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    Mar 29, 2020

    27 Things To Give Yourself A Facial At Home

    It's called quarantine self-care, look it up.

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    1. First things first, a ~spa day~ headband so your hair doesn't get in the way of all the fun and relaxation that's about to ensue. Welcome to your at-home facial oasis!

    Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie

    Promising review (for the bow headband): "Selfie-worthy, so soft, and so cute. I use mine to keep my hair back while I get ready! Great price, and would 10/10 recommend! A must-have!!!" —Cadene Slocum

    Get the bow-adorned headband from Urban Outfitters for $8 (available in three prints) or the microfiber headband (that has a hole for your ponytail!) from Anthropologie for $18 (available in three prints).

    2. Laura Mercier Conditioning Cleansing Oil, which contains a blend of seven natural oils to get every ounce of makeup, sunscreen, and debris off your face — the first step to any high-quality facial. And take this opportunity to really slow down and massage this bb into your face 'cause you deserve it!


    You won't feel any oily residue after it's washed off. Trust me, I've used this oil a bunch. It's so gentle yet effective at removing everything (even stubborn waterproof mascara) and it really does smell like a spa to me — which is the vibe we're going for, duh.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $40.

    3. A water-based cleanser like the oh-so-gentle Belif Aqua Bomb Cleanser to make sure your face is totally ready to receive all of the treatments and products you have planned. And it doesn't hurt that this jelly-like cleanser lathers/foams very nicely for that spa-like feel.

    @belifusa / Via

    Promising review: "After using Cetaphil facial cleanser for about three years, I started to wonder if it was stopping the tiny, pesky closed comedones on my forehead from going away. Cetaphil was always my 'safe' cleanser, but I read that it has can be pore-clogging for some. I got a sample of the Belif cleanser with some points, and instantly fell in love! I have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate it at all. My face feels so soft and clean, AND my forehead looks a lot better. The sample lasted me a while (using it every day at night), but I recently bought the full size. Highly recommend if you're looking for a new cleanser!" —sriiiii

    Get it from Sephora for $28.

    4. A Foreo Luna Mini 3 cleansing brush that'll make your cleanser work even harder and make any evidence of dirt, oil, and sweat disappear without a trace — thanks to gentle but powerful t-sonic pulsations and extra-soft bristles/touchpoints.

    @foreo / Via, @foreo / Via

    There are two modes/speeds: standard one and a glow boost. Plus, you can connect your device to the Foreo app, which can find your Luna! And it has a built-in timer, so you know exactly how long to ~glide~ for.

    Promising review: "Love this device! Leaves your skin unbelievably smooth and glowy. Fits perfectly in your hands and fully customizable to your needs/wants through the app." —Fac26

    Get it from Sephora for $159 (available in five colors). There's also the Luna Mini 2 (check out a BuzzFeeder's glowing review) for $119 and Luna Play Plus for $49.

    5. A facial steamer to fully open up your sleepy (and perhaps a little too visible) pores so any treatments you apply afterwards can oh-so-deeply penetrate for maximum benefits/effect. There's a reason why all facials start with some good ol' steam.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Did I mention the nozzle is adjustable so you can target whichever areas need the most attention and the UV lamp sterilizes the steam before it engulfs your face? Plus, there's a built-in mirror! All you gotta do is fill the small water tank with purified water and press the power switch to turn on! How much easier can it get?

    Promising review: "Love this for an at-home spa treatment day. Using this has really improved the look and feel of my skin. I use the steamer to open my pores and then apply my nose strips to pull out all the yucky blackheads. I also use it to keep my skin consistently hydrated while I massage in my collagen masks. And it has really helped manage my zits, since I first steam target the affected area and then place my zit-away patches, which work better after steaming. Really gives me the extra warmth and hydration time I need to prep my skin for deep cleaning. This has really minimized my pores and I’m like, 'Wow, never thought I’d have invisible pores on my nose! They look so tiny.'" —Mew Mew

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $43.99.

    6. A squeezeful of Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, which is a great choice for a sensitive skin–safe exfoliator that doesn't leave skin irritated. In fact, thanks to pineapple and papaya enzymes, BHAs, and AHAs it'll leave your skin feeling quite the opposite — soft and smooth as heck!

    @wishfulskin / Via, @wishfulskin / Via

    I tried this out recently and was surprisingly delighted! There's no irritation whatsoever and my face did in fact feel SUPER soft (I'm not just sayin' random things, ok!) and I can't stress how satisfying it is to use.

    Promising review: "This product is so worth the money. I have combination skin with large pores and blackheads on my T-zone and some discoloration on my cheeks and chin area. This product instantly smoothed my skin and my makeup looked flawless the following day. I’m a skincare junkie and I haven’t been this impressed with a product in a very long time. I highly recommend this product for those of you that have texture and pore issues." —NaireeC

    Get it from Sephora for $39.

