Pampering You Can Do at Home


Pamper Your Skin with a DIY Facial

Nothing makes your skin look and feel as good as a facial. When you have a special event coming up and want your skin to glow, a facial can take your look up a level, bringing out your skin’s natural radiance. When it comes to facials, there are two basic options: do it yourself at home or book a salon appointment. Letting someone else do the work might be more relaxing, but doing it yourself has major financial perks. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, why not try a DIY facial?

Getting Started with a DIY Facial

A home facial begins with clean skin. Tie back long hair and wash your skin with your favorite cleanser. Be sure to remove any lingering eye makeup. Once your skin is clean, it’s time to steam. Steaming softens dead skin cells so they can be easily sloughed away; this will cause the facial ingredients to penetrate your skin more deeply. Steaming also increases circulation and gives your skin a healthy glow.

To steam your face at home, boil water on the stove and remove the pot from the burner. Drape a large towel over your head to direct the steam to your face. Position your face about 12 inches from the pan. Then let your skin soak up the steamy moisture for 5 minutes. Some people enjoy adding herbs or a drop or two of essential oils to the water for a more spa-like experience. Peppermint oil is energizing and invigorating while lavender oil has a calming effect.

Choose Your Facial

It’s not hard to make a facial mask at home. Chances are, you can use ingredients already in your refrigerator. The type of ingredients you select will depend on your skin type. Dry skin will benefit from a creamy mask that moisturizes while oily skin responds best to ingredients that have a pore-tightening effect.

Plain yogurt is a good base for dry skin masks. Mix 3 tablespoons of yogurt with a tablespoon of honey. Honey is a good humectant, an ingredient that draws water from the environment onto the skin. Mashed bananas or avocados are other ingredients that work well in a yogurt mask. Simply mash the fruits into a paste using a fork or purée them in a blender.

A milk mask is another quick do-it-yourself mask for dry skin. According to legend, this was one of Cleopatra’s secrets for beautiful skin. Begin by mixing powdered milk with enough water to make a thick paste. Now apply the paste to your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Get creative and add honey or another puréed fruit to the paste (fruits are rich in natural antioxidants, which help purify the skin).

For dry skin, add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to plain yogurt and apply the mixture to your skin. Place two cold cucumber slices over your eyes and relax. After 10 minutes, remove the mask and with a cotton ball to apply a dilute solution of apple cider vinegar to your face. To make the vinegar solution, use 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts water.

Brightening Your Skin at Home

Does your skin look dull? Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that make your skin look lackluster. Make your own exfoliator by mixing 2 teaspoons of sugar with a teaspoon of honey. You can use it as a skin-brightening scrub. Enjoy the way your skin glows!

The Bottom Line

You could book an appointment for a facial, but why not save money and do it at home? Design your own custom skin masks and facials using ingredients like yogurt, mayonnaise, powdered milk, oatmeal, and puréed fruits.

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