An Easy Guide to the Most Amazing Luxury Facial at Home

In this In Search of Rest article, we'll answer the following questions:

  • How can I do recreate a luxury spa facial at home?
  • What luxury skincare products do I need for an at-home facial?
  • What if I have dry skin or oily skin? How do I customize a facial for my skin?
  • How do I make my at-home spa experience as luxurious as possible?
  • What are the benefits of investing in skincare?

12 Steps to the Most Amazing Luxury Facial at Home

If you're struggling to take on at-home beauty like a pro, we're here to help.

A luxury facial has incredible benefits for your skin and your mind.

And finding the time and space for some serious self-care at home can make a world of difference.

With expert tips and our picks of the best in luxury skincare, we're here to help you recreate a luxury facial at home in twelve easy steps to get you from blah to ta-da at home.

How to create a spa experience at home

A luxury facial at home still doesn't mean skipping on the pampering.

So, before you start, give yourself enough space to create a spa experience and enjoy the treatment.

Set aside an hour to yourself so you can clear your mind.

If you have hair, it's an excellent time to pull it back and away from your face, so there are no pesky fly-aways later.

And why not set the mood by change into a robe and lighting a few candles?

Customize your facial

One of the best parts of giving yourself a facial is getting to customize the treatment yourself.

A facial helps you look and feel your best.

There are twelve steps to doing a luxury facial at home, and we encourage you to make each step your own.

If you have oily skin, products with clay can help keep an ideal balance.

If you have dry skin, moisturizing could be your most important step.

A little experimenting helps you discover what works best for your skin and uncover new classics that compliment how skincare fits into your life.

Investing in Luxury Skincare

Elevating your skincare products makes a huge difference.

Your skin is worth investing in.

A spa visit is easily worth several hundred dollars.

So, investing in quality products and refreshing your skin at home is a great way to get in some serious self-care between visits.

  1. Cleanse
  2. Analyze
  3. Steam
  4. Exfoliate
  5. Extract
  6. Massage
  7. Mask
  8. Toner
  9. Serum
  10. Moisturizer
  11. Eye Cream
  12. Sunscreen

1. Cleanse

Cleansing is quite literally foundational.


Start your luxury facial at home with a squeaky clean face.

A good cleansing routine leaves you feeling refreshed and helps your skin get the most of the later replenishing steps.

Tip: Double cleansing is the new standard.

It sounds simple.

But, if you aren't already washing your face twice, this step alone in your DIY facial might make all the difference for your skin.

The first wash removes any oil, dirt, sweat, and makeup.

Now that you're face-to-face with your skin, the second wash cleanses your skin.

Tip: Focus on areas that get easily clogged

When you cleanse, pay special attention to all of the areas of your face that are prone to oil, congestion, acne, or blackheads.

Common areas are the T-zone, chin, jawline, and around the nostrils.

Tip: Pick a good cleanser that matches your skin type.

You'll want a powerful cleanser that washes away oil, dirt, makeup, sweat, and environmental pollutants but doesn't strip your skin of its moisture.

When shopping for specialized cleansers, generally, a good rule of thumb is to match foam cleansers with oily skin and cream cleansers with dry skin.

2. Analyze

A skin analysis helps you understand where your skin might need a boost.

Here is when you want to map out the rest of the facial, ask questions of your skin, identify problem areas, and figure out what needs love and what needs attention.

Tip: Find any gentle spots.

Look out for whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores, inflammation, and cystic acne, be mindful of these spots as you move through the rest of your facial.

Being gentle on these areas.

Giving them their own special treatments throughout your DIY facial can wake these spots up or even make them disappear by the end of it.

Tip: Take things as you go.

Your skin changes as you and the world around you change.

When the seasons are changing, find opportunities to give your skin some TLC.

Keep an eye out for dryness, oily skin, redness, eczema, and irritation.

To keep your skin healthy and looking amazing at any age, incorporate the kings of aging gracefully: Vitamin C, retinol, and collagen for help with fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

Tip: Use a mirror to get up close and personal.

It's a unique opportunity to check-in with yourself.

A vanity mirror and great lighting can shine a literal light on things you wouldn't usually notice.

Get to know your skin.

3. Steam

Oh, to be bathed in a cloud of steam.

Facial steamers are as soothing as they sound.

Steaming preps your pores if you feel really clogged or anticipate a healthy amount of extraction (aka pimple-popping and blackhead removal) in your very near future.

Heat opens up your pores, making removing pimples and blackheads so much easier.

At the same time, the water hydrates your skin for easy healing in the process.

Tip: Play a guided meditation.

Guided meditations leave you feeling like a different person than who you were at the start.

While you're relaxing, it's a great time to empty your mind or reflect.

DavidJi has some of the best guided meditations around.

His unique style mixes prompts, mantras, sound baths, and visualizations.

Tip: Add on a scented experience.

A diffuser is an easy way to treat yourself and elevate the experience.

Choose your favorite essential oil.

If you're trying to find the perfect scent, hold two oils to your face at a time to see what different combinations will smell like together.

4. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is a big part of all facials.

Since this step focuses on removing the top layer of skin cells, it can feel like a literal renewal.

Exfoliation includes treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

It smooths your skin's texture for a smooth velvety feel.

Apply the exfoliator all over your face or focus in on the areas where you want results.

Tip: Use both your hands.

If you use your hands to wash your face, use both your hands.

Since people tend to wash their faces using only their dominant hand, half your face could be getting less attention.

Not only is it incredibly luxurious, but it gives you the ability to be twice as thorough as you move across the contours of your face.

