How to Give Your Skin an At-Home Facial

a step by step facial at home

Updated 2/13/20. Giving yourself a monthly or even weekly facial at home is a great way to get results above and beyond what your normal skincare routine offers.

In this post, I’ll give a step-by-step tutorial on the best way to give yourself a facial at home. Follow these steps and you’ll definitely be seeing clear, smooth, even-toned skin. Read on!

Which Products Will I Need?

  • A gentle cleanser
  • At-home skincare device (optional)
  • A gentle facial scrub
  • An exfoliating peel
  • A serum for your skin type
  • A mask (this one will depend on what your skin is needing at the time of the facial)
  • A baby washcloth or facial sponge

How Do I Give Myself a Facial?

For the perfect treat-yourself night in, follow these steps.

Step 1

Start with a thorough yet gentle cleanse to make sure all makeup, sunscreen, oil, and debris is properly removed from the skin. This will lay the foundation for the rest of the facial and ensure the following steps are as effective as possible.

Step 2

If you have one, this is where you would use an at-home device such as an LED light or microcurrent device. Read my review of home skincare devices to learn which ones are worth it (and which ones aren’t).

Step 3

Massage a gentle facial scrub like Mint Buffing Beads lightly over the skin to lift dead cells off the surface. It’s important to look for a scrub that uses rounded beads instead of jagged granules that may scratch your skin. The addition of mint will help encourage blood flow and bring oxygen and fresh nutrients to the skin. If your skin is more acne-prone, you can use AHA/BHA Blemish Control Cleanser. It includes jojoba beads for a light physical exfoliation. Massage the scrub over your skin for 30-60 seconds, but don’t apply much pressure. Rinse well and pat skin dry.

Facial scrubs have gotten a bad rap, but they offer so many benefits that I think everyone should have a well-formulated scrub in their routine.

Gentle Exfoliating Beads

Step 4 

Apply a thin layer of an exfoliating peel like Triple Berry Smoothing Peel and leave on for three to ten minutes. Triple Berry Smoothing Peel uses five different acids to gently lower the pH of the skin, which dissolves cellular build up to provide a really nice exfoliation.

Step 5

Apply a thin layer of a hydrating or specialty serum for your skin type. You can find your skin type and learn which serum is best for you by taking the skin type quiz!

Step 6

Follow immediately with a facial mask. In the above photo, I’m using a non-drying, clay-based mask called Energizing Cleansing Masque because my skin was feeling oily. Another great option is Rapid Response Detox Masque. This antibacterial gel fights acne while also deeply infusing the skin with hydration. Leave the mask on for fifteen minutes and then rinse off gently with a baby washcloth or facial sponge.

Step 7

Finish off with an alcohol-free toner to remove impurities from tap water then seal everything off with a moisturizer. Personally, I also like to dab on eye cream to finish it all off.

After your facial, your skin should be brighter and clearer and feel silky smooth. If you can commit to doing this weekly, you’ll see even more amazing results. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can follow these steps to extract blackheads or clogged pores. After a facial is the best time to do this since everything is primed and prepped.

Skin Peel Smooth Skin

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  1. What are the benefits of putting the serum on under the mask? Does it get rinsed off with the mask and should I reapply after?

    Posted By: Erica  | 

    • Layering a serum under a mask is a great way to add more nourishing hydration to the skin. Since you will remove the mask and that layer of serum be sure to tone and reapply your serum before moving to moisturizer.

      Posted By: Ella Stevenson  | 

  2. Hi Renée, just a question about using the physical + chemical exfoliants together. In another post (‘Benefits of a Facial Scrub…’) you mention ideally not using the two on the same day, but that’s just what this suggested facial routine recommends. Is it the sort of thing that can be done but not too often? Thanks ever so much for your advice & fantastic products, Anna

    Posted By: Anna  | 

    • Hi Anna! Great question. Combining physical and manual exfoliants consistently will likely result in barrier damage. Doing this occasionally as part of a treatment (rather than maintenance) gives your results a boost without overdoing it!

      Posted By: Ella Stevenson  | 

  3. This is very helpful. I can see by the pictures that I have been using too thin of a coat of berry peel and mask. Thanks!

    Posted By: Joanna  | 

  4. Teresa, I understand your concern so it’s really important that you find an esthetician who has a lot of experience with problem skin. They are out there, for sure! -Renee

    Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  5. I’m scared to get a pro facial because my skin is very reactive (acne-prone) to a whole lot of stuff.

    Posted By: Teresa  | 

  6. I wassn’t aware of the exfoliation step. I have performed all of the others, however on a weekly basis. At least it answers my question re: how to use the Triple Berry Peel.

    Posted By: Marcy  | 


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