The year 2020 has been a year of big changes and new experiences, some good and some, well...not so good. It’s been a year filled with stress on not only ourselves, but on our bank accounts. Thanks to quarantine, the thing we don’t seem to be lacking is time to ourselves. We sometimes even have too much free time alone in our house - unless, of course, you are a work-from-home parent. We feel your pain. That’s why we know that there’s no better time to pamper yourself while saving money by enjoying the perfect facial at home, and we will show you how.
The Perfect DIY Facial in 7 Simple Steps
Step 1: Cleanse Your Face
Cleansing as a first step is important in eliminating any excess dirt, makeup, and oil buildup. Micellar Cleansing Water is a great all-in-one cleanser and make-up remover. You can also take a cotton round with your favorite cleansing oil, such as argan, jojoba, or sweet almond, to gently lift and remove stubborn face and eye make-up.
But you’re not quite done yet. Taking your favorite facial cleanser, create a nice lather and gently make small circles, cleansing all areas of your face. Always generate an upwards circular motion to circumvent your skin’s natural tendency to pull downwards with gravity. You can do so by starting with your neck, working over the jawline, and up towards the forehead.
Step 2: Exfoliate Dead Skin
Once you’ve cleansed your skin of any surface debris, dirt, oil, and makeup, it’s time to exfoliate. The key to great exfoliation is a gentle exfoliant and a gentle hand. If you choose a product with physical exfoliators or granules, be sure that they are not too large or abrasive for your skin. If the granules are large and sharp, they can cause micro-abrasions on the surface of your skin. Give one of these great DIY Face Scrubs a try and discover the perfect scrub for your skin type.
Step 3: Open Up Your Pores
Once you’ve exfoliated and gently polished away any dead skin, it’s time to open up your pores via face steaming. Water shouldn’t be too hot, as this is harsh on delicate facial skin and can result in adverse negative effects on your skin, such as irritation and sensitivity. If you don’t have a facial steamer, simply boil filtered water and place it in a large bowl. Wait a couple minutes to let it cool slightly, and then slowly lower your head near the bowl for a refreshing and steamy sensation. It’s important not to get too close too fast, in case the water is too hot. The steam should feel warm and comfortable. Steam for anywhere up to 10 minutes.
Shhhh...you can also cheat this step by taking a warm washcloth and laying it over your face and jawline for several minutes. However, it’s important to make sure the washcloth is clean and free of any harsh detergents or fragrances. Since your pores are open, your skin will highly absorb anything that may be present on the washcloth.
Step 4: Apply A Face Mask
When it comes to face masks, there are endless possibilities. From sheet masks, to clay masks, mud masks, gel masks, peel-off masks, cream masks, and everything in between. Check out any one of these DIY Papaya Face Mask Recipes perfect for oily or acne-prone skin and great for anti-aging and treating dark spots. Make sure to let your skin soak up all the amazing benefits of the mask for at least 10-15 minutes.
Step 5: Apply An Eye Mask
The eye mask is the cherry on top of the perfect facial. While letting your face mask set for 15 minutes, grab your favorite eye mask to help you sit back and relax. The EyeChill cold therapy eye mask gives you a refreshingly cool sensation and helps reduce dark under-eye circles, fine-lines and wrinkles, and eye puffiness. Even better yet, the EyeChill provides the perfect fit by blocking out light and targeting the nerves behind the eyes, which are frequently the cause of headaches and migraines. And don't worry if you get a bit of mask on the EyeChill, it is easy to clean and dishwasher safe!
Step 6: Apply A Facial Serum
After you let you face mask and eye mask set for 15 minutes. Rinse off your face mask thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Cleansing would not be complete without proper hydration. Vitamin C has great brightening effects, while Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, and Retinols are great for anti-aging. If you are new to retinoids, make sure you choose a serum with 1% retinol or consider diluting a highly-concentrated retinol serum with a moisturizer. Retinols of 2-2.5% can cause irritation and chemical burns if your skin is not used to them.
Step 7: Apply Day/Night Cream
Finally, top off the perfect facial with a day or night cream. If you are doing your facial before bedtime, applying a night cream will give you a great overnight hydration boost. For daytime facials, a light daily moisturizer with SPF will give you the hydration and protection you need to go about your day looking flawless and feeling fearless!
Authored by Lindsay Bownik