If you want to give your face a treat, a facial is certainly the way to go. It relaxes facial muscles and affects your skin in a lot of good ways. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to go to a beauty parlor for an appointment. And some who do have time may not have the extra cash to work regular facials into the budget.
There are also those who find beauty parlors too public and prefer more private sessions.
What to do then?
Well, there’s actually one way to address all those three concerns. And that’s in the form of a homemade facial. You get the pampering you want at the comfort of your own home and from everyday things you can find in the kitchen or the garden. It saves you money and you can pretty much do it when you want or need it.
So without further ado, here are some of the best homemade facials to pamper your skin.
1. Green Tea, Sugar and Honey
Green tea is one of those food items that comes with so many healthful benefits. In this case, one will find that it can:
- keep the skin young-looking
- • reduce blemishes, pimple marks and wrinkles
Meanwhile, the honey in the mix has antibacterial qualities and can:
- keep the face clean
- moisturize skin
Here’s what you need to do:
- Using a tea strainer or ball, brew a mug of green tea. You can also use a tea bag but only if it’s plain, flavorless green tea.
- Pour a tablespoon or two of the tea over a clean bowl.
- Add sugar until the mixture looks like a scrubbing solution. It must be gritty, but fluid enough to allow application to skin.
- Add one tablespoon of honey.
- Stir until well mixed.
Once done, the mixture can be stored in a sealed jar. The solution will keep for weeks. You can also apply the solution to your skin immediately. Just scrub over your face for a few minutes and wipe using a wet cloth. Rinse with water and pat dry.
2. Sugar and Cleansing Cream
For this facial, all you need is some sugar to go with your usual cleansing cream.
- Wash your face with lukewarm water and scrub it clean with a clean, dry and soft cloth. You may also use a facial wash or mild face soap.
- Squeeze a teaspoon of cleansing cream into your hand.
- Add two teaspoons of fine grained sugar.
- Mix until you get a gritty paste.
Once the paste is ready, apply over the face using circular motions. Pay special attention to the nose and chin areas especially. Then get a wet washcloth to remove the scrub from your face.
You can prepare the paste in advance and store it in a jar. Also, remember to use fine grained sugar as larger grains can be rough on the face.
3. Rose Mask
For those with a combination-type skin, a rose mask is the perfect pampering facial. It will leave the skin feeling soft and smelling good, too, while maintaining the balance of the dry and oily areas on the face.
- Get 6 to 7 rose petals, 2 tablespoons rose water, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon yogurt.
- Soak the rose.
- Crush the petals and add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
- Mix well.
This mixture can now be applied to the face. Keep it on for a few minutes before rinsing well with water.
4. Yogurt and Oatmeal Facial
People with sensitive skin will find this facial particularly helpful. To get the mix:
- Take 1 cup yogurt and ½ cup oatmeal.
- Mix well.
- Refrigerate until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
This mixture can only be applied to the face once the required texture is achieved. It should be sort of like a paste after refrigerating. Apply that to your face and let it stay for 15 minutes, after which, use a damp cloth to wipe it off. It will be better if the cloth you use is warm. This can be done by heating it in a microwave beforehand, or dipping it in some hot water and wringing the water out.
An alternative to this is to use egg whites instead of yogurt and rinsing with lukewarm water. The slightly warm cloth is meant to give a steaming effect.