Self care Sunday: How to do a facial at home

Nothing quite beats a facial. Ultra clean skin, tightened pores and the glow of dreams. Doing a facial every now and again can also help to remedy congested skin, and brighten a dull complexion. The best thing is, you can achieve all of this from home.

A peaceful setting

First things first, it’s not a self care pamper session if you are distracted by outside factors.

Find a quiet place to take some time for yourself, and most importantly leave the guilt at the door! Light a candle, and put on some music.

I personally like to listen to meditative music as it’s the most relaxing for me, my favourite is the Spotify Yoga and Meditation playlist.

Head massage

One of the most relaxing things about a facial is the head massage that is normally included in the service.

I like to melt down a TBS of coconut oil and massage that into my scalp, then work it through to the ends of my hair. This helps to nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair. I leave it in for the duration of my pamper session then shampoo as normal.

Cleanse

The first step for the facial is to remove all of your make up, and any dirt or oils with a light cleanse.

I like to use the Antipodes Grace cream cleanser as it’s really gentle.

Exfoliate

Next you want to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface to brighten your complexion.

I mix in a small amount of coffee grounds to my cleanser, but you can use an exfoliating cleanser if you have one.

Steam

Facial steaming opens up the pores so we can unclog and remove toxins.

It also helps with enhancing circulation, which boosts blood flow, to plump up the skin.

I use a facial steamer machine, but you can fill a large bowl with really hot water and get the same effect.

To make the most of the steam, I place a towel over my head to trap as much of it as possible. Be careful not to place your face too close to the steam as you don’t want to burst blood vessels (about 6 inches away is fine). I steam for about 15 minutes, then use a warm wash cloth to wipe away the sweat.

Mask and Extract

Now that the pores are open, it’s time to give them a good old clear out! I like using the Biore Pore strips over my nose and chin as that is where I get congested the most (and we can all agree these are so satisfying to do!). I also use a detoxifying mask on the rest of my face like the Alya skin Pink clay mask.

Moisterise

The final step is to add lots of moisture back into your skin.

Make sure you have removed your face mask with warm water to ensure your pores are still open, that way your skin absorbs the oils really well.

If you have some on hand, you want to do your serums first, then your face oil or moisturizer after.

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