How to Achieve Spa Results at-Home: Professional tips from our expert esthetician
We chatted with Paris Hayner, a professional esthetician and beauty expert at Cos Bar, on the steps to achieve professional spa results at home. Paris covers everything from face steaming and extractions, to assessing your skin type so you can discover the best products for you! For help customizing how to achieve spa results at-home, contact Paris at [email protected].
Face Steaming & Opening Pores
Assessing your skin type
Masks and Facial Massaging
Face Steaming 101
Let’s talk about the benefits of steam in a facial: steam helps open pores and soften blackheads for extractions as well as loosens dirt and debris, and provides extra slip for the cleansing process. So, since we can’t go in to see our esthetician, can we duplicate the effects of a steamy session at home? Absolutely. Here is what I do:
Placing hot towels on your face for about 10 minutes is a great way to open up pores. To take this step further, adding a disincrustation solution, which is a deep cleansing treatment that softens sebum works wonders and is super easy to make at home:
- Start with a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and about 4oz of distilled water.
- If you don’t have distilled water on hand, bottled or filtered water would be the next best option, followed by tap.
- Mix the water and baking soda to disperse the baking soda. It won’t fully dissolve, but it will mix evenly. The solution will have the texture of a toner.
- Apply using a cotton round or you can pour it into your hands and press onto the skin. This should help soften the skin for extractions, causing less trauma to the epidermis.
A few things to keep in mind with extractions:
- If there is no black or white head and it’s just red and swollen - IT IS NOT READY! Trying to extract a pimple at this point will spread the infection, make it last longer, scab and scar.
- If there is a black or white head, try to wiggle your fingers instead of just squeeze. If any clear liquid or blood emerges, stop, and compress with a clean cotton round until it stops weeping. You can spot treat with a serum, purifying mask, or leave it alone. If there is a scab, I like to use the Dr. Rogers Restore Healing Balm overnight to heal it.
Another way I like opening pores is If your facial cleanser has an enzymatic element to it, the heat from the towel will energize the enzymes, providing a deeper exfoliation. The Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder from AmorePacific is perfect for this.
I love face steaming and opening up my pores because you can always see immediate results! It’s also an amazing way to unwind and feel rejuvenated afterwards. If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected].
SHOP PARIS’S AT-HOME SPA FAVORITES:
Assessing your Skin Type
Understanding your skin type and conditions can be hard for an untrained eye but there are usually 4 different types. To understand which category you fall into, try washing your face and leaving it untreated for an hour.
If you get:
- Shiny and your skin feels moist - oily skin
- Tight and your skin looks dull - dry skin
- Cheeks get tight and itchy, and redden up a little - sensitive skin
- Glowy through the forehead, nose and chin but your cheeks and jaw get a little tight - combination skin
Tips for Skin Conditions
- Exfoliate! Dry skin tends to shed cells faster and they layer on top of the healthy fresh skin, creating a barrier called cellular cement.
- I love using the RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer at night to exfoliate while I sleep, as well as energize my cellular turnover and provide moisture.
- Enzyme masks are a great way to clean out the pores without doing extractions
- For adult acne, keep an eye out for products with salicylic acid and stay away from benzoyl peroxide, which will overdry the skin and add to premature aging
- Use a chemical exfoliation two to five times a week to keep your cells constantly energized. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) should be your new best friend. You’ll want to support your skin type with your moisturizer and treat your concerns with serums.
- I’d get a rich moisturizing cream such as the Sisley-Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, a spot serum for fine lines/wrinkles, and an all over brightening serum for the lack of vitality in the skin. RéVive Intensite Complete is a great serum that encompasses all of this.
Understanding and assessing your skin type is crucial in getting the results you want! There are so many skincare products out there, so it’s important to know exactly which ingredients are going to benefit your skin the most. Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you need further help or information with addressing your skincare needs!
SHOP PARIS’S AT-HOME SPA FAVORITES:
I suggest doing an at-home facial one to two times a week depending on your skin type. For sensitive skin, keep it to once a week or twice a month. The steps are fairly simple: cleanse, exfoliate (physical, chemical, or a combination), massage, mask, and finish with serums and creams!
Step 1: Cleanse
- I love using Tata Harper Nourishing Oil to dissolve makeup and debris buildup. An added bonus is that it nourishes the skin with nutrient-dense oils, leaving the skin soft and supple.
- Another favorite of mine is La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water. This refreshing, sea-inspired cleanser sweeps away dirt and waterproof makeup.
- For the ultimate indulgent experience, use Cotton Squares from Clé de Peau Beauté that are not your average cotton rounds!
Step 2: Exfoliate
- Use circular motions to lightly scrub the face. This will completely remove any remaining debris and prep the skin for a chemical exfoliation. I like the brightening effect I get from bitter orange extracts in the Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Face Scrub.
- For more sensitive skin, I’d use Dr. Barbara Sturm Facial Scrub that has ingredients like Horse Chestnut to support the skin's delicate vascular system and precious silk extract to deeply hydrate.
This is the step that will exfoliate deep into the epidermal layers of the skin. Chemical exfoliation also stimulates and speeds up cellular turnover, releasing unhealthy damaged cells and stimulating healthy cells to rise to the surface.
- I love using RéVive Glycolic Renewal Peel System for fine lines, wrinkles, collagen stimulation, evening my skin tone and giving me a glow.
- Beta Hydroxy acids (BHAs) are great for devitalized, acneic skins and clogged pores. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask has a mix of BHA’s derived from white willow bark and pomegranate enzymes to clear pores and restore glow.
- Enzymatic exfoliants are suitable for sensitive skins, dry/tight skin, clearing of pores as well as stimulating collagen and elastin. The Natura Bissé Tolerance Enzyme Peel is gentle, yet effective at eliminating impurities and dead skin cells.
Step 4: Facial Massage
Let’s be honest - giving yourself a massage isn’t very relaxing or satisfying, but it is super effective for sculpting and lifting the face, as well as draining toxins from the lymphatic system. You can either use your hands or a facial roller such as Jenny Patinkin Rose on Rose Facial Roller.
- For slip on the skin, use a facial oil like Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Oil.
- I like to start the area under my chin with a series of pressuring movements that start from the center of my face and move out towards my ears.
- I continue up the face, working with pressure points and muscle direction. Never use too much pressure, as to avoid damaging the elastin structure beneath the skin.
Step 5: Mask
Use a mask that is appropriate for what you’d like to achieve from the facial. If you can’t decide, try RéVive Masque de Radiance, which hydrates, plumps, and stimulates cellular turnover.
Here’s a few hacks to further cultivate a spa experience at home:
- Get a soft hand towel, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil and thoroughly wet with warm to semi hot water.
- Cocoon the face in the towel for a few minutes before you remove the mask.
- Give yourself a hand massage using a nice hand cream like La Mer Hand Treatment, which is my go-to for sumptuous hand creams, always leaving my skin feeling like cashmere.
The world of masking is so fun and such a crucial part of a successful skincare routine! Although seeing a professional is great, learning these tips and tricks can be extremely helpful especially if you plan on masking a few times a week! For more hacks or picking out the perfect masking routine for your skin type, contact me at [email protected].