Face it: At-home facials

Avery Wickersham (TheLorian)

As the world is coming up on a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, stress is at an all-time high. While vaccines are injected every day, it could still be months before we see any kind of return to a sense of normalcy. A relatively easy thing to do at home to keep physical and mental states up until then is a DIY facial.

According to Associates in Dermatology, there are many benefits of facials; in fact, facials “can help clear clogged pores, quench parched skin and remove dead cells” (Associates in Dermatology, Inc). Similarly, facials can help relieve stress, reduces congestion, and promotes circulation (Reid Health). Stress relief and clean skin can help build confidence and clear the pesky mask-acne, or “maskne” that everyone is faced with.

There are a few steps in completing a DIY facial, taken from the Cosmopolitan website.

Step 1: Clean skin—a special cleanser will work, but so will regular soap and warm water. Rinse the skin and pat the face dry.

Step 2: Exfoliate—according to Cosmopolitan, “make sure you’re using a chemical exfoliant […] to help remove dead skin cells and clear out your pores.” The gritty exfoliants can damage the skin and may even make acne worse.

Step 3: Choose a mask—I personally like peel masks, like the “que bella” brand from Target. They’re about two dollars a mask, and there’s enough in each pouch to last a while (as long as the pouches are sealed afterwards). I also like to use a Biore strip for my nose with the mask on my cheeks, chin, and forehead.

Step 4: Use a roller—I have a jade roller that I use for my own skin. I put it in the freezer for a few minutes before I remove my mask and strip and clean my face. The cold and the mineral combined help lessen puffiness in the face and dark circles under the eyes.

Step 5: Moisturize—There are lots of good moisturizers, but Cetaphil and St. Ivy’s have moisturizers at Target that are on the cheaper side for college students on a budget.

COVID-19 and its rampage will be over at some point and the world will be able to rejoice. Don’t fret. Instead, relieve that stress by completing a DIY facial!

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