Visiting your esthetician at Newport Nails for a facial is a monthly highlight. Professional spa facials are incredibly relaxing and work wonders for your skin.
While extractions, chemical peels and other advanced steps should be left to the professionals, caring for your skin at home is just as important (and rejuvenating). Below is our guide to a DIY facial treatment.
Prep Your Skin
If you’ve had a professional facial treatment before, you know it usually begins with a hot, moist washcloth on your skin. This step is important because it’ll open up your pores – plus, it feels amazing!
Recreating the hot towel treatment at home is easy. Simply pop some clean, moist washcloths in the microwave and rest them on your skin for a few minutes.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
Next, use a gentle cleanser of your choice to remove any makeup and oil from your skin. Take your time with this step – a full 90 seconds of gentle cleansing is ideal for getting your skin nice and clean.
Use an Exfoliator
If you’d like to target dull skin or clogged pores, exfoliating will help address these concerns.
There are two broad types of exfoliants: physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliants use abrasive granules, like sugar or apricot seeds, to manually slough off dead skin cells.
Chemical exfoliants, in contrast, use a topical acid, such as salicylic acid, to gently dissolve dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants are generally better for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Optional: Apply a Toner
While toners look like water, they’re far more potent than just plain H2O. Depending on your skin type and concerns, your esthetician will help you select a toner with ingredients that best suit your needs.
Indulge in a Face Mask
If your skin has been feeling a little extra congested recently, applying a clay face mask is an excellent way to de-clog those pores.
Feeling more dry, flaky or irritated? Choose a mask with gentle, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help restore your moisture barrier and calm the skin.
Sit Back & Relax
Depending on your mask’s instructions, you’ll need to let it sit on your skin for around 10 to 20 minutes.
So sit back, take some deep breaths and let your skincare work its magic. Pro tip – place some chilled green tea bags over your eyes for extra pampering and de-puffing.
When it’s time to remove your face mask, use a warm, damp towel to wash it off gently.
Apply Serums & Moisturizers
If serums are a part of your skincare routine, now is the time to apply them. With your pores open and cleared, all those ingredients will have an easier time penetrating the skin and getting to work.
Last but certainly not least, apply a pea-sized amount of your favorite moisturizer and enjoy the feeling of fresh, soft skin!
Newport Nails is proud to be the leading nail salon and spa in Newport Beach. From professional facial treatments to flawless manicures, we provide everything you need for the perfect spa day.