If there is an instant way to erase tired looking skin and a dull complexion like a facial. But given our hectic lifestyles, visiting the spa regularly can end up being quite a task. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper yourself silly from the comfort of your home.
Well, good news: Give yourself a DIY facial that gives a spa-like experience. This is much more doable than it seems. Read on to find out the perfect way to do an at-home facial for a spa-like experience.
- 1. Cleanse
- 2. Steam
- 3. Exfoliate
- 4. Massage
- 5. Use a face mask
- Blueberry + yogurt + honey
- Cucumber + honey + tea
- 6. Tone
- 7. Hydrate
Any skincare routine needs to start with cleansing. When you are going for a DIY facial at home it is important to thoroughly clean your face and get rid of any makeup residue, dirt, dust and any other impurities. Cleansing helps draw out toxins from your skin and keep it looking absolutely fresh and clear.
To thoroughly cleanse your face, you need to first wash your hands. Then take a pea sized amount of the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Face Wash and lather up with gentle circular motions over your face and neck. Rinse it with water and pat dry.
For a DIY facial treatment, you always need to start with steam for about five to seven minutes. This step is extremely essential to open your pores to help flush out the toxins from your skin and cleanse it thoroughly. Steam your face over a bowl of very hot water. For a more potent effect, add some herbs or essential oils such as lavender oil or chamomile to the water. This blend is extra calming after a stressful day and both herbs soothe the skin.
If you think that your skin looks extremely dull and lacklustre, then maybe you don’t exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation is a great step in any DIY facial treatment as it helps eliminate dead skin that’s sitting on the surface and reveals fresh and glowing skin. The key to properly exfoliating your face is to gently buff with smooth particles, otherwise you are going to end up hurting your skin.
Take a small amount of the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Scrub and in small circular motions gently buff your skin for two minutes. Always work in an upward motion and be very gentle. Wash the exfoliator off with warm water and prepare for step four.
Once you have cleansed, steamed and exfoliated your face, it is now time for some skin healing and repairing. But before you apply products that help your skin heal itself, it is important to massage your face. This little step is a great way to ensure that all the skincare products that are to follow will penetrate in your skin better and work from deep within to deliver all the claims they make.
To massage your face, you can use the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Gel Crème. This crème helps retain moisture in your skin and keeps it supple, soft, glowing and youthful. Remember to always massage your face in an upward and outward direction for about 8-10 minutes for best results.
5. Use a face mask
Face masking has to be everyone’s absolute favourite step. No facial treatment is ever complete without applying a face mask that addresses your skin concerns.
You can use the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Mask. This mask will help brighten your skin and make it look matte and radiant. Apply this mask all over your face and neck and allow it to dry. Keep it on for 20 minutes, wash it off water and pat dry.
But if you are looking for some simple homemade face masks for this DIY facial, then here you go…
Blueberry + yogurt + honey
Step 01: In a bowl, smash 1/3rd cup of fresh blueberries
Step 02: To the blueberries, add some 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of rice flour and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Step 03: Mix all the ingredients until it forms a smooth paste.
Step 04: Apply this all your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes or until it dries completely.
Step 05: Rinse it with warm water, pat dry and apply some moisturiser.
Benefits: This is an amazing DIY facial treatment for anyone with oily and acne-prone skin. The AHAs in blueberry and yogurt control excess sebum production and prove to a blessing for oily skin. Since these are chemical exfoliants, they help to slough away dead skin cells and reveal fresh and glowig skin. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of honey calm the skin as well as intensely moisturise it.
Cucumber + honey + tea
Step 01: Take a small cucumber and cut it into really small slices and keep it aside.
Step 02: Steep one black tea bag in hot water for at least 5 minutes.
Step 03: Once the tea is made, add 1 tablespoon of magical honey and stir well until completely dissolved.
Step 04: Add cucumber slices and 2-3 drop of any essential oil for aromatherapy benefits.
Step 05: Allow the cucumber to soak in this mixture for about 10 minutes.
Step 06: Scoop the slices of cucumber from the pot and place them evenly over your face.
Step 07: Leave the slices on for 10 to 20 minutes before removing.
Step 08: Rinse your face with warm water.
Benefits: If you have sensitive skin, then this DIY facial treatment is perfect for a spa-like experience. It is important for people with sensitive skin to use gentle and cooling products on their skin and what better than cucumber, tea and honey. Cucumber has major hydrating properties that cools the skin and reduces inflammation. Honey is known for its moisturising properties, and the inclusion of honey in this facial treatment leaves your skin absolutely nourished. Black tea is a great antioxidant that helps minimise environmental damage and keep your skin looking clear and flawless. But since you have sensitive skin, it is always best to do a patch test to ensure that your skin does not react adversely.
After cleansing and face masks, your skin’s pH levels go down and this is why toner forms an important next step. Also, applying a toner is essential because it helps close open pores. Otherwise, they are left open to absorb environmental toxins and become clogged again.
The last step of your DIY facial is hydration. The freshly revealed skin will be thirsty for moisture throughout the next few hours. Skipping this step will leave your skin parched and lacklustre. A good moisturiser not only hydrates your skin but also protects it from environmental damage and other skin aggressors.
You can use the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Light Crème SPF 20 PA+++. This moisturiser will lock in moisture and prevent your skin from feeling dry and parched.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Oct 31, 2019
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!