How To Give Yourself A Facial
A facial can be very useful for your skin, it provides a deep cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and other benefits depending upon which products and methods you use. Sometimes, relaxing in the skilled hands of an esthetician for a professional facial is just what the doctor ordered. I understand though, that there are also times when you just need to do it yourself. A DIY facial can still be profitable for your skin, so let me walk you through the steps so you can give yourself one tonight!
I recommend a facial every couple of weeks, or once a month, depending upon your skin care needs or goals. Please be sure that you don’t receive or give yourself a facial too often, because it can cause dryness, sensitivity, breakouts, etc. This is the opposite of the outcome we’re hoping for, despite your skin type.
Step 1: Cleanse
Start by removing any makeup, dirt, and oil with a cleanser. Wet your face with warm (not too hot) water and follow with your favorite cleanser. Be as thorough as possible, making sure to cleanse small areas around your nose and even down your neck. Rinse your face and gently pat dry. If needed, repeat this step.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Dampen skin with warm water again for this next step. Apply a small, pea-sized amount of facial scrub to your fingers, and rub your skin in gentle, circular motions. Add more water if the scrub feels too dry or abrasive. Pay special attention to any areas that you experience dryness or flaking skin. Exfoliating will slough off those dead skin cells and encourage new cells to take their place. Now rinse your face well and check that all of the little exfoliating beads or granules have been removed. Check out this blog post for more information on exfoliation: How to Exfoliate for Glowing Skin.
Step 3: Steam
This step is optional for the DIY-er… but it is a step that estheticians perform in a professional facial. You can steam your face by bringing a small pot of water to boil on your stove and leaning over it. Please be careful not to burn yourself by leaning too close! A quicker way to do this is to run a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and place it over your face. When it gets cold, run it under hot water again and repeat the process. You can do this as many times as you like.
Step 4: Massage
Not every esthetician includes massage in her facial, but I love this step and I think it’s important to include! It’s not the same when you massage your own face, but it can still be a valuable step. Use a small amount of facial oil (ie: sweet almond or jojoba oil) to lubricate your skin and gently begin massaging your face with your fingers. Starting at your jaw, moving up to your temples and in toward your nose, finishing on your forehead. Focus your pressure on any areas that feel tense. We tend to hold stress in our jaws, temples, and between the eyes. Take as long as you like for this step. You’re welcome. :)
Step 5: Mask
Next you’re going to apply a mask that suits your skin. I like to use a flat, paddle foundation brush (a brush that is quite useless to me for applying foundation) to apply a thick layer to my neck and face. Depending upon the mask you choose, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse your face, using a washcloth as needed to remove the mask. Gently pat your skin dry.
Step 6: Tone
This is an important step that a lot of people skip in their every day skin care routine. Apply a toner to a cotton pad and swipe it over your face and neck. Avoid your eye area when using this product.
Step 7: Moisturize & Protect
Finish by applying a serum, if you use one, and then moisturize your skin. If you have oily or combination skin, apply a lighter, oil-free moisturizer, just don’t skip this step. Now is also the time to apply your eye cream. I have a helpful post for you here: How to Apply Eye Cream. If you’re giving yourself this facial in the morning or afternoon, be sure that your moisturizer contains SPF, or apply some in addition.
Now your skin is refreshed and renewed… ready for the stresses of every day life. The next morning, your skin will be almost as soft as the day you were born. :) Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it will feel lovely nonetheless! Please keep coming back for more helpful posts about how to care for and love the skin you’re in.
Do you take time for facials in your skin care regimen?