What’s the best way to de-stress on a weekend with a little self-pampering? For most women that often means a day at the spa or the salon. Getting a facial once a month is a great way to give your skin the nutrients and TLC it needs. After a facial, your skin is left renewed, moisturised, exfoliated and completely refreshed. A facial can be customised depending on your skin type and your specific set of problems. The ingredients that you use in your facial kit can make all the difference in the world to making your skin look healthy and glowing.
Giving yourself a facial at home can be extremely empowering and cost-effective. A facial in the salon often costs upwards of Rs 500 and anywhere up to Rs 3,000. More often than not, the facial kit they use in the salon costs the same as the amount they charge you for the treatment. Times like these, it might make more sense in investing in the facial kit rather than going to a salon to get a facial.
When you invest in a facial kit, you can get at least 3-5 uses from it depending on the size of the kit. At the salon, you get only one facial for the price you pay. If you’re a frequent salon visitor, it might make more sense to get a facial kit at home.
Giving yourself a facial in the comforts of your home is a pleasure. You can do it at your own time and your own pace!
Often in the salon you can’t control the brands or the products they use on your skin. If you’re more sensitive to certain products, giving yourself a facial at home lets you control hygiene, quality and type of product you use.
Giving yourself a facial at home is not as tough as it may appear. It’s actually relatively easy and a great DIY activity to indulge in once or twice a month. Most facials have 5 basic steps. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be on your way to giving yourself the glowiest, softest skin in town!
You want to start with a clean face. Most facial kits come equipped with a cleanser. Start by applying cleanser to your skin and gently rub in circular motions. Use a cleansing brush or a silicone cleansing brush to massage the cleanser into your skin in upward circular motions. Once you’ve massaged it in for a minute or so, wash it off with lukewarm water.
Your facial kit will have a gentle scrub designed for your specific concern. Apply the scrub to your face and neck and gently rub it all over. The scrub will help you get rid of dead skin, dry skin and any impurities like clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads. Rinse it off using lukewarm water.
Steaming your face opens up your pores and removes any impurities from deep within. You can take steam before or after you scrub your face. Steam your face using a facial steamer.
If you don’t have one, or don’t want to buy one, there are other ways to steam too. One of those ways involves dipping a washcloth in warm water and applying it to your face. Do this a few times until your face feels comfortably hot. Fill a vessel with hot water and place it on a table. Put your face over the hot water just close enough that the steam comes onto your skin. Cover your head with a towel to ensure that your skin is getting all the steam from the hot water.
Pores: If you have blackheads and whiteheads; after steam is the best time to target to remove them. If you’re an expert, you might want to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads at this point. If you don’t know how to use a blackhead tool, a peel-off nose pore strip will help!
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The second last step in your facial kit will be a face mask. Depending on your facial kit, this could be a moisturising cream, clay mask or even a sheet mask. If your facial kit consists of a face massage cream, use a generous amount and massage your face and neck using this cream. Using a facial massage tool like a jade roller or a Guasha stone might help you get deeper into those facial muscles. Use a washcloth or a cleansing sponge (Rs 100) to wipe off any excess cream.
The very last step in any facial is to moisturise. You can use the moisturiser included in your kit or use a sheet mask. Leave the sheet mask on for 20 minutes and massage in the excess into your skin. If you’re going to step out during the day, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. You should ideally stay away from makeup the day you get a facial. This will allow your skin to breathe and rejuvenate.
Here are some things to keep in mind after you have gotten your facial
Facial kits are something you need to pick out depending on your skin type. Every facial kit serves a different purpose if you have dull skin you need a kit that brightens. If you have acne-prone skin, a kit with anti-acne ingredients like tea tree and clay will help get rid of acne. Here are some of the best facial kits in India for every skin type!
Dry skin is in need of moisturisation and exfoliation. These kits will help nourish your skin from the inside and out and give you nothing but soft and supple skin!
This hydrating facial kit reduces surface dryness and nourishes your skin. It calms and soothes irritated skin while giving your skin a large shot of hydration. It contains 7 steps and can be used once a month to get rid of dry skin. Start by using the face cleanser to get rid of any impurities and follow it up with the enzyme gel. Wipe it off and apply the protein bleach and follow it up with the serum, silver gel, hydrating gel and face pack. Each step has nourishing ingredients that will penetrate through your skin making it soft and supple!
This facial kit is perfect for exfoliation. The diamond ash in this ensures that your skin is clear of any dry, dead skin and ensures that all your products penetrate through your skin better. The kit itself consists of 5 steps, a toner, scrub, massage gel, face cream and a face pack. Apply the products in that order mentioned on the box and you will be left with skin that has a gorgeous luminous glow.
