6 Steps to Doing a Facial at Home
Doing a Home Facial
If you cannot afford to get a professional facial done, then you should try to do a facial at home which allows you to take time out and relax.
Prior to beginning your facial, take the following steps to get yourself prepared.
Set aside an hour of uninterrupted time so you can relax and complete the facial.
Set up a space where you can do your facial.
Ensure that everything you require for the facial in on hand.
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Using an oil based cleansers is good for anyone who has dry skin. It is also good to use an oil cleanser as the first step when doing a double cleans in the evening to help remove your makeup.
1. Cleansing & Toning
2. Steaming & Extracting
3. Facial mask
4. Facial massage
L'oréal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil
I've used this cleansing oil and you will find even after the first use that your skin feels a lot softer. You will also notice that it keeps your skin more moisturized.
Choosing a Cleansers for Your Skin Type
Before you begin your facial, you need to determine what your skin type is.
- If you have dry skin, then you should use a cream cleanser.
- If you have oily skin, then you should use a water based cleansers.
It is important that you choose the right type of cleanser because it will affect the appearance of your skin in the long run.
Items for Facial
Items for Facial
Facial Steamer / Basin of hot water
Blackhead extractors (if required)
Use a headband to keep your hair away from your face.
Stage One: Cleansing & Toning
Firstly use an oil based cleanser to remove makeup from your skin. Pour some oil into your palms and massage into your face. Remove your makeup and oil with a warm wet flannel.
Next apply a cream cleaner to your face and massage it in to your skin. Again remove the cream with a wet flannel. If you have a toner you can apply some to a cotton wool pad and gently wipe it over your face.
Once all the makeup is removed from your face, you are ready for the next step.
Next wet your face and apply a face scrub to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. Using the tips of your fingertips gentle apply the scrub onto your face using circular motions. Do this motion all over your face for 3 minutes.
Use a warm wet flannel to wipe away the excess facial scrub of your face. Give your face a final rinse with water to ensure you have washed away the face scrub.
Stage Two: Steaming & Extracting
The next stage of your facial is to carry out a facial steam. You can buy a facial steamer in any good store. A facial steamer helps to open up your pores and softens the skin to allow you to remove blackheads.
If you don't have a facial steamer use a basin filled with hot water. Place a towel over your head and put our face over the hot water for 10 minutes. The towel stops the steam escaping. Be careful to not get to close to the steam. You do not want to burn your skin.
Once your pores are opened, if you have any blackhead/whitehead, get two cotton pads and gently squeeze the blackhead out between the two. If it does not come out, stop squeezing as you will damage your skin. Continue the process till all the blackheads are removed.
If you have a blackhead/whitehead extractor tool gently press it down on top of the blackhead to remove it from your skin. If it is not working, stop and move on. Ensure you have a 20x magnifying mirror when performing this procedure as it allows you to see any blackheads on your skin close up
Always wipe the tool after each extraction to ensure no bacteria is spread around your skin. Once the extraction is completed, you need to clean your face with a toner and then apply a facial mask.
Make sure that you have sterilised your blackhead/ whitehead extractor in boiling water before you use it.
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Stage Three: Facial Mask
There are a variety of different skin masks you can use. I like to use the sheet masks and you massage in the residue left on your face when you remove it into your skin. You can get cream masks and charcoal mask as well. If you have a particular skin issue, get one to assist with this issue.
Once you have applied the facial mask to your face, leave it on for 15 minutes. Facial masks give instant hydration; they are just another method you can use to help hydrate your skin.
The face masks that have to be peeled of your skin can increase your chance of sagging skin. The masks that harden on your face that you remove with a wet flannel can again if you are not careful when removing them cause you to drag on your skin impacting elasticity.
If you have dry, oily or combination skin in different parts of your face, you can use different face masks on each area.
Store any unused masks in the fridge
Step Four: Facial Massage
Step Five: Hydrating
After you have removed your facial mask let your skin dry. Next apply a facial mist from Bodyshop or La Roche Posay.
Once this is absorbed into your skin, you need to apply a facial moisturizer to your skin. Applying a facial mist prior to applying a moisturizer allows your skin to absorb the moisturizer better.
You can buy many types of facial mist that contain vitamins and nutrients that are good for your skin. Choose one that works for your own skin type.
Choose a brand you know that has a good reputation. If you have any issues with the brand you choose, stop using it straight away.
Step Six: Moisturizing
After you have applied a facial mist, apply your night time moisturizer. Night time moisturizers are usually a thicker consistency than day time.
If you have skin issues with your skin you can use products like those from Tata Harper or Drunk Elephant. More affordable brands would be Body Shop, Jason or Glossier.
If you are looking for other skin care brands that are cruelty free, check out Peta here.
Doing facial exercises or face yoga is a good way to keep the skin on your face firm. Try to do it a few times a week and build it into part of your night-time routine. You might not see the results instantly but in the long run you are helping to keep your skin firm and youthful.
They won't make you look 10 years younger overnight but just like all types of exercises we do, it can help keep your face firm.
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