I'm on a budget, so naturally whenever I am feeling dull and irritated, I turn to my own mask collection. Find out how to enjoy a luxury facial in the comfort of your own pajama pants.
I always like to start by changing into my most comfortable pair of sweatpants, throwing my hair in a low bun, and cleansing my face. My favorite cleanser is the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, it is gentle and mild enough to use on my eyes. While the Milky Jelly is pretty good at removing makeup, I always follow up with a little Garnier Micellar Water just to clean up any lingering mascara. The one with the pink cap is the best - it's gentle, oil-free, and doesn't leave behind any greasy film like most makeup removers.
After cleansing, it's time to detox. I start by steaming my pores to prep my skin. There are a few ways you could do this, most luxurious being pulling out your Dr. Dennis Gross Facial Steamer, add in some essential oils, and really spending some time unwinding to the new issue of Glamour. BUT, since I don't own one of these (and I'm sure many of you don't either) I like to fill a pot halfway up with water and just set it on the stove to boil. After it's up to a boil, I'll move the pot over a burner so that I'm not in danger of burning my eyelashes off, and I'll steam for about 5 minutes. After I am primed and prepped and ready to go, I put on a mask. My two favorite detoxifying masks are the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and the I Dew Care Pure to the Pore Clay Mask. Each one may look and feel very different (I Dew Care is a black jelly mask, while Glossier is much more traditional in the clay-mask sense), but both are non-irritating and great for my sensitive skin. While they may be formulated for us sensitive ladies, they definitely do the trick. I'm always left with clean feeling skin and clear, happy pores.
Post-detox, I like to follow with something that is really going to soothe my skin and add back some of the moisture that my detoxifying masks may have stripped. That could mean a regular moisturizer, but since we're going for luxury, let's do another mask! Soothing and hydrating masks I reccommend are the First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask, the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, or the Leader's Aloe Soothing Recovery Sheet Mask.
Lastly, I finish off my facial with a facial massage. This promotes bloodflow to the face and can prevent wrinkles and dullness. I reccommend using a nice cream or moisturizer to aid your massage, the last thing you want it for your dry fingers to be tugging at your freshly-facialed skin. Make sure that your hands are clean, then use your favorite moisturizer to massage your temples, jaw, cheekbones, and forehead. I have a few preferences when it comes to moisturizers, my favorite being the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cream, but you can really use any moisturizer of your preference.
Finish off your facial by enjoying a nice tall glass of ice water (your skin will thank you!) and changing your pillowcase. You probably need to anyways!