Tip: Choose between a physical or chemical exfoliator.

Physical exfoliation means physically scrubbing the skin.

Physical exfoliators may contain sugar, salt, apricot or almond shells, or microbeads to give the product a textured feel.

A spin brush does a great job at both cleaning and exfoliating your skin.

A face cloth, exfoliation sheet, or sponge can also serve as options.

Chemical exfoliators contain different acids and are commonly recommended with acne treatments.

5. Extract

Welcome to the very satisfying work of removing pimples and blackheads.

Love them or hate them, extractions are the final clean to your 'clean.'

The great news is because you cleansed your skin and provided such great care, you can get deep in your pores without hurting yourself in the process.

Tip: Use a peel-off mask

For clogged pores, a peel-off mask or pore strips are so satisfying!

A peel-off mask feels like a gel when applied, and it is perfect for congested areas where traditional pore-strip shapes fall short.

Tip: Invest in some tech.

An ultrasonic shovel is a trendy, high-tech option you might have already seen at a spa.

This tool lifts and shakes out oils, dirt, and impurities from your pores.

Use the ultrasonic shovel in a gentle or scraping Gua Sha-style motion to personalize the experience and lift clogs to the surface.

6. Massage

The massage kicks off the cool-down part of your at-home facial.

When you massage your face, you loosen up tight muscles like frown lines and laugh lines.

Facial massages can be a game-changer at delaying the arrival of wrinkles and stimulating collagen production to tighten the skin.

Plus, a melt-your-face-off massage can feel so incredibly divine.

Tip: Feel your way through a Gua Sha session.

Gua Sha uses pressure to relieve tension in the face.

You can run a stone across your eyebrows to relax your frown and scrape your cheeks upwards for a lifting effect.

Choose a stone in jade or rose quartz to give your luxury facial at home a glamorous appeal.

Tip: Stretch your frowns away with face yoga.

Face yoga introduces exercises, like mini-workouts, to add movement to areas where you see your skin's condition changing.

There are a couple of easy face yoga exercises you can start with.

To help tone a double chin, looking up to the ceiling or touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

Tip: Use a face oil

To give your skin some slip, apply a face oil that nourishes and hydrates you during the massage process.

7. Mask

The crown jewel of all facials, the face mask, is where the rebuilding begins.

Masks are an incredible way to personalize your facial.

Use this as an opportunity to indulge your skin.

Give it exactly the kind of mask it will thank you for.

Tip: A trusted staple of a spa facial.

K-beauty took the world by storm, and today, spa facials everywhere incorporate sheet masks into their treatments.

Sheet masks are a powerful way to give your skin a boost, packing in vitamins, collagen, and hydration while.

It's a perfect time to close your eyes and soak in the experience at home.

8.Toner

Toners are magic.

Incredibly hydrating and softening, a great toner is the secret behind dewy, glowing skin.

Depending on the toner, it can also include antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to hydrate and treat.

Tip: Apply toner in layers.

Since we're recreating a luxury facial at home, you'll want to go for the 7 Skin Method.

The 7 Skin Method is an ultra-hydrating way of applying toner by applying (count 'em!) seven layers of toner to the skin.

It seems like a lot, but toners absorb really quickly.

9. Serum

Serums are a boost for your skin.

Tip: Use day serums if it's morning.

To keep your skin healthy and give it a boost of antioxidants, a Vitamin C and collagen serum is a great add-on.

Suppose your skin gets dry throughout the day.

In that case, the incredibly hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid-based serums make it a popular choice for luxury spas around the world - and a strong contender for your luxury facial at home.

Tip: Apply a retinol serum if it's after dark.

After dark, a retinol serum can lift hyperpigmentation and acne scarring for a more even skin tone.

Retinol serums are what beauty sleep is made of, over time giving you the look of wearing foundation, without wearing anything at all.

However, avoid sunlight when using them.

So if you're pampering yourself with a luxury facial at home, the time of day can help you get the most out of different products.

10. Moisturizer

Moisturizers are the most luxurious part of the treatment.

Promising hydration, radiance, firmness, healing, and more, a fantastic moisturizer feels like a decadent potion.

Tip: Customize the application.

Apply a generous amount of moisturizer all over your face, customizing your application by adding more to dry areas and less to areas prone to get oily.

In general, you might trade a light layer during the day for a thicker, richer experience at night.

Tip: Natural boosters to heal your skin.

It's important to treat your skin gently and give it the nourishment to heal.

Different ingredients have different advantages.

Applying something soothing that includes ingredients like arnica, chamomile, or lavender can soothe and heal the skin.

Moisturizers that include wheat germ or grapeseed can offer a bounty of vitamins and antioxidants.

11. Eye Cream

Your eyes are such a delicate part of your face.

It's also one of the first areas a lot of people notice aging.

Tip: Pat it in.

Be gentle.

Dab eye cream with the end of your finger rather than rubbing it into your face.

Being gentle in this area goes a long way.

Tip: Wake up your dark circles with a cup of coffee

If dark circles are an issue for you, look for an eye cream that will literally wake your eyes up - with ingredients like caffeine.

Tip: Give yourself the special treatment.

Remember the areas you identified early on in step two, the analysis?

Whether it's acne spot treatments, wrinkle creams, along with eye cream, include any specialized products you feel help cater to the best of your skin.

12. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the cherry on top and the last layer under your makeup if you wear it.

Tip: Don't forget.

There are a couple of areas that are easy to miss.

Show your lips and ears a little love.

Tip: Keep it light.

A lightweight sunscreen helps you integrate this essential age-defying product into your facial - and everyday skincare.