DIY- At home Facial

 

Did you know that you can get a spa like facial treatment with the ingredients from your kitchen?

If you have never tried it, it’s high time you consider it!
Nowadays we have serums, primers, various high end HD products in market to turn our imperfections into perfection ; but we cannot deny the fact that beautiful blemish free skin is the perfect canvas for makeup!
For maintaining youthful and blemish free skin, facial (along with proper nutrition) is a must. You don’t have to splurge your hard earned money every now and then to a spa or salon. You can do the whole process easily at your home!
So let’s get going and pamper our skin!

What are the steps of a facial?

1 . Cleansing
2 . Exfoliating
3 . Steaming
4 . Using a facial mask
5 . Moisturizing

CLEANSING

At first, remove your makeup if you have anything on. You can take off your makeup with the help of Olive oil. Just take a small cotton roll and gently wipe off the makeup. It’s cheap and convenient!
Now wash your face with a mild facial cleanser.
Currently I am using Clean and Clear foaming facial wash. It’s gentle for my skin and does not break me out.

EXFOLIATING

 
You can exfoliate with a commercial facial scrub or make your own. I prefer to use homemade scrubs.

 

Homemade solution:

Here is how you can make your own facial scrub.
Take 1 tablespoon (tbsp) of Oatmeal, mix it with warm water, add 3 teaspoon (tsp) of sugar, make a thick paste and use it as a scrub.
  • If you have sensitive skin you can skip the sugar.
  • If you have dry skin you can use 4-5 drops of olive oil into the mixture.
  • If you want to get rid of blackheads, then here is my Cinnamon scrub recipe for blackheads removal.
 

HOW TO EXFOLIATE :

 
Using your fingers, gently rub the oatmeal mixture OR your preferred facial scrub onto the face focusing mainly on the forehead, nose and chin area. Avoid the eye area as this area is very sensitive and the skin is thinner around there.

STEAMING

 
We often neglect this part considering it as a hassle. But if you want to have a fresh and blemish free skin, steaming works like a charm!
You can use a steamer OR you can fill your sink with warm water and soak a washcloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.
As for me, I generally take a bowl with hot water, lean my head towards the bowl and cover the head with a towel like the picture shown above. I also like to add a few drops of essential oil in the hot water, but it’s optional. Here is a link of essential oils used in steaming.
This process opens up the pores and takes out the oil and dirt build-up on the skin.

MASK TIME!!

 
The food ingredients which can be used in a face mask are- banana, honey, lemon juice, olive oil, buttermilk, oatmeal, avocado, apple, sour cream, yogurt, potato, cucumber, tomato, grapes, egg, gram flour.
Mask should be chosen according to your skin type. Here are some masks for different types of skin.
 
 
 

OILY SKIN- BANANA MASK

1 ripe banana
2 tbsp of honey
1 lemon or Orange
Cut the orange or lemon into little pieces and blend with the banana. Then mix it with the honey.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

DRY SKIN- YOGURT MASK

 
1 tbsp of unflavored yogurt
1 tbsp of oatmeal
Honey
Add some warm water to the oatmeal to soften it, and then add the yogurt. Finish off the mixture with few drops of honey.
 

 

 

SENSITIVE SKIN- CUCUMBER MASK




 



1 cucumber
1 tomato
and
Option A or B
 
Option A .(if skin is dry) –1 tbsp of Yogurt + Few drops of Honey
Option B . (if skin is oily)   –1 ripe banana + Few drops of lemon juice                
Blend the cucumber and tomato well.  Add option A or B combination to the mixture according to your skin.
 
 
 
 
 

MATURE SKIN- EGG MASK

 
 
 
Option A
  • 1 egg yolk,
  • 1 tsp honey,
  • Few drops of olive oil.
Beat the egg yolk well. Add the honey and olive oil.
Option B
  • 1 egg white,
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.
Beat the egg white well and add the rest of the ingredient.
  • Apply the mask of your choice on your face and neck area in thin layer.
  • Chop up cucumber in thin layer for your eyes and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash it out with lukewarm water and then rinse with cold water.
 

MOISTURIZING

No matter your skin type or the season of the year, it’s very important.
  • For oily/combination skin, I would suggest finding a lotion with little to no oil in it. An oil-free lotion will simply hydrate your skin with water-based ingredients, and help keep your natural oils at the normal level.

