A little self pampering is all we crave in our life and spas are the best place for that. But getting the opportunity of spending time and money on a spa facial can be luxury to many. In that case a DIY spa facial at home or home spa treatments can be your best bet to save some time and of course money, especially when we all are currently at home and maintaining self-isolation. And today I am going to teach you how in 7 super easy ways you can get that spa facial done at home, ready?
But before that…
Why do we need a spa facial when we all are cleansing our face all the time?
Hey, I know you cleanse your face and I have full faith on your cleansing skills but a DIY spa facial is not always about your skin, okay?
Of course facials are super useful for your face and can give your skin the extra glow. But the purpose of a spa facial is to have some time solely dedicated to you and your skin. It’s a way of showing your body that you care. We get caught up with all the noise around us. So much that often we forget we need some time only for us. By having this quality me time, you get the chance to unwind and destress. And when you feel good, you LOOK good!
So no matter where you do, a spa facial will let you come out glowing, relaxed and rejuvenated.
But does a DIY spa have the same results like a commercial spa?
Why not? Your skin can not differentiate between these two, right? All it knows how you are treating it. So if you have the proper knowledge about home spa treatments, I am certain you can get that glow!
And after this article, I am sure you will agree with me (wink, wink).
However, if you think you are too lazy to do all these by yourself and can afford it (and the situation allows it), I would not stop you to go to any fancy spa. End of the day pampering yourself is the focus here.
So, how often to do this DIY spa facial at home?
I would say at least once in every three to four weeks. There is a good reason behind this. Our skin has three layers and the most outer layer named epidermis undergoes renewal in 28 days. In 28 days the old mature dead cells are replaced by new cells. Thus doing spa and facial treatments once in a month helps your skin to go through the process. But more than once can be irritating to the skin.
As I have answered all your questions, shall we begin now?
Step 1: It all starts with a mood
To begin your DIY home spa treatments, it is necessary you feel like you are in a spa. When we set the environment, our brain starts acting according to that.
For that you will need scented candles. Now, it’s your home spa treatment, so it totally depends on you which kind of scent you would choose. But if I have to pick one I would say lavender. Lavender is known to calm the mind and body , so for my home spa day I would definitely go for it.
After lighting the candles, put some relaxing music on your speakers. If you are comfortable, I would suggest to have a short meditation as well. It will help you to let go of negative thoughts and feel refreshed.
Remember, your home spa treatments are not only for your skin’s health, but also focused to make your mental health better.
If you are not sure which meditation track to follow, I always rely on YouTube. You can go to channel named great meditation. They have a huge collection of guided meditations which are not more than 10 minutes.
So the ambient is all set, now it’s time to prep yourself up. Wear a comfy bathrobe and a pair of slippers, just to make yourself more comfortable. After all it’s your day!
Step 2: Begin your DIY spa facial with double cleansing your face
Always remember that anything that involves skin care always starts with cleansing your face first.
Now if you are not familiar with what double cleansing is, you can follow my blog about this super easy cleansing steps here .
However, to give you some idea: double cleansing is a process of cleaning your face with two cleansers, one oil based and one water based. The purpose of using two different cleansers is not luxury. To get rid of all oil and water based unwanted things from your face, you need both type of cleansers. Like dissolves like, remember from your Chemistry class?
It’s quite common that some people are too busy (or lazy?) and avoid this crucial initial step. But trust me, unless your face is clean and ready, nothing will work!
Thus to start your spa facial treatment, cleanse your face first with two cleansers and then move onto the next step.
Step 3: Exfoliate those dead cells
Next step is to give your face deep cleansing. Cleansing, again? Yes! Cause double cleansing is meant for just cleaning the face. On the other hand, deep cleansing is to get rid of the dead cells which have been on the surface for months. And putting an exfoliating mask is the right way to do that.
Keep in mind, this step might differ to people to people and skin to skin. Cause there are literally like thousand masks available in market. Which one should you choose? Depends on what skin type and concerns you have.
I always go for clay masks to exfoliate my skin cause I have sensitive skin and they are the most gentler (except bentonite clay). If you have sensitive skin kaolin, green clay or rose clay are the best options for you. And for those who suffer from oily and acne prone skin, clay mask is a MUST for them. If I have to pick one of my favorites then I would say the kaolin clay mask from the inkey list is one of the bests.
However, some people prefer physical exfoliation or scrubbing than clay masks. And that is perfectly okay too. Scrubbing is very effective. It almost lifts away all the dead skin cells. However, physical exfoliation or scrubbing might cause irritation and redness in sensitive or dry skin.
So what about chemical exfoliation? Yes you can do that too. They are less damaging than a physical scrub and works better. Pick a mask with your favourite AHAs or BHAs and shed those dead cells off! My favourite mask with AHAs is the one natural exfoliating mask from Andalou Naturals .
But what about any DIY facials, after all its a DIY spa facial?
I got something for that too. If you don’t want to spend extra pennies, you can make these 2 exfoliating DIY facial masks which are super easy to make and can be a great addition to your DIY spa facial at home.
- Milk, oatmeal and cinnamon facial mask: The lactic acid from the milk and the antioxidants from cinnamon help to gently exfoliate your skin and slough those unwanted dead cells away. Just add 2 tablespoon of liquid milk and 1 spoon of powdered oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Mix all of them together and your mask is ready!
