There are times when we may feel too lazy to head out for our facial appointments and that’s totally alright! With the uncertainties caused by the pandemic and the new variants spreading, sometimes it may be safer and more comfortable to recreate a great DIY facial at home. Keep reading as we reveal the steps to giving yourself a calming, wonderful facial at home that your skin will thank you for. It’s nothing too tough, so let’s get started!
Prep Your Skin by Double Cleansing
If you imagine your skin to be a canvas, you will want to make sure that it’s a blank one to start with. That is why any facial routine should begin with cleansing. You can use an oil-based remover to gently remove makeup and impurities. Next, choose the right cleanser for your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should opt for cream-based cleansers while those with normal skin can go for foam-based ones.
Remove Dead Skin with Exfoliants
Do note that for this step, you will need to check the condition of your skin in alignment with your daily skincare routine. For example, if you’ve already done exfoliation the day before your facial, then there’s really no need to further aggravate your skin's protective lipid barrier. For a gentle exfoliation process, try chemical exfoliators that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).
Reach Out for an Off-The-Shelf Mask or Make Your Own
There are tons of masks out there that you can buy off the shelves in beauty stores, opt for one that your skin desperately needs. Those who need a rush of hydration should pick a mask with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. As for those with oily and acne-prone skin, clay-based masks or those infused with vitamin C will work wonders. If not, you can also DIY your mask using ready ingredients from your pantry.
Soften the Skin and Open Up Pores with A Steam Session
You don’t need an expensive device to dispense steam for this step. All you need is a bowl, hot water, and maybe a few slices of oranges for that natural citrus scent. While still keeping your mask on, place your head over the bowl of steamy, hot water and allow it to soften your skin and open up your pores. This will prepare you for the next round as your serums and moisturizers await to do miracles.
Glide Your Favorite Serums and Moisturizers, Then Massage
The ultimate aim of this final routine is to hydrate the skin. Pick your favorite duo of serum and moisturizer, and apply the former before the latter. If your skin allows, you can also layer your favorite combinations, starting from the thinnest to the thickest. Thereafter, it’s time for a soothing massage. You may use tools like a roller to aid you in your massage cycle. A good tip is to always stroke upwards and outwards.
It isn’t that difficult to give yourself a perfect facial at home, is it? To make the process more enjoyable, you may want to create some ambiance with your preferred set-ups. Maybe you can work with your choice of calming music, aromatherapy candles, and even a relaxing diffuser. Shower yourself with some well-deserved love!