It’s not everyday that we can take a trip to our favorite spa or beauty clinic and then pamper ourselves with a facial. Even if we crave for the experience, it’s unrealistic to act on it, mainly, because: A. we may not have the budget for the procedure and B. we may not have enough time.
There’s only one solution that we can think of and it is: Give yourself a DIY facial at home with inexpensive products that are easily found in drug stores or department stores. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at some basic information first.
What is a Facial and What are the Benefits of it?
A facial is a beauty procedure designed to clean the skin. Most people go in to have facial because it’s relaxing but it’s not just about relaxation. The main goal is skincare – for you to have healthier skin through a thorough cleanse.
Here are some benefits a good facial can give you:
- Temporarily smooths out the skin on your face (including wrinkles).
- Softens the skin on your face through scrubbing and moisturizing.
- Fades out spots and discolorations.
- Treats acne.
- Makes your skin glow.
Types of Facials
There are numerous types of facials. You can choose from these types depending on what your skin really needs. There are facials for treating acne and there are facials that are more centered on anti-aging. The best way to determine what type of facial you need is to, first, identify what your skin problems are and then you go from there. If you’re still unsure, allow an expert to choose for you.
How Often Should Facials be Done?
There is such a thing as getting too many facials. Ideally, you need to have a facial once a month or once every 3 weeks. The frequency, however, will vary depending on a number of factors like age, skin type, skincare goals and budget.
DIY Pore Cleaning, Deep Cleansing Facial
Now that we know most of the basic information needed, let’s proceed to the DIY procedures on how to do your very own facial at home.
What you need:
Just remember that you do not have to use the exact same products. You may already have some of the skin care items so go ahead and use that instead of buying a new one.
Make sure that you have all of your hair tied up. Using a headband could work better in getting your hair out of the way.
Cleanse your face by using your facial cleanser. Don’t forget to massage all areas of your face with your fingers. Rinse.
TIP: Since our aim is to deep cleanse, use a deep action facial wash.
Next, take a small amount of facial scrub and massage your face with it. Concentrate on oily areas and on areas where you know your pores tend to clog up like your nose and your chin. Then, rinse and pat dry.
TIP: A scrub that has multi-function (anti-acne and unclogs blackheads) is a great product to use in Step 2.
Boil some water and then pour that out into a wide mouth bowl. Position your face over the bowl so the steam hits your face. The purpose of this to open pores and loosen up the dirt that’s clogging your skin.
Pat it dry.
Time for some clay. Apply a clay mask and leave it on your skin for 3-5mins. Clay masks are great for cleaning pores. They also work wonders for acne-prone skin. Depending on what type of clay mask you have, it could: absorb excess oils and toxins from the skin, it could gently exfoliate the skin, it can help stimulate circulation and so on.
After 3-5mins, you can rinse off the clay mask with warm water. Pat your face dry after.
Now it’s time to remove the dirt. Apply a generous coating of peeling mask unto your face. If you feel like you need to concentrate on your nose, leave that area for pore strip application and just go about applying the mask on the other areas of your face.
Wait for the mask to dry completely before peeling everything off. You won’t be able to see all the dirt that’s come off, especially if your peel off mask is dark, but you’ll definitely see some unclogging happening on the pore strip (if you did use one).
Rinse off the remaining bits on your face with warm water and then pat it dry.
Now that most of the dirt on your face is out, all we have to do is restore the moisture of our face by applying a moisturizing mask. Wait for 15-20mins so your skin absorbs most of the mask’s essence. Carefully pull it off after the waiting period. There should be some mask liquid left on your face. Don’t rinse it off. Instead, massage it into your face until it dries.
Step 7 – Optional
If you’re going out, you need to lock int he moisture and protect your skin. Apply a moisturizing sun screen that blocks out UVA and UVB. It also needs to have the right amount of SPF (30 and up). Don’t forget to moisturize your lips with a lip balm.
You’ve Done a DIY Facial
These 7 steps are the basics for a deep cleansing facial at home. You can actually add in a few more steps if you need to. The great thing about doing a DIY is that you can customize it any way you want. You can even make your own masks using natural ingredients found in your kitchen.
This may not give you the ultimate pampering that you need but this DIY is still focused on skincare which, if you remember, is what a facial is all about. Good luck with yours and tell us how it went!