Christine Roos

How to Do an At-Home Facial Worthy of a Fancy Spa

Your best skin is on the other side of this easy at-home facial.



In an ideal world, we all spend a luxurious day at the spa every month, getting primed and treated top to toe… but let’s face it, spas are not cheap. Luckily, you can treat your face to a salon-grade facial right in your own bathroom – all you need is time, your favourite products and an excellent playlist. 

STEP 1: Prep

Draw a hot bath and let the steam fill your bathroom. You can also light a candle or two if you really want to get in the zone, and put on some chill tunes. Make sure your nails are short and your hands are clean, slip on a robe and slippers and tie your hair back securely.

Our picks:
Ginger 18-pack elastic hair ties
Aquis Lisse luxe headband
Marks & Spencer long pile hooded dressing gown

18- Pack Elastic Hair Ties

aed 15 Ginger

Lisse Luxe Headband White

aed 43.02 Aquis

Long Pile Hooded Dressing Gown

aed 185 M&S Collection

STEP 2: Cleanse like a facialist

We’re talking spending some quality time with your face and a good quality cleaner or two – no mere rub and splash like you do every night! Start with an oil cleanser to remove all SPF and makeup. Really spend some time massaging it into your skin, paying attention to the areas around your nose, forehead and chin. Follow with a second gentle cleanser and again, spend a few minutes to gently massage it into your entire face. Rinse off using a soft bamboo flannel or muslin. 

Our picks:
Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Aurelia Skincare Weekend Muslins

Double Cleanse

aed 142 Pixi

Skincare Weekend Muslins

aed 76.48 Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

STEP 3: Exfoliate

This doesn’t mean scrubbing away till your face is red – try a chemical exfoliant to resurface your skin and get rid of dead skin cells. 

Our pick:
Caudalie Glycolic Peel

Glycolic Peel

aed 150 Caudalie

STEP 4: Steam

Now here’s where it gets real spa-like – and you don’t even need any kind of equipment to do it. Pour boiled water into a large bowl, add a few lemon slices or a fragrant tea bag and let steep for a few minutes. Then drape a towel over your head and the bowl and relax for a few minutes.

Our pick:
The Organic Company Wellness towel

Wellness Towel Stone Rose

aed 275.53 The Organic Company

STEP 6: Tone

Go in with a few swipes of toner to prep your skin for the next step. 

Our pick:
Urban Veda Soothing Hydrating Toner

Soothing Hydrating Toner 150ML ON SALE

aed 36 Urban Veda
aed72 50

STEP 7: Mask

You can tag team your masks by doubling up – start with a detoxifying clay mask to draw out any impurities and follow with a soothing, hydrating mask. Massage in the excess.

Our picks:
L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask
K-Glo Hydrating Coconut Bio-Cellulose sheet mask

Pure Clay Black Mask With Charcoal, Detoxifies & Clarifies, 50 Ml ON SALE

aed 25 L’oreal Paris
aed35 29

Leading Man Coconut Bio Cellulose Hydrating Face

aed 53 Starskin

STEP 8: Moisturise

Finally, seal in all the goodness and moisture with moisturiser. Give yourself a facial massage while you’re at it, using your knuckles and gently smoothing them over your face – except your eyes – for a few minutes. Using a tapping motion with your fingers around your eyes. To kick it up a notch, use a jade roller to massage the cream into your skin. 

Our picks:
Gatineau jade facial roller
Estée Lauder NightWear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Creme

Nightwear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Creme ON SALE

aed 232
aed309 25