Are you like me when it comes to facials? I’d rather spend the money and have that nice, attractive glow at a spa. But sometimes, life trips us up and we don’t have that extra cash or time.
I mean, it’s always nice to feel pampered at a spa, but there are some instances where you just don’t have the time to go for a spa treatment due to your busy schedule.
Work and family can get really demanding and going to the spa is the last thing on your mind. In that case, doing your facial at home is a great way to simply take some time out of your day and give yourself a little luxury treatment.
That way you can get spa benefits in the comfort of your home without having to spend a dime.
In this article, we will explore a list of the best DIY at-home facial treatments to achieve a clear glowing face. Read on to learn how this can be done.
What is a Facial?
A facial is a beauty treatment that is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize the face.
This treatment is usually done in beauty salons or spas by trained professionals and can also be done at home under optimal conditions.
“Facials” are a technique that first emerged in India as an elaborate ritual where milk, yogurt, and clarified butter were used to cleanse the skin.
The facial procedure starts with a thorough cleansing of the skin using products tailored to the skin type and concerns. Next, an exfoliating treatment is applied to remove dead cells and debris.
The cleansing may be followed by a mask or peel depending on an individual’s needs. Finally, moisturizing products are applied to the skin.
According to studies, people show more interest in their appearance and are willing to spend more on such treatments than ever before.
The demand for facials has been steadily increasing over the past years. As awareness about health and beauty increases, people are willing to go beyond hairstyling and makeup into other treatments such as facials.
How to Do a Facial At Home
Facials are all the rage right now. But what if you don’t have your own facial equipment? Is it possible to experience a rejuvenating spa treatment without taking time away from work or family life?
Well, the answer is yes. At least with some household items and a little creativity, it can be achieved.
Daily skincare is a necessity if you want to achieve healthy, glowing skin. So if you’re looking for ways to give your skin a holistic treatment, trying out a facial treatment at home is the first step.
Today, I’m going to share with you a DIY facial routine that is quick, easy, and inexpensive in seven simple steps.
1. Set the Mood
A quiet room, warm bath, dimmed lights, scented candles. Trust me, when it comes to doing a facial, you want all the smoke.
This step is just as important as doing the facial itself. To do a facial at home, set the right mood by making yourself as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips:
- Quiet room – Choose a clean and quiet room for a spa-like experience, you want all the privacy you can get.
- Dimmed light – There’s nothing relaxing about bright lights, close the windows and turn off all fluorescent lights.
- Right temperature – Ensure the temperature is comfortable for you, you don’t want to feel too hot or cold.
- Scented candles – Made with essential oils mixed with wax, these candles calm the mind, improve mood, and relieve stress by creating a relaxing atmosphere.
- Background music – Don’t stop the music. Listening to your favorite playlist during a facial treatment helps to release stress and tension. A Rihanna’s playlist does that for me.
- Warm bath – A warm bath with Epsom salt reduces stress, soothes the skin and improves foot health. Your body will feel fresh and relaxed for a facial.
The next thing you have to do is clean your face. If you try to exfoliate the skin when it’s filled with makeup or dirt, then it results in redness and irritation. You should take off your makeup instead of trying to scrub it off first.
- Make sure your face is clean and free from dirt or make-up by using a face wipe or a cleanser to remove anything such as makeup, dirt, or pollution.
- Begin cleansing your face by applying a little cleanser on your hands and then apply it to your face (avoiding contact with eyes).
- Gently massage your facial muscles with your fingers in circular motions for a few minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and use a soft towel to pat your face dry.
By making your face squeaky clean and removing all dirt and oils, your skin will produce cleaner, more youthful-looking cells.
The third step is to exfoliate. It is typically another step in a long line of facial acts, exfoliating your face is a necessity if you want to achieve a healthy, glowing face.
- Exfoliate your face by applying a face scrub on your hands and then apply it to your face. Be sure to avoid contact with your eyes as it may cause redness and irritation.
- Gently exfoliate your face with a face scrub using your fingers in circular motions for a few minutes.
- Rinse your face with warm water and use a soft towel to pat your face dry.
Exfoliating your face removes dead cells from pores, improves your skin appearance, improves blood circulation, and allows better absorption of moisturizers and face products ultimately resulting in brighter skin.
After cleansing, and exfoliating your face. The next step is to treat your face to a subtle skin massage.
- Gently slide your fingers on your forehead, eye area, cheeks, mouth area, and chin area and rub in a circular motion.
- Press and pull your fingers to your ears in a slow-motion to increase blood circulation.
- Continue sliding until you’ve covered your entire face.
