How To Have a Hydrating Facial At Home

Updated on July 13, 2021 by Amber & The Team

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Nothing is better than spending an hour in the spa while you get a facial and are pampered up by professionals. Not only do you get to relax while an expert works their magic on your face, but you also get to walk out of the salon with glowing skin!

However, if you don’t get a chance to visit the salon every month due to a hectic routine (or a quarantine!), you can still enjoy a facial at home and get all the benefits.

Today I want to discuss a simple yet amazing hydrating facial you can do at home that makes your skin radiant and smooth, and you get the salon-perfect glow in just a few steps!


Hydrating Facial For Healthier Skin – Everything You Need To Know


What Is a Hydrating Facial?


A hydrating facial is a beauty procedure designed to deeply hydrate your skin, restore loss of moisture, rehydrate aging skin and improve the skin’s appearance. Giving skin the so-much needed moisture makes it healthy, glowing, brighter and younger-looking.


How Much Is a Hydrating Facial?


Hydrating facial is usually performed in beauty salons as a skin procedure, and the prices fall into a range of $60-$90 depending on the location. This can be pricy, but thankfully, you can also do a really effective hydrating facial at home!


Hydrating Facial At Home – How To Hydrate Your Face Just Like In a Beauty Salon


Hydrating Facial: STEP 1 – DEEP CLEANING


1)  Cleanse


It is important to have a clean canvas before you start applying hydrating facial products to your face so that your skin can absorb all the hydrating goodness. Start by using an oil cleanser that dissolves all the makeup and dirt on your face, and use a warm washcloth to clean it off. Then use a gentle foaming cleanser to wash your face and rinse with cold water.

P. S. If you never tried a cleansing oil, or looking for the best one, I highly recommend the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil! It’s a legendary cleansing oil for face, highly praised in skincare communities and it’s just very good! They say that 1 bottle of this oil is bought every 10 seconds worldwide – that’s pretty impressive as well.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil being used before a hydrating facial

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil


2)  Exfoliate


Exfoliation is an important step of your hydrating facial, as it removes the dead skin cells to reveal a fresh complexion. You can choose a gentle face scrub with exfoliating beads for physical exfoliation, but make sure that the beads are soft and spherical –  some scrubs have irritating particles (I’m looking at you, St. Ives apricot scrub).

A better option is a scrub with AHAs and BHAs to gently remove the top layer of the skin via chemical exfoliation, to make your face instantly brighter.

As great example of this is Neutrogena’s facial micro polish in the Bright Boost line:

Neutrogena Bright Boost Skincare LIne producst as a part of hydrating facial

Neutrogena Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish Facial Exfoliator with Glycolic and Mandelic AHAs

Focus on the nose and chin while exfoliating and use a gentle circular motion.


3)  Steam


A good steaming session in your hydrating facial will help to soften the skin and open up the pores, which helps to reduce blackheads and prepare your skin for hydrating products.

Fill a bowl with hot water, position your face 10 inches above the bowl, and cover your head with a towel. You can add a few drops of essential oils, a few branches of fresh thyme or simply orange slices for an enhanced experience.


Hydrating facial: STEP 2 –  DEEP TREATMENTS


4) Massage your skin


No hydrating facial can be complete without a relaxing face massage that relieves all the tension! This step is essential to improve blood circulation and muscle tone in your face.

Take a dime-sized amount of hydrating massage oil on your fingertips, and massage your face by making small, gentle circles with your fingers. Start from the forehead, move towards the temples and then work your way down to the neck. Work with the oil for at least 10 minutes.


Best oils for hydrating facial. If you’re looking for the best massage oil for your face, trust me – you can never go wrong with rosehip seed oil! It’s a real skincare miracle and I have written my full rosehip seed oil review already.

Rosehip Seed Oil bottle

Life-Flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil

Another great options are: jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and argan oil.


5) Hydrating mask


After steaming and massage, your skin is ready to absorb all of the moisture, and a mask will take the best care of this. For a deeply hydrating facial, you should choose a mask that provides a ton of moisture while addressing any skin issues you may have:

  • If you have oily or acne-prone skin, a clay mask with a few drops of tea tree oil, and a teaspoon of olive oil can do wonders for your skin.
  • For dry and sensitive skin, it is a good idea to look for hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide, to deliver a boost of moisture.
  • If your main concern is wrinkles and fine lines, choose a hydrating  mask with peptides and Vitamin C to maintain youthful skin.
  • Sensitive skin will love snail mucin, turmeric mask or pearl powder masks with a few drops of hyaluronic acid serum.
  • One of my favorite moisturizing masks contains avocado blended with some honey and aloe vera, which leaves your skin VERY moisturized and nourished in just 15 minutes.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask displayed as a recommended mask for hydrating facial

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


Hydrating facial: STEP 3 –  SOAK THE MOISTURE IN

*Am I the only one who hates the word “moisture”?


6)  Moisturize


Conclude your hydrating facial by applying deepkly hydrating serums and moisturizers, layering them from thinnest to thickest. If you want intense hydrating, a hyaluronic acid serum or gel moisturizer will lock in the moisture and make the skin VERY moist, plump and soft. Neutrogena has a superb water gel moisturizer in their line:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel cream bottle

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer

A vitamin C serum is ALSO amazing if you want to reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. You can top this up with your favorite moisturizer to lock in all the goodness!


7) That Last Touch Of Moisture


This is optional, buty I love finishing my hydrating facial with a few sprays of thermal water. This kind of finishes the procedure and locks your top layers of moisturizers and serums in. On top of thaht, thermal water is notoriously effective at making your skin happy, healthy and hydrated. It’s one of the best things to use if you have sensitive skin too, just pick the one that is hypoallergenic and gentle. My absolute favorite is Avene! This wonderful, chemical-free water saved my skin a few years ago (I was having a serious allergic reaction) and I’ve been hooked ever since.

hydrating facial thermal water by avene

Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Calming Facial Mist Spray for Sensitive Skin


Hydrating Facial At Home Can Be Just as Great!


This was a simple six-step hydrating facial routine that you can easily practice at home, and you won’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for professional facials! It’s a great idea to have it once week to keep your skin looking young, nice, glowing and plump.

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