When we think of facials, we tend to think of extractions and detoxifying clay masks—which, don't get us wrong, feel amazing—but these kinds of facials are designed exclusively with oily and acne-prone skin types in mind.
But if you have dry skin (or your complexion has become dehydrated during the harsh winter months), you don't have to miss out on all the pampering, skin-glowing benefits of a facial. Read on for a step-by-step regimen that's a cinch to pull off at home—and that'll quench even the driest skin.
SET THE MOOD
Light a candle and put on a soothing Spotify playlist.
USE CLEANSER #1
Double cleansing is a facial must, and it doesn't have to mean stripping the moisture from your skin. For your first cleanse use a cleansing oil. Massage into dry skin for a few minutes, focusing on any tender or congested areas. Rinse with warm water.
APPLY CLEANSER #2
Next up: a cleansing cream or gentle cleansing foam. Massage and rinse.
It might sound counterintuitive, but sloughing away dead skin cells is essential to removing flakes and allowing moisture to penetrate more deeply. A chemical exfoliator—especially one with a gentle exfoliator like lactic acid—is ideal for dry and sensitive skin types.
Grab your favorite hydrating mask and slather on a thick layer. Allow it to penetrate for up to 30 minutes. Use the time to do something calming, like meditating or reading a book.
OPTIONAL STEP: STEAM
If you have a steamer, great! If not, a bowl of hot water will do. With your hydrating mask still on, boil a pot of water and transfer into a bowl, then cover your head with a towel. Allow the steam to help the mask absorb more effectively for five to ten minutes, then rinse off the mask.
PAT IN SERUM
Now take a few drops of a hydrating serum between your fingertips and pat gently into slightly damp skin. We recommend H2Glow Hydrating Serum, which is loaded with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, willow bark extract, and licorice extract.
LOCK IN MOISTURE
Finally, seal in all the hydration you just infused into your complexion. Slather on a cream moisturizer or moisturizing oil, like The Everything Oil, which boasts squalane, rosehip oil, argan oil, and black cumin seed oil. Take the opportunity to really massage the product in deeply, using your fingers to ease tension away.