    7. Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence to start adding some much-needed hydrating back into your skin. Its fragrance-free formula contains 93% naturally fermented ingredients — including 17% birch juice and 9% rice extracts for that sweet, sweet illumination from within.

    Soko Glam

    This is one of my favorite essences! I'll usually pat on several layers because you only need a few drops (which you have to give a good shake to get out) to cover your whole face. My skin instantly drinks this up, and I swear it looks the tiniest bit more plump!

    Promising review: "I have really sensitive skin but it's reacted very well to this product. After using it twice a day for a month I can confirm that it has made my skin look and feel a lot smoother. My pores also look a lot smaller in some areas as well. Will definitely repurchase." —Mary R.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $38.

    8. A handy Neutrogena light therapy acne spot treatment for helping speed up the reduction and healing of stubborn breakouts — thanks to a mighty combo of blue (kills bacteria) and red light (reduces inflammation). No messy products, no worries!


    Promising review: "I am so glad I bought this on a desperate whim because it’s the best acne treatment I have ever purchased. It works every time. My zits are gone the next day and if I catch the pimple coming before it really gets going, it never gets a chance to even surface and disappears right away." —Jill0976

    Get it from Walgreens for $26.69.

    9. Or a hydrocolloid acne patch to absorb all that oil and gunk from your blackheads and whiteheads and help flatten/heal your zits faster — while also preventing any outside infection and bacteria (which is why your zits form in the first place!). Easy peasy.

    @herocosmetics / Via, Anthropologie

    How easy? All you gotta do is cleanse any blemishes that have come to a head, place a patch directly on the blemish, and leave it on until the patch turns opaque white in color — this usually take a few hours but they stick super well, so you can still continue with the rest of your facial, no sweat!

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim not expecting good results, but this has actually been one of the best products I’ve used for my acne. After using it for a couple of days, the acne really started to disappear and not show as much. It truly helped me to have good skin!" —Marce71

    Get a pack of 36 from Anthropologie for $13.

    10. A jade (or rose quartz or opal) roller that'll definitely soothe your skin — especially if you pop it in a fridge beforehand for an extra cooling effect. Some specific benefits include helping stimulate collagen production, increase elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


    Promising review: "Pop it in your freezer and use after it’s been chilled and your skin will thank you! I’ve seen a reduction in inflammation and an increase in firmness. I’ve been using it religiously each time after I shower." —Mary Bella

    Get it from Anthropologie for $28+ (available in four colors/materials).

    11. A nourishing facial oil (from Youth to the People or The Ordinary, for example) to pair with your roller for ~easier sliding~ and to help push said oil into your skin, so it penetrates better and deeper!

    Nordstrom, Sephora

    Let's dive into these two oils!

    Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil: contains superfruits maqui (the moist antioxidant-dense fruit in the world!), açai, and goji — as well as super hydrating prickly pear and squalane oil to lock in moisture, as well as lots of vitamin C

    The Ordinary Organic 100% Cold-Pressed Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: only contains one ingredient, rose hip seed oil, which is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid, and pro-vitamin A — which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-aging and other skin conditions

    Promising review (for the Ordinary): "This is a very light oil that absorbs fast and helped even out my skin tone. I feel like it helped balance my oil production, because I use it at night and noticed my skin doesn’t get as oily during the day. I’m on my second bottle of it already, and the price is also impossible to beat!" —Ocactress60

    Get the Youth to the People Superberry Oil from Sephora for $44 or The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from Sephora for $9.80.

    12. A pair of facial cooling globes similar to the ones facialists love using, because they're so dang relaxing — well, aside from the initial point of contact, but it's so, so worth the soothing, puffiness-reducing, and circulation-stimulating benefits! Roll away, peeps!

    Sephora, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed / Via

    Get them from Sephora for $25.

    You can read my review on Face Haus facials for more info on that GIF!

    13. A mini skincare fridge so all of your tools and products are properly stored and cooled for immediate use and, most importantly, not stuck next to those week-old veggies and who know what else you have in your actual fridge — no judgment. Plus, how CUTE is it?

    Urban Outfitters

    It also has a convenient top handle for transporting, as well as a ~heating~ function in case you'd need that.

    Promising review: "This is so nice!!! It’s really aesthetically pleasing and helps minimize space in my room or my bathroom." —alohaanee

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $89.95.

    14. A Cosrx blackhead-removing kit made up of three full steps that'll ensure those buggers crowding your nose are banished — no painful extractions needed!


    Let's break it down. The softening sheet helps to open up pores and dissolve blackheads, clearing sheet removes blackheads and any other buildup from pores, and relaxing sheet closes pores and soothes skin. Key ingredients include licorice root extract, glycolic acid, and gotu kola leaf extract, respectively.

