The Valentine’s Day is just in less than 2 days. This day is all about love, but not just ‘romantic’ love. It’s about showing appreciation to those whom we love and who are special to us. Make sure you don’t forget to include yourself 🙂
For me self-love is all about how I take care of myself physically, emotionally and mentally so that I can take care of my loved ones in the best way possible. I do believe that it all starts with ourselves. I tell myself this everyday that life is a blessing and we don’t need a ‘specific’ reason to celebrate it! Hence, I try to save some time for myself frequently and do at least few things that gives me happiness. One of such things is to pamper myself. It doesn’t matter if I do something big or something as small as giving myself a facial to pamper myself, trust me it feels so good to take some time just for yourself from your daily routine.
Today I am sharing 7 very easy steps to give yourself a spa-like facial at home to pamper yourself not just for vday but for any day when you need some extra “treat yourself” experience. As we all know, a facial is without a doubt, the best way to get a glowy skin. For me, a facial is an important part for maintaining a healthy skin. A facial helps locking the moisture in the skin and helps removing dead skin cells that clog the pores. All you need to do is just follow these 7 simple steps and your skin will be glowing in no time!
First step is to make sure that your face is completely free of any makeup or dirt. It is very important to start everything with a clean slate. That’s why if you’re wearing any makeup then start with removing all of it using a makeup remover. After removing the makeup, wash your face and neck with the facial cleanser. Once your face is completely clean, you are ready for the next step.
When you’re treating yourself to a facial at home, you have to make sure that you do not skip this step. Steaming opens up the pores and hydrates the skin. Steaming is the secret that most of the facialists swear by. If you don’t have a facial steamer at home then use the boiled water in a bowl. Put a towel over your head and lean over the water allowing the steam to rise to your face – without sitting too closely! Sit like this for 5 to 10 minutes while the steam opens up your pores, moistens your skin and make it ready for the next steps!
Exfoliation helps getting rid of any dead skin cells that are giving you a dull, and tired complexion. For this step, use a gentle exfoliator and scrub in slow, circular motions across your cheeks, chin, nose, forehead, and neck. Remember, your scrub will do all the work for you, so don’t be too vigorous or push hard on your skin or you could do more damage than good! Alternatively, if scrubs upset your skin, use a warm, wet washcloth and, using circular motions, gently rub your skin. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. This will leave your skin soft and tender and prepared for the next steps.
The next step in the process of performing a facial is to massage the face. A facial massage helps stimulating your facial muscles and encourage the blood flow to the area. Since you are going to do your own face massage, you don’t have to be perfect. All you need is to learn few facial massage steps which you can easily do by watching few videos on youtube.
After the massage apply a facial mask. The type of face mask you use depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely.
A facial mask should never be applied to your eye area as the skin is too delicate. If you’d like to give some TLC to this area then try applying some eye cream which will nourish the skin around your eyes while you wait for your mask to do its magic to the rest of your skin.
Next step is to use a toner on your face. Toner is like the setting spray for your skincare routine. It makes sure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste and seals everything off. Using a toner rounds off your facial by closing your pores and making sure that there’s no residue from your products left on your face. For sensitive or dry skin, avoid products that contain alcohol as they can take the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dry and irritated. Use a cotton pad to apply the toner over your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and you’re ready for the last step!
During a facial, our skin goes through a lot, causing it to lose moisture. So, the final step is to inject some moisture into your newly refreshed skin. Apply an eye cream (if you haven’t done this in previous step) and a moisturizer right before ending the facial. If your skin is oily, opt for a hydrating and mattifying gel formula, but if your skin is on the dryer side, give your skin a drink with a rich, creamy moisturizer. Once your skin has soaked in your moisturizer then your facial is complete!
Happy pampering! 😉
Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week ahead…. Happy Valentine’s day! ❤
See y’all soon in the next post. Until then…