I spent the better part of my 20s going to bed without washing my face. It’s not something I’m proud of and I often wonder if my skin would be different now had I taken better care of it then. Since hitting my 30s, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with skincare. So much so that I’ve had to basically stop going to Sephora altogether in order to get my spending under control. I have definitely gotten to the point where I’d rather be spending money taking care of my face than spending money covering it up.
In that same spirit, I’ve recently started doing facials. I’ve only had a facial done professionally once and I don’t remember loving it. And since I’m a bit of a homebody anyway, I prefer to go the at-home route. I even look forward to winding down Sunday evening with some good music, a big glass of wine, and a leisurely DIY facial routine. I use a combination of drugstore and higher-end brands, and I like trying new treatment products occasionally, but this is what my at-home DIY facial routine looks like.
- Prep: First, I remove all my makeup and cleanse my face with Olay Regenerist cream cleanser, then pat it dry with a clean washcloth.
- Exfoliate: I got a little tester of the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate over a year ago and have been hooked every since. I’ve never used anything that exfoliates like this product and I can’t recommend it enough. (Though it may not be great for sensitive skin.)
- Tone: After exfoliating, I saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and add a drop of Tea Tree essential oil. I feel like the essential oil really helps cleanse the skin a little deeper. Plus, it smells great.
- Steam: To open up my pores before applying a mask, I’ll fill a glass bowl with very warm water and add a couple drops of Lavender essential oil. I don’t know that it enhances the steam, but it’s such a relaxing scent. Then I’ll soak my washcloth in the water, wring it out (and air it out if it needs to cool down a bit), and then drape it over my face for a few minutes. I strongly suggest making sure the washcloth isn’t too warm when you put it on your face. Burned face skin is not a good look.
- Mask: Because my pores are basically the size of freckles (only not as cute), I like to use Origins charcoal mask. This might be my favorite step because I get to just sit there quietly drinking my wine while I wait for the mask to dry.
- Treat: Once I’ve rinsed off the charcoal mask, I apply whatever serums and treatments I’m using. Right now, I’m trying the Ole Henrikson Truth Serum and the ShiseidoBenefiance eye cream. These are the products I tend to switch up the most as I search for the perfect solutions for my skin. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
- Moisturize: I cannot live without a deeply-hydrating overnight moisturizer. I recently started using Clinique Moisture Surge overnight mask and I really like it. It’s rich and creamy without feeling too heavy or greasy. I also always add a drop of Frankincense essential oil for good measure.
And that’s it! This whole process can easily take me an hour, especially when you factor in the wine-drinking, but the time spent is part of the appeal to me. At this point, between the relaxation and the wine, I’m feeling pretty great. And then it’s usually all I have left in me to crawl into bed and read for a bit before passing out.