Skip the spa and treat yourself to a facial at home! With just a few products and ingredients that you can find in your own home, you can give yourself a professional facial at home that will make you feel and look more youthful and refreshed.
How to Begin
You will want to gather everything together before you begin so that you can be fully relaxed as you prepare for your facial. Start off by trying to find a quieter area of your house (this is especially important if you have children or live in a noisy apartment complex) so that you can become as calm and comfortable as possible.
Next, gather together the following tools:
- Two large bowls of warm water
- 2 facial clothes or sponges
- A headband to hold back your hair
- A warm towel or two
- A timer
- Cotton ball or pads
- Two cucumber slices
Tie back your hair and fasten either a headband or a towel around it so that your hair is fully protected. You may also want to change into a robe or loose, comfortable clothing prior to giving yourself a facial.
Check Out your Skin
Use your cleanser to completely remove all traces of makeup and oil from your face. Use a gentle, sweeping movement to spread the product in an upwards motion, from the chin to the jaw line, to the cheeks, base of the nose, your temples and up to your forehead. Working in an upwards motion will help increase the blood flow in your face, which in turn helps it appear more youthful and rejuvenated.
When your skin has been thoroughly cleansed, remove the cleanser by rinsing it or using some cleansing sponges. Inspect your skin closely. What type of skin do you have? If you have oily skin, then you do not need to massage your skin nearly as much than if you have dry skin. Acne prone skin also tends to not need a lot of massaging.
Time to Steam
Dip one of the facial towels into a bowl or warm water, and the place it over your face. Lie down or sit back and focus on relaxing for those 5 to 10 minutes. Steaming helps open up your pores so that you can more easily remove oil, blackheads, makeup, and all other types of dirt that can cause our skin to break out and age prematurely.
With your fingers, massage your skin in a circular motion, moving from the bottom of you face (the chin and lower jaw) to the top of your face (right up to your hairline). Do this for 3 to 5 minutes.
TIP: You can use a massage cream or oil, or you can simply use some olive oil that you may have in your kitchen. If you do use a cream or oil, be sure to rinse your face thoroughly afterwards.
The Finishing Touches
You can choose to use a mask on your face. If you do this, after applying the mask, apply the cucumber slices to your eyes to help make them less puffy and swollen in appearance. Relax for 15 minutes, remove the mask, and then tone your face with astringent and apply a quality moisturizer to your skin.