That Post-Facial Glow, Now at Your Fingertips

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Photo: ©Studio Firma / StocksyLet’s face it, facials are pricey. As much as self-care deserves to be a priority, it can be difficult to set aside the dough for a recommended once-a-month facial. But money shouldn’t be holding you back from healthier skin—introducing, at-home facials. That’s right, you can still give your face some much-needed TLC at home. Store these products in your cabinet and that post-facial glow is right in your bathroom. Here’s our simple nine step recipe.

1. Cleanse

This one’s a given. Every effective beauty treatment starts with a fresh, clean canvas.

Our editors recommend : Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water Cloths or Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel.


2. Exfoliate

Next, eliminate dead skin cells with a gentle, but effective exfoliant. This also preps skin for the steps to come and allows for better absorption.

Our editors recommend : Bioderma Sebium Exfoliating Gel or Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Exfoliating Gel.

Bonus: Don’t forget the lips!

Our editors recommend : TOM FORD Lip Exfoliator or Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub.


3. Essence/Toner

Hydrate, soothe and maintain your skin’s natural balance with an essence and/or toner. The fluid formula will penetrate into skin almost instantaneously. In case you’re new to essences, here’s what all the hype is about.

Our editors recommend : Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence or Mila Moursi pH Balancing Toner.


4. Peel

Let’s speed up skin renewal with a gentle peel that smooths away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, refined complexion minus the irritation.

Our editors recommend : Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel or Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel.


5. Mask

Customize your facial with the mask your skin is dying for right now: deep cleansing, hydrating, anti-aging, firming, or the perfect combo with a little bit of each. Apply, relax and zen out.

Our editors recommend : Skin Inc Supplement Bar Facial In-A-Flash Multi-Masking Bento Set Mask-To-Perfection or Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask.


6. Massage

An at-home facial doesn’t have to sacrifice the best part: the massage, obviously. Replicate an esthetician’s kneading massage with a facial roller. It’ll release and regulate energy, drain toxins, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and contour and tighten the skin. We can’t overlook the relaxation benefits, either.

Our editors recommend : ReFa Carat Face or The Sacred Ritual Clear Quartz Facial Roller.


7. Treat

Next, treat your skin with a serum that targets specific concerns with effective, active ingredients. Taking your skin’s needs into consideration, determine which serums are right for you, and apply away.

Our editors recommend : Indie Lee Banish Stick or Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum.


8. Eye cream

For a truly relaxed, post-spa look, an eye cream is a must. De-puff, hydrate and brighten the under eye area with an antioxidant-rich cream.

Our editors recommend : Naturally Serious Zero Baggage Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream or EVE LOM Radiance Antioxidant Eye Cream.


9. Moisturize

End on a soothing note with an extra hydrating moisturizer that locks in all the goodness.

Our editors recommend : Sisley-Paris Restorative Facial Cream or Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream.