Unfortunately, for most of us, a weekly professional skin treatment is out of the question. Busy schedules, tight budgets and a host of other mundane little issues get in the way of pampering and luxury. Luckily, however, it’s not necessary to keep a beautician on call in order to maintain that gorgeous complexion. In fact, you can supplement your sporadic salon visits very effectively on your own with a regular, at-home skincare routine. To help in this area, I’ve put together a list of 8 basic steps to a fab DIY facial; give it a try.
1. Prepare Your Hair
If you have long hair, prepare for your facial by tying it back in a plait or pony tail and using a wide head band to keep your fringe out of eyes. This might sound like a pretty obvious instruction but it’s one that makes the whole business much easier to manage.
2. Boil the Kettle
Before you start with the initial skin treatment, it’s a good idea to get the kettle boiling so that there is plenty of hot water available when you need it. You might want to set out some ‘equipment’ as well: place a big, wide mouthed bowl on top of a towel (this will be your make shift facial sauna), and organise all the products you’re planning to use so they’ll be accessible when you want them.
3. Open Your Pores
Soak a small, light towel or face cloth in warm water. Ring out the excess so that it’s not dripping wet and place it over your face for a couple of minutes. The heat should gently encourage your pores to open up facilitating a really deep, initial cleanse.
Using your favourite cleanser, gently wash your face. Remember to massage in slow circles in order to stimulate circulation, and to use warm, but never hot, water. Repeat the process a second time if you feel it’s necessary.
5. Gently Exfoliate
Using a good exfoliator gently buff away dead skin cells and product build up. Remember to opt for a brand with small, soft granules, and never to rub too vigorously as this can damage your skin.
By now the kettle should have boiled; pour the hot water into the wide-mouthed basin and sprinkle in a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Hold your face over the basin and cover your head with a towel. Maintain the position for a few minutes.
By now, your pores should be open and primed to receive all the nutrients that a good mask will give them. Choose yours to suit your skin type, and, if you’ve run out of store-bought product, you can make your own with items you’ll definitely find in your kitchen. Rinse with warm water after about fifteen minutes.
8. Tone and Moisturise
Once you’ve eliminated all traces of the mask from your face, apply a good, alcohol-free toner to your skin; this should close up your pores and ‘finish off’ the treatment. Conclude with a moisturiser.
An at-home skin care session is a convenient, cost-effective solution to a tight budget and a busy schedule. It might not be quite as luxurious as the salon equivalent, but if you stick to a weekly routine, it will certainly help to keep your face looking fab between visits to the beautician. Hopefully my list of 8 steps to a DIY facial has inspired you to try out your own treatment; do you have any suggestions to add to it?
Top Photo Credit: by Koey