From choosing the right products for your skin to detailed step-by-step instructions, here’s the COMPLETE guide to at home facial method for all skin types.
With all the hustle bustle coming to a stop with the corona outbreak, we’re all gloomy because of what’s happening around the world. Everything’s turned upside down in our lives. In fact, with all that’s going on, it seems even strange to still wake up and think of doing the normal beauty things we used to during the normal times.
However, to improve our moods and keep ourselves sane, self-pamper sessions are actually very important. And skincare definitely shouldn’t be the last thing on our minds. We don’t seem to have much choice but to handle things on our own. So let’s use this time as a room to maneuver a TLC session with a simple DIY facial. That’s why today, we’ve decided to write an in-depth at home facial method. Follow these steps to give yourself a facial at the comfort of your home.
Why are Facials Important?
During normal days, our skin goes through a lot that reduces its shine and causes the ageing process. Pollution, stress and mostly, sun – even when you’re indoors. A facial will hydrate your parched face, and help maintain a healthy and radiant glow.
Plump up your skin with an invigorating massage, in turn increasing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. It will also reduce stress and promote an even skin-tone, leaving you feeling truly transformed at the end of your pamper session. Quench your skin needs with a personalized at home facial that hits all the right notes of relaxation and skincare. You need just a few steps to achieve enviable healthy looking skin.
How frequently and when should you do At Home Facials?
Not sure on when and how often you gotta do it? It honestly just depends on your routine. Some variables to keep in mind will be how often you wear makeup, how often you are exposed to sunlight and pollution, what your skin type is like, what your skin condition is (acne prone, clogged, blackheads) and age. Depending on these, you could do it as frequently as once in two weeks to clear and calm your skin, if you wear light to moderate makeup. Or do it once in 2 months to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, if you don’t wear makeup at all.
A facial can be preferably done sometime after you’ve removed your makeup for the day to get the most of the facial.
At Home Facial or at Salon – What is the Difference?
I’m sure we all love our spa appointments that are brimming with all the luxury pampering. But an at home facial has its own perks as well. The most essential part of a home facial is you get to do it at the comfort of your own home and at the time that suits you. No need to wait for appointments and that’s why, it becomes even more relaxing.
With an at home facial, we can customize the combination of products to suit us, and you can choose the products you trust most. The only downside is that with professionals working on us, the proper massage has got to be something that we will miss at home. However you could always ask someone at home to help you with the massage, or just spend some extra time and simply do it yourself.
At Home Facial Method: a Quick Overview
With healthy looking skin on our minds, you can replicate an at home spa that is nothing less than an actual spa during a quarantine. A few step-by-steps to follow and you’ll be left with plump looking skin. Let’s go over them quickly before we explain each one in detail, so you know what’s coming.
Start your facial by removing makeup and giving your skin a good cleanse. Korean double cleanse is the way to go this time to max up the absorption of the great products you’re going to use.
I totally love exfoliating, it makes me feel super refreshed and leaves my skin feeling super soft. It not only removes dead skin but also helps the products penetrate better into the skin.
Swipe a cotton pad of toner to help balance the skin’s ph level and move onto steaming your face. This following step is one of the tricky ones to do, but it’s worth it.
Use an extraction tool to remove the built up pus underneath the pores, taking a step towards your skin’s hygiene. Keeping the pores in mind, dwindle them with a cooling massage increasing oxygen flow into your face.
Now that your skin is cleansed, exfoliated and also cleared out the whiteheads and blackheads, it is fully ready to mask up and lock in the benefits.
All this might seem easy but a few key points you need to keep in mind to make sure your facial will work.
Also check out: Natural Face Beauty Tips You Need to Try for Glowing Skin
Things You Need
- Facial cleanser with makeup remover
- Cotton balls
- Facial scrub
- Steam (optional)
- Extraction tool for blackhead removal
- Serum (optional)
- Hydrating lotion or moisturizer for massage
Selecting the Right Products for your At Home Facial
Choosing the right products for your skin is just as important, if not more, than actually doing the facial. The wrong products can leave your skin angry and reddened. Before you start your facial, take some time to pick out the products that are right for you. How to choose the right ones for yourself? Well, it’s a bit of hit and trial after reading reviews and doing patch tests, but here are some tips.
