I’ve had quite the skincare journey over the past year or two, and while I’ve talked about how to deal with blackheads, whiteheads, and hormonal acne, I haven’t really discussed one of the finer points of good skincare: a weekly at-home facial routine to help boost the results of your daily face washing rituals. There are five main steps to this, and I swear they are all so worth it. This routine always leaves my skin looking calm, clear, and soft the next morning. Like a baby’s butt I tell ya. I won’t bore you too much with an intro, because I know you’re just here for the meat of the content, so let’s get into it:
At-Home Facial Routine
Remove Makeup and Steam Pores
I start off my removing my makeup (if I even have any on, it is Sunday after all) with the Boscia Sake Cleansing Water. This is my favorite makeup remover out of everything I tested for le SECT by far. It’s just such a cool product and removes even water proof mascara so easily. Then I’ll slather jojoba oil all over my face and steam it for a few minutes using a hot wash cloth. Jojoba is the oil that is the most chemically similar to skin’s own sebum, so when you steam your skin with jojoba oil, it helps to liquify any built up solid sebum in your pores. This probably sounds a little too good to be true, but trust me, when you combine it with the next step, you’ll really see results.
Any foaming cleanser of your choice will do here, although I have sensitive skin, so I prefer something that is free of fragrance and other irritants, like CeraVe. The key player in this step is the Clarisonic, or any other cleansing tool that will give you some vibrational goodness. You obviously don’t NEED this, but the vibrations help to break up and remove the sebum you just liquified in the previous step of the routine. So you’re left with super clean skin, and already have a few less blackheads than when you started. So far, so good. Next comes the big guns.
Next comes the actual masking part. I religiously use the Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial (though The Ordinary does have a much cheaper dupe I’ve been meaning to try). It’s a chemical exfoliate that helps remove any dead skin cells sitting on the top layer of your face, helping any acne scars fade quickly, while keeping your skin from looking dull, getting flaky, or forming whiteheads and other clogged pores. You leave it on for 20 minutes, at which point I usually go get a snack or watch some YouTube or Netflix. If you’ve never used a chemical exfoliant before, you may want to start with 10 minutes and build your way up from there.
Once I rinse the mask off, I like to go in with whatever my current cocktail of serums is. Right now, it’s the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra serum, Stratia’s Liquid Gold, and the 2% Granactive Retinoid from The Ordinary. I’ve also been following up with some eye cream from CeraVe, although I’m not sure that it does much. This current combination is mostly about hydration and anti-aging, which is usually what I’m looking for in a night time routine.
The last step is to pile on even more oily hydrating goodness. I mix a few drops of Marula Oil from The Ordinary with Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream and apply that to my face. Then, I take a small amount (seriously, a super thin layer) of the First Aid Beauty Instant Oatmeal Mask and apply that on top of everything else. Even though this mask is supposed to only be left on for ten minutes, I leave it on with the rest of my products overnight, and in the morning my skin is baby soft and has virtually no redness.
And that’s it! Do you guys have a go-to at-home facial routine? I’d love to hear all about it!
Speaking of skin care, have you checked out my new website, le SECT? It’s a place where I’m curating skin care products that are free of fragrance, irritants, and sensitizers, and are pH balanced. I’d love it if you checked it out and signed up for the email list! I’ll be posting new products every Sunday =)