With everything going on in the world right now, most of us are probably wary of going out and putting ourselves (and others!) at risk. Between squinting in front of a computer screen all day and struggling to stay productive, some dedicated “me time” is just what we need. Just because we’re stuck indoors (or should be) for the foreseeable future, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to care for our complexion. Now more than ever, it’s important to de-stress and care about our mental health. And one of the best ways to do that from the comfort of your own home, is the DIY facial.
1. Set the mood
Since you can’t go to the spa, bring the spa to you by creating a relaxing ambience at home. So queue up your “chillax” playlist, light some aromatic candles, bust out the cucumber water and draw a hot bath with some epsom salt.
Starting with a clean canvas is essential to any effective facial. Remove your makeup thoroughly and give your skin a good cleanse so the yummy products you’re about to use will absorb better.
Exfoliating will quite literally buff off the dead skin cells and leave your skin super soft and brighter. If you don’t have a scrub at home, try a DIY exfoliant with these ingredients that everyone will have in their pantry: 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
Steaming your face is so relaxing and spa-like. Doing so opens your pores and softens your skin. It’s super easy to DIY. Just boil some water and add a mix of flowers, tea, essential oils or fruit slices, and let it steep for a few minutes. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, drape a towel over your head and the bowl so the steam doesn’t escape, and stay put for 5 minutes.
Slap on a mask or two to address your skincare concerns. Perhaps a combo of a clay mask first to draw out impurities, then a brightening mask after to rehydrate and glow? While the masks are working their magic, place two cool cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over your eyes. Lay in a comfortable, dim environment and let your mind relax.
6. Facial massage
After your mask is rinsed off, continue on with your usual skincare routine, like toner, serum, moisturiser and eye cream. Try applying your products while doing a simple facial massage, with gentle circular motions and light tapping with your fingers around the delicate areas surrounding your eyes. This boosts circulation and lymph flow, ensuring that the formulas penetrate deeply.
As cliche as it sounds, beauty starts from the inside. Knock back some H2O to replenish some moisture.
You’re done! A DIY facial is much easier than you think. Not only is your skin glowing and beautiful, but most importantly your mind and body are renewed.