Hey beauties! So today I will be starting a new series on the blog dedicated to skincare.
I think we can all agree that a salon facial is not always an option. I personally don’t have the time or money to be getting a spa experience EVERY few months. However, I still want my face to look and feel like I gave it some extra special pampering. Therefore, I’ve decided to share my personal DIY recipes for a full facial that I achieve with ingredients straight from the kitchen.
A facial consists of 5 main steps: Exfoliating, Steaming, Masking, Cleansing and Moisturizing.
Every week or 2nd week I shall have a post up featuring a new mask that I’m loving.
Okay let’s get to it…
1. Exfoliation is a must as it removes all that unwanted dead skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth. I recommend exfoliating atleast twice a week even if you aren’t going through the full facial steps.
I love mixing 2 teaspoons of Bicarbonate of Soda with enough water to form some what of a pasty scrub. I then rub this mixture onto my face for about 3mins and let it sit on the face for another 2mins before rinsing it off and patting my skin dry.
2. Steaming is essential to any facial as it opens the pores and preps the skin so that the mask being used in the next step can really work its magic.
I boil a full kettle of water whilst I get a glass bowl and towel ready.
I pour the water into the bowel, place my face over the bowel and cover my head with the towel. I recommend a thick/large bathing towel as this will allow a very slow escape of steam from the enclosed area. Always add more of the water if it starts to cool down.
You could also pop in some lemon or tea leaves into the bowl. I do this for about 10 mins.
3. Masking is the main step of the facial as it allows for your skin to be treated according to its needs. As mentioned above, I will be posting about a new mask every so often. There are great masks available at dischem, clicks and even your kitchen.
The mask for today is something I’ve been using for years now. It’s basically my go to and can be used on all skin types. It brightens dull skin and can be used for pigmentation as well. You need some plain yoghurt, gram flower and turmeric powder.
I mix 2 teaspoons of yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of gram flower and a 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder. However, you can use your discretion and do what works for you. I leave this on the face till it fully dries before washing it off.
4. Cleansing is used to clean the skin even further by removing excess products from the mask or left over oils and dirt. Cleansing leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. You can use any cleanser that works for you. I love Nivea, Johnsons and Clinique for sensitive skin. Some ordinary rose water can also do the trick.
5. Moisturizing concludes the whole facial. I personally just use my daily moisturizer in this step. And, voila, you’re left with smooth and soft skin.
So this is the routine I follow every month or two at home. You can still mask a couple times every week without following all the steps above.
I hope you liked the start of this new skincare series??
Let me know what your favourite masks are in the comments below and I’ll be sure to try them out and feature them on the blog.
Till next time, Shiara 🖤