Whatever occasion it is – farewell, birthdays, weddings… or just a skincare reminder, I enjoy pampering my skin with a DIY facial at home with natural ingredients.
Without wasting any time, here’s a step-by-step on how I do my face spa at home using homemade ingredients I already have in my kitchen.
Step 1: Cleanse
What exactly is cleansing?
Every day, we wash our face, but do we clean it properly?
Cleaning refers to removing oil, makeup, and impurities from the face.
Before starting the facial, wash your face so that you are prepped up for the next step because you don’t want your scrub or mask to mix with the dirt and debris.
Alternatively, if you have your favorite face wash, feel free to use it. When you apply the face wash, make sure your face is damp. For 2-3 minutes, rub your skin in circular motions, and then wash it off.
If you are using milk like me, let it soak for two minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation involves removing dead skin cells from your skin.
Lack of moisture, dust and improper skincare routine result in dry, flaky skin on the face. If you’re trying to get rid of dead skin and acne, scrubbing your face twice a week is a great idea.
You can exfoliate your skin by following these steps:
- Take a half lemon and two spoons of sugar.
- Mix it well, apply it especially to your T-zone, and rub it gently for 2-3 minutes.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Pat dry with a towel.
To make this recipe without any of the ingredients mentioned above, you can also use oatmeal mixed with honey. An exfoliator you already have will work fine too.
Step 3: Steaming
Steaming is an essential part of facial treatment.
Why is it needed? During a facial spa at home, steam opens up your pores. Your pores will be opened, allowing dirt to be washed out faster. Moreover, steam improves the circulation of blood in the body, which results in glowing skin. It prepares your skin for the next step so that you can easily remove the impurities that have stuck.
When you prepare your skin with steam, you will be able to apply the masks and creams more effectively.
To steam your face, you need a steamer at home. I bet most of us bought it during Coronavirus, so let’s make use of it in another way. Follow these steps:
- Switch on your steamer and fill it with water.
- Position your face as soon as the vapor appears.
If you don’t have a steamer, you can still steam your face with warm water – dip a clean cloth in warm water. Using a small towel or cloth, soak up the water and squeeze it out. Put it on your face and let your skin absorb the goodness of the steam.
If you still think this process will not work for you, take a big bowl and fill it with warm water. Put your face above it at a distance of five to six inches, and your skin will absorb the steam. Cover your head with a towel to prevent the steam from blowing away. Take it for about five to ten minutes.
Step 4: A Good Massage
With this step, you will provide your skin with the nutrients it requires in addition to the massage.
Relaxing your face with a massage and infusing it with nutrients will make your skin glow.
You’ll need a face massage cream for this, but don’t worry if you don’t have one (like me)! We can easily create one.
We will need one-two spoons of fresh milk cream and a pinch of turmeric powder. If you don’t have cream, you can also use curd or yogurt. Use it on every inch of your face. Start massaging with wet fingers.
- Start by massaging your cheeks in circular motions with your fingers for 1-2 minutes.
- Move towards your nasal area. Massage it with your ring and middle finger.
- After massaging your nose, massage your forehead in gentle strokes and motions.
- The next part of your face is your jawline and the sides of your eyes. By massaging it, you’ll also relieve your stress from the day.
- Now you have covered your entire face one by one. Massage your face area one by one means giving it individual attention. You will have better results.
- It is important to massage circular motions and for one to two minutes at a time. Slowly and nicely is the way to go here. It will take you most of your time and effort, but it will be worth it in the end.
- After 5-15 minutes, wipe off the cream with a clean, wet cloth. You can also use water in your bathroom, but a cloth will work better for this step.
Step 5: Mask it!
Masking is something we all enjoy, right? Our weekly face mask application is a staple, even if we do not have the time to schedule a facial.
Face packs provide all-in-one therapy. Besides cleansing, moisturizing, and hydrating, it will also make your skin glowing.
A face mask or pack contains a blend of ingredients enriched with nutrients for your skin. Different types of skin require different ingredients.
- Start by taking a good amount of a face pack and applying it directly to the face, avoiding the eyes.
- If you don’t have one, mix coffee powder with honey in equal quantities and apply.
- After rubbing it for 1-2 minutes in a circular motion, let it rest for 15 minutes.
- After the face gets dry, you can wash it.
Face masks are essential for restoring hydration. You may substitute the following alternatives for the above ingredients if they’re not available: 1 tablespoon of yogurt or curd, 1 tablespoon of gram flour, and a few drops of rosewater. Combine them, and you have a mask. Milk is another alternative to curd. You can use milk the same way I did.
Step 6: Tone and Moisturize
The final step includes applying toner and moisturizer. To balance out your skin, toning is important. It restores the PH of your skin. Moreover, toner will also balance out the products we just applied.
Pour some rose water on a cotton pad and apply nicely. You can also use your regular toner if you don’t feel like going on with rose water. Both will work the same way.
Finally, moisturizing is the last step. All you need is a few squirts of fresh aloe vera gel, warm it between your fingers, and apply it to your face.
Benefits of DIY at Home Facial with Natural Ingredients
Based on how the facials are done, the ingredients used, and your skin type, natural facial at home may offer various benefits. An effective skincare routine should include facials that provide the following benefits:
- Soothes itchy or painful skin
- Revitalizes dull skin
- Restores skin moisture
- Controls acne
- Improves the appearance of scars
- Fewer side effects compared to salon products
What to Keep in Mind
- Using steam on the skin can cause skin burns if you are not careful.
- Before using any new product or homemade recipe, it is advisable to carry out a patch test on a small area of your skin.
- Don’t rub your skin too hard while massaging.
Over to you
In this DIY facial at home, you follow the same process as what is found in salons, except that you use natural products that benefit your skin, and they are readily available. The results are also similar. Your skin will be nourished and glowing afterward. Within a few treatments, you’ll be able to see a marked improvement, and your wallet will thank you too.
This DIY recipe was contributed by Aparna Das.