Getting a facial treatment regularly can do wonders for your skin. It’s one of the best ways to get rid of old skin on your face while at the same time nourishing it to pave way for the growth of a new, more supple skin layer. In addition, it also provides you with a psychological sense of wellbeing that comes from knowing you’re getting the well-deserved pampering that you need.
If you can’t afford to get professional facials every so often, don’t worry. At-home, do-it-yourself face pampering is now a thing, and skincare companies from all over the world have responded by providing beauty enthusiasts with a dazzling variety of products that they can splurge on and try. Don’t fret if you don’t know where to begin because this short guide can help you get started.
Get the Ambiance Right
In order to imbue your home with the atmosphere of a spa, you can turn down the lights, light up a few aromatherapy candles, and put on some soothing music. Trust us, it’s going to help you relax and put you in the mood for some real pampering.
Cleanse and Rinse
To begin your DIY facial treatment, pull your hair back and tie it up to a ponytail. Dampen your skin with warm water, then apply a small amount of gentle cleanser onto your palm. Work it to a lather. Afterwards, massage the cleanser on your face, slowly working from bottom to top in circular motions.
If you’re wearing makeup, you can first remove it using your trusted makeup remover, or use a natural oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. Use a coin-sized amount and massage it throughout your face. Afterwards, get rid of the makeup and oil residues by washing your face with cleanser and rinsing it with water.
Prep with Steam
Steaming can prepare your face for exfoliation by opening up your pores and softening your facial skin. This way, your face will get minimal inflammation when you use the scrub later on in your treatment.
Prepare a big ceramic bowl of hot water and infuse it with essential oils like lavender oil or tea tree oil. Get comfortable, and put your head over the bowl, taking care not to touch it or the hot water it contains. Afterwards, cover your head with a towel, allowing the steam to work on your face while you take in the pleasing aroma of the essential oils. Alternatively, you can also soak the towel into the water infusion, carefully wring it out, and then drape it over your face for a few minutes until it cools down.
Scrub Away Impurities
One of the most important parts of a DIY facial treatment is using a facial scrub. Scrubbing sloughs away dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities, allowing you to deeply cleanse your face. This process of gentle abrasion also encourages your skin to reveal a new layer of younger, softer skin.
Look for a great product that is well-suited to your skin type. You can try products offered by legacy Western brands or those offered by up and coming Asian beauty experts. For instance, Korean brand Tosowoong offers the popular Black Sugar Facial Scrub, which is known to work well on all skin types. It contains brown sugar and glycolic acid—both natural exfoliants—which effectively remove blackheads and buff dull skin surface to reveal a more radiant looking skin layer. It also contains the natural emollient sunflower seed oil to maintain the softness of the skin.
Rehydrate with a Face Mask
After scrubbing, your skin can feel extra tender, so it’s necessary to re-moisturize it with a hydrating facial mask. Ideally, the mask of your choice should also be enriched with antioxidants and vitamins so that you get the added benefit of nourishing your skin. The mask can be a liquid solution that you spread on your face and let sit for a few minutes, or it can also come in the form of a sheet mask that has been infused with a similar liquid solution and has cutouts for your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Finish Off with a Serum
The final step in your DIY facial treatment is serum application. Serums typically contain a high concentration of beneficial ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and ceramides that moisturize skin, vitamins and antioxidants that nourish skin and reduce inflammation, and peptides that help stimulate collagen production. The serum helps lock in all these valuable components so your skin can stay soft and smooth for longer.
Pampering yourself need not be complicated or expensive. With the right techniques and appropriate beauty products, you can perform a DIY facial at home without breaking the bank. Try it today!