Getting a facial is a nice and commendable act of self-pampering, but committing to the once-a-month recommended visits comes with a hefty price tag most of us can’t afford. Thankfully, many of the treatments you get while laying on the massage table with a steamer staring right in your face doesn’t require a spa visit. Yep, as it turns out, that hydrating mask or enzyme scrub your facialist is using on your face doesn’t require a degree to apply. Even dermatologists have their favorite homemade skin care treatments. There are tons of facial treatments, from gels to masks and even chemical peels, that you can do in the comfort of your own home. We asked estheticians to share the DIY facial skin care treatments they recommend and how to do them effectively.
This is probably the simplest treatment to perform at home, since it generally only requires the use of your hands. And the best part about? It’s free—and it might even help prevent wrinkles! There are several different types of facial massage techniques you can use to pamper yourself. “Some work towards relaxation benefits, while other are lifting, stimulating,” explains Sandra Velandia, esthetician and founder of Esthetics by Sandra Velandia. Her favorite is the the lymphatic draining massage, which stimulate the epidermis and drain retain fluids. “This simple, yet effective, massage technique delivers a brighter, fresher and tighter complexion.” Her go-to at-home product line is Environ Skin Care collection, which offers a range of products aside from just cleansers, creams and lotions. “Their at-home micro needling roller is a hand-held device that helps the products soak more deeply into your skin,” she says. “I highly recommend using it at nighttime or every time you are applying your products.”