Despite the terrible circumstances our enforced self-isolation is a result of, many of us seem to share the same mindset that we should make the most of this unique and, quite frankly, surreal situation, and take time to really look after ourselves.
You might be missing your gym sessions, nail appointments, haircuts, and other self-care practices, so it’s time to get creative. If you’re looking for some at-home wellbeing care and find a lot of joy in skincare products, why not treat yourself to a DIY facial?
Step 1: Remove Makeup
Are you treating yourself to your DIY facial after your long, hard day of doing sweet F-all in self-isolation? Brilliant – start by removing any makeup or skin products you currently have on your face and neck!
Utilise your normal makeup remover, and take extra care to ensure everything is properly removed. If you’re using a hot cloth, move it in circular motions all over your face and neck to give your skin a gentle exfoliation at the same time.
Step 2: Steam
You want to really open the pores to draw out impurities and give your skin chance to soak up the benefits from the steps that will follow your steam.
To do a DIY steam at home, boil the kettle and fill a pot, pan or bowl with boiling water. If you have essential oils handy from a diffuser or similar product, put a few drops into the water.
Hover your face over the bowl, about 6 inches away from the water, close your eyes and cover the back of your head with a towel to trap some of the steam in. Allow your face to steam for 5-minutes or as long as you feel comfortable for.
Step 5: Exfoliate
Now that your pores are open, it’s a great time to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and any remaining impurities. Apply your exfoliating product to your face and rub in gentle circular motions to agitate any unwanted impurities and skin cells. Do this for 1-2 minutes and rinse off.
If you don’t have an exfoliating product, you can make your own scrub by combining some sugar with coconut oil or a face oil you already own!
Step 4: Apply Face Mask
Most of us have a face mask lingering around somewhere in the toiletries cupboard, and now is a great time to put it to use. My go-to face masks are always clay-based, but any mask will do! Don’t worry if you don’t own a face mask – why not make one yourself?
- Combine 1 mashed banana with 1 tablespoon honey, or
- Combine 1 tablespoon aloe with 1 tablespoon honey, or
- Use only honey.
Once you have your mask ready, apply it all over your face and leave for 15 minutes, unless the product states otherwise. Sit back and relax – a scented candle and glass of wine is beneficial. 😉
Step 5: Rinse Mask Away and Tone
Soak a face cloth in warm water and use it to wipe away your mask, again using circular motions to make sure all of the product is removed.
Apply your toner onto a cotton pad and gently swipe around the face. This will ensure that the mask is properly removed whilst also rebalancing your skin!
Step 6: Massage with Moisturiser
Apply your moisturiser to your face and give yourself a DIY facial massage. I personally like to add a few drops of face oil to my moisturiser for extra hydration, particularly after using a face mask as it can be quite drying.
Use your forefinger and middle finger to massage your face in circular motions. Start with your cheeks and move up to your forehead and temples. This is great for waking up your face muscles and making sure your moisturiser is properly soaked up by your skin. Don’t forget to finish off with your eye cream!
Et VOILA – DIY facial complete!
I think it’s important to find some calm amongst the crazy chaos of the world, and taking some time to look after yourself is extremely important in any way you see fit. For me, doing an exercise in my living room, going outside for a walk and finding joy in my skincare is making me feel good!
Stay safe everyone.