Facials are great. They make our skin shiny and let us glow. However, most professional facials cost quite a bit. Even though we love them, we may not be able to afford to go and get those procedures regularly. I’m sure many of you want to have beautiful skin every week, not just once or twice in 3 months.
However, all the costs can be avoided if you simply pamper your skin at home alone or with a friend using natural products right from your kitchen. Here is how to do a facial at home while keeping expenses low!
Also, you’ll be surprised by how much you can do with simple products that you eat.
How to Do a Facial at Home
Step 1: Wash Your Face with Ice Cold Water
My ultimate advice for you would be to wash your face with ice-cold water in between each step. Ice cold water makes pores tighter, and, in this way, closes them up.
Therefore, your skin gets to keep all the essential, natural oils that it needs to stay healthy. Additionally, it encourages blood to rush into your face and helps your skin to get that beautiful glow.
Here some of the other benefits of washing your face with cold water:
- Burns calories since your body needs to get the temperature back to normal.
- Wakes you up in the morning.
- Numbs the pain.
- Boosts your immune system.
- Helps you to improve energy levels.
Step 2: Cleanse Your Face
If you want to pamper your skin and hydrate it, you cannot do it on “dirty” skin. That’s why it’s essential to cleanse it beforehand.
Cleansing is basically a process during which you get rid of unnecessary bacteria, dust, and excess of oils on your skin. Probably the best way to cleanse your skin is by steaming it.
You can do it by boiling up some water with chamomile tea, and putting your face right in front of the steam. In order to focus all the steam on your face, you might want to cover your head with a towel.
Do it for 5-10 minutes. Whatever feels right to you and your face. However, make sure not to burn yourself. If it’s too much, then it’s too much.
Step 3: Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is very often mashed up with the cleansing step. In case you don’t feel like steaming your face, it’s not necessary to do so.
Although, it might be quite useful to those who have oilier skin than normal. That’s simply because those with dry skin, like mine, should try to keep those natural oils inside those pores instead of getting rid of them. It’s truly up to you.
Anyway, when it comes to exfoliation, there are tons and tons of ways to do it at home. Here are a few types of exfoliation that you might want to try.
a) Mechanical Exfoliation
You can exfoliate your skin mechanically quite easily. There are all types of brushes out there, some of them cost less and others – more.
You can also try rubbing a loofah into your skin to get a similar effect too. Additionally, just using a towel on your face is a type of mechanical exfoliation!
b) Natural Exfoliation
I simply love the fact that we can use so many products that we eat to exfoliate our skin. It also feels great to make your own scrub and use it on the skin.
The fact that you know what you’re putting on the face is simply magical, and I’m sure many of you can appreciate it.
Here are a few facial scrub recipes that you may want to try each time you’re having a facial at home.
Honey and Sugar Scrub
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of milk
Mix these ingredients as well as you can and rub the scrub into your skin with circular motions. You can use this mixture no matter what type of skin you have since it doesn’t contain any oil.
Sugar grains will beautiful break down dead skin cells and you’ll be able to wash them off much easier. Honey is an antioxidant that contains vitamin C, which contributes towards collagen synthesis.
It also absorbs moisture quite well which lets it hydrate your skin. After rubbing the scrub into your skin, wash it off with ice cold water and enjoy your radiant skin.
Coffee Grain Scrub
If you truly want to know how to do a facial at home, you simply must try this scrub. It’s perfect if you’re doing your facial in the morning since coffee has a strong, awakening aroma.
You won’t be sleepy anymore! Also, it’s super easy to prepare. You can simply have your morning coffee and exfoliate your face afterward with leftover grains.
You will help your skin and won’t be wasting the grains either. That’s a win-win situation! All you have to do is rub soaked grains into your face. Make sure to wash it thoroughly after the procedure!
Orange and Sugar Scrub
- 1 tablespoon of organic cane sugar
- 1-2 drops of water
- 1-2 drops of orange essential oil
Combine all the ingredients. Rub the scrub into your skin while avoiding your eyes. You don’t want to irritate them!
Afterward, wash it off with ice cold water. Once again vitamin C in orange essential oil will improve collagen synthesis while organic cane sugar will get rid of all the dead cells!
Step 4: Try a Facial Mask
The right facial mask can moisturize your skin, hydrate it and help it glow. It’s good to give your skin a bit of extra pampering since most of the time it has to deal with toxins and other chemicals in the air.
That’s mostly the reason why our skin so dry and itchy. A mask might be exactly what your skin needs to finally relax and feel at peace. Not that it can do it!
However, you know what I mean! Here are some of the natural masks you can try at home:
Greek Yoghurt and Cucumber Mask
- 1-2 tablespoons of greek yogurt
- ¼ of cucumber or less
Cut the cucumber into very small pieces so that its minerals and water can get out of it into the mask. Afterward, add greek yogurt and mix the ingredients as well as you can. You might want to mash cucumbers a bit too.
Once the mask is ready, simply put it on your face. You don’t necessarily need to put the actual cucumber pieces on your face since Greek yogurt has all the essential ingredients from cucumber in it. They’ve got into Greek yogurt while we were mixing both ingredients.
If you feel like it, play with the mask a little bit and keep it on your face for around 10-15 minutes. Just enjoy the cooling and refreshing effect that it’s giving you.
Tropical Banana Face Mask
- ¼ of a banana
- 1 tablespoon of orange juice
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Mash banana as well as you can, add one tablespoon of orange juice and honey. Mix these ingredients as well as you can since you truly want to get that one consistent texture.
Apply the mask to your face and let it sit there for around 10-15 minutes. This tropical mask works on any skin type and simply makes you feel wonderful.
The mask treats acne due to its antioxidating features (honey and orange juice), helps to tighten up your skin (vitamin C in orange and banana), hydrates it (honey) and moisturizes it (banana and honey).
Step 5: Massage Your Face
You will never know how to do a facial at home in the right way unless you learn how to massage your face. It’s simply an essential part of any pampering procedure. It offers you a way to relax and contributes towards lymphatic drainage.
A good massage can simply get rid of all the toxins by flushing them out into lymph nodes. That’s very important if you want your face to look slim and healthy.
Additionally, getting rid of toxins helps your skin cells to absorb oxygen and essential nutrients better. A massage will improve blood circulation and help your skin glow too!
All you have to do is get some of your favorite oil (coconut or olive oil) or simply water and use it to slide through your skin. Here are some of the techniques you can use to massage your face.
Facial Massage Techniques
Here is my post on how to give yourself a facial massage with gifs!
If you love to pamper your skin from time to time and would love to do it more often, I hope this article helped! Do you now know how to do a facial at home? Comment below!
If you have any advice or tips for all of us out there, share your thoughts with us! Also, there are so many natural remedies, so feel free to share your own recipes! I’m sure others would like to learn about alternatives. Now have a lovely day and take care!