All of us love to be pampered, and our skin is no different. One of the most luxurious, relaxing experiences you can indulge in is a facial. Facials are most than just a beauty regime. They not only prevent wrinkles and fine lines, but they also give you dollops of self-care and self-love.
But sometimes, taking time out to go to a parlour may seem tedious. That’s when you have DIY facials to the rescue, right from the comfort of your home, at your pace, your time. Your at-home, peaceful, joyous beauty treatment that helps you unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Now, what’s not to love!
Come, let us show you some expert tips so you can enjoy a spa-like facial right in your home!
Time it right
Make this your me-time, and pick a time when you are not in a rush or don’t have prior commitments. These indulgent moments should be enjoyed at leisure, almost like a getaway from the daily chaos.
Choose your products
After you find the perfect time, you need to choose products to make this a perfect pampering session. Stock up on cleansers, creams, a steamer and a mask. Team it up with a pretty headband so your hair remains mess-free.
Add the extra
DIY facials are more than just a regular beauty routine. They are that well-deserved time for you to rejuvenate, destress and calm your mind and body. So go all out and prepare your favourite drink, let the fragrance of essential oils and scented candles waft through the air, switch on some soothing music, and enjoy!
Clean your face
Once you’re done with the prep, switch on the medley, taste a sip of your drink, and tiptoe to the washroom to give your face a clean-up. This will remove any dirt, grime or residual makeup still on your skin. Wash with tepid water and use a cleanser or soft wipes. A clean and clear complexion is a must for any beauty treatment.
Scrub it off
Slough off those dead skin cells with a soft and gentle scrub. This smoothens the skin surface leaving you with a lovely skin texture. Focus on your T-Zone if you have oily skin. Choose a Walnut or Cinnamon scrub that brightens the skin or a Charcoal scrub that works wonders too. Do not rub your skin too hard as this may lead to micro-tears, thus leaving scratches.
Treat your skin to a nice steam bath. This helps open pores and soften the skin. Take a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and hover your face over the bowl. You can drop in a Green Tea sachet in the water or add a few drops of essential oils like Argan Oil, Rose, Lemon, Eucalyptus, etc. Make sure that the water is not too hot to handle, and yes don’t over-steam your face as this can cause dryness.
Bring on the face mask
No facial feels complete without a mask. Choose a mask based on your skin’s type and needs. Detoxifying ingredients like Charcoal help clean out your pores while a Lemon Honey mask reduces tan and brightens your complexion. Try the Lavender Clay mask for its soothing and brightening properties. Apply the mask, put slim slices of cucumber on your eyes and enjoy the refreshing medley. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes or till it is semi-dry and then wash your face.
Finally, moisturize and massage
A good moisturizer can give your skin an incredible, luminous glow. A hydrating skin moisturiser to lock in moisture, nourish the skin and hydrate it. Massage your face in upward outward motions. If you are combating pigmentation issues, choose the cream that reduces dark spots and evens skin tone. If you have dry skin, choose a creamier moisturizer. You can also use a facial tool like a jade roller and run it up and down your face and neck. This will boost blood circulation and give you a radiance like no other.
The list of dos, don’t and never
- Do check the expiry date of the products. Don’t use anything that has past the expiry date as this may irritate the skin.
- Do drink a lot of water. This will not only keep you hydrated but will also wash out the toxins from your body to give you an undeniably glow.
- Don’t use tweezers on pimples, blackheads, and other breakouts. Definitely, don’t touch them or squeeze them out as this may cause scarring and the risk of getting infected.
- Don’t use makeup for 10-12 hours after your facial. Give your skin some clean, fresh air and let it breathe.
- Lastly, never ever feel guilty about indulging in yourself. You deserve all the TLC you can get.
Nourish your skin, renew it, it deserves the best. And with these DIY facials, that incredible glow comes easy. Take time out and indulge in some self-care. A happy you makes a happy skin. Like they say, sometimes the most productive thing to do is just relax.