Our skin needs some pampering to remain beautiful. So it is important to show some love to your skin. The easiest way is definitely to go to a beauty salon and get a facial done. Just relax and enjoy! But did you know you can do the facial at home! All by yourself? You don’t have to spend a fortune for the facial and you don’t have to get out of your home too. You can either buy a very few products and do the facial at home or you can choose to do it with hundred percent natural ingredients in the natural way. Trust me, this isn’t a hard task either.
Facial at home
You have to follow some few steps to get that beautiful, glowing skin that you get after a beauty session at your salon, but now at your own home.
Step 1: Prepping and cleansing
First and foremost step is to get ready for the facial at home routine. Assign some time from your busy schedule for the home facial (at least once in a month). Keep all the necessary products ready, which you need for the facial at home. Pull your hair back and use a shower cap. You don’t want your hair to fall on your face every now and then and keep on adjusting it. So that is important.
Always start with a clean face
Next take your favorite cleanser and clean your face. If you have makeup on your face then use a make-up remover to remove it completely.
Natural Alternative: You can use olive oil for removing your make-up. Take some extra virgin olive oil from your kitchen cabinet and massage your face gently with the oil. Then using a cotton pad, swipe off the oil and the makeup. Follow this with your cleansing routine.
Then wash your face with normal water and cleanse it using your daily cleanser.
Natural Alternative: A very good alternative to your chemical-laden cleanser is using milk or coconut milk to clean your face. Using coconut milk, massage your face and neck for five minutes and then wash it off. Another great natural alternative is using cucumber and coconut milk, about which I have already discussed in my post about natural skincare routine HERE.
Step 2: Exfoliating
It is important to get rid of the dead cells first!
For any face mask or any product to work on your skin, it is very important to remove the dead cells and bring out the new ones. If you want any product to work on your skin, you definitely must remove the dead cells first by exfoliating. And since we are doing a facial at home routine, exfoliation is a must. Exfoliation also helps in removing whiteheads and blackheads to some extend. All you have to do is, using your face scrub (just a pea-size amount) massage your face and neck gently for about two minutes. Then using a warm wash cloth swipe off the scrub from your face and then wash your face and neck. Always make sure your face is wet while exfoliating and be very very gentle.
Natural Alternative: A very simple natural alternative to your facial scrub can be made by using honey, brown sugar and olive/coconut oil. Mix all the three ingredients and you have it. If you desire to use something even better try the amazing green tea-cucumber facial scrub.
Step 3: Steam your face
Flush out the impurities
Steaming itself is great for cleansing your face by opening up pores and pushing out impurities. So this is the third step of our facial at home routine, since it leaves our skin clean and healthy. For steaming, take a pot of water and boil it. After removing the pot from the stove, place your head over the pot so that the steam goes to your face. Cover your head with a towel.
For a more pleasant and effective steaming, add few drops of essential oil of your choice to the water. Its completely optional.
Step 4: Remove blackheads
Removing blackheads are necessary in our facial at home routine to attain that beautiful flawless skin. But take extra extra care while doing it. Make it a point not to squeeze it out. You can use a nose strip, by placing the strip on your nose and also on other blackhead affected areas. After 10-15 minutes peel it off. You can also use a blackhead extractor and very gently remove the blackheads.
Natural Alternatives: You can make your own nose strip by using raw honey, milk and a clean strip of cotton. Mix honey and milk and heat it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. Then apply the mix on the blackhead affected area while still warm (not hot) and place the cotton strip on top of it. Keep it for 15 minutes and then peel it off. If you prefer you can check out 28 ways to remove blackheads in my post HERE.
Step 5: Apply honey (optional)
Soothe your skin
Apply a thin layer of honey all over your face and neck. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then rinse your face and neck. This step is completely optional in our facial at home routine. But I have included this to soothe your skin. Since the previous steps in our facial at home routine can sometimes make your skin dry, applying honey can add moisture, which is an added advantage.
Step 6: Massaging
If you ask me one benefit that salon facials have when compared to the facial at home routine, I would say its the facial massage. The specialists at your beauty salon are trained and experienced in it so much that a single touch from them can bring a lot of difference. But you can also give your skin a good massage, maybe not as good as theirs, but its still worth trying. Using gentle circular motion massage your face, starting from your cheeks. Rather than doing it as another step you can combine step 5 and 6 by using honey to massage.
Natural Alternative: The natural alternative I am talking about is the probably the best way to massage your face at home. This massage uses avocado seed. You heard me right. To know more about the facial massage check out this post.
Step 7: Face mask
For this step of the facial at home routine, you can either use a store bought face mask of your choice or make your own natural face masks. Choose the one that works for your skin. Everybody’s skin is different, so acts differently to various skin treatments. So choose wisely.
Natural Alternatives: There are millions and millions of face masks that you can prepare at home using natural ingredients and that too with the ingredients you already have inside your kitchen cabinets or home generally. Some very simple ones are listed below.
Banana face mask: Mash half a banana and add 1 tbsp of honey to this. Apply to your face and let it stay for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Milk and honey mask: Mix 1 tbsp of milk and 1 tbsp honey. Apply the mask and leave it for 15 minutes.
Oatmeal face mask: Mix 1 tbsp powdered oats, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tsp yogurt to form a paste. Apply this mask on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.
You can also check out:
Turmeric face mask for clear skin
Mandarin and tomato face pack for skin-lightening
Green tea and mint soothing face mask
Anti-aging face mask
Step 8: Moisturize
Moisturize as usual and start thinking “why have I been wasting so much money when the results from the facial at home routine is so amazing!”
Good luck and stay beautiful because everybody has the right to stay beautiful!