It’s always nice to be able to pamper yourself, and many individuals enjoy pampering themselves with a professionally done facial. Facials are usually received at a day spa, or skin care clinic. And while an Esthetician is going to do the best job with your skin, did you know that you can give yourself a wonderful facial at home? As a trained Esthetician myself, I will share with you tips and tricks on how you can do just that. So let’s get started!
Before you start on a facial at home, it’s important to have all the products you will need to complete one successfully. In order to know what type of products you need, you must first know your skin type. Is your skin prone to breakouts? You have an oily skin type. Do you find that rather than breakouts, your biggest problem with your skin is peeling and dryness? You have a dry skin type. If you suffer from a little bit of peeling, and a little bit of oiliness, you have combination skin. Those who have combination skin usually find that their breakouts occur on their forehead, nose, and chin, with dryness and peeling being found on the cheeks.
If you have an oily skin type, you want to find products that fit your skin. A cleanser should feel light, and be able to lather. If you have dry skin, the cleanser you use should feel creamy and not be able to lather. The mask you will use should also match your skin type. A clay mask is better suited for oily skin, as an example.
To complete a facial at home, you will want to have a list of the following products available to you:
These are the basics that you want to have on hand in order to complete a facial at home.
Step One – Steam Your Face
Now we are going to go through the steps you will need to take in order to give yourself a great facial. The first thing that you want to do? Steam your face!
The reason why it is important to steam your face before diving into the meat of the facial is to make sure your pores are open and ready for the treatment. Boil some water, and then once it is off of the stove, lean your face over the bowl with a towel behind your head. If you like, you can place lemon peels, essential oils, or any other aromatherapy item in the water. Allow the water to gently steam your face for 10-15 minutes.
Step Two – Cleanse Your Face
Take your cleanser, and place a dime-sized amount on your hand. Rub this between your fingers, and then apply the cleanser to your face. Swirl it around your skin gently in a circular motion, focusing on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Do not get any cleanser on your eyelids or lips. Rinse thoroughly with water.
Step Three – Exfoliate
The third thing to do when giving yourself a facial at home is to exfoliate your skin. The simplest way to do this is to use a facial scrub. Add a nickel-sized amount to your hands, and rub gently into your skin, focusing especially on your forehead, nose, and chin. Having steamed your face beforehand will open your pores in such a way that debris, oil, and dead skin cells will be easier to scrub off.
If you do not already have a scrub, you can easily make your own at home. Simply melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil until it is a liquid consistency, and pour it over 1 cup of sugar. Feel free to add essential oil to your scrub if you like. Lemon essential oil is a wonderful choice due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
For extra exfoliation, you can use a natural chemical peel as well. Simply mix plain yogurt with chopped up bananas, and after using your scrub, apply the mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. The lactic acid in the yogurt and the potassium from the banana will help to rejuvenate your face.
Step Four – Apply Mask
Once you have exfoliated and rinsed off the scrub/chemical peel, it’s time to apply a mask to your face. Make sure, as mentioned previously, that the mask you have chosen is suitable for your skin type. Apply it liberally, but be careful to not cover your eyes, lips, or nostrils. This is especially important if you are using a clay mask, which will go on your skin creamy and then harden as it dries.
Leave the mask on your skin for 15-20 minutes. After this time is up, clean your face thoroughly. You can rinse well with water (making sure none of the mask is left), or repeat step one. Either way, be sure that your face is clean before moving on.
Step Five – Finishing Touches
Once your mask is off, your skin should feel amazing. We’re not quite done, however. Grab your moisturizer, sunscreen, and toner. I highly recommend using coconut oil as a moisturizer. To learn 10 wonderful ways you can use coconut oil, click here.
First, take your toner (otherwise known as astringent) and add a small amount to a cotton pad or folded up square of toilet paper. Wipe the toner all over your face, but be careful not to get it into your mouth or eyes. It may tingle a bit, but resist the urge to wash it off with water. Toner should stay on your skin to work its magic.
Add a dime-sized amount of moisturizer and sunscreen to your hands and rub between your fingers. Apply this to your face, rubbing in well but don’t be rough with your skin. Your face should now feel great and glow wonderfully.
Now you know how to give yourself a facial at home! But there are some things to keep in mind in order to enjoy beautiful, healthy skin:
- Once each week, follow these steps to give yourself a facial. The day you choose to complete this facial, plan to hold off on wearing makeup for the rest of the day.
- On days that you do not give yourself a facial, wash your skin morning and night one time each. After washing your face, apply toner and let it stay on your skin.
- Twice a week, exfoliate your skin. Don’t exceed twice per week, however. Over-exfoliation can cause more problems with your skin.
If you are ready to pamper yourself and get beautiful, healthy skin from the comfort of your home, follow these steps.