How to Give Yourself a Facial
Learn how to give yourself a facial in your own home, which lets you take care of the skin on your face without paying a fortune at a salon. Facials let you exfoliate, nourish and clean your skin, while also relaxing you. Exfoliation promotes clear skin that’s well-hydrated, while the process of “extraction” provides deep-pore cleansing to your face.
There are several steps in a facial, and the same facial treatment doesn’t have the same effect for every person. So know your own epidermis and whatever skin conditions you might be dealing with, so you use the proper exfoliants. Talk to your dermatologist or esthetician the next time you make a visit, to get any additional facial tips for your situation.
What Do You Need for a Facial?
Below is a list of items you’ll need to give yourself a full facial treatment. Everyone has their own favorite treatments, but this is a good start, when you’re just learning how to give yourself a facial.
- Hot Water
- Clean Towels
- Oil-Free Moisturizer
- Exfoliating Cleanser
- Facial Mud Mask
- Skin Toners
- Miscellaneous Hair Accessories
This should be a good start. Add to your collection of beauty products, as you get develop your own preferences and opinions on home facial treatments. Now let’s start to discuss how to give yourself a facial.
Prepare Your Hair
Give the Hot Towel Treatment
Place a clean hand towel under a stream of hot water. Wring the towel (a bit) and let it cool down until it’s warm to the touch. Then place the warm, wet towel on top of you face.
Keep the towel on your face 2-3 minutes. This opens your pores and starts the process of cleaning deep into the pores of your face.
Wash Your Face
Using an exfoliating cleanser that’s appropriate for your skin type (dry, oily, normal, mature, sensitive), wash your face. Now that your pores are open, this face cleansing should feel deep and tingly.
Steam Your Face
Prepare a steam pot, by filling a pot full of water and adding herbs or essential oils you know are right for your skin. Below is a list of oils and herbs to consider.
- Fennel Seeds
If you have oily skin, consider using lavender, rosemary or peppermint. If you have dry skin, consider using roses, fennel seeds or chamomile. You and your dermatologist know your skin condition better than anyone else, so give it some thought and decide on the skin treatments best for you.
Bring the Steam Treatment to a Boil
Next, put your pot on the stove and bring your pan of water to a boil. Water is boiling when it starts to bubble consistently. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pot from the heat.
I know this goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: never steam your face over boiling water. Always remove your pan to your kitchen table, then prepare to steam treat your face.
Steaming Your Face
Take a dry towel and drape it over your head, as you hold your face over the steam. Don’t touch the hot pan. Steam for 5-10 minutes.
Applying the Facial Mask
Now comes the face mask. There are all kinds of products for facial masks, so get to know some of the options: clay masks, gel masks, yogurt masks and fruit extract masks. When using a clay mask, remember to keep the clay away from your eye area.
I’ll give a quick rundown of the various facial mask options options and which are best for the following skin typed.
- Dry Skin
- Dull Skin
- Oily Skin
- Mature Skin
- Sensitive Skin
Clay Mask – A clay mask is best for oily skin or “combination skin”. Clay works well in removing oil from your face and deep-cleaning your pores. If you have blackheads, consider using clay treatments. If you have sensitive skin, you won’t need to worry about clay drying out your skin or irritating it, most of the time.
Gel Mask – A hydrating gel mask is a good option for women with dry skin. The gel mask restores suppleness and a youthful-looking glow, though research to find gel treatments that won’t clog your pores, to avoid breakouts. Most women with dry skin don’t have that problem.
Exfoliating Mask – An exfoliating mask with fruit extract is a good idea for those with dull skin, because it restores the radiance to your face. The idea to leave your skin smooth, fresh and smelling great. You might find that exfoliating masks feel weird on your face at first, and especially odd feeling when you try to peel them off.
Deal with the initial oddness of the exfoliating mask and you should be pleased with the results.
Firming Mask – Those with mature skin are probably going to want to exfoliate their face and neck. One option is a treatment for dry skin, but another option is a “firming mask”. This facial treatment firms up the skin, boosts moisture content and reduces lines in your face caused by dehydration.
If you have mature skin, research the best facial treatments by looking for the best “firming masks” online. You’ll probably want to massage this treatments onto your skin and love on for a good 10 minutes.
Normal Skin – Women with “normal skin” don’t have problems with oiliness, breakouts or sensitivity. These women are the lucky ones, because a whole world of skin treatments are open to you. Choose facial masks that give you deep cleaning and radiance. Look into the idea of using a yogurt mask.
If you are just learning how to give yourself a facial, I recommend you have a professional perform an extraction on you. “Extraction” means blackhead extraction, which can cause discoloration and broken capillaries, if you don’t know what you’re doing, or you have extra sensitive skin. Extraction also can be painful, especially if you have thin skin or a ruddy skin complexion.
How Often Should I Have a Facial?
Women who are trying to get rid of blackheads might consider having a facial every 1-2 weeks, until their face clears up. Anyone in a maintenance phase should only have a facial every 4-6 weeks. Anything more than that is going to be needlessly expensive, and could do more harm than good.
Giving Yourself a Facial
Whatever the condition of your skin, I recommend everyone have periodic facials. Facial treatments open the pores, deep clean the skin and return nutrients to your face. You’ll have more supple, cleaner-looking, younger looking skin with regular facials.
Facials don’t have to be expensive, though. If you learn how to give yourself a facial at home, you can achieve the same suppleness, youth and cleanness, without costing you an arm and a leg.
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