I understand that professional facials can be expensive. The good part is that it’s possible to get a clearer face with your home facials without breaking a leg.
The great part is that you can even get a clearer skin with your home facials if you do the right steps correctly with the right products for your skin type.
Home facials can be done 1-3 times a week and it’s best done at night so that the products can work well in the skin while you sleep.
Step 1: Wash
This step is very important in our skincare routine as it helps cleanses the skin from the build-up of dirt which can cause acne. I believe there’s no need to spend heavily on a face wash since you’re still going to wash it off.
There is a wide range of face wash in the market ranging from bar soaps to liquid face wash to paste form soaps. Pick what you’re cool with.
My favorite is The African Black soap which is great for removing excess dirt and oil. In the past, I’ve tried the FIG Turmeric Brightening Black soap and one great thing I love about this soap is that it can substitute for a face mask.
So First things first, wash your hands. Although this may sound weird and unnecessary it’s important simply because its gross using dirty hands to wash your face.
Then, don’t forget to remove your makeup with a makeup remover like the Marykay Makeup Remover (buy from Jumia or Konga). There are other options like almond oil (buy from Jumia or Konga) or coconut oil (buy from Jumia or Konga). Then rinse your face with Luke warm water, not hot water.
Take a pea-sized amount of your face wash and apply on your face. Massage the product into your face and neck in a circular motion for about a minute. Focus on the oily parts of your face such as the nose and chin.
Step 2: Exfoliate
The essence of exfoliating to remove dead skin cells on the face.
Exfoliation can be done with:
Facial Cleansing Brush
Marykay Skinvigorating Brush (buy from Jumia) or the Clarisonic brush.
You can buy a gentle face scrub product like the Forever living Jojoba Scrub (buy from Jumia).
Another great option is to make your own scrub at home with white or brown sugar (buy from Jumia) mixed with extra virgin olive oil (buy from Jumia) or coconut oil (buy from Jumia). Don’t forget to blend the sugar a bit if your facial skin is really soft or sensitive.
Make sure to test the scrub first on your neck before putting it on your face to see how sensitive your skin is to the scrub.
Take a pea size amount of scrub with your finger and apply it on your face. Then gently rub in with a circular motion. Focus on areas of your face that tend to be oily/ greasy such as your nose or chin.
Step 3: Steam
The essence of steaming is to open up your face pores for the mask you’re about to use to work well in drawing out impurities from your face.
Two simple ways to steam your face:
- You can get hot water, let it cool a bit then dip a face cloth in it. Squeeze it out and dab your face 2-3 times.
- Another way is to get a facial steamer (buy from Jumia) or just simply get a bowl of hot water; you can put in a few herbal tea bags (buy from Jumia) in the water. Then simply put your face close to the steam of the water with a towel draped over your head, so that the steam coming from the water will be trapped in your face. Make sure to come up for air when you need to. Do this for about 3-5 minutes.
Step 4: Apply your mask
There are two options for Facemask:
- You either buy a face mask product from a store. My recommended face mask is; the Queen Helene Mint Face mask (buy from Jumia) which has kaolin clay and the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask mainly because it has Bentonite clay. These ingredients help reduce excess oil on the oily facial skin. Another face mask is the Bio aqua Carbon black peel off mask (buy from Jumia)
- You make your own face mask at home with natural ingredients. You can get raw Kaolin clay, mix with a bit of water and apply on your face. Another homemade mask is the
If you have oily skin, use a clay-based mask with ingredients such as Kaolin or Bentonite Clay.
Before applying any face mask, always do a patch test on your neck to see how sensitive your skin is to the product.
When you’re applying the mask, avoid areas around the eyes as they are very sensitive. Leave on for about 10-30 minutes depending on the product directions.
While waiting, you can give yourself an eye treatment by putting cucumber slices or tea bags over your closed eyes while you lie down. Reduce your face movement while waiting so as not to mask the mask crack on your face and give you lines. Don’t forget to use a time
Then wash off with Luke warm water, not hot water.
Step 5: Moisturize
After washing off the mask, use a clean face towel to dab off excess water.
Then apply your moisturizer on your face and neck. Moisturizers help to rehydrate and calm the skin.
You can get a moisturizer depending on your skin need and type. For example,
If you’re looking to prevent or get rid of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, get an Anti-aging moisturizer. One awesome one is the Olay Total Effects Anti-Ageing Firming Moisturizer(buy from Jumia)
If you have a sensitive or acne prone skin, you’ll need a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. I recommend the Marykay Clear proof Moisturizer.
If you have dry or cracked skin, however, you’ll need more moisture. One great moisturizer for dry skin is the Radha Beauty 2.5% Retinol Moisturizer (buy from Jumia).
That’s it! Five simple steps If done correctly can get you clearer skin with your home facials.