While it’s important to pamper your facial skin with regular cleanups and facials, you may not always have the time for luxurious treatments. However, that does not mean you go months without a cleanup. You’ll be happy to know that a DIY face cleanup is convenient and at the same time economical. If you’re looking for a step-by-step tutorial on how to clean face at home, then this article is just for you.
We’ve got you covered with a 5-step guide on how to clean face at home and flaunt a healthy and youthful glow.
The tools you’ll need to cleanse face at home...
- Facial cleanser
- Face pack
- Soft washcloth/Towel
- Ice cold water
- Facial steamer
- Cotton pads
Step 1: Cleanse
The first and basic rule of your skin care regimen is to cleanse your face thoroughly. Your skin is exposed to the harsh UV rays, pollution, dust, grime as well as heavy foundations and powders almost every single day. It is, therefore, important to cleanse not once but twice a day regularly. Coming back to the step-by-step procedure on how to clean face at home, we suggest you use a cleanser infused with natural goodness as that will not just remove impurities but at the same boost the moisture content of your skin. You can either use a DIY cleanser by mixing a pinch of salt and cold raw milk together and applying it firmly across your face. Or else, you could simply get your hands on the Lakmé Deep Cleanser Cleansing Milk which is infused with the goodness of avocado extracts and milk. It also contains Vitamin E which is loaded with antioxidants and helps lock in moisture for up to 12 hours. Using this mild and gentle cleanser regularly can show visible results. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad in the cleansing milk and wipe it across your face gently in upward strokes. Make sure you go over with it on your ears and neck too.
Step 2: Steam
Steaming is an age-old remedy used during professional cleanups and facials. However, you’ll be happy to know that you can DIY facial steam at home too. You don’t really need to have special equipment for a soothing steam session. From helping you get rid of impurities to unclogging pores, this ancient skin care treatment has a number of skin benefits. Firstly, steaming helps clear up your skin and open up facial pores which in turn is important for reducing acne and breakouts. Secondly, steaming improves the efficacy of skincare products and ointments that you are using on an everyday basis. Steaming your face leaves you with softer skin and any product you apply after works better. In this step-by-step guide on how to clean face at home, you must include facial steam too. If you already own a steaming machine, then great. If not, then simply take a sauce pan and work with it. Fill the sauce pan or steaming machine with water and add a few drops of essential oil. If you have oily skin, then we suggest you use lavender, thyme or rosemary essential oil. Next, take a towel and cover your head with it. Allow the steam to penetrate and work on your skin for at least 6-8 minutes. Steaming opens up the pores and prepares your skin for the next step in the face cleanup procedure at home.
Step 3: Scrub
No face cleanup is complete without scrubbing. Exfoliating helps slough away dead skin cells, dirt, grime and oil that sits on the surface of your skin. Exfoliation plays a major role in leaving you with a smooth and glowing complexion. Scrubbing is not restricted to a specific skin type. Doesn’t matter whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, combination or normal skin—using a gentle scrub can take your skin game a few notches higher. You can just prepare your own scrub simply by mixing sugar and honey together. Apply the scrub and massage using small circular motions for 2-5 minutes. Let the mixture sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Or else, you could get your hands on the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub that contains a 100% naturally sourced exfoliant blended with pink lemon and mandarin orange extracts and polishes away dryness and reveals irresistibly radiant skin. However, remember to not over-scrub. Over-scrubbing can create tiny cracks in the skin barrier which in turn could lead to more loss of hydration. Scrubbing also helps banish flaky skin and helps your makeup glide on smoothly.
Step 4: Mask
Including a nutritious face pack in your face clean up at home is crucial. Whether you have dry or oily skin, natural ingredients from your kitchen shelves can leave you with a healthy and youthful glow. Below are 3 face mask recipes that you can include in your clean up at home:
Lemon and Turmeric face mask:Mix one tablespoon each of gram flour, turmeric, lemon juice and milk together. Apply the mixture on your face and massage gently for about 5-7 minutes. Let the pack sit on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse with ice cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are what makes turmeric one of the best ingredients to pamper your facial skin.
Honey and Green Tea face mask:Mix one cup of green tea water, two spoons of rice flour and half spoon of honey together. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes or till the mask dries completely. While applying the paste, massage your skin in circular motions as it helps to remove dead skin cells and evens out the skin tone. Rinse your face with cold water. Honey brightens your complexion, protects your face from bacteria and improves the texture of your skin. The antioxidants and tannins present in green tea help reduce puffiness and dark circles and flushes out the free radicals and toxins from your skin.
Fuller’s Earth and Papaya face mask:Mix one tablespoon of papaya pulp with one teaspoon of Fuller’s Earth until you get a smooth paste with even consistency. Wash your face using a mild cleanser. Then, apply the paste to your cleansed face and wait till the paste dries completely. Lastly, rinse with cold water. The proteolytic enzyme papain makes papaya an effective treatment for acne and pigmentation. Fuller’s Earth, on the other hand, is known to absorb oil and other impurities resting on the surface of your skin which makes it an effective facial for oily skin and those with clogged pores.
Step 5: Tone and Moisturise
Toner always goes before moisturiser. Using a face toner will help remove traces of dirt and oils as well as balance the pH levels of your skin. You can either use rose water as a natural toner for your facial skin or get your hands on the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist that helps in tightening the skin and increasing hydration and elasticity. It is also ideal as a refreshing spritz over make-up throughout the day.
Follow it up with a moisturiser. Moisturising your skin is the last step in your face clean up at home. We suggest you use the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel which is lightweight, has a non-oily formula and is enriched with Vitamin E. All you need to do is dot the cream across your face and gently massage in an upward and outward spiral motion.