At-home beauty doesn't have to be hard. Welcome to House Calls, where we bring lessons from top dermatologists, stylists, and nail pros straight to your living room.
While we're all stuck indoors (or should be) for the foreseeable future, treating yourself to a much-deserved facial may seem like a far-off, unimaginable luxury — but that doesn't mean you shouldn't continue to care for your complexion. On the contrary, while the outside world continues to manifest constant feelings of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, it's more important than ever to take care of your own mental health, and one of the best ways to do so, we'd argue, is by bringing a sense of the spa into your very own bathroom. Enter: the DIY facial.
Sure, you may not be able to properly emulate the perfectly positioned finger strokes of your favorite facialist or even turn your bathroom into a temporary oasis of aromatherapy with sounds of a distant seashore. But, according to some of the top aestheticians, you really can make your skin smoother and softer by re-creating a nearly professional experience at home.
That doesn't mean reaching for the gaggle of devices and products that have been hiding in the back of your medicine cabinet for months. Instead, pour yourself a nice, cold glass of cucumber water and follow these expert-approved steps for some serious self-pampering.
If you're prone to redness, aesthetician Joanna Czech suggests mixing uncooked, ground oatmeal and flaxseed in a 1:1 ratio, then adding just enough water to make a paste. Let it cool, then apply and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
Don't neglect to create — and enjoy — some ambiance
"I always say I don't play raindrops," says Czech, who has Pink Floyd, Dolly Parton, and Van Morrison on playlists at her New York City and Dallas studios.