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How to Do a Quick Facial on Yourself

Updated on February 21, 2013
Give yourself a mini facial
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What is a Facial?

A facial is when you treat your face to a variety of processes that give your skin a nourishing deep clean by removing clogged pores and toxins. This is typically done at a spa or a salon and it will often involve a cleanser, a mask and an exfoliation treatment. Professional facials are wonderful for helping a variety of skin conditions, but not everyone has the time and money to go to the spa every week or month to get one. Luckily you can give yourself a quick facial at home that your skin will immediately thank you for.

What you Will Need for your Mini Facial:

  • A Cleanser
  • An Exfoliating scrub
  • A Deep Cleaning mask
  • A Toner
  • A Moisturizer
  • A facial steamer or some hot water
  • A towel

Step One: Start Your Facial With a Cleanser

Use a gentle cleanser on your face to wash away oil, impurities and makeup. I like to use Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, because it works really well washing away dirt and makeup and it doesn't irritate my skin. For your facial, wash your entire face: your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin and make sure you don’t forget to also wash your neck.

Step Two: Open your Pores with a Facial Steamer

Warm water will help to loosen your clogged pores and help clean your skin. If you have a facial steamer it would be best to use this on your skin. If you don’t have a facial steamer, you can boil some water and pour it into a bowl. Cover the back of your head with a towel so that the steam does not escape and then lean into the bowl so that the heat from the hot water relaxes your skin and opens your pores. Do this for approximately 5 to 8 minutes. If you don’t have the time or space to do this, you can simply soak a towel in some hot water and cover your face with it for several minutes.

Step Three: Use an Exfoliating Scrub on Your Face

Treat yourself to an exfoliating facial scrub; it will make you look more fresh, rejuvenated and your skin will be healthier. You can purchase one or you can make your own: check out my recipe to make your own homemade porridge facial scrub. Apply the scrub to your neck and face, but be careful not to go too close to the area around your eyes. Gently scrub your skin for 2 to 5 minutes, massaging the facial scrub into your skin, allowing it to remove dead skin cells and blemishes. Once you have exfoliated your face, rinse the scrub off and gently pat your skin dry. A facial scrub will help to remove blackheads and dead skin cells.

Step Four: Apply a Mask to Your Face

Place a deep cleansing mask on your face such as Formula 10-0-6Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask. Leave the mask on for approximately 10 minutes. Rinse the mask off and pat dry with some cool water to help close your pores. If you have a toner you can apply it to your face at this time. This will also calm and soothe your skin.

Step Five: Moisturize Your Face

Moisturize your face with your favorite moisturizer, but make sure that it is something gentle so that you don’t irritate your skin. Gently apply the moisturizer into your skin with your fingertips, allowing the skin to relax and feel rejuvenated. Give yourself a gentle massage as you rub the lotion into your face. After you have moisturized your face you can sit back and relax: you are done! Your mini facial is over and your skin should feel healthier and look refreshed!


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      mehnaz 4 years ago

      Very nice, easy and simple facial technique, thanks for sharing

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      TheKatsMeow 5 years ago from Canada

      @rumanasaiyed @tillsontitan thank you both for your kind words! I really appreciate it :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Not everyone goes to a salon (I agree rumanasaiyed) so you've given a nice outline of how to do a proper facial yourself! Step by step and easy to follow.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Rumana 5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Great Hub, I actually don't prefer to go to salon for facial.. So it will be quite useful to me.. Voted Up, useful!!