Everything You Need To Know About Facials

After a long week at work, of school, or of binging your favorite Netflix show eight times in your comfiest pajamas, you probably want to treat yourself and take a moment to relax for your weekend.  There are lots of ways to go about doing this, but our favorite way of going about doing this is having an at-home or in-spa facial!

No matter where your facial takes place — at the spa, at home, even at a doctor’s office — a facial is a great way to not only relax, but also do your skin a huge favor.


What Is A Facial?

A facial is a type of skincare treatment that gets rid of skin impurities and promotes healthy, well-nourished skin.  The basic facial steps include cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, massaging, and hydrating; of course, there can be variation in the order of steps as well as what steps are included or excluded.  These steps will give your skin a deep, nourishing treatment that your normal skincare routine doesn’t always offer.  

Such facial steps like exfoliating and extracting are especially great in purging your skin of dead skin cells, clearing clogged pores, and promoting regeneration of new and younger skin cells.

Massaging at the end of your facial is icing on the cake, as it works ingredients from the products into your skin.  It also increases blood flow, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and releases tension in your face.

Types Of Facials

There are two main types of facials that you can have.  The first is one that’s professionally done in a salon, spa, or office.  The second is one that you do yourself in the comfort of your own home.  Both in-spa and at-home are great options for your skin and offer plenty of benefits that you will be thanking yourself for.

Professional Facials

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Whether you go to a spa, salon, or medical facility, you get treatment by an esthetician who will be doing their best to take care of your skin.  It might be overwhelming when you first go and get a facial done, so we’ll guide you through the professional facial steps that you’ll be going through.  

  • Step 1: Cleansing.  Your esthetician will use a cleanser for your face that will aid in getting rid of makeup, oils, and dirt.  The product will be specific to your skin type and will ensure a nice, clean face.
  • Step 2: Exfoliating.  This can come in the form of chemical exfoliants, facial scrubs, creams, etc.  Exfoliating will take away that layer of dead skin cells, clearing up and brightening your face in the process.
  • Step 3: Extracting.  This part of your facial goes one step deeper in trying to get those impurities out of your face.  Your esthetician will steam your face to make it easier to extract any whiteheads, blackheads, or other impurities that are clogging your pores.
  • Step 4: Massaging.  We’re almost done with the facial!  Here you will get a lovely face massage, something that helps with relaxing facial muscles and improving blood flow.  Face massages are also great in helping with lymphatic drainage (as it reduces swelling and stimulates circulation).
  • Step 5: Hydrating.  This often comes in the form of a face mask, with it being targeted towards your skin type.  Thereafter, your esthetician may apply any additional toners, serums, creams, moisturizers, etc.

This whole process takes an average of about 60 minutes, with some services taking as little as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes — much of it depending on the kind of treatment that you would like.  

As for the price point, the average cost of a facial can be anywhere between $70-$100.  Though depending on the treatment, say just a basic or a special treatment, the prices can vary quite a bit.

At-Home Facials

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As luxurious as going to a spa or salon for a facial might make you feel, maybe you don’t have the time, the money, or you simply don’t feel like going.  This is when you might opt for an at-home facial.  Lucky for you, the steps are pretty much the same– you’re just getting a facial without the help of an esthetician.

Step 1: Cleanse. 

In this case, you might want to double cleanse, first using an oil cleanser followed by a gentle foaming wash to make sure you get all of the dirt and oil off your face.

Step 2: Exfoliate.

Next up, let’s get rid of those dead skin cells by exfoliating your skin to reveal that new layer of skin cells.

Step 3: Extracting.

This step might be the hardest to do without knowing what you are doing and could be the most damaging if you don’t properly prepare.  You can take a hot shower or steam your face using a steamer or a warm towel to widen your pores to make it easier to remove blemishes.

Step 4: Massaging.

You can massage your face using just your fingers, or you can use tools that will help with that relaxation of facial muscles and get that blood flowing.

Step 5: Hydrating.

Now that we’ve come to the end of your at-home facial, you’re going to want a product that will keep your face super hydrated and refreshed.

Note: If you don’t want to mix and match your own products, there are most definitely kits that you can buy to have your at-home facial experience.

What’s The Verdict: In-Spa Or At-Home?

Both in-spa and at-home facials have their own perks.  In-spa is better for those who want to leave their skincare in the hands of an esthetician, and it’s also a great way to pamper yourself a bit.  At-home is definitely a more cost-effective option and better if you want more control over the steps and the products you want to have in your facial.  And if you want to, you can switch it up between in-spa or at-home facials. 

Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to doing what is best for you skin!

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We hope this taught you more about what facials are, both at-home and in-spa! Have you gotten a facial? What was your experience? Tell us in the comments.

