How to Prepare Yourself for a Homemade Facial

How to Prepare Yourself for a Homemade Facial

Paying for a store-bought facial mask will be a thing of the past when you read this Buzzle post. Learn how to prepare yourself for a homemade facial from the following step-by-step guidelines.
Just because you feel like getting a facial done, doesn't mean you will always have enough time for it. Plus, visiting a salon doesn't come cheap and can leave you feel disheartened nonetheless. So, what do we do at such a point?

It's quite simple, actually. Preparing a homemade facial is the perfect way to get a facial done anytime of the time. All you need are the necessary items, a step-by-step guide, and a few recipes to help things move along.

Gather All the Essential Items

Remember that while giving yourself a facial at home, you need to keep all the required things organized before you begin. This way, you won't have interrupt your session and go look for the items.

Clean towels
You need soft, clean towels to gently pat your skin dry after every step in the facial. Keep some clean towels near you while you begin the facial.

Cotton balls
While removing the scrub and applying the mask, it is better to use cotton balls that won't feel harsh on your skin.

Fresh and clean water
You will need water to clean off the scrub and mask. Keep plenty of lukewarm water at hand while preparing for the facial.

Cleansing lotion
You can use your cleansing lotion or prepare a mixture of 2 tbsp. of yogurt and 1½ tbsp. lemon juice.

Skin-toner
Rose water is a very effective toner. In case you have some other branded toner that you regularly use, you can use that for sure.

Exfoliating scrub
Exfoliation is an important step in any skin care treatment. Use coarsely grounded chickpea flour or oats as a homemade scrub. In case you have any other scrub like an apricot or walnut scrub at home.

Face moisturizer
Moisturizing your skin is of utmost importance. You your regular moisturizer or prepare one on your own by mixing 2 - 3 tbsp. mashed avocado, 1 tbsp. honey, and some fresh cream.

Steamer
Steaming your face opens up the pores and helps to clear the dust and dirt in the pore. In case you don't have one at home, just boil some water in a pot and use that to get the job done.

Face mask
A homemade mask should be prepared in advance and kept at the table before you begin. Ideas for homemade face masks are given in later part of this article.

Step-by-step Process

Once you have gathered all the necessary items required for a facial, we will go over the actual steps. Keep in mind that you need follow each and every step (please, don't skip any of these steps).

1. Cleansing
First of all, clean your face by splashing lukewarm water; pat it dry. Next, you will apply a cleansing lotion with a few cotton balls. Make sure you cleanse your face with adequate pressure and clean the area behind your ears, neck, and shoulders. Now, take a fresh cotton ball and wipe the cleansing lotion off your face. Splash some lukewarm water on your face and pat it dry to complete the cleansing process.

2. Exfoliation
Keep your face over the steamer for 10 minutes. This helps open the pores on your face. Once you are done, gently massage a small amount of exfoliating scrub all over your face, neck, and shoulders. This helps remove blackheads, dead skin, and dirt off your face. Once done, use a few clean cotton balls to remove the scrub off your face. Splash lukewarm water on your face to clean it properly and pat it dry with a clean, soft towel.

3. Face Mask
Apply a facial mask on your face, neck, and shoulders with an application brush or your fingertips. Place cucumber slices on your eyelids and rest for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the mask is completely dry.

4. Toning
Clean your face, neck, and shoulders with cool water. If need be, use cotton balls to remove the mask completely. Soak a clean cotton ball in rose water and wipe the areas you had applied the mask on properly.

5. Moisturizing
Gently massage a good quality moisturizer that suits your skin type all over your face, neck, and shoulders. Keep on massaging for at least 4 to 6 minutes, and add more quantity of moisturizer if needed. Once you're done, remove excess moisturizer with a few clean cotton balls.

Recipes to Try

If you want to feel rejuvenated and nourish your skin at the same time, here are a few recipes you can try making and applying from the comforts of your home.

Refreshing Honey Lemon Mask

Ingredients
  • Yogurt, fresh, 1 cup
  • Chickpea flour, ⅓ cup
  • Honey, 2 tbsp.
  • Glycerin, 2 tbsp.
  • Lemon juice, ½ tbsp.
Benefits: The lemon juice and honey cleanse your skin, and the glycerin and yogurt moisturize to refresh your skin.
Preparation: Whisk honey, yogurt, and glycerin together to form a smooth mixture. Add the flour and whisk again until you have a thick paste.

Application: Apply the paste on your face, neck, shoulders, and hands. Keep it on for fifteen minutes and rinse with cool water.

Anti-tan Tomato Facial

Ingredients
  • Oatmeal powder, 1 cup
  • Yogurt, fresh, 2 tbsp.
  • Cucumber juice, 1 tbsp.
  • Tomato juice, 1
  • Mint leaves, ¾
Benefits: The tomato juice helps reduce the tan and the mint refreshes your skin. The oatmeal, yogurt, and cucumber have a soothing and cool effect on the skin.
Preparation: Remove the seeds and skin of the tomato, mash it to get the juice. In a bowl, add the cucumber juice, crushed mint leaves, and oatmeal powder with the juice to prepare a smooth paste.

Application: If you have oily skin, do this facial at home. Apply the paste on the face, neck, shoulders, and hands. Keep it on for 15 - 20 minutes, and rinse it off with cool water.

Moisturizing Sandalwood Mask

Ingredients
  • Sandalwood powder, 3½ tbsp.
  • Whole milk, 1 tbsp.
  • Rose water, 1 tbsp.
  • Turmeric powder, ½ tbsp.
Benefits: The sandalwood and turmeric powder improve your complexion while the milk and rose water moisturize it to keep it glowing and fresh.
Preparation: In a bowl, combine all the ingredients one by one to prepare a smooth paste.

Application: Apply the paste on your face, neck, and shoulders, and leave it on for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the mask is completely dry. Rinse it off with cool water and pat dry.

Follow the instructions provided in the article, and do make it a point to take proper care of your skin.
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