This At-Home Facial Can Give You Glowing Skin In Just Six Easy Steps

Written by Anjala Farahath

Chemical peels, clay masks, face serums, face packs, scrubs, night creams – we’ve tried them all, in pursuit of glowing skin that looks like peaches and cream. While some of these may have worked for the lucky ones amongst us, there’s really no single, fool-proof formula to achieve radiant-looking skin. The ugly truth to beauty is that there’s no one size that fits all. That’s exactly why there are multiple options when it comes to skincare. Each one designed to suit the needs of the different skin types.

When it comes to a good self-care session, nothing beats a relaxing facial. Whether you are someone who works 24 hours a day or someone who has busy weekends, a good self-care session that is centered around relaxation is vital for all. It not only cleanses the skin, but it also helps in readying it for the early mornings, incessant makeup days, and long party nights. The best part? One doesn’t need to visit the salon for this.

Facials can be done at home. They are quick, convenient, and they leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. So, what are you waiting for? Sip on some fresh juice, and get yourself ready for a facial that will get you that radiant glow from within, in 6 easy steps:

Step 1: Ice, Ice, Baby

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If you ask me, I would say that these cubes of frozen water are underestimated and under-appreciated. Whether you’ve woken up with puffy eyes, or have glaring, open pores on your face, a cube of ice is all you need to deal with that menace.

Fold a thin napkin over an ice cube and dab it on the skin for 5-10 mins to reduce any inflammation and redness. Move the cubes in outward rolling motion as you massage it over your face. The cold temperature of the ice cube constricts the blood vessels and thus shrinks the pores, soothes the skin and gives it a fresh look (1). Let your face rest for 7–10 minutes before you proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Keep It Clean

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The next step that’s essential in any skincare routine is cleansing. Take a dollop of your cleanser and massage it onto damp skin. Maintain mild pressure, and make sure that the cleansing process dislodges all the dirt, grime, and last night’s makeup or skincare products from your face. If your face already feels dry in the morning, just a normal toner or some water will do the job. Do away with the suds, if your skin feels tight.

Step 3: Get Steamy

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This step is easy if you have a steamer. If you don’t, we’ll walk you through the alternative method. Heat some water in a vessel, bring it to a boil. Once you see the bubbles, place the vessel in a comfortable spot and cover your head with a towel while you lean towards the vessel. Take steam for 5 minutes. This will dilate your pores and softens the blackhead plugs, making it easy to be released(2). Additionally, the steam gives you a natural rosy tint and leaves your skin feeling refreshed. Be careful not to splash any hot water onto yourself.

Step 4: E For Exfoliate

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If you have dull or dry skin, this is a mandatory part of the skincare routine. Dull skin is a result of the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These dead cells don’t reflect any light and stay put on the upper layers of the skin. There are plenty of face scrubs in the market, but if you want to try some DIY scrubs, you can use some crushed walnuts and olive oil or honey, dried orange peel and honey, cinnamon and honey, etc. Apply the scrub, leave it on for 5 minutes, and scrub around in T-zone. Always scrub in an upward motion. After a couple of minutes, rinse it off with cold water.

This will remove the dead skin, and leave the skin feeling soft and supple.

Step 5: Bask In The Beauty Of A Face Pack

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Now, after you have exposed your skin to two extreme temperatures, exfoliated and cleansed it, the face is prepped to receive some food for nourishment, brightening, and hydration. Use sandalwood, charcoal, or dead sea face pack. You can also use Multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth). These face packs tighten the skin, further exfoliate it, fight the excess grease, and unclog the pores. Once the face pack has dried up, wash it off by massaging it in circular motions.

Step 6: Finish With A Sheet Mask

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After mattifying and detoxifying, the skin is sensitive and might feel a little raw. To seal the skin with some moisture, a good sheet mask works wonders. There are a plethora of different sheet masks that you can choose from. Collagen essence, snail, pomegranate, hydration masks, etc. Take your pick, and reward yourself with an episode of your favorite show while the sheet mask does its work on your face. Take it off after 20 mins, and you will feel the difference in your skin.

This fuss-free and easy skincare routine will leave you feeling like you spent a day at the spa. Facials and sheet masks give you a bright and radiant look that you have you always wanted. But you must remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, similarly, a good, healthy skin also demands consistent effort. So, take care of yourself! What’s your favorite sheet mask? Let us know in the comments below.

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