Read on to learn a simple, yet effective facial routine that you can easily do at home
Most people think of a facial as a treatment that can only be done at a spa or salon. But getting a facial is actually an easy activity that can be done at home. Getting a facial is not just about slapping on a face mask—you can actually treat your skin concerns using the correct chronological order, ingredients, and technique. Fortunately, you can perform an at-home facial with the help of professional products and tools that you can purchase online or at a store.
While different skin types need a specialised skin care routine of their own, there are a few common facial steps that work universally for all skincare concerns. Follow these six home remedies for glowing skin:
Cleanse: The first and foremost part of your facial steps should be cleansing. Without proper cleansing, no amount of skincare will work. We suggest double-cleansing: First, use an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, pollution, and excess sebum from your pores. Then use a water-based cleanser to remove grime and sweat.
- Steam: One of the most important facial steps is steaming. You can make a makeshift steamer by hovering over a bowl of hot water and covering your head with a towel from all sides. You can also buy a face steamer to make this process easy. Make sure that your face is at least seven to 10 inches away from the water and the temperature is not too hot or you will risk burning your face with latent heat. Remember to not overdo steaming or you will dehydrate your skin. Steaming loosens the layer of dead skin and opens up your pores, which make it an important tip for glowing skin.
- Exfoliate: After steaming, it's time for exfoliation. Exfoliation removes the dead cells and enables better penetration of moisturisers and serums. There are several exfoliation methods. Use according to your skin type when doing an at-home facial.
- Exfoliate using mind face scrubs once a week, this is suitable for dry to combination skin types.
- Salicylic based face washes, work particularly well for combination to oily or acne prone skin.
- You can also use physical exfoliators like homemade sugar and honey scrubs. Even if you think your skin is clean, you must include exfoliation in your at-home facial routine. Some people, on the other hand, make the mistake of over-exfoliating, which can damage the lipid barrier and cause scarring.
Face Mask: Next, it’s time to apply a face mask. This is now the time to treat a skin concern—be it acne, dryness, or pigmentation.
- If you have oily skin then use clay-based masks.
- If you suffer from dryness then use masks that have ingredients like vitamin E, vitamin B5, or hyaluronic acid. You could just use your serums or creams as a replacement to masks here, incase you are on a budget.
- Extensive research at Research Gate has shown that DIY facemasks or herbal face masks have rejuvenating properties that maintain the elasticity of the skin.
- To fight pigmentation, make a homemade mask using toned milk and red lentil powder. The antioxidants in red lentils and the mild lactic acid in milk is capable of treating common cases of melasma and sun damage.
- Massage: One of the most relaxing and rejuvenating at-home facial steps is a massage. Tools like HOB Ice Globes have revolutionised the way people can give themselves massages. The HOB Ice Globes remove puffiness, increase blood circulation and skin oxygenation, and temporarily reduce pores. Its regular use has also been helpful in soothing sinus pain, muscle tension, and headaches. For best results, keep the HOB Ice Globes in the beauty fridge or cold water for 10 minutes before the massage.
Tone and moisturise: Toning and moisturising is one of the last, but not least, at-home facial steps. Toners tighten the pores and maintain the skin’s pH, while moisturisers lock in hydration and provide nourishment to the skin. Avoid toners that have alcohol as it has a drying effect. It is best to use toners that further aid the absorption of moisturisers. One such toner is the House of Beauty Tea Tree + Avocado Toner. You can finish your facial with a moisture-replenishing serum such as House of Beauty Hyaluronic Serum. According to experts, toning and moisturising should be a part of your daily skincare regime as well.
Additionally, if you are in the mood to splurge on skin care products then invest in House of Beauty 7 LED Photon Face Shield, which employs the scientifically-proven power of LED Light Therapy. Light therapy gives you several benefits such as balancing pigmentation, improving lymph metabolism, and stimulating collagen production. You can use the House of Beauty 7 LED Photon Face Shield one to two times a week after toning and moisturising. With these uncomplicated at-home facial steps, you will not require another salon or spa visit.