When people think “Facials” a lot think about expensive spa treatments costing thousands of Naira (hundreds of Dollars), however, this notion is highly inaccurate. Yes, expensive spa facial treatments do exist, and of course it will be great to have it done a la pampering session once in a while, but it should never stop you from thinking that you cannot obtain facial benefits from the comfort of your home. Simple DIY homemade spa facial treatments will help improve skin elasticity and youthfulness, unclog pored and minimize acne appearance, reduce black heads and age spots etc.
To carry out a proper DIY homemade spa facial, you must follow these five SSHSM steps, where each letter in this acronym stands for:
Now let’s look at every step closely.
1. Steam: on getting into the spa for a professional facial, the first thing the aesthetician gets you to do after an initial cleansing has been done is steam your face. The steaming process involves soaking face in vapor which helps soften dirt, dead skin and blackhead trapped beneath skin. To mimic this step at home, pour some hot water in a deep bowl and add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils (some great ones include tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint oils). After prepping for your steam, insert face into bowl and cover head with a dense towel to prevent heat from escaping. 15-30 mins is sufficient for this step.
2. Scrub: After steaming, the next thing you have to do is exfoliate. Remember to choose an appropriate scrub for your skin type. Salt scrubs are recommended for normal-oily skin, while dry skin will benefit greatly from sugar scrubs. Scrub face in sections, particularly problem zones and neck (don’t forget your neck!!). After exfoliating thoroughly for 5-10 mins, rinse off scrub with warm water. A warm water rinse is absolutely necessary because it ensures that your pores stay open and ready for the next step.
3. Heal: Another important step when carrying out your DIY homemade spa facial because skin has to be healed from the inside to look healthy and radiant. The best healing options are usually the most organic options available. I recommend using fresh aloe , yogurt, milk or honey in your healing process. However, if you have a particular skincare product that you prefer for this step, please use it, by all means.
4. Seal: When it comes to DIY homemade spa facials, it may be easy to remember to follow the above mentioned steps, but skip sealing which may well be the most vital step in facials because it improves the efficacy of the steaming, scrubbing and healing steps. I have found with practical research that the best sealers are naturally occurring Clays such as Rhassoul , Bentonite, Moroccan Red, Kaoline, Green Clays etc. These types of Clays reduce the appearance of large pores and lock in all the healing facial spa benefits. Please note that Clays should only be left on till dry. Do not keep clay mask on for longer than necessary as it may be counterproductive.
5. Moisturize: aka the holy grail of anti-aging. This step ensures that hydration and balance are restored to skin. Some great natural spa moisturizers include Argan, Jojoba, Olive, Coconut, Sheaoils etc. Be sure to experiment with as many as possible to find out which is best for your skin type. Personally, I found coconut oil a bit heavy in my skincare, so I switched it up with Argan oil, which seems to be much better.
Did I miss out on any DIY homemade spa facial steps? Please let me know in the comment section below.