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Here’s The 411 On Hair Slugging

Here’s The 411 On Hair Slugging

When you hear the words “hair” and “slug,” there’s a good chance you wouldn’t assume that they’d go together, especially when talking about caring for your hair.  While flaunting a rather unglamorous name, this new 2022 trend called hair slugging seems to have some pretty glamorous effects when it comes to moisturizing your hair.  


What Is Hair Slugging?

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Hair slugging is a deep hydration treatment for your hair, and it is meant to seal and lock in moisture to give it a silky, soft look to your hair.  This is especially helpful if your hair is damaged, dehydrated, or if your hair is just in need of some tender loving care. 

How Did Hair Slugging Become A Thing?

As with most trends these days, hair slugging became popular on social media, particularly from TikTok.  Users adapted the South Korean “slugging” skin care technique (where people would use various products to moisturize their face) into their hair care routines, and it became a way for everyone to try and achieve that perfect healthy hair.

Hair slugging is for everyone.  But, it is most helpful towards those with dry, fragile hair regain its texture, and to improve how your hair feels and looks.  The thicker your strands of hair are, you are going to want to slug your hair a few nights a week.  Those with finer strands of hair can leave the slugging to once or twice a week. 

Vaseline And Hair Slugging

Some hydrating products that can be used for this process are hair masks, oils, serums and leave-in conditioners — all great products designed to lock in that moisture for your hair.

But, the most popular hydrating product that’s been used for this trend is one that’s not typically associated with hair care: this product is none other than vaseline.  Yep, you can put vaseline in your hair!  Though this begs the question, is vaseline good for your hair

Vaseline is an occlusive.  An occlusive is a substance that forms a protective layer around your hair (and your skin) that seals in, and prevents loss of, the existing moisture in your hair.  While vaseline does not directly moisturize your hair, the barrier it forms to keep that moisture in is one you’ll definitely want to have.  So, you’ll need to experiment to get just the right amount of product in your hair to make sure you reap the positive effects of vaseline on hair.

Remember that there’s also such a thing as doing too much!  So, don’t slug your hair every night, as that negatively affects your hair’s natural production of oils in your hair and can actually make your hair even drier — something you definitely don’t want.  

While you’re mostly going to be applying the vaseline (or whatever product of your choosing) to your ends and not as much on your scalp, you want to be mindful of how much product gets on that head of yours.  Too much product that isn’t properly washed out can clog pores and hair follicles, leading to buildup of bacteria, breakouts, and other BS that you probably don’t wanna deal with.

What is the Process of Slugging Your Hair?

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The process of hair slugging is fairly simple, so grab that jar of vaseline and let’s get started!  

  • Step 1: At nighttime, apply the vaseline, or product of your choice, on washed hair (make sure that it is completely dry or mostly dry before applying!), concentrating the product on the ends of your hair.
  • Step 2: Put your hair in a cap or sock (basically any protective wrapping that can work for your hair) and secure it so it’ll stay on as you are sleeping.
  • Step 3: Sleep.  You need it.
  • Step 4: When you wake up, rinse out the vaseline using a mixture of baking soda and water, or just your regular washing routine (the vaseline may last longer in your hair).  If you opted for a lighter product, your regular wash routine should be just fine.

Alternatives to Vaseline Hair Slugging

Vaseline can be good for getting a healthy shine to your hair, but maybe you don’t like how heavy it feels in your hair, the vaseline isn’t agreeing with you, or some other reason that pushes you away from lathering a chunk of vaseline in your strands.  Fear not, we’ve got some hair oil and mask alternatives that you could try to still get that slugged hair shine.

OUAI Hair Oil

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This is a lightweight hair oil that is for all hair types.  Its baobab seed oil helps to hydrate your hair and give it that extra shine.  This hair oil is also made with borage oil and reduces any frizz you might have on your hair.

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amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask

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If you haven’t read Marissa’s amika article yet, be sure to check that out, as it goes in depth about different hair masks, which you could definitely incorporate into your slugging routine!  This hair mask in particular is great for all hair types, and is great for hydrating and softening your hair.  Its jojoba oil will do wonders for your hair as it is packed with antioxidants (fights unstable molecules that can damage your hair).

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

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Or you know, maybe you wanna say “fuck it!” and not add that extra step in your hair routine and stick to regular shampoo and conditioner.  We got you, here’s a shampoo and conditioner set that’s great for medium to thicker hair that hydrates your hair and adds that shine.  Its combo of almond, grape seed, safflower, and coconut oils plus other fantastic ingredients will help deeply hydrate your hair, soften it, and will give shine that will make people think you’re a pro at hair slugging.

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Have you tried hair slugging? Do you want to, or do you think it’s kinda…. ew? Tell us in the comments!

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