My Weekly At-Home Facial!
Hey all! It's just about the weekend and that means it's just about my favorite time of the week. Saturday long runs, no-alarm Sundays, and all the goodness in between! Sometimes, during the week, I get so busy with life and work that I forget to schedule a little bit of time for myself. And I love going to Hiatus Spa and getting a massage or a facial, but sometimes, I just don't have the time for it. I also don't always have the budget to go to a spa to get a little self-care.
So, naturally, I look for ways to get the same results, but from the convenience of my own home! So, I've created a bit of a combo that works wonders for me and gives me ah-may-zing skin while I'm sitting at home relaxing or working on the blog.
Cleanser - Tula Purifying Facial Cleanser
I like to start by washing my face thoroughly to make sure that everything is clean before I attempt to start stripping layers off my face (only sort of kidding!). As I mentioned in my daily skincare routine blog, I use Tula Purifying Facial Cleanser. It's light, non-drying, and it have a nice clean, fresh scent. I like Tula because of their use of probiotics to help the skin stay naturally stronger and it's a good quality cleanser without breaking the bank. The tube goes a long way for daily cleansings, but I also stick to the old faithful - Neutrogena Acne Pads - when I'm traveling or after a sweaty workout class when I need to wash my face on the go.
In this case, I think it helps to really give your face a good scrub and clean the surface off so that the products you use can really soak in and take effect.
Exfoliant - Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel
This stuff is just cool. My love affair with the FirmX Peeling Gel started when I got a sample tube from a Sephora box. I love free samples with my order and this was one that I quickly bought the full size in. Here's how it works: Make sure to completely dry your face after cleansing. This is a super important step because I've found it doesn't work as well if the product can't get onto your skin. Squeeze a small amount onto your fingertips and start to rub it around your face in a circular motion. Here is what is so cool about this. As you start to rub, the product clings to the dead skin and slowly pulls it off. The more that you circle, the more that you can actually feel the dead skin rolling off your face. It's kind of a weird sensation (sometimes there's a bit of a tingle, other times not so much) but it's decidedly satisfying when you know you're pulling off all the dead skin. I usually do this about 1-2 minutes, or until I feel like I'm not seeing anything extra come off my face. Afterwards, I just do a quick rinse with water to get the gel off my face and then pat dry.
Treatment - Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Baby Facial
This. Stuff. Is. Amazing. I don't know how better to describe it than life-changing, to be honest. Drunk Elephant's Baby Facial is a blend of 25% (Glycolic + T.L.C. (T) Tartaric, (L) Lactic, (C) Citric Acids) and Salicylic Acid (BHA) 2%, which all come together to help exfoliate dead skin cells, refine pores, and leave brighter, happier skin underneath. One thing to note, the higher acid content means that it does burn just a bit when you put it on your face. I don't have very sensitive skin, so for me, it was a slight tingle when I put it on (gone in about 30 seconds), but you will definitely notice it, perhaps a bit more if you have sensitive skin.
The Baby Facial isn't the cheapest beauty product on the market, but this is another bottle that is going to last you a long time. It takes about 1-2 pumps of the cream for me to cover my face. You don't want a thick layer, just enough to evenly coat your face, making sure to give your eyes and lips a wide berth. I made the mistake of getting it too close to my mouth one time and it has a nasty taste. Let me save you from that. As well, it has a bit of a smell when you initially put it on. I'm going to assume that this is from the acid in the cream, but I don't love it (like I do Sunday Riley's Good Genes), but I also don't hate it. The smell fades as soon as it starts to soak in.
Drunk Elephant says to leave it on for about 20 minutes, but I have left it on longer to let it absorb (but also when I get distracted with doing things around the house). It won't dry on your face, so you'll want to make sure that you tie your hair back because otherwise your hair will get stuck in the mask.
This is one of those rare products where I can see it working when I have it on. By the time I've finished applying the full mask to my face, I can see my skin tightening up and it looks visibly brighter, just with the cream on my face. And when I rinse it off, my skin is incredibly smooth and soft to the touch. Even better, Drunk Elephant doesn't use any silicones, chemical screens, or sensitizing colorants/perfumes so it works well with most skin types. It doesn't hurt they are a fellow company from Austin, Texas either!
Moisturizer - Drunk Elephant Protini Peptide Cream + Marula Luxury Facial Oil
I've mentioned before as well, in my post about my daily skincare routine, how much I love this daily moisturizer from Drunk Elephant. The Protini Peptide Cream is a super soft, whipped blend of a bunch of moisturizing goodness and, for this weekly self-care post, the cherry on the top of the sundae. I take one pump of the Protini and mix it with 1-2 drops of the Marula Facial Oil and apply that to my face once I've washed the Baby Facial off. I don't use the Marula oil often, as I feel that it's too much oil for my skin (especially when I'm sweating a lot in the summer), but I do use it after the facial because I feel like this is the one time that my face needs a bit of extra moisture. It feels like my skin sucks it all in and stays plump and glowing.
I know I've mentioned this before, but I truly love and use the Drunk Elephant line daily. If the price tag on the full priced items scares you, Sephora has a great bundle called, "The Littles" which is a travel-size bundle of all of the best products from DE: C-Firma (the Vitamin C serum), the Marula Luxury Facial Oil, and the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, as well as some really awesome moisturizers, cleansers, and eye creams. For some, the Facial Oil especially, the travel-size will last forever. I'd highly recommend it if you're on the fence or if you are looking for a great gift for someone who loves skincare!
If you try out my at-home facial, let me know how it goes for you! I'm always looking for new recommendations for great skincare products, so leave your suggestions below!
Photography by David Lemon Photography
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