If hydration is your primary masking goal, try Eve Lom's Moisture Mask, Kiehl's Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, or one of our favorite (and Best of Beauty-winning) hydrating sheet masks, Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask. "Fill a bowl [with] hot water and position your face over the bowl with a towel over your head to let your skin 'open up' while masking," Louise recommends, noting that you don’t need a fancy at-home device in order to reap the benefits of steaming. "A good old-fashioned bowl with slices of oranges will do a fantastic job of softening the skin and opening the pores.
After applying as many hydrating products as you like (working from thinnest to thickest), give yourself a facial massage to boost blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. "It is important to use very hydrating, rich ingredients as the skin is massaged," Morav says.
With any type of facial, the first step should always be to cleanse in order to prep the skin and "start with a clean palette," says facialist Joanna Vargas, who has salons in both Los Angeles and New York City.
If you'd like to incorporate a device — whether a microneedling roller, an LED light, or a microcurrent device — limit yourself to one per facial. "Various devices, when used at home, can lead to potential injury to the skin, make the skin worse or lead to scarring," Garshick says.
You can use your fingers, a roller, or a gua sha tool — whatever tool you have on hand — just as long as you don't push too hard. "Don't bruise yourself," Louise says. "The idea is to go really lightly and focus on draining versus rubbing. "We are surrounded by so much noise of all sorts, so I find it really important to create an ambiance for oneself," says Morav, whose own spa-like set-up at home includes an essential oil diffuser, candles, music, and crystals.
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