Know more about facial and give yourself a facial at home. Will be sharing some tips here for a 'Do-it-yourself Facial Workout' for your skin.
Let's get started.
What is Facial?
A Facial is a group of skincare procedures which includes cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extraction, facial masks, and moisturizing followed by a massage.
Why should you have a facial?
Facial exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes the skin, remove toxins, blackheads and whiteheads, reduce blemishes, unclogs pores, stimulates cell renewal by shedding dead skin cells and detoxifies the skin.
When should you get your facial done?
Get your facial done once in every 4 weeks or at least once a month as your skin cells renewal takes place every 28 days and facial helps this process along providing a glowing skin.
Steps for 'Do-it-yourself Facial Workout':
Step 1: Cleansing
• Remove makeup before you cleanse.
• Cleanse your face using your everyday cleansers, face wash or cleansing soap and pat it using a clean, dry face towel.
Step 2: Steaming
Steaming your face loosens up the underlying debris and helps in extracting blackheads.
• Pour steaming water into a bowl and add essential oils or herbs to it if needed. Else just hot water is enough.
• Drape a towel over your head and steam for about 5-10 minutes and not more than that.
Myth: Steaming opens pores.
Step 3: Exfoliation
Exfoliation sheds dead skin cells from the skin's surface.
Exfoliate your skin using either a chemical, physical or a homemade exfoliant/scrub for about 5-10 minutes. Apply the scrub on your face, leave it for about 5-10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.
Step 4: Extraction
Extraction is the process of cleaning the pores by removing blackheads and whiteheads present in it.
Note: You need to know which are the ones to be extracted and when. Do not squeeze out all the pores or pop out blemishes that aren't ripe and touching your face with unclean hands while extracting. This isn't healthy for your skin. The best way to do extraction is to use a Q-tip rather than using bare hands.
Step 5: Facial Mask
Facial masks keep your skin hydrated, draws out impurities and remove excess oils.
Based on your skin type you can go for cream, clay, charcoal, gel, peel-off or sheet masks.
Or try out some homemade facial packs like Sandalwood and rosewater pack, Gram Flour pack or Fuller's Earth pack. Wear it for 10-15 minutes and remove it off.
Step 6: Toning
You can use a toner after facial mask depending on your preference or skip this step.
Step 7: Moisturizing
Moisturizing keeps your skin hydrated which gives a healthy and glowing look.
Moisturize using any moisturizing cream, lotion or face oil which you use on an everyday basis.
Step 8: Facial Massage
Massaging post-facial reduces stress, provides micro-circulation, relaxes facial muscles and keeps your skin toned. Don't be too harsh on massaging your skin. Give a gentle massage for about 5-10 minutes.
Note: Make sure you do a patch test before applying any product on your skin.
What works for others might not work for your skin.
I hope these tips will help you.
Love your skin and take good care of it the right way.
Thanks for reading!