Professional spa facials are decadent and expensive. Why pay for one when you can them yourself at home? This basic at-home facial can be done once a week and works on oily, dry and combination skin.
When it comes to skincare, there’s no need to buy a ton of products from one
And don’t worry, I’m not going to make you whip up a batch of egg-whites and oatmeal, but you will save money if you do your own mask. I list a bunch of organic, natural Homemade Face Mask Recipes for every skin type. But if you don’t want to make your own, you can buy a great mask at health food stores or even your local drugstore.
Step 1: Cleanse the Skin
When it comes to cleansing your skin, you must choose a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type (find out what yours is). There’s no need to splurge on department store cleansers, a basic drugstore cleanser will work well. Cleanser gets washed down the sink, so I recommend spending your money on moisturizers and products that don’t get washed away.
To cleanse skin, rinse your face and neck first in lukewarm — never hot — water. Then dot the cleanser on your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Massage the product into your face and neck in a circular motion for at least a minute, making sure to get around the nose and the chin.
Rinse your face and neck with a warm washcloth.
Don’t forget to remove eye makeup with a makeup remover. My hands-down favorite is Clinique, but Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover is a great drugstore option.
Step 2: Exfoliate
There are several ways to exfoliate your skin. I use different methods myself just to change it up. Sometimes I use my Clarisonic Mia, which I love, and sometimes I do this simple 3-step method:
- Apply a gentle exfoliating facial scrub in a circular motion on your face.
- Using your fingers, concentrate on the areas around your nose and forehead or if you have combination skin, work harder on the areas that tend to be “greasy.”
- Use a simple washcloth soaked in warm water to rinse your face. The washcloth itself acts as a natural exfoliant. I like the super soft bamboo baby washcloths which you can buy from Amazon.com.
See my list of the best scrubs or make your own using brown or white sugar mixed in with extra virgin coconut oil.
Step 3: Steam
There are several ways to steam your face. You can fill your sink with warm water, dip a washcloth in and press to your face repeating 2-3 times or you can take it further by boiling water in a teapot.
Step 4: Apply a Mask
For oily skin, use a clay-based face mask. For dry skin, go for a hydrating gel or cream mask.
Apply the mask, avoiding the areas around the eyes. Keep it on for 10-20 minutes (or, according to the directions on the product). Rinse completely.
Of course it’s easiest to buy a mask online. I list my favorites here Top Face Masks for Dry, Oily, Mature and Irritated Skin. You can make your own face mask. Get recipes for every skin type in 25 Homemade Face Mask Recipes.
Step 5: Moisturizer
Smooth on a soothing, basic moisturizer over your face and neck. See my list of the best facial moisturizers. If you want organic and cheap, try extra virgin coconut oil. It’s my go-to moisturizer.
Source: Beauty About