6 Step DIY Facial

Who has the money or the time to go and get a professional facial once a month? Certainly not me! But I have found that giving myself a DIY facial once a week or so, despite not feeling quite as luxurious, can be just as beneficial as a professional one. Here are the 6 steps I follow...

1. Cleanse & Massage - Use a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type and apply in circular motions, remembering to include your neck too. Then (my favourite part of the whole facial) massage your face with your cleanser, following the steps in the amazing Oxford Jasmine's facial massage video! Alternatively, you could do this after the mask to wash it off, but I prefer to do it with my cleanser. It feels absolutely amazing, and removes any horrible dirt and grease from your skin!

2. Exfoliate - Lightly apply a good exfoliator to your skin in circular motions to remove dead skin cells and impurities, leaving your skin soft and glowing. Make sure to really get in to the small areas, like the sides of your nose, and avoid the delicate eye area.

3. Steam - Fill a large bowl with boiling water and cover your head with a towel to capture the steam as you lean over the bowl for 5 minutes. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to help with the condition of your skin, for example lemon is great for oily skin. This will soften your skin and open your pores so it is ready for the next step...

4. Mask - Apply a mask to your skin whilst it is still slightly damp. There are so many different masks out there, so use one that suits your skin and will combat any problem areas, for example use a clay mask for oily skin. Leave on for around 5 minutes, or for as long as the instructions suggest. Remove the mask gently with warm water, then splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

5. Tone - Use a cotton wool pad to apply your toner to your face and neck. This will remove any remaining oil, shrink your pores, and purify the skin.

6. Moisturise - Apply a moisturiser suitable for your skin in dabbing motions to ensure you don't drag the skin. If it is the daytime, use a moisturiser with SPF and UVA protection, or if it is nighttime, use a night cream. Remember to also apply a good eye cream gently under the eyes, and a lip balm.

Of course, you can change the steps or products as you see fit. Also, feel free to incorporate your Sonicleanse or other microdermabrasion device in to the facial.

I would recommend doing this facial at night, because not only is it relaxing, but your skin repairs itself as you sleep so it will be much more beneficial. I hope you enjoy this facial, even if it doesn't quite compare to a professional one. Have fun, ladies!

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