Oily skin often is also acne prone or has problems like clogged pores and blackheads and whiteheads. A facial kit with clay or charcoal will help draw out all the excess oil and reset your skin to its optimal PH balance.
Charcoal is a miraculous ingredient that draws out all the dirt, dust and pollution clogging up your pores. It will get rid of oil, blackheads and whiteheads along the way. This facial kit is extremely beneficial to anyone with oily skin. It has charcoal extracts in every step! Massage your skin for 2-3 minutes using the cleanser and rinse with warm water. Use the scrub to gently exfoliate and get rid of blackheads and whiteheads and massage the gel onto your face and neck for a few minutes. That’s it, all done.
This is the ideal facial kit to have if you have oily, combination and acne prone skin. The key ingredient in these products in green tea and glycolic acid. The green tea soothes and detoxes while the glycolic acid exfoliates. The kit contains a moisturiser, cleanser, toner and face mask. You can use it once a month as a routine for deep pore cleansing and exfoliation. To maintain the clarity and radiance in your skin, use the cleanser, toner and moisturiser regularly.
Acne prone skin is very sensitive and can get irritated with certain ingredients. Mild ingredients like aloe vera gel, neem, turmeric and tea tree oil help people with acne prone skin.
Himalaya neem face wash has been immensely popular with people who have acne prone skin. It comes highly recommended by people who have used it. The face wash is part of an entire range that is enriched with neem and designed to help acne prone, sensitive skin, and heal and repair it. The kit contains cleansing milk, face wash, a scrub, toner, face pack and lotion to be used in that order. You also get a complementary face massager in the package to help massage and deep clean your pores. Use the kit regularly to keep your skin free of acne and other infections.
While this is slightly expensive, the kit will last you for quite a while. O3+ is a popular kit that is used across all salons to give you clearer, brighter skin. It will also help lighten and brighten pigmentation and blemishes with regular use. This facial kit has Seaweed as a special ingredient that helps acne prone skin. It has 5 products included in it - the Seaweed Cleansing Gel, Seaweed Tonic, Seaweed Serum, Seaweed Cream and Seaweed Mask.
Start by cleansing your skin with the cleansing gel and follow it up with the purifying tonic. Massage your skin for a couple of minutes using the massage cream. Wipe off the excess and apply the purifying mask and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Finally, to get rid of blemishes apply the acne control serum. It will help lighten and brighten your pigmentation. While you can use the kit monthly, use the tonic and serum daily!
If you have dull skin, or tanned skin, a facial kit with ingredients like Vitamin C, liquorice extract, papaya will brighten your skin and give it an instant glow.
This kit is perfect for dull, lacklustre skin. If you’re looking for a facial kit to bring back that lost glow, this one is perfect. It consists of 4 steps and it has ingredients like 24k gold leaves and papaya extract to bring that radiance back to your skin. It has an exfoliating cleanser to cleanse and get rid of any dry skin along with a tan. Follow it up with the activator, massage cream and the mask and you will see your skin feeling very soft and hydrated.
This kit is perfect for tanned skin. If you just got back from a vacation and your skin looks uneven, this kit will be your saviour. Just make sure you deeply moisturise tanned and sun damaged skin before treating it with any kind of facials and masks. Sun damaged skin often needs to be soothed before it can be treated.
This kit is used in salon all the time. While it is a little expensive, the products can be used during the facial, and every day after that as a follow up too. So looking at the long term, the kit is definitely worth the investment. This kit has a cleansing foam, a whitening toner, a massage cream, a mask and a serum. While the massage cream and the face mask can be used once or twice a month, you can use the cleanser, toner and serum daily to get rid of blemishes, tanning and pigmentation.
Yes, store bought facial kits are easy to use but there’s a different pleasure associated with using all natural, organic ingredients straight out of your kitchen. If you don’t want to go out and splurge, these homemade ingredients will come to your rescue. Here’s everything you need for your homemade facial kit!
Use a paste of rice flour with some water to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Massage your skin for 2-3 minutes in gentle circular motions and rinse it off with water. The enzymes present in rice will help brighten and cleanse your skin. It’s slightly coarse texture will also exfoliate and slough off any dead skin.
Did you know that honey and yoghurt are fantastic for your skin? Honey is a natural humectant, it will attract moisture to your skin, deep cleanse your pores and get rid of inflammation. Yoghurt will brighten, nourish and get rid of a tan. Add in a pinch of turmeric powder to help get rid of acne and pigmentation. Mix all the ingredients together and apply it as a face mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Use fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant to moisturise. If you don’t have fresh aloe vera gel, you could even use a few drops of organic olive oil. If you have very dry skin, combine a little bit of olive oil with aloe vera gel and apply this to your face.
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