- Yogurt and orange facial mask : Yogurt is also full of lactic acid and acts as an exfoliator. In addition, the vitamin C from the orange helps to reduce the environmental damage and makes your skin bright. Take 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice. Mix them and it’s ready to be a part of your DIY spa facial at home!
Doesn’t matter what mask you choose to exfoliate, the procedure is almost same for all of them. You have to apply an even layer of mask to your freshly cleaned face. Apply two cucumber pieces on your eyes and put your headphones. Now relax for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water or a wash cloth.
In case of scrubbing, make circular motion with the scrub for 10-15 minutes and wash with warm water.
Step 4: Steam steam steam!
Next is my most fav step, steaming! I mean is that even a facial if it doesn’t include facial steaming!?
But but, don’t get me wrong, steaming is not only for fun or the good feeling. The benefits of steam are countless. No no, it’s not what you are thinking. Steaming does not open up your pores, it’s a myth! (BUSTED!)
What steaming does is it hydrates your skin and leaves a soothing effect. It also softens the skin which helps the ingredients to penetrate the skin more easily. By softening the outer skin, it gets easier to take off the blackheads and debris off the skin.
During facial the purpose of steaming your face is to relax it, get all the toxins out of it and enhance the blood circulation for that natural glow. Who wants to miss these benefits, huh?
To steam your face, you do not need a fancy machine. Boil 4-6 cups of water in your electric kettle or in a stove. Then take the boiled water in a big bowl. After that take your big shower towel. Drape the towel all over your head and sit in front of the bowl. Note that you should keep some distance from the bowl, don’t get too close initially. Then when you are ready, lower your face till you are comfortable and take the steam for 5-10 minutes.
To make the most of face steaming you can add herbs or essential oils in the boiled water. If you want to add herbs, do it while the water is still in stove/kettle. Shimmer for 2 mins and take the water off. For oils, you have to add the oil after you take the water down from the kettle/stove.
Again, which herbs or oil you should use totally depends on the skin type and concerns you have! For sensitive skin, chamomile herb works best. On the other hand the lavender oil works best for dry skin and eczema.
5. Now, let’s get your “sheet” together
Okay, after cleansing, exfoliating and steaming your face in your DIY spa facial (phew!), it’s time to get some hydration. Exfoliation is a pretty harsh process so it is time to pamper your skin with moisture.
Like our body, our skin also needs water or moisture to maintain the healthy appearance. And sheet masks are great for that. Why? Sheet masks are full of active ingredients and can allow your skin to instantly pick up the necessary elements. It’s a great way to distribute all the moisturizing or hydrating ingredients all over the face and make the skin absorb these quickly.
So use a hydrating or soothing sheet mask right after steaming your face. Apply the sheet mask on your face evenly and let it sit for 15-20 mins. After that throw away the mask.
Remember, never ever wash your face after a sheet mask cause then you will be washing away all those helpful active ingredients from your face. Instead, rub them gently all over the face and pat pat pat (hey be gentle!).
So what if someone wants to make a DIY sheet facial mask in their DIY spa facial at home?
Yes, that is possible.
You can make a DIY sheet mask for your DIY spa facial at home and use any ingredient you want.
To make a DIY mask you need cotton facial masks which are pretty wallet-friendly and you can find them in amazon. If you are skeptic about cotton facial masks, no worries! You can use cotton wipes and make your own sheet mask. But I would not recommend that as it requires you to cut pieces for your eyes, nose and mouth.
In the first step, choose any ingredient you want. As we are looking for hydration and soothing, let’s pick chamomile,cucumber and aloe vera.
For the sheet mask, we have to make the active solution first.
Take 1 teaspoon of brewed green tea, 1 teaspoon of cucumber juice, 1-2 drops of chamomile oil (Tip: if you don’t want to add oil go for 1 teaspoon of freshly brewed chamomile tea), and 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. (Tip: You can also use glycerin if you don’t have aloe vera gel )
Mix them in a bowl. Now put the cotton face mask in the bowl. Let the mask soak all the ingredients, don’t wring it. Then after 5-10 mins, take that mask and put it on your face. After 15-20 mins take it off.
By the way, don’t forget to rub the extra ingredients on your face!
Step 6: It’s massage time!
Yes your skin needs massage too, even though it is a DIY facial at home!
You can use your own fingers to do the massage as a part of your home spa treatments. I follow a simple massage with two fingers which is very calming and works quite well. You can check it here.
But if you have a jade roller, awesome! Take that jade roller and massage your face for 2-3 mins. Not sure how to use it? You can follow my step-by-step article about jade roller here.
Step 7: End your DIY spa facial at home with a moisturizer
Whoa, we are at the final step of your DIY facial!
The DIY spa facial ends with a moisturizer. Okay, it’s a no-brainer. Moisturizers are better to lock down the moisture content in your skin and can repair the protective barrier as well.
However, you should choose a moisturizer according your skin type. If your skin is oily, go for a water based moisturizer. And for dry skin moisturizers with humectants such as hyaluronic acid work better.
Gently rub the moisturizer in circular motion and you are done. If you want to minimize this step, you can apply the moisturizer with your jade roller.
To wrap up…
Home spa treatments or DIY spa facial at home provides an excellent chance to do self-care when you are stuck at home or simply can’t afford it.
By following these 7 Diy spa facial steps you can have the relaxed and glowing skin, and the best part of home spa treatments? You don’t have to step a foot outside (and should I mention about saving the money as well? wink wink).
Want to learn more?
If you are into natural skin care, you can check my article about benefits of pumpkin face masks here.