    Promising review: "I have oily skin and large pores. I have tried every drugstore blackhead removing strip out there. These were the first strips I saw that had a three-part system and were highly recommended by Korean skincare lovers. I went ahead and ordered them, and I was NOT disappointed. The first step softens what's in and around the pores, the second step is more of the classic hardening strip that removes the gunk, and the final strip soothes the skin afterwards. I highly recommend if you too have given up on blackhead removing strips. I love them!" —Dermstore Customer

    Get it from Dermstore for $18.

    15. Pixi Glow Tonic, an affordable fan-favorite toner that exfoliates, brightens, and smoothes skin with gentle ingredients like aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extracts — and it's paraben- and alcohol-free, so it'll leave your skin feeling good well beyond your facial.


    Promising review: "I have combination, sensitive skin. I can't use any acids on my skin because they're just too strong. I couldn't use glycolic acid from other companies either. Everyone kept raving about this and then they said the pH and amount of glycolic acid in Pixi Glow Tonic was too low for it to do anything for the skin, yet is somehow does. I decided to buy a small bottle and test it. The first night I used it my skin felt a little smoother the next morning and the second night used it, I woke up with the smoothest skin ever. My skin has been the same as it was that second night ever since. I'd purchased several eight-ounce bottles and now I own the 500 ml bottle with the pump. This tonic does not dry your skin in the least bit. It causes a gentle exfoliation. My serums seem to sink in better. My makeup glides on my smooth skin and looks flawless. My face looks the best it ever has. I wish I'd discovered this much sooner." —Lovelipstick

    Get it from Target for $15.

    16. A pretty pair of cooling gel eye masks that are basically like tiny redness- and puffiness-reducing pillows for your peepers! Consider these an upgrade from cucumber slices.

    Urban Outfitters

    Just make sure to wipe 'em clean after every use!

    Promising review: "I use these every night to calm my eyes from the day, since my eyes are so sensitive. Very calming before bed. Also great for heating!" —Jas Bum

    Get a pair from Urban Outfitters for $6 (available in two designs). Or, if you'd prefer undereye masks, try Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels!

    17. A FaceTory sheet mask subscription box if you sheet mask so often, you need ample variety to keep things fun 'n' interesting. After all, each mask is like a mini facial in itself! Say hello to dewy, recharged skin delivered (contact-less) right to your doorstep! ✨

    @myfacetory / Via, @myfacetory / Via

    I never get bored using the same masks because this box does the curating for me and introduces into the mix new brands I would never have known otherwise. Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask, too, so you know exactly what kind of goodness you're putting on your face. Entry-level masks are mostly fabric masks made out of cotton or cellulose, while premium masks include hydrogels and multistep masks.

    Get a curated box from Facetory for $19.90 (for the 7 Lux: seven sheet masks and one to two bonus skincare items) or $49.95 (for the Lux Plus: five to six skincare products + five to six sheet masks).

    18. A Stacked Skincare microneedling roller that'll — with the help of 540 teeny stainless-steel needles — stimulate skin repair, treat hyperpigmentation, acne scars, fine lines, and uneven tone. Pair with your fave serum for skincare magic!

    Urban Outfitters

    Be sure to disinfect the roller after every use with boiling water or 91% alcohol (submerge the roller for five minutes and allow it to fully dry before storing), so you don't transfer bacteria from one rolling sesh to the next!

    Promising review: "This has changed my face drastically!! I couldn’t be any happier with the results, which only get better and better! I have struggled with acne for almost half my life, and this is the only thing that I’ve been able to say has really helped me out. This has drastically improved the look of my scars in only two months of rolling. I recommend this to anyone who wants to improve the overall texture of their face!!" —Bell23

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $30.

    19. A chic vibrating face-lifter with sonic technology that'll mimic an actual massage (without you needing to knead away) for visible sculpting and contouring, and a beautiful glow only a totally relaxed and pampered face is capable of showing off.

    Skin Gym

    You don't ~have to~ use it in conjunction with anything else, but I'd recommend pairing it with your favorite serum for maximum benefits!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59.

    20. A Charlotte Tilbury clay mask that'll purify your pores and improve collagen production/skin elasticity, all without leaving your skin feeling high, dry, 'n' tight like traditional clay formulas (which I personally am not a fan of). Spanish clay, rosehip oil, and frangipani flower all come together to deliver that perfect balance.

    Nordstrom, @ctilburymakeup / Via

    Promising review: "I absolutely love using face masks and this one compliments my skincare routine really well. It's a clay mask formula, but it does not dry hard like a traditional clay formula, which I really like because I hate the overly squeaky-clean feeling you get from most clay masks. This mask strikes a really nice balance between clarifying pores and moisturizing, and definitely delivers that 'baby soft' feeling. Even at the higher price point, I still rate this mask very highly because I think it represents great value." —ClaraJM

    Get it from Nordstrom for $55.

