soothing candles and calming tunes, you’re ready for step one, which is cleansing!
Remember, whether it’s before a Monday morning meeting or an at-home facial Friday evening, washing your face provides a clean canvas to help carry you through the rest of your self-care ritual.
Steam really does help you feel like you’re in a relaxing dream!
Not only does it feel soothing but steaming also opens your pores and softens your skin, which helps to prep it for exfoliation and/or extractions. This process can easily be achieved by placing your face over a bowl of hot water and covering your head with a towel to lock in the steam or simply taking a towel, soaking it in hot water, and placing it on your face. But do ensure that the temperature isn’t as sizzling as stovetop water, as it can burn you. You can also purchase steamers for at-home use if you plan on making facials a monthly ritual. Take a look at some highly-rated devices here!
Exfoliate and/or Extract
Now that you’ve cleansed and steamed your face, it’s time to either exfoliate and/or extract, both of which help to remove clogged or dead skin cells. However, many opt for the former, as the latter can be a nightmare for those who aren’t professional facialists or aestheticians. If the wrong amount of pressure is applied and/or extracting tools are used incorrectly, you can be left with damaged and even scarred skin. To read up on the do’s and don’ts of extractions, click here. But if you can’t stand the look of blackheads and are in need of a safe, pore cleansing solution, check out our Charcoal Peel-Off Mask, which helps to remove dirt and oil and clear acne and blemishes. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes or until completely dry and watch as the gunk is lifted out of your pores as you peel the product back!
Using a toner is often an overlooked step, but it’s important to use one before and even after applying a mask.
Before a mask, a toner can help balance your skin’s pH levels and help to absorb the ingredients in whichever type of mask you plan on using. It can also help remove excess dirt and oil and soothe irritated skin. After a mask, a toner can also stabilize pH levels, hydrate, help your skin absorb serums, and more! To help tighten pores, retain moisture, reduce redness and irritation, and more, give yourself a spritz of our Rose Water Toner made with organic Moroccan rose water. You can either spray this toner directly on your face or place a small quantity on a cotton ball and smooth over desired areas.
When it comes to choosing which mask is right for you, it’s best to determine the skincare issue you may be experiencing at the time such as dryness, sun damage, or acne. Our Dead Sea Mud Mask with Manuka Honey and Shea Butter paired with our Face Mask Brush makes the perfect pore perfecting duo! Our washable and reusable brush with synthetic bristles quickly provides evenly distributed layers of product and can easily travel along with you due to its conveniently small size! Glide our mud mask with this brush on desired areas and allow to sit on skin for 10-15 minutes or until dry. The results? Cleansed and softened skin that’s been relieved of redness and more!
Whether it’s to give your skin an extra dose of hydration or to treat pesky pimples, following up with serums after a mask is one of the final steps in facial self-care!
If you’re undergoing an A.M. facial, we recommend using a serum that is antioxidant-based such as our Vitamin C Serum, which helps to protect against daily pollutants and works to brighten, lighten, and tighten skin over time. If it’s a P.M. facial, opt for our Hyaluronic Acid Serum to clear blemishes and reduce wrinkles while it heals, softens, and moisturizes your skin as you rest. You can also dab our Acne Serum on areas where you’ve broken out to cleanse, hydrate, balance, and calm skin.
We continue to emphasize that moisturizers are key because they help seal in all the products you’ve used. If you’re completing your facial in the morning, opt for moisturizers that are light and gentle and that contain SPF if you don’t plan on adding a separate sunscreen. However, if you’re completing one at night, you want your moisturizer to rejuvenate your skin. We recommend using anti-aging night products such as our Retinol Cream to help hydrate, soften, and nourish while minimizing breakouts, reducing under-eye bags, and improving skin tone! To help improve product penetration, stimulate lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness in the face, and more, incorporate our Rose Quartz Roller for an even more soothing and luxurious spa-like experience. Simply put, self-care, especially during moments of high stress and anxiety, isn’t a luxury but an essential practice. You may not be able to recreate the exact facial experience as your favourite aesthetician would or perform the same hand massage given by your go-to manicurist (if nailcare is your version of self-care), but as long as you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, you’ve achieved what you needed to. In the words of Katie Reed, self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. So, the next time you find yourself contemplating if you do in fact need some R&R, stop thinking and just go for it. After all, you deserve it!