For patients to maintain healthy, youthful, and fresh skin, monthly HydraFacials are a must. The benefits of this medical-grade facial are immeasurable, including improvements in texture, correcting hyperpigmentation, diminishing fine lines, clearing acne, and reducing the appearance of pores. With such impactful results, most of us wish we could get a professional facial every week, if not every day. However, there are ways in between your monthly HydraFacial visits to keep your skin happy and healthy.
Step 1: Steam
Before applying any product to your face, a gentle steaming works wonders to relax you while preparing your skin by loosening up clogged pores and enhancing circulation. We use a steamer in our office for patients treating themselves to a facial, however, most of us do not have this device at home. Luckily there are tricks to providing your skin with a healthy steam treatment at home. One way is by taking a large pot of boiling water and holding your face over that for approximately 10 minutes. If this seems like too much effort or you are slightly clumsy or concerned about burning yourself, then another simple trick is by running the hot water in your shower until your bathroom is steamy or performing your facial immediately after a shower.
Step 2: Cleanse
Once you have finished steaming your skin, wash your face with your preferred cleanser. Gently massage it into your whole face and chin for a minimum of 30-60 seconds, or follow the instructions on your product's label. Keep in mind that cleanser, even the most gentle brands, shouldn't sit on your skin for more than two minutes. Rinse off the cleanser with warm water. If you aren't sure what type of cleanser is best for you, we personally recommend Alastin's Gentle Cleanser. Employees of Supriya Dermatology with both oily and sensitive skin have all been happily using it because it effectively cleanses without irritating skin, and also comes in at an affordable price point for everyone.
"During the morning, I like to use Revision Vitamin C Lotion 30% with Alastin HydraTint sunscreen because it gives me the antioxidants, UV protection and hydration my skin needs. And at night I use the DEJ Night Face Cream because it moisturizes and includes a retinol — something every skincare routine should have."
-Dr. Supriya Tomar
Step 3: Steam with a Towel
Wet a face towel with hot water (but not so hot that you can't touch it) and drape it over your face, allowing your skin to absorb the steam for a moment. Gently clean off any excess cleanser that may still be on your skin. Be careful not to scrub your skin with the towel to avoid unnecessary irritation.
Step 4: Gently Exfoliate or Apply a Mask
If you have particularly oily, problematic skin a weekly exfoliation may be beneficial in clearing out excess makeup, dirt, and oil that has remained stubbornly clogged in your pores. Be sure to use a product that does not contain physical exfoliators such as gritty scrubs because they will only serve to irritate your skin and lead to further breakouts. Try products like Revision's Black Mask if you have acneic skin, or ZO's Exfoliating Polish if your skin is extremely congested. If you have sensitive or dry skin, a nourishing mask will be a welcome treat for your skin to add moisture and calm irritation. Just make sure you avoid abrasive masks that need to be peeled off so that you do not strip away your skin's natural protective barrier and further contribute to inflammation.
Step 5: Tone
After removing your mask or exfoliator, a good toner will aid in removing any remaining bits of oil, dirt and debris left behind. And even if your skin is perfectly clean by this step, toner will still benefit by soothing, nourishing, and hydrating your skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.
Step 6: Moisturize
The final step of your facial should always include a moisturizer. Regardless of your skin type, moisturizers are a must following a facial because you have just stripped away all of your skin's protective oil along with the dirt and makeup. If your skin is naturally oily, depriving it of a moisturizer will signal it to go into overdrive, producing an unnaturally excessive amount oil that can eventually cause clogged pores. And if your skin is naturally dry and sensitive, skipping the moisturizer will leave it irritated and inflamed, making it more susceptible to infection and premature aging. Selecting a light moisturizer for oily skin types (such as a hyaluronic acid-based serum) or a richer, more nourishing one for dry skin types (such as the iS Clinical Youth Intensive Créme will help restore balance to your skin after your facial.
For more tips on what products work best for you, reach out to us to schedule a facial with our Esthetician and develop a skincare routine for yourself between visits to address your skincare concerns.