We all love to indulge in pampering treatments from time to time, but when money is tight, it’s best to do it yourself. It not only saves money over time, but ensures you get to use products you love and will give you results you want. We have many products we turn to for at-home spa days, and these facial goodies will leave your skin glowing and fresh— who needs the spa anyway?
It’s important to remove all makeup before any skincare regime, so we reach for MAC Cleanse Off Oil
, a formula of skin-loving oils (that means no mineral oil) to really break up the dirt, makeup and even water-proof mascara. Emulsify with water and rinse for residue-free, smooth skin. $21, nordstrom.com
Every facial includes a second cleanse, typically being a formula made specifically for your skin type or condition. To keep skin’s moisture in balance, regardless of skin type, we reach for Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. This soap-free cleanser is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, contains anti-inflammatory balm mint and lavender extracts to soothe the skin, and natural quillaja saponaria to gently foam away toxins and debris. 16.9 oz. $48, drugstore.com
To remove dead skin cells, and speed up the process of cell turnover that slows down as we age, exfoliation is key to getting, and keeping, a youthful complexion. Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Natural Facial Scrub sloughs off those dead cells, but also soothes skin with moisture-rich honey. $3.49, drugstore.com
Now that skin has been cleansed thoroughly, it is ready for a mask that will go deep into pores to give skin a treat. Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
is antioxidant-rich, hydrating and while it’s on, gives skin a revitalizing tingle. Apply to face, neck and decolletage. After 15 minutes, skin will look and feel more radiant and refreshed. 6 treatments per box. $22.50, sephora.com
Give your skin more moisture with a toner that doesn’t contain alcohol— for this we recommend Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner. Along with antioxidant green and black teas, the sweet, calming scent also makes this an exceptional skincare product. For combination and oily skin types, it provides hydration without added oils; for dry skin types it’s a boost of long-lasting hydration that improves the performance of your favorite moisturizer. $27, skinstore.com
The last step to your at-home facial is applying moisturizer. It is important to choose one that will suit your skin type. For oily/acne-prone skin, try Neutrogena Oil-Free Free Fresh Moisture, a light-weight, non-greasy formula that will leave your skin feeling smooth, and works great right before makeup application $11.99 drugstore.com.
If your skin is on the dry side, try Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream. While it sounds like a heavy-duty moisturizer, it is surprisingly light, oil-free and absorbs quickly into skin. $7.49, drugstore.com