Simple steps for a DIY home made facial using natural ingredients. Get glowing skin in minutes, spending only a few pennies. Suitable for all skin types.
Salon and spa facials, although give great results often end up burning a hole in one's pocket. Sometimes, there may certain ingredients used that may cause harm to the skin. Spas that claim to be all-natural happen to use preservatives in their face packs and other topical applications that may not agree with your skin. Doing a facial at home can not only save you money but is skin friendly when done right. Follow these simple steps to have glowing skin in minutes!
1) The first step is to scrub your skin to remove dead cells and blackheads. To make a simple face scrub that is suitable for all skin types, mix a teaspoon of chickpea flour (available at Indian stores and also goes by the name ‘besan’) with milk to form a paste and gently massage your face with it, concentrating on rough spots like the tip of the nose and forehead. Do this for a minute and rinse well with water.
In case chickpea flour is unavailable or you happen to be allergic to it, replace it with rice flour or oatmeal. An alternative is to use a scrub made by mixing equal proportions of honey and table salt. Make sure you use it on a dry face else the water will both dilute the honey and dissolve the salt.
2) Now that your face is free from dead cells and most blackheads, it is time to open the pores by steaming. Fill a facial steamer with water, set it on ‘moderate’ and steam for face for exactly two minutes. In case you don’t have a steamer, boil water in a pot, take it off the heat and let the steam reach your face. A towel can be wrapped over the head to ensure the steam doesn’t escape.
3) The next step is to cleanse the face using a gentle cleanser. This could be a soap-free trusty cleanser that has given you great results over the years or simply a cotton swab soaked in milk, swiped gently all over the face and neck. Rinse well with water.
4) This step is optional and is to be done only if you still notice blackheads on your nose after scrubbing and cleansing. Here’s a recipe for home made blackhead removing pore strip - Mix a teaspoon of gelatine with two teaspoons of milk. Microwave this mixture for 10 seconds. Once it has cooled down to a tolerable temperature, apply a medium-thick layer over your nose, covering the corners where blackheads usually thrive. When dry, peel it off slowly and gently. Do not apply a very thin layer as it is impossible to peel off. Rinse well with water.
5) Optional massage step: Use any massage/ cold cream of your choice to give yourself a face and neck massage. Milk cream or olive oil could be used for severely dry skin. Massage for 5-10 minutes using upward strokes from neck to chin, circular upward movement on cheeks, feathered out movement for forehead and simple upward stroke for the nose. Remember to never use downward strokes for any part of your face. Massage is an essential step for mature skin and can be skipped for younger skin.
6) Face pack application is done next. There are a plethora of face packs available and you can choose any that suits your skin type. If you want to experiment with a homemade face pack, try the following recipes:
Dry skin: Mashed avocado pulp and milk cream
Normal skin: Mashed banana and papaya pulp
Oily skin: Strawberry puree with fullers’ earth or gram flour
Mature skin: Egg white and tomato juice
Tan removal: Lemon juice, tomato juice with gram flour
The above ingredients can be applied directly or mixed with gram flour/oat meal/fullers’ earth to get paste like consistency. Fullers’ earth is of great help to reduce oil from skin and is best avoided by those with dry skin.
Apply the face pack to face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for atleast 20 minutes or until dry and wash off with water. Pat dry with a soft towel. In case your skin feels dry, use a good moisturiser.
This completes the DIY facial.