Tips for a Perfect At-Home Facial

If you don’t have the time or money for a professional facial treatment every month, it is very easy to do a facial at home.

Giving yourself a facial once every 15 days helps to improve complexion, increases blood circulation, rejuvenates the skin and relieves tension. Your skin will feel refreshed and more alive.

It’s time to tie your hair back and start pampering yourself!

Gentle Cleanser

Remove all traces of makeup using facial cleansers suited for your skin type.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is one of my favorite cleansers to use for a facial, it is a gentle cleanser that leaves skin clean, fresh and hydrated, it does not clog pores and contains no artificial perfumes or dyes and no harsh chemicals that can upset your skin.

If you want to create your own luxurious cleanser, rub olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil into your skin, then wipe it off with a cotton pad or paper towel dampened with warm water.


Exfoliate

Exfoliation helps to remove dry skin cells on the surface. It can help stop breakouts by cleaning out clogged pores and it will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.  

Apply scrub to damp skin and massage gently focusing on forehead, chin and nose.

Avoid skin around the eyes as they are very soft and sensitive.

Exfoliation also helps to reduce large pores. Regular exfoliation reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps your skin much softer.

My favorite is St. Ives Apricot Scrub!

A Good Steam

Steaming opens the pores and helps to release toxins and impurities built up on the skin.

Bring water to boil in a big pot. Remove from heat. With a towel, form a tent over your head, lower/lean your face over the pot and capture the steam. Be careful not to go too close as it might scald your skin. 

You can also add a tablespoon of rose petals, lavender, thyme or rosemary to the water to get a stimulating cleanse.

Steam for about 10-15 minutes, if you need to – take short breaks throughout.

Finish off by splashing cool water on your face. If you have problematic skin or have sensitive skin, consult your skin specialist prior to facial steaming.

You can also purchase at-home steamers. I love using my Conair Facial Sauna, it has a timer so I don’t need to keep looking at the time, I can just relax and enjoy.


Facial Mask

Now it’s my favorite part – the Facial Mask.

Choose masks according to your skin type.

For oily skin, use mud/clay mask as it helps to absorb excess oil.

For dry skin, use hydrating mask or creamy mask to add moisture to the skin.

For Combination skin, you might need to use more than one mask to spot treat different areas.

Here’s a blog post on Choosing the Right Face Mask!

For a spa experience at home, place cotton pads soaked in rosewater or cucumber slices on each eye and just relax for 15 minutes.

Wash with plenty of water.

For a DIY Mask, try using mashed up Avocado and a little honey.  

Moisturize

The last step is moisturizing the skin.

Moisturizer helps to protect your skin and maintain its texture.

Regardless of your skin type, everyone needs to moisturize.

For oily skin choose a light moisturizer or water based product.

For dry skin use a heavier, oil-based moisturizer.

For sensitive skin, avoid moisturizer containing fragrances or acids.


Now you can give yourself a good and inexpensive facial at home!


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