How To Have a Hydrating Facial At Home

Updated on June 7, 2022 by Team ShineSheets

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Nothing is better than spending an hour in the spa while you get a facial and get pampered 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, you can still enjoy a great facial at home and get all the benefits.

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

 

Hydrating Facial For a 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 the loss of moisture, rehydrate aging skin and improve your skin appearance. Giving skin the so-much needed moisture makes it healthy, glowing, brighter, and younger-looking.

 

How Much Is a Hydrating Facial?

 

A hydrating facial is usually performed in beauty salons as a skin procedure, and the prices usually fall into the range of $60-$300 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 Your Skin

 

1. Perform an Oil 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 hydration). 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 once more and gently rinse with cold water.

P. S. If you have never tried a cleansing oil, it may be hard to find the best one for your skin. I personally love the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil! It’s a legendary cleansing oil for the face, highly praised in skincare communities and it’s just really good at removing impurities from your skin! 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 To Remove Old Skin Cells

 

Exfoliation is an important step of your hydrating facial, as it removes the “finished” 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 gentle exfoliator with AHAs and BHAs to delicately remove the top layer of the skin via chemical exfoliation. This helps to make your face instantly brighter, without irritating it too much. A 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 To Open The Pores

 

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

How to steam your face:

  • Fill a bowl with hot water.
  • Position your face approx. 10 inches above the bowl.
  • Cover your head with a towel.
  • Relax for 10-15 minutes.

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: Deeply Hydrating 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. Even more – gently massaging your skin with deeply moisturizing face oils will fill your skin cells with plumping, hydrating, and restoring ingredients.

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. Try not to stretch your skin too much. Be gentle with yourself.

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

Other great options are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, and argan oil. These oils are full of antioxidants, skin-smoothing vitamins, and essential fatty acids – a real treat to your skin.

 

5. Apply a Deeply Hydrating mask

 

After steaming and massaging, your skin is ready to absorb all of the moisture you’re ready to give it – and a hydrating 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 might 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 soothing Niacinamide. These can both calm and 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, even-toned skin.
  • Sensitive skin will love snail mucin masks, DIY turmeric masks, or pearl powder masks with a few drops of hyaluronic acid serum.
  • Looking for a completely natural solution? One of my favorite moisturizing masks has avocado blended with some honey and aloe vera gel, which leaves your skin VERY moisturized and nourished in just 15 minutes.
  • You can also use any sleeping mask too – these are particularly soothing and hydrating.

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

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

 

Hydrating facial Step 3: Lock The Moisture In!

 

6. Moisturize!

 

Conclude your hydrating facial by applying deeply hydrating serums and moisturizers, layering them from thinnest to thickest. If you want intense hydration, a hyaluronic acid serum or gel moisturizer will lock in the moisture to 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, but I love finishing my hydrating facial with a few sprays of thermal water. This finishes the procedure and locks your top layers of moisturizers and serums in. On top of that, thermal water is very effective at making your skin happy, healthy, calm, 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 thermal water saved my skin a few years ago (I was having a serious allergic reaction) and I’ve been using it 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 Great!

 

This was a simple 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 a week to keep your skin looking young, nice, glowing, and plump.

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