How to Do a Facial at Home

A facial is one of important treatments in your skin care regimen. Benefits of a facial include detoxifying the skin, improving skin conditions, and promoting healthy, glowing skin. A facial should be done once a week or twice a month. Going to a salon to get a facial from a professional aesthetician can cost you a lot of money. Doing at home facial is a great alternative which also provides you an excellent result if you do it right. Here are steps and tips of home facial.

Home facialSteps of a Home Facial

– Cleanse. Remove your makeup (if you are wearing any) with a makeup remover. Then clean your face using your basic facial cleanser and rinse off with warm water to prepare the skin to the next step.

– Exfoliate. Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin. Use an exfoliator that is suitable for your skin type and condition. Gently exfoliate your skin by moving your fingers in circular motions. Focus more on your oily areas such as the nose or T-zone. Avoid exfoliating too close to the eye area as that skin is very delicate.

– Open pores. Opening the pores before putting on a facial mask allows the mask to go deeper into the pores. There are two ways to open your pores- steaming and using a warm towel. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it is better to do facial steaming. However, if your have very dry or sensitive skin, skip steaming and use a warm cloth instead.

To steam your face, fill a bowl or sink with hot water. Then put your face over it and cover up with a towel for about five minutes. To open the pores with a warm towel, simply soak a soft towel in warm water. Wring out the towel and place it over your face. Leave it on your face until it cools slightly.

If you have blackheads, you can easily remove them when your pores open. Use a sterile extractor or a blackhead strip to remove them but do not traumatize your face.

– Apply a facial mask. Apply a mask that is designed for your skin type and problems. If you want to make your pores look smaller, you can use homemade masks for enlarged pores. If your skin is dry, use a mask that hydrates your skin. Homemade masks for dry skin include honey and oatmeal mask; avocado, honey, and egg yolk mask; and cucumber mask. For acne-prone skin, use a green tea mask, strawberry mask, or salt mask. These masks for acne detoxify the skin and clear your pores.

Eyes and lips are the areas that also need a special care. After applying a facial mask, put slices of cucumber or tea bags over your eyelids to lighten dark circles under eyes. Put honey or lemon juice on you lips to remove darkness from your lips. Honey also hydrates your lips.

Leave facial, eye, and lip masks for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse off thoroughly.

– Moisturize. Right after rinsing, put on your regular moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated.

Home Facial Tips

– Skip steaming if you have rosacea or eczema. Steaming can aggravate your skin condition.

– Avoid using a mechanical exfoliant or scrub if you have acne. Scrubs irritate the skin and can make acne scarring.

– Exfoliate and apply a mask not only on your face but also on your neck area. The neck skin is very thin so it also needs a special care.

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4 Responses

  1. Rose says:

    Cool !!!!!!!!!!!! lots of useful and easy to follow tips.

  2. Kirti Keni says:

    my skin is sensitive please tell me how can I do facial at home and it has to be done how many times in a month

  3. admin says:

    @Kirti Keni, you may do a facial once every two weeks but you may have to skip the exfoliation as it may irritate your skin. If your skin is ok after doing other steps, you may try to exfoliate next time. Anyway, you should avoid a mechanical exfoliant or scrub as it is too harsh for your skin type.

  1. March 14, 2011

    […] Facials vary depending on your skin type and problem. At a salon, a skin care specialist or esthetician will determine your skin type in order to choose the right ingredients and a type of facial for your skin. At home, you also need to know your skin type in order to choose what facial product your should use and what process you should avoid. More on how to do a facial at home. […]

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