What’s in a Facial

Facials are typically made up of exfoliation, toning and moisturizing – the ultimate cleansing and hydrating experience.  With a handful of Dermalogica products, you can have your own facial treatments right in your own home.

Start by gathering the products you are going to need for your facial experience, and create a quiet, soothing environment.  Here are some recommended Dermalogica products: your favorite Dermalogica cleanser, Skin Prep Scrub or Multi-Vitamin Thermafoliant, a Dermalogica masque (depending on your skin type, choose the one that’s best for you: Intensive Moisture Masque, Sebum Clearing Masque, Skin Hydrating Masque or Skin Refining Masque), Multi-Active Toner, Active Moist Moisturizer, washcloths or Dermalogica’s “The Sponge Cloth”, scented candles, soft music and a crock-pot, also known as a slow cooker – no, we aren’t preparing dinner while we have our facial.  If you don’t have a crock-pot, don’t worry, you can steam your face using your skin or a large bowl (stay-tuned in the “Steam” step below).

Create your atmosphere – light your scented candles, dim the lights and turn on your soothing music.  After dampening your washcloths, roll them up and place them in your heated crock-pot to warm up.

Gently cleanse your face and neck area with lukewarm water and the product of your choice, and pat skin dry with a towel.

Get steamy – Steaming your face is the best way to open your pores so you can remove the dirt and impurities.  You can do this by placing the warm, wet washcloths onto your face and gently pressing all over your face.  Have several washcloths warmed up so you can repeat several times to open your pores.  If you don’t have a crock-pot, fill your sink or a bowl with hot water.  You can either dip a washcloth into the water and perform the same steps as the crock-pot method, or you can bend over the bowl or sink for 5-10 minutes, and use a towel to cover your face and the bowl or sink.  *Tip You can also add herbs or essential oils of your liking to the water.

Exfoliate with ease – Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to get rid of dead and damaged skin and reveal the healthy, new skin underneath.  Dampen your skin and use Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub or Multi-Vitamin Thermafoliant and rub in small circular motions.  Since the exfoliants use small scrubbing beads, there is no need to rub hard or scrub.

Masques – Use a Dermalogica Masque that is right for your skin type.  Spread a thick amount onto your skin, allow it to dry and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.  Remove with your warm, damp washcloth and pat dry with a dry cloth.

Tone – Toning your skin causes pores to shrink and skin to become firmer.  Use Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner – simply spray directly over the entire face and throat with eyes closed.

Moisturize – Moisturizing should be a necessity in your daily routine.  Whether you have dry, oily, normal or sensitive skin, you need a moisturizer to keep skin healthy and hydrated. This is the finishing step of your at-home facial.  Try Dermalgoica’s Active Moist Moisturizer.  Gently massage into your skin in upward circular motions.

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