 

  • For normal to dry skin, look for something that uses natural oils such as olive, almond, jojoba, or avocado oils.

 

Currently, I am using Olay Beauty Fluid and Josie Maran Argan oil as my everyday moisturizer.

 

 
 





Bonus tip:

To get the total spa experience, crank up your favorite song or any relaxing music and light a scented candle! 

 
Ahh…… Heaven!
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Comments:

  1. Val Anne Welch says:

    I tried this facial and loved it! I tweaked it a little though. I used the cinnamon scrub for exfoliating and instead of wheat flour, I ised fine rice flour for a more scrubby feeling. For the moisturizing oatmeal mask, I found that if you grind the oatmeal up finely (in a food processor or coffee grinder), it spreads more evenly on your face and is way less messy. I also added a couple drops of walnut oil to it for more moisturizing power!

  2. I want to ask how often should we do all this procedure ?

  3. Hi! Great post! Quick question- If I’m using an olive oil or coconut oil mask for the mask portion of the facial, should I remove the mask with face wash before moisturizing? Thanks!

    • Hey Emily! the mask only needs 2-3 drops of oil, so I think the face shouldn’t feel that oily. But if you still find your face too oily after using the mask, then yes you can clean it up with a face wash. 🙂

  4. Amazing! Love this,thank you.

  5. Good post. I have a question. Is it okay to steam my face when I have oily skin? I’m afraid it will enlarge my pores and make it prone to acne.

    • Hello! If the skin is very oily then take 2-3 minutes of steam. It will loosen up the dead skins and dirts. If your skin is very much acne prone or there’s active breakouts, then skip the steam part.

  6. If the acne condition is severe, then you should skip the exfoliating until it gets better. If there are some minor break-outs, then just avoid the specific area and exfoliate the rest 🙂

  7. So if your having break outs, should you skip exfoliating? I sometimes get minor break outs in my check area : /

  8. Once every week or 10-12 days according to your skin sensitivity.

  9. How often should this be done?

  10. How often should this be done?

  11. The lemon/orange juice helps to diminish the excess oil of the skin, so the banana mask won't make your face oily.
    About mask for acne prone skin; try my new
    COFFEE MASK (http://www.sifascorner.com/2013/02/coffee-face-mask.html#.US7sizBSmD8)
    OR my CHOCOLATE MASK (http://www.sifascorner.com/2012/10/choco-delight.html#.US7sgTBSmD8)
    These work wonderfully for acne prone skin. I have been using these masks, and I have also given picture of my skin after using these. Try these out and let me know how it goes!

  12. Actually I tend to avoid the scrubbing part when I am having active acne on my skin. When the acne subsides, Oatmeal scrub is really gentle for the skin. I have another great recipe for at-home scrub- “Cinnamon scrub”. I have been using it for 4-5 months and I am happy to say that my acne has reduced remarkably! Here is the article about this scrub:
    http://www.sifascorner.com/2013/01/cinnamon-scrub.html#.US7rPTBSmD8

  13. 5-10 minutes depending upon the weather. I prefer shorter time in the summer and longer, if it's winter.

  14. wich mask you recommend for face with acne? isn't banana too oily? would option b from mature skin help with acne? or can you help me here hahaa :

  15. how many minutes you do the steaming (like the way you do it) ?

  16. wich homemade facial scrub is helpful for acne?

  17. No problem! You are most welcome 🙂

  18. Aaah!! Thank youuu soooo much! I have a little bit dark circles so that is awesome! I will check the link, thank u very much again.

  19. Hello!!
    Not every mask is meant to use around the eyes. The masks mentioned here are best not to use around your eyes, but I have a Coffee mask recipe in my blog which can be used around eyes, and it removes dark circles.
    Here is the link of that mask:
    http://www.sifascorner.com/2013/02/coffee-face-mask.html#.US4G7TBSmD8

  20. Thanks for this post! I am going to try it today but i have a question. Can i use the masks around my eye area or not? Thanks again.

  21. I feel so too Imani. These recipes helped me a lot!

  22. Home made facials are the absolute best! Great post, I'm always on the hunt for new recipes!
    x
    -Imani Love

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