While monthly HydraFacials are ideal to maintain fresh, youthful-looking skin, we may not always be able to make it to our aesthetician. Dr. Supriya Tomar of Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology in West Palm Beach and Jupiter provides insight into at-home facials to keep your skin happy and healthy in between visits.
Steaming prepares skin by loosening up clogged pores and enhancing circulation. Try holding your face over a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes or performing your facial immediately after a shower.
Wash your face with your preferred cleanser, such as Alastin’s Gentle Cleanser ($45). Gently massage it into your whole face for 30-60 seconds and then rinse with warm water.
Exfoliate or Apply a Mask
For problematic skin, use an exfoliator without gritty scrubs to prevent irritation and further breakouts. Try Revision’s Black Mask ($45) for acne or ZO’s Exfoliating Polish ($67) for congested skin. For sensitive or dry skin, a calming, nourishing mask will add moisture.
Steam with a Towel
Wet a small towel with hot water and drape it over your face to absorb the steam. Gently clean off excess product, but be careful not to scrub and cause irritation.
A good toner will remove remaining oil, dirt, and debris and also soothe, nourish, and hydrate skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.
Skipping moisturizer will make naturally oily skin go into overdrive, clogging pores and making skin more susceptible to infection and premature aging. Select a hyaluronic acid–based moisturizer for oily skin or a more nourishing one for dry skin, such as iS Clinical’s Youth Intensive Créme ($225).