- Repeat this process five times and rinse your face with lukewarm water.
The next step to a complete facial is to steam your face. A good way to open up your pores is by adding steam to your face.
The most traditional way to do a facial at home is to steam your face. To do this:
- Fill a pot with cold water and put it on the stove to heat.
- Once the water is hot, pour it into a bowl.
- Stick your head over the bowl and lean over the bowl so that your whole face is sitting in the steam.
- Cover your head with a towel if desired to keep it extra warm and cozy.
- Remain in this position for about 10 minutes.
Another technique is to:
- Grab a towel, get it wet with hot water and wring it until it’s barely damp.
- Fold the towel until you reach the desired size.
- Place the fold on your face (make sure the towel isn’t too hot so as not to burn yourself).
- Remain in this position for about 10 minutes
Steaming your face is cleansing, promotes circulation, release acne-causing bacteria and dead cells. It also promotes blood circulation, hydrates your face, and helps your skin to absorb skin products better.
It sounds like a lot of work, but it is worth it. After steaming, your face needs a little TLCand a face mask is just right.
A facial mask is a great way to give your skin a deep clean and restore hydration. It helps to refine large pores, enhance elasticity, improve skin texture and absorb the excess oil on your face.
You can choose an over-the-counter face mask that’s favorable to your skin type or go for a homemade face mask.
- Apply the face mask on your face.
- Put two slices of cucumber on your eyes.
- Leave for 10 – 30 minutes (this will allow the mask to sit well and ensure you get all the benefits. Wash your face with lukewarm water).
Last, but not least. Apply a moisturizer after removing the face mask to lock in moisture and hydrate the skin.
Choose a moisturizer that is best for your skin type and has SPF in it, squeeze a little amount of the moisturizer into your hands and gently apply it on your face in circular motions.
Moisturizing helps your skin stay young by fighting wrinkles and reducing the chances of skin problems.
Benefits of a Facial Treatment
Cleanse Your Skin
Facials cleanse your face thoroughly by removing excess oil, dead skin cells, makeup, and debris that may lead to irritation and inflammation of your skin. It also helps to manage the pH level of your skin thus refreshing your skin cells.
Massaging your face properly during a facial improves cell regeneration and boosts collagen production. It improves uneven skin tone, sun damage, skin discoloration thereby giving you younger-looking skin.
Facials are a great way to relax and de-stress, which is why many people like to get one at the end of the day after they have been working hard all day long.
Facials can help in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by improving the elasticity of the skin. It also stimulates the production of proteins that makes your skin smooth and prevents wrinkles.
Improve Blood Flow
Facials can help with blood circulation by getting rid of the congestion in the capillaries. It also helps to improve hydration by removing oils that prevent water retention.
A deep-cleaning facial will remove skin cells that have been dead for weeks or months, which causes sebum production to increase for up to 72 hours afterward and increase your blood flow.
Detoxify Your Skin
Steaming and exfoliation help to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the surface of the skin. A good facial detoxifies your skin by removing toxins, increasing oxygen levels in the blood, and improving lymphatic drainage.
How often should I do a facial?
Skincare experts recommend that people should have a facial every three to four weeks or once a month.
Your skin’s full life cycle is between this period, after which your skin cells regenerate and grow back. Getting a facial every three to four weeks helps this process and leaves you with fresh glowing skin.
Can facial make my acne go away?
Yes, it can. Facials cleanse the skin by removing impurities, trapped dirt, and excess oil. Having a facial regularly helps to unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells and debris that may cause acne.
How can I do a face mask at home?
There are different ways to make your DIY face mask but I’ll share with you my personal recipe.
Take one tablespoon of turmeric and one tablespoon of lemon juice; add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of coconut oil.
Mix in a small bowl and add some water to form a paste. There you have it, your homemade DIY face mask.
Facials are not just for celebrities and models anymore. They have evolved into a beauty treatment that is becoming increasingly popular.
Some people say that facials are just another beauty trend that will eventually fade away, but it’s hard to argue with people who can see the positive long-term effects on their skin.
A facial is an invigorating and rejuvenating experience. It is an inexpensive process but a good facial requires a lengthy amount of time and effort.
You might not be able to afford a facial from time to time, but you can still reap the same benefits by using products and items you have at home.
This process of getting a facial at home starts with a perfect mood, cleansing, and exfoliating your skin to take off any excess dirt or oils that might be on it at the time.
You then need to massage, steam, mask and apply moisturizer. You should also take care not to put too much pressure on your face as this could cause more damage than good.
Afterward, you will probably want to go out into the world and show off your newly cleaned and glowing skin.
Thanks for reading.
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