6 Easy Steps To Do Facial At Home
By: Pinki Tue, 09 Mar 2021 2:56 PM
As most of us are spending more time at home than ever before, treating ourselves to a good facial might seem like a distant luxury. But that doesn’t mean that you should stop caring for your skin. Rather, giving yourself a good facial at home can be a wonderful way to de-stress and to show yourself some love and compassion for getting through the difficult year.
Yes, we’re talking about bringing the salon facial experience to your home and converting your bathroom into your personal spa haven. Beyond relaxing your senses, a facial at home will help smoothen your skin and enhance your complexion.
Your at-home facial doesn’t need to be complex or involve too many tools or devices. Just follow these 6 steps recommended by our Ayurvedic beauty experts.
# Create a Relaxing Atmosphere
Even if you can’t go to a salon or a spa, you can re-create the best elements of the experience at home. A facial isn’t just about taking care of your face. When you take some time to unwind and relax completely, it brings out a different glow.
Different things work for different people. However, here are some suggestions that you can take inspiration from while creating the environment for your facial.
- Start by drinking your favorite herbal or detox tea.
- You can add Epsom salt in your bath or simply soak your feet in warm water prior to the facial.
- Set up some scented candles or use a diffuser with your favorite essential oil.
- Create a relaxing playlist beforehand and let it play as ambient background music.
# Cleanse Your Skin Thoroughly
Before you set out to do anything on your face, you must ensure that it’s completely clean and free from all dirt and impurities. If there’s any makeup or any residue left on the skin, it will result in a less effective facial.
We recommend that you use natural cleansers as they are gentle on the skin and do not dry out the skin excessively.
Some people prefer double cleansing - in which the skin is first treated to oil and then to a cleanser. Such a process leads to a more thorough cleansing. For oil cleansing, Coconut oil, Cleansing Milk, Olive Oil, Micellar Water, or Natural Make-Up Remover can be used.
The second step is cleansing with water-based cleansers. You can use them directly as well (without oil cleansing).
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# Steam Your Skin
The next step of your facial is to steam your face. Steaming your face will open up your pores and soften the top layer of your skin to prime it for exfoliation.
While steaming your face at home, make sure that you do not go overboard with it as it will result in dryness. If you don’t have a steamer at home, there are two alternatives to choose from. You can either lower your face near-boiling hot water and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam. Alternatively, you can soak a towel in hot water and place it on your face for some time. Just make sure that the water isn’t too hot as it may burn your skin.
You can make your facial steaming experience even better by adding certain elements to your water. Some people like to put slices of orange in it. You can even choose to put relaxing herbs like Chamomile or Rosemary. The essential oil of your choice will also work equally well.
# Exfoliate for a Smoother Skin
After steaming, it’s time to use a gentle scrub to slough off the top layer of skin cells and excess oils. Exfoliation will instantly brighten your face and reveal the younger, healthier layers of your skin.
However, it’s important that you choose homemade or natural scrubs and not the harsh chemical scrubs. If the exfoliating beads are harsh, they cause micro-tears on the skin which can result in irritation or breakouts. Chemical exfoliation can also damage the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
# Apply A Mask
After the above-mentioned step, the skin is clean and prepped to absorb nutrients. This is the perfect time to apply a suitable face mask. We recommend using natural face masks. For better absorption of nutrients, you can massage the mask into your skin for a few minutes before leaving it on for about 15 to 20 mins.
# Moisturize The Skin
With this, we arrive at the final and one of the most crucial steps of a facial at home - a good massage with a suitable moisturizer. The facial massage helps in boosting blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage.
Not only this, deeply nourishing your skin with a rich moisturizer is important for locking in the nutrients and the moisture. After all the steps mentioned above, your freshly revealed and nourished skin will need hydration for lasting radiance. Moisturizing will hydrate your skin and lock moisture in so that your skin is less prone to damage.