    21. An Aesop pulse-point therapy roller infused with ginger root, lavender, and geranium you can apply directly onto your neck, temples, and behind the ears (and wrists!) for a little dose of relief from stress, nausea, and...the news, tbh.


    Promising review: "Such a soothing smell. I currently keep it on my work desk and reach for it whenever I need a little grounding." —Jackie816

    Get it from Nordstrom for $31.

    22. A microdermabrasion exfoliator tool that'll be worth the high price tag once you see immediate and consistent results — i.e. outer-layer exfoliation, less discoloration, scarring, sun damage, and wrinkles. It also comes with four intensity levels and two different crushed diamond tips (one for normal and one for sensitive skin), so you can tailor your own treatment.

    Urban Outfitters

    All you gotta do is hold your skin taught with one hand and use the other to hold the device and gently pull/streak the diamond tip across your face. It also comes with 50 replaceable filters, so it'll definitely last a while.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $100.

    If you're willing to splurge a little more, the PMD Personal Microderm Classic is a great, highly rated choice.

    23. A powerful (or should we say powderful?) yet gentle Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel with natural papaya enzymes that'll break down dead surface skin cells to reveal smooth AF skin, while green tea extract and allantoin help soothe skin.


    Just start with dry hands, dispense a pre-measured dose of powder, add a bit of water, work into a lather, and then massage onto your face before rinsing everything off!

    Promising review: "This has transformed my skin. Like previous reviewers, I use this in the morning in the shower. It sloughs dead skin off gently, removing impurities and creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. No primer needed! It has cleared up my persistent acne and is starting to fade existing acne scars. Earns MVP!" —kjebeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $22+.

    24. And if you just don't feel like putting together a facial routine yourself, try a Soko Glam–curated K-Beauty Starter Set that'll arm you with 10 best-selling products so you have everything you need to clean, moisturize, and treat your skin.

    Soko Glam

    Promising review: "I'm slowly wading through this magnificent grab bag of skincare delights, but so far everything I've tried has been absolutely terrific. The coconut pads are glorious, the toner is a game-changer, the sheet mask I knew was a tried-and-true fav, and the oil cleanser is also divine." —Soko Glam Customer

    Get it from Soko Glam for $47.

    25. A generous dollop of Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask to seal all of that good moisture in and boost your skin's radiance overnight with a magical combination of soothing watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and super gentle AHAs — so you can wake up with glowing, soft skin! Are you a baby? You'll definitely look like one.



    Promising review: "This mask is amazing. Even after the first use, I woke up to baby-soft, even toned skin. Not to mention it smells like heaven! After extended use, I don't need to exfoliate as often and my skin is consistently baby-soft. I have sensitive skin but have no issues with this mask. It's so good!" —Kresme

    Get it from Sephora for $22+.

    Read my full review of this heavenly-smelling sleeping mask (and its matching, but more lightweight, moisturizer!) for more deets (#8)!

    26. Or, if it's daytime and/or you just want something a smidge lighter, a dollop of Belif Aqua Bomb, which has a ridiculously satisfying ~water burst~ formula (aka its gel texture disperses into water droplets you can feel as it's being rubbed into your skin) and a blend of apothecary herbs to calm down normal, oily, and combination skin types and smooth everything over without leaving any residue or unnecessarily heavy texture behind.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I've been using it I think for almost three years now and do not plan on changing it anytime soon. I used to live in Boston, which meant I needed a super-hydrating product to survive the winter, but I truly cannot stand oily and heavy creams (plus they tend to break me out). It felt super light and refreshing, but still sooo hydrating! I have since moved to Panama, which is the complete opposite in terms of weather, and I still love this product since its lightweight texture is perfect for the extreme humidity we have here." —ngade29

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in mini and full sizes).

    27. And for the final touch, a Sweet Chef Lip Sleeping Mask that'll ensure your pout stays as smooth and soft as a baby's bum, thanks to antioxidant-rich and natural-AHA-filled sugarcane, rice brain (a clean alternative to petrolatum), and moisturizing vitamin E.


    Promising review: "Amazing for winter! I live in northeast Ohio, and believe me when I say that my skin SUFFERS during the winters here, and that includes my lips, to a point where it can be painful! Vaseline and Aquaphor help relieve the pain, but do very little for long term hydration and I still wake up with chapped, dried out lips, but not anymore! This stuff is AMAZING. It’s both hydrating and nourishing, so it helps relieve dryness immediately, but keeps your lips soft and supple long term!" —Grace G.

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    Yeah, home is where it's at — amirite or AMIRITE?


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