If you have oily skin, opt for a foaming cleanser that will help you remove the excess sebum off your face. With dry/sensitive skin, you have to be very careful with the products you choose, as it might further dry out or irritate your skin with the wrong ones.
An oil based cleanser, cream cleanser, fragrance-free cleanser or a gel cleanser will work best on this skin type. Some of the lucky ones out there who are blessed with normal skin can go ahead with any type of cleanser they like. Tough decision for combination skin peeps, a gel cleanser or light foaming cleanser will work just fine. Any cleanser that isn’t very hydrating or drying out is what you are looking for.
Choosing a gentle natural exfoliant would be the best option for all skin types. Sugar and apricot scrubs are the most popular, which suit most skin types. Exfoliating sloughs off the dead skin and polishes the skin, improving its natural texture.
Any harsh chemical exfoliants may flare up any reactions to the skin. Similarly, harsh natural scrubs are too abrasive, and can also ruin your skin over time, so avoid things like walnut scrubs.
Mask is the last step of your at home facial method. There are different types of masks you can choose from:
Peel off Mask
As you peel off the mask after it dries, it removes the top layer of impurities and dead skin along with maybe a few blackheads, making your skin taut and younger. The cooling feel that it has when you apply the mask de-stresses and calms your face. The best part of this is it also peels off some peach fuzz off your skin, resulting in a radiant glow.
A clay mask works as an excellent oil absorbent and decongests pores. It helps remove excess oils and gently clears the dirt built up on the skin leaving you with really clean skin, without making it tight.
Sheet masks have been all the rage lately, thanks to the popularity of Korean skincare routine. And honestly, they do work wonders on your skin if you use them regularly. The serums in the mask leave your skin hydrated and visibly feeling moisturized. The sheet locks the moisture and lets the products fully absorb into your skin. Sheet masks are a boon for dry skin girls.
Rubber masks are the messiest ones to apply but these masks are packed with nourishing, hydrating and cleansing and detoxifying properties to them. Their liquidity texture covers every corner and curve of the face. The mask results in soft, supply and healthy looking skin.
A brightening mask is much needed for people in humid and tropical places like Chennai, as even stepping out for a few minutes can leave you with tanned, dull and lifeless looking skin. It helps fade away any dark spots, removes dry skin and heals the unevenness in texture.
Understanding your skin, you can choose the masks that relate to you most and enjoy a fun multi masking session with crazy selfies to post. You can also read: Top Facemasks in India (Not the Coronavirus Kind): At-Home Skincare
Amount of Time to Spend on each Step
You will be doing more harm than good if you overdo a facial. Dedicating the right amount of time to each step is as important as any other in the facial treatment.
The length of every step, however, depends on your skin type. The standard amount you can scrub with gentle caressing motions can be up to 60 – 90 seconds, anything more might bruise your skin making it red and irritated.
Facial steaming can also be limited to not longer than 10 minutes to open the pores and refresh your skin. Longer minutes of steaming dilates the blood vessels, making your face red and leading to more breakouts. Though massaging feels really good and you never really want it to end. If the facial massage is done for too long, it can cause stress to your face muscles, which can result in wrinkles in the long run.
At Home Facial Method: Detailed Steps
Continue in our comfy PJ’s shall we? Let’s set the mood by lighting an aroma candle or a scented oil diffuser and dim lighting and soothing music to completely immerse yourself in the spa vibe!
Cleanse and Makeup Removal
Begin by taking off your makeup or any product residue with a micellar water, oil-based cleanser or a cleansing balm on cotton balls. Cleansing is very essential to have a clean slate to work with, for maximum punch of nourishment. Furthermore, cleansing ensures there’s no leftover dust particles on our face that may clog the pores once we open them in the next step.
Further this step, gently wash your face with a hydrating face wash to thoroughly cleanse your face. At this step you can also go over with your clarisonic/ facial brush for a deeper more cleaner cleanse.
