How to Give Yourself a Homemade Facial

Washing your face daily, wearing sunscreen, moisturizing, and exfoliating regularly all contribute to have young and radiant skin. However, if you want to take your healthy skin habits to the next level, then you might want to add “getting facials” to your skin to do list.

A facial is a treatment that lets you go through a multi-step skin rejuvenating process that involves cleaning, detoxifying, toning, and moisturizing your skin. The great thing about facials is that they not only benefit your skin, they can also calm your mind, body, and emotions as well. Getting a facial is so much more than a mere physical vanity trick. It’s also a way for you to relax and pamper yourself.

Facials are usually done in a spa by a licensed esthetician. However if heading to spa is a little out of your budget, consider taking a DIY approach instead. It’s really easy to perform a homemade facial, and it should take you about 45 minutes or less.

Ready to get started? Check out the step-by-step guide below:

Step 1 â€" Prepare the things that you need â€" In order to get the full relaxing effect of a DIY facial, it’s best to have everything ready before you begin. That way, you won’t have to scramble around looking for your ingredients and materials in the middle of the process. Prepare all your materials and ingredients, including towels, oils, cucumbers, tea bags, and the mask that you’re going to use.

Step 2 â€" Prep your face â€" When getting a facial, you don’t just apply the masks immediately. You need to make sure that your face is clean and exfoliated in order to achieve best results. Wash you face thoroughly with your trusted cleanser, and apply the exfoliator afterwards.

Step 3 â€" Open Up Your Pores â€" Take a warm, damp towel and put it on your face for a few minutes. This will effectively open up your pores and allow your skin to absorb the ingredients better. After removing the towel, open up your pores further with the use of steam from hot water. Take a pot, fill it with water and throw in some oils and herbs. Put the pot over some heat and bring it to a boil. After which, remove the pot from heat, drape a towel over your head and hold your face over the steam. Do this for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4 â€" Apply the mask â€" Once your pores are opened up, use a facial mask and gentry apply it to your skin. Be sure to cover your face entirely.

Step 5 â€" Put cucumbers on top your eyes â€" Lie down, and put cucumber slices on top of your eyes. This will give your eyes a nice cooling treatment and will help get rid of the dark circles under your eyes brought about by stress and lack of sleep. If you don’t have any cucumbers at home, you can also use teabags as a substitute.

Step 6 â€" Rinse â€" Once the mask has done its job, rinse your face thoroughly. Take your time while doing this and be sure to get all traces of the substance off your face.

Step 7 â€" Tone and Moisturize â€" Once you’ve washed the mask off your face, apply toner and moisturizer to your skin.

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