You don’t need costly spa services to give your skin what it needs to look fresh, healthy, and restored. The only necessary investments are time and a few quality products. Follow these simple tips for weekly at-home facials that will keep skin glowing—at an affordable price.
Use your favorite cruelty-free natural facial cleanser that contains no toxic chemicals such as parabens (preservatives) and phthalates (plasticizers that can build up in fatty tissue and interfere with endocrine function).
Select an exfoliant scrub with fruit enzymes like papaya or pineapple. Both fruits contain beta hydroxy acids, which remove surface cells gently. Pumpkin is a skin superfood rich in healing retinoids, so choose products containing it. Pumpkin enzymes help unclog pores and soften skin while pumpkin oil moisturizes with essential fatty acids (EFAs) that help regulate skin oil production. Other good ingredients include antiaging green tea extracts, EFA-rich rose hips, soothing aloe vera, and natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol), which improves skin elasticity and firmness.
Those with normal complexions might choose a hydrating mask with antioxidants. Those prone to dry skin might want a mask with hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture to the skin to soften it. Masks made with Dead Sea salts offer deep cleansing and detoxification. A kaolin or bentonite mud mask can be used monthly for treating acne and oily skin. Look for mud masks that also contain rosemary essential oil.
Good ingredients include rose essential oil, which promotes new skin cell growth and hyaluronic acid, which helps flatten fine lines and make deeper wrinkles less noticeable. Look for moisturizers with vitamins A, C, E, all of which help prevent premature skin aging.
“Vitamin A is the number one wrinkle fighter,” says Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS. Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen production. Products containing goji berry extract contain all three of these powerful vitamins. Those with acne or problem skin should look for moisturizers with extracts of calendula or lavender.