How to treat yourself to at-home facials
Facials are a great way to pamper yourself and give your skin a fresh, young glow to it. But you do not have to spend a fortune at a spa for this luxury. At-home facials are easy to do, cost less than the spa, and are a great way to pamper yourself right at home without worrying about fighting the crowds and traffic. Following the basic steps and choosing the right mask will have you feeling relaxed and fresh faced in no time.
Basics of at-home facials
Before you get started pampering yourself, arrange your supplies, pull your hair back and put on some relaxing music.
At-home facials supplies:
- Pot of steaming water or face steamer (optional)
- Facial cleanser
- Facial exfoliator
- Facial mask
- Facial moisturiser
- Wet tea bags or cucumber slices
- Cleanse your face – Remove all makeup and using warm water, clean your face and apply a facial cleanser.
- Exfoliate – Using a facial exfoliator, exfoliate the face and neck.
- Rinse – Use warm water to rinse face clean.
- Open your pores – Use a facial steamer or place your face over a pot of boiling water. Another easy pore opener is to place a damp, warm towel over your face for a few minutes.
- Apply your mask – Use your favourite mask or create one yourself and apply all over the face and neck. Be careful around the eyes.
- Pamper your eyes – Place damp tea bags or cucumber slices on the eyes.
- Enjoy - Lay back and relax for ten minutes so your mask can do its job.
- Rinse – Use lukewarm water and a washcloth to wipe the mask gently off your face. Double check the hairline and around the nose to make sure nothing is left behind.
- Moisturise – Massage your favourite moisturiser into your face and neck.
Make your own at-home facials masks
You do not need to go out and spend a fortune buying a mask to do at home, everything you need is likely already in your kitchen. Here are two easy home facial masks that work for all skin types.
Papaya is perfect for exfoliation, smoothing skin, repairing sun damage and diminishing age spots. To use, remove seeds, pulp, and rub the inside of the peel on your clean face. Let it dry 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Oatmeal, honey olive oil
Oatmeal exfoliates the skin whilst the olive oil and honey moisturise it. Add a small amount of hot water to plain oatmeal to form a thick paste. Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil to the mix. Gently rub it into your skin and let set a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Do it with a Friend
Next time you need a facial, skip the spa and invite a friend over for a little pampering. At home facials are the perfect way to spend time with a mate and catch up on gossip whilst you both pamper your skin like professionals. You can save even more money by making your own facial masks with things you already have in the home.