Another step for preparing your skin to achieve the best results from your facial is to exfoliate. Rub a coin sized amount of scrub onto your face. Opt a gentle exfoliator or a natural exfoliant to avoid being excessively abrasive on your skin. Massage the scrub in upward, circular motions on all parts of your face, neck and the back of your neck, avoiding the eyes. After a few minutes of exfoliating, wash off the exfoliant and continue steaming.
A toner has oodles of benefits to our skin and we do not seem to realize it. After we’ve used so many products on our skin, the scrub tends to open the pores and this results in the skin producing extra oils. So a toner helps to restore the ph level of our skin, making it produce not too much or not too less of the required oils. It also removes any left-over grime or product that can cause breakouts.
You can add steam at this step to unclog your pores and allow the toner to benefit the skin. Although this is an optional step, it can really make a ton of difference in the overall result of your at home facial method. Steam your face for not more than 10 mins.
Take a bowl of hot water, and place your face over and away from the bowl. Steam your face with a towel over it– as hot as you can tolerate but no more. Facial steaming helps release trapped sebum and promotes collagen and elasticity in your skin. This will ease your skin and get it ready for the next steps.
Once you’ve steamed your face, the pores are fully open and the pimples and acnes have softened. Use this time to go over with an extraction tool very carefully to remove the gunk off mostly on the tip and sides of your nose, little on your forehead and under your lips. Do not forget to sterilize it before using it. Go light handed with swiping motions on your skin to get rid of the white heads and black heads, or it may cause inflammation and damage the skin.
What many miss out on in a facial is the facial serum. This tiny bottle of serum is packed with nutrition for your skin. Applying the right serum is essential as the product is concentrated with ingredients targeting specific skincare conditions. While moisturizers might stay on your skin like a barrier, a serum gets sipped right into your skin, retaining your skin’s moisture level.
Follow this with a cooling massage to shrink the pores. Slather on a good massage cream or you can also go for an aloe vera gel to start massaging your face. Aloe vera gel has beneficial properties and the open pores help it get absorbed into the skin, working its magic. A facial massage will transfer you into a Zen mode and give radiant, glowing skin at the end of your relaxing sesh.
You can use any massage tools like face roller, ice globes or jade roller to make the best of the massage. Alternative to a massage tool is to dip your fingers in a bowl of ice cubes at intervals and let your fingers work its magic. Once you’ve completed your massage, wipe off the cream with a damp towel.
Break free from your standard masks and jump onto the multi masking bandwagon. With all the beauty gurus swiping right on this trend, we ought to give it a try. Apply different masks to different areas of your face depending on its need. Try a charcoal mask on your nose to clear the pores, clay mask on the T-zone to remove excess oil, a hydrating mask under your eyes and a brightening mask for your cheeks.
Close your eyes and unwind into a sense of relaxation till the mask dries. Wipe off with a damp cloth or just wash it off, and welcome your baby smooth skin.
Some Products We Recommend from Experience
- Patanjali aloe vera gel
- Khadi aloe vera gel
- Khadi Organique rose and aloe vera gel
- Cetaphil Ultra Hydrating Lotion
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
- VLCC Dermalogica facial scrub
- Khadi organique under eye gel
- Palmers skin therapy oil
- Neutrogena Deep Clean Scrub
- Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser
- Biotique whitening, de pigmentation, and tan removal pack
- Bath and Body Works Illuminating peel off mask
- VLCC tightening facial kit
- Fresh rose polish – scrub – Rachel Talbott
- Clinique Take the Day off cleansing balm – Jeffree Star
- Bare minerals – oil obsessed total cleansing oil
- Fresh rose face mask – Rachel Talbott
- Olehenriksen Dark Spot Toner – Vogue Hilary Duff
Once you’ve tried out this at home facial method, we’re sure it will earn a place as a staple in your skincare routine. And share with us your Instagram facial selfie by tagging us @shilpaahujadotcom!
Shazia Bargathullah is a regular freelance writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is also a fashion design graduate from iNIFD. Her journey started with a keen visual eye, an interest in styling and a passion for design. She has an expertise in modest fashion and writes about makeup tips, beauty trends and runway-inspired fashion ideas. She is also the author of the blog Devil Wears Parda. For comments and feedback, please email [email protected]