Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Believe me, I'm missing you too! While we can all be proud that we are doing our part for the good of our community, it's hard to be without the services that help us feel our best. When isolated from friends and family, it can be really easy to let self-care fall by the wayside, but I want to challenge you keep working on your skin health until we meet again. When a patient discusses his or her concerns with me, I always think about the best tools I have in my toolbox to address those concerns, and then together we formulate a plan based on timeline/downtime, budget and expectations. Obviously you will not have all of the same fun tools at home that I have at the office, but you can still get some good work done with home care masks, retinols, gentle acids and enzymes. The first thing I will ask you to do is go through your skincare hoard (don't front...we all have one) and throw out any product that is expired (yes, they expire!) or any that you haven't touched in six months or more. These products have likely gone bad or are not a good fit for your skin type, even if at one time they were your favorite. After you've purged, look at what is left. If you are down to the bare bones, maybe it's time to do a little online shopping, hint, hint. You should sort what you do have into the following categories: (I will star the products necessary for your at-home facial...the rest are optional add-ins) *cleansers, toners, *exfoliants, masks or treatments, serums, *moisturizers, and sunscreens. Once you've taken stock of your products, you can begin to plan out your home facial. Ideally you will have at least one of each category but you can self pamper with just three basic steps. Before you begin you should prepare a steamed towel. You will need a clean hand towel soaked with water then wrung out to be slightly more than damp (bonus if you have a fabulous essential oil that is skin-safe to add to your water). Place the towel into a Ziplock bag but don't close it. Microwave the towel in it's bag for approximately 30 seconds. Be very careful when removing the towel. It will be hot (tongs or oven mitts might be in order). Keep it in the bag and close for the time being.
HOW TO GIVE AN AT HOME FACIAL
1. Make sure your hair is tied back or held off of your face and have a clean dry towel on standby.
2. Cleanse your face and neck with warm water massaging in circular motions with your fingertips. Rinse your skin thoroughly paying special attention to the perimeter of the face where cleanser can migrate and clog pores. If you had on makeup, repeat this step until it is completely removed. Note: If you've really got skincare game, pop on over to my other post "Feeling A Little Furry?" and give yourself a dermaplane. I give detailed instructions on how to get a fuzz-free glow.
3. Apply your exfoliant according to package instructions, making sure never to apply within the orbital bone surrounding the eye. Some exfoliants are scrubs with grit in them and some are enzymatic like pumpkin, or papaya others liquid soaked pads, or thin serums made up of gentle acids like glycolic or lactic. If you have trouble identifying an exfoliant, you can always shoot me a message here or through my work email, email@example.com for help. Remove your exfoliant with plenty of water. If you added the dermaplane from my note, expect your exfoliant to feel extra spicy!
4. Apply a treatment or mask if you have one. If you don't, you may consider investing in one of the following Jan Marini at-home treatments. I personally LOVE the Luminate Face Mask because it helps control my pigment, continues the exfoliating process, and provides anti-aging ingredients so my skin absolutely glows. Remove you mask with the hot towel you have on standby...it feels really good and prepares your skin for the next steps.
5. Massage in two drops of your favorite serum or antioxidant! My go-to is Jan Marini C-Esta Serum. It smells and feels divine!
6. Time to nourish your skin with a big ol' drink! Moisturizers are key at the end of a facial because everything done up to this point is meant to break down and remove dead skin cells leaving fresh thirsty cells at surface level. Moisturizers can be in the form of gel, lotions, or creams, and the moisturizer you choose shouldn't feel heavy. It should be comfortable under makeup but give your skin a supple youthful glow.
7. If you choose to do a morning or daytime facial, be sure not to forget the sunscreen! If you aren't sure which sunscreens are best for you, check my other post "Quarantine Sunscreen" for some guidance.
I hope a little self care in the form of a home facial goes a long way toward your personal health. Until we meet again, I'm always available for questions or advice (I promise good advice regarding skincare...any other topic is a crap shoot).
All of the products mentioned in my post can be purchased at Stephen P. Beals, MD Skin and Laser Center. Follow the link: www.bealsmd.com to find the brand of your choice. To purchase products that don't allow online ordering, you can either stop by the office or if you are out of the area, order over the phone and we'll ship them out to you.
**Note: Products purchased from unauthorized third party websites may be counterfeit, expired, stolen, or tampered with. As professional medical skincare professionals, we are authorized retailers of the above cosmeceutical brands.