Your skin needs a break…from daily stress, pollution and dirt. An hour of a relaxing facial at home is a great way to unwind on the weekend and do away with all the grime of the week. Now, if you have got a facial done at a salon before, you must be familiar with how it is done and all the steps it includes—cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, massaging, mask, toning and moisturising. But can you actually pull it off at home? Do you have all the home facial tips to do it right?

Scoring a salon-like facial can be tricky to pull off all by yourself. You have to be careful of the sequence of the steps, duration of each step and know what your skin needs. Plus, what do you do before and after you are done with the facial, so you get the desired results? You don’t want to spend a couple of hours on it and later find that rather than flawless and glowing, you have the same dull and lifeless skin.

Since you could do with a little help on how to work a facial at home, we have some very important home facial tips for you so the time you spend on pampering your skin doesn’t go in vain. Here are all the dos and don’ts you should keep in mind while doing a home facial so that you have spotless and beautiful skin at the end of your DIY facial...

Do: Wipe off all the makeup from face before starting
 

Do: Wipe off all the makeup from face before starting

Before you start with your facial, make sure all the makeup (like the mascara remains from last night), night cream and sweat are wiped off from your face. The first step of a facial is cleansing which uses a face wash. However, it can only clean so much. You need to wipe your face of makeup or any product before reaching for your cleanser so you have a clean slate to work on. First, use a facial wipe to clean the eye makeup, dirt and sweat from the skin surface. Then take any face oil and massage it on your face to get every last bit of grime and product build up off. Now start with the very first step—cleansing your face with a foam cleanser.

Don’t: Exfoliate for a couple of days
 

Don’t: Exfoliate for a couple of days

Since a facial involves deep exfoliation, it is recommended to avoid using exfoliators for a couple of days before and after you carry out the facial. Over exfoliating can damage your skin, especially if you have extremely dry or sensitive skin. It is best to use a face scrub only once a week as over exfoliating can lead to redness and irritation of skin. And, because exfoliating is an integral part of a facial and you can’t skip this step, it is better to keep your hands off the scrubs and peels for a few days before and after you do the facial.

Do: Use the right skincare products for your skin type
 

Do: Use the right skincare products for your skin type

As you are dealing with your skin here, take your skin type into consideration before anything. Use the products that best suit your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, you need products that zap the excess sebum and clear oil from your face while girls with dry skin need lightweight and hydrating skincare products. Similarly, if you have sensitive skin, you need mild and gentle products and you need to be extra careful while picking an exfoliator so you don’t harm your skin in the process. The duration of each step also varies according to your skin type. Oily skin needs more exfoliation time than sensitive and dry skin needs a little extra time with the face mask. So, always research and pick the right products for your facial to get beautiful and healthy skin.

Don’t: Skip the steam
 

Don’t: Skip the steam

Steaming your face might seem like a cumbersome task and not a necessary one, but let us tell you that it is the most important step in the facial. A step often missed in home facials, steaming actually gives effective results. The steam from water opens up pores for better cleaning and makes your skin more absorbent of the skincare products that follow after this step. It also relaxes your skin and hydrates it from within. If you skip on steaming, the pores don’t open up which makes it difficult for deep settled dirt, oil, and clogged pores to get cleaned thoroughly when you scrub your face. And thus, you won’t achieve a clearer and spotless complexion. The ‘steamy’ session may be annoying and overwhelming, but trust us, it is worth the pain.

Do: Keep in mind the areas that need targeting
 

Do: Keep in mind the areas that need targeting

The purpose of a facial is to detoxify your skin and get all the skin impurities out, leaving it soft and spotless. Here’s a quick home facial tip for oily skin—think of the areas that need a little extra effort, beforehand so you don’t miss out on them. For example, if you have large pores around your nose or on your cheeks, you’d need to scrub them well in the exfoliating step and accordingly use the toner to shrink them. Similarly, while massaging your face, keep in mind the target areas such as dark under eye regions and give some extra attention and time on them. Also, if you have combination skin (an oily T-zone and dry cheeks), be careful to exfoliate your T-zone thoroughly and moisturise the dry zone to target both the areas well.

Don’t: Use any beauty product that night
 

Don’t: Use any beauty product that night

You treat your skin with a lot of skincare products and processes in one day like scrubbing, steaming, massaging and toning when you do a facial. After you’re done with the facial, don’t use cleanser, toner and any other products like acne cream or eye cream that night. Let your skin breathe and absorb the products you used in the facial. Overusing skincare products (especially the ones with harsh chemicals) reverts the effects of your facial treatment and can cause redness and dryness of the skin. So, it is best not to overdo with the products on the day you do the facial. However, you can carry on with your usual skincare regimen from the next day onwards.

Do: Steer clear of the screen
 

Do: Steer clear of the screen

While your skin in relaxing, your mind needs to relax too for better results. This is a very important home facial tip that is often overlooked by many. Most of you must prefer sitting in front of your laptop or scrolling on social media feeds on your phones while you have a face mask on. Here is why you need to avoid that. By doing so, you are straining your eyes while you’re de-stressing your skin which counteracts the results you want from your facial. To get effective results and feel and look fresh and relaxed, put your phone aside. Instead, put cucumber slices on your eyes, put on some music and try to relax. It will cool and calm your eye area and help you rest for a while.