Guess what. I stayed home from work today. I’ve been battling a broken AC and since I had to be at the house when the HVAC team arrived to fix it, I decided to tackle a few projects I hadn’t gotten around to. Included were: washing my bed linen, organizing my closet and give myself a facial.
I’ve been doing well with moisturizing and scrubbing my skin, but I haven’t done a full facial in quite some time. There was a time when I was treating my skin once a week! So in an effort to begin adding “Sunday SpaDay” back into my routine, I reviewed products and gave my skin a huge hug.
First off, I will say that giving yourself a facial and taking photos the entire time is no easy task. Secondly, as the day got darker and darker (Yes, I started this at about 7:30p) the lighting changed so the photos aren’t light consistent….sorry! But below are the steps I took and products I used.
1. Start by taking off any lingering makeup. No matter how much I wash my face I seem to always have lingering mascara or eyeliner. It’s so important to begin any skincare routine with clean skin. The easiest way to do this is to use a makeup-removing wipe. Then, wash your face thoroughly. I used Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk along with my Olay ProX Cleansing Brush so that I wouldn’t miss a spot.
Before using the brush, I placed a nickel sized amount of product in my hand and used my fingertips to create suds and lather. This cleanser did not lather at all, but after brushing and rinsing my skin did feel clean and soft to the touch. After a couple of minutes, it begins to absorb into the skin, so be sure to rinse well!
2. While skin is still damp, use a facial scrub to continue the cleaning process. I used my Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator to exfoliate and polish. If I haven’t said it before, this is now my FAVORITE scrub. I like this even more than my go-to Garnier scrub. The exfoliators are smaller and sharper so they give an even deeper clean and when rinsed, my skin looked smoother immediately. Because I don’t have a full sized bottle, I’ve been trying to make it last, but this is a product I will be purchasing on my own. It’s perfect for spa days!
3. After rinsing away the scrub, now is the time for a treatment. I applied my Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute Peel because I’ve been dying to try it. This product says it removes dead skin to reveal a new layer of skin free of damage. I applied a thin layer of the serum and massaged it into my skin for about two minutes. I did see balls of skin (ew!) begin to form and instantly rinsed them away. I’m not sure if I was pleased or grossed out.
4. After completing your treatment, give yourself a mask and relax a bit. Masks are great to tackle a myriad of skin issues, so this Dr. Brandt Pore no More Vacuum Cleaning Mask was just what I needed today. It’s a super cool product! It has a serum-like texture that goes onto skin as a thin layer, then cools and turns blue when it’s time to remove. It made my skin feel a little tight, but really invigorated and was easy to rinse. This is also a product, I may be purchasing. It feels amazing! I can say, I didn’t notice a change in blackheads, but this was my first time using it.
5. Now it’s serum time. I’m still holding on (for dear life!) to this LaMer Rejuvenating Serum. It’s more of a light cream than a serum honestly, but moisturizes and calms skin. I gently worked it into my skin, avoiding the under eye area. When working with a serum, there’s no need to cake it on because you also want to moisturize.
6. Finally moisturize the skin and apply an eye balm to the skin around the eyes as well as the lids. As for a moisturizer, I’m sticking to old faithful on this one which is my Ponds Dry Skin Cream. It’s amazing. I then used the pad of my ring finger to dab ARAD Contour Eye Balm under my eyes.
Although it’s unrealistic to see a dramatic difference from one treatment, my skin feels amazing and I know it’s thanking me. Oh! And I realize I mixed numbers 3. and 4. when listed the products and steps, my bad!