Do you love that refreshed, glowing feeling you get after a professional spa facial?
If you do, but don’t have, or don’t want to spend, the $75 – $150 they usually cost, then a DIY facial is perfect for you.
It takes a little preparation, a few well-chosen purchases and some time. But we think you’ll agree, that the results make it well worth the effort. Plus you have the advantage of being able to indulge as often as you want!
So, here’s how it’s done.
Read on for our ultimate guide to DIY facials.
DIY Facial 101: Where to Begin
Just like a spa facial, a DIY facial comprises several steps. We’ll guide you through them one by one, but in short, they are:
- Clay mask
- Hydrating mask
Before settling yourself down to begin, make sure you have these items on hand:
- Oil (jojoba or coconut are good choices)
- Exfoliant – this can also be homemade
- Face masks – both clay and moisturizing
- Moisturizing cream
Once you have all these items, and access to steam, you’re ready to begin!
The first thing to do is to remove anything currently lying on the surface of the skin. That means makeup, along with any impurities.
To make sure that all parts of your face fully benefit from the treatment, pin or pull back your hair so that it’s completely off your face.
Next, use a natural oil, such as jojoba or coconut, to gently remove all vestiges of makeup you are wearing.
Finally, wash your face thoroughly in lukewarm water with a gentle cleanser.
Following the directions on the exfoliant you are using or using a homemade exfoliant, gently allow it to do its work.
Your goal is to cleanse the pores and remove dead skin cells. If you go too hard, you could end up irritating the skin and having a red face, and nobody wants that. The key is to be gentle but effective.
You could also use a skin scrubber to do the same job – learn more first about whether the one you have is suitable for facial exfoliation.
This step is not essential, but it’s energizing, refreshing and a great stress reliever. If you can include it, you’ll really feel the benefit.
If you’ve got a home facial steamer, then great. If not, a bowl of boiling water and a towel to drape over your head will create the same effect. Keep a few inches away from the water to avoid scalding your skin.
Allow yourself about ten minutes of steam for the best results.
Now it’s time to apply the crucial purifying part of the facial – the clay mask.
To make this ultra-affordable, why not see if you can snag a freebie online? There are lots of sites out there offering free samples for a few minutes of your time.
If you get one with the right ingredients, this can be a truly deep clean for your skin. Experts recommend looking for ingredients such as glycolic and retinol, which are chemical exfoliants.
They also recommend using peptides and antioxidants, such as vitamin C.
These ingredients will be actively absorbed by the skin and get to work on removing all the junk that modern life throws at it. Closely follow the instructions on the pack regarding application and how long to leave it on for – 15 minutes is average.
Once the time is up, remove it with a hot washcloth and make sure that all vestiges are gone before moving onto the next step.
To really take your facial to epic spa proportions, you’re going to need a second mask.
This time the focus is hydrating. A clay mask can be quite drying if it’s not followed up by some serious moisturization. A hydrating facial mask is stage one.
This may be an at home facials, but give yourself time to sit back, relax and let the face pack do its work. Put a couple of cucumber slices on your eyes if you want that total spa feel. Relaxing music on your phone – you get the picture.
As with the clay mask, thoroughly remove once it’s done. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
Moisturize and Massage
The final stage is to apply moisturizing cream.
This will help the benefits of all of that cleansing and hydrating to stay with your skin throughout the day. It’s crucial that you complete this step before you apply your makeup.
This is also an opportunity for a relaxing facial massage.
While moisturizing, massage the face and neck in different directions. This will stimulate the blood flow to the skin and promote radiance. There is a range of techniques you can try, but allow yourself several minutes to thoroughly massage the whole face and neck.
Once you have finished your massage, take a look in the mirror. Your DIY facial is now complete, and you should see a brighter, cleaner, and more refreshed looking you staring back!
Word to the Wise: Can I Self-Treat Blackheads?
One of the benefits of a professional spa facial is that they will dig out any blemishes and blackheads.
Unfortunately, that’s a no-no in a home facial. The reason is, it’s just too easy to introduce infection. Then you’ll have a far worse problem than you started with.
Be content that exfoliation, cleansing and the clay mask will work their magic and draw out impurities, helping to reduce further outbreaks.
The Key Takeaways For a DIY Facial
A DIY facial is not only an awesome way to save big bucks. It’s also a gift that keeps on giving. Most of the products and tools you buy you can use several times, meaning that you can experience the benefits again and again.
No need to make appointments, wait around and travel. You can do it when you want, and where you want. What’s not to love?
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