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DIY this year!

At-home beauty does not have to be hard. While we are all stuck at home for the foreseeable future, treating yourself to a much-deserved facial may seem like a far-off, unimaginable luxury - but that does not mean you shouldn't continue to care for your complexion. On the contrary, while the outside world continues to manifest constant feelings of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, it's more important than ever to take care of your own mental health. One of the best ways to do so is by bringing a sense of the spa into your very own bathroom. Enter the DIY facial!

Oily skin

While we all follow a daily skin care regimen religiously and have a set cleansing-toning-moisturising routine, it’s always a great idea to go one step ahead to pamper your skin. Your facial skin needs extra care and attention especially if you fall under the oily skin category. Oily skin is more prone to acne which in turn invites a lot of skin concerns. Therefore, the best way to keep your skin game going strong is to indulge in regular facials. A good facial treatment helps cleanse your skin deeply, minimizes pores, prevents breakouts and soothes the skin which leaves your skin fresh and glowing.

Cleansing

This is the first and the most crucial step in your DIY facial for oily skin. A good cleansing procedure will help remove all the dirt, bacteria, pollution, impurities and dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface of your skin. And that’s not all! Cleansing will also help you get rid of all the makeup and excess oil. If you have oily skin, then you need to be extra careful while choosing your skin care products.

Some of the best ingredients in facial cleansers for oily skin include retinol, salicylic acid, ceramides, vitamin C, glycerin, and chemical and physical exfoliants.

For acne-prone or oily skin, look for a cleanser with retinol or salicylic acid.

Toning

While caring for oily skin, we often forget to include toner in our skin care regimen. You’ll be surprised to know that toners are extremely helpful and necessary, especially if you have oily and acne-prone skin. From minimizing pores to refreshing your skin, toner is a miracle product that just cannot be skipped. Toner helps remove residual dirt and oils and traces of makeup from your face. And that’s not all! Toner also helps tone and prep your skin well for the application of moisturiser. It tightens your skin, closes all the open pores thereby leaving your skin with a youthful glow. The best time to use a toner is right before moisturiser and make sure you pick an alcohol-free toner.

Exfoliating

Exfoliating is another extremely important step when it comes to facial. Exfoliating your skin helps remove all the dead skin cells that tend to clog your pores. It helps instantly brighten your face by revealing the younger and healthier layers of your skin.

Home remedy

Combine one teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of water and a teaspoon of sugar.

Steaming

The good old steaming has a number of skin benefits. It is an ancient skincare treatment that helps remove grime, oil and opens up facial pores. Exposing your skin to facial steam clears and unclogs pores which in turn is important for reducing acne breakouts. What’s more? Steaming improves the efficacy of the facial creams and skin ointments that you are using. Your skin softens after a steaming session and anything that you apply works better.

The good news is that steaming is an easy-peasy process that can be done at home. All you need to do is fill the steaming machine with water and add a few drops of essential oil. For oily skin types, we suggest you use essential oils such as lavender, rosemary or thyme. Next, cover your head with a towel and allow the steam to penetrate and work on your skin for at least 5-8 minutes. Steaming opens up the pores and makes your skin ready for the next step in your DIY facial for oily skin.

Masking

For DIY facial for oily skin, you can either use clay face masks that are available in the market or make your own facial mask at home with the help of natural ingredients. To prepare a DIY oil-absorbing face mask, all you need to do is mix together two spoons of fuller’s earth, two spoons of tomato puree and one teaspoon fresh yoghurt. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture and blend well until you get a smooth paste. If the consistency is too thick, then we suggest you add some water to the paste to balance out the texture. Reach for a brush and apply this paste all over your face and neck evenly. Next, take two cotton pads, dip it in rose water or cucumber juice and place them on your eyes. Relax and wait for about 15 minutes until the mask dries completely.

However, ensure that you don’t leave the mask on for too long as that can tighten your skin which in turn may cause fine lines. Fuller’s earth or Multani Mitti is a natural clay works as a great absorbent that removes excess oil, grime, impurities and sweat from the skin pores. Whereas, tomato, on the other hand, has acidic and astringent properties, which helps control oiliness as well as prevents acne. These two ingredients when mixed together can do wonders in banishing oiliness from your face.

Moisturizing

Oily skin needs equal moisturising for it to look healthy, youthful, soft and nourished. The one thing you need to keep in mind before investing in a moisturiser for your skin type is that it needs to be lightweight and water-based so as to not make your skin look and feel too greasy.

Normal skin/combination skin

Cleansing

Cleansing your face is crucial part of any kind of skincare routine. It helps get rid of dirt, excess oil, and makeup, giving you a clean slate to work with and preparing your skin to be more receptive to the ingredients that you are going to nourish it with.

Look for a cleanser that isn’t too drying on the skin and something that will brighten you skin, Vitamin C based cleanser or a mild foaming cleanser

Toning

Toners help remove any residual dirt while sealing your pores. This helps address issues such as acne and visible pores. A toner also helps make your skin more receptive to hydration.

Exfoliating

Exfoliating is another extremely important step when it comes to facial. Exfoliating your skin helps remove all the dead skin cells that tend to clog your pores. It helps instantly brighten your face by revealing the younger and healthier layers of your skin.

Home remedy

Combine one teaspoon ground oatmeal with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil.

Steaming

Follow the same procedure mentioned above.

Masking

Once you’ve steamed your face, your skin is ready to take on some nutrition. Applying face masks gives your skin the boost it needs to stay healthy and look radiant. The constant contact your skin has with damaging factors such as pollution, the sunlight, and chemicals, can dull it down and make it age prematurely. Face masks help counter these factors and keep your skin well-nourished and youthful. The best thing about masks is that they’re customizable to treat various skin issues.

Home remedy

Add one tablespoon honey to one tablespoon yogurt.

Moisturising

This is the last step to your at-home facial and one that the treatment would be incomplete without. Your freshly revealed and nourished skin will need hydration for lasting radiance. A moisturizer will help hydrate your skin and lock moisture in so that your skin is less prone to damage.

Look for products which are almond or olive oil based moisturisers.

Dry skin

The steps for this process are same as above.

• Cleanse

Use a cream based cleanser.

• Exfoliate

Use a suitable scrub for this.

• Home remedy

Combine one teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of ground almonds.

• Tone

Use a toner that does not dry your skin out and helps retain it moisture.

• Steam

Follow the same instructions given above.

• Masking

Take one avocado, two tablespoons plain yogurt, one tablespoon olive oil and one tablespoon honey. Combine the ingredients together and apply on skin.

• Moisturise

Use products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.