Tuesday, 25 December 2012

DIY facials (How to do facials at home)

The first step towards a healthy skin and the best skin care routine is to find out your skin type. If you already know yours, that's great. If you don't, click HERE . I know it's great if you can get a professional facial treatment done at a spa or a beauty bar, but it's also good if you can do it yourself at home, plus you can save a ton of money too and still get great glowing results.

This basic facial treatment i'm about to share works on oily, dry and combination skin ( If you have a skin type outside these three, watch out for a post soon), don't worry, it's easy and would only take at least 30 minutes of your time.

There are 5 basic steps in this facial...............


You’ll want to remove make-up with a make-up remover and then wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser to remove any grime, dirt or oil residue on your skin and in your pores. Use the cleanser you are most comfortable with or search for the one that best suits your skin type.


Use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub to scrub your face rubbing your fingers in a circular motion. Concentrate on the areas around your nose and forehead or if you have combinnation skin, work harder on the areas that tend to be "greasy." And then, rinse your face well...the scrub scrubs away dead skin and makes your skin feel refreshed and gives your face that glow.


The next step is to steam your face. There are several ways to do this........you can fill your sink with warm water, dip a washcloth in the water and press to your face repeating 2-3 times. Another way you can do this is taking it further by boiling water, turning the water into a bowl, and putting your head over the water with a towel over your head and letting the steam seep into your pores for a good 5 minutes. But be careful not to burn yourself. What the steam does is that it loosens up the remaining dirt and grime, and softens any hardened oils in your pores and makes it easy to remove all of them using the mask in the next step.


Facial masks are used for deep-cleansing purposes. If you have oily skin or combination skin, use a clay-based face mask. If your skin is dry or sensitive, then go for a hydrating gel or cream mask. Apply the mask, avoiding the areas around the eyes. Keep it on for 10-20 minutes (or, according to the directions on the product) then rinse completely.


This is the last step. Rub a soothing basic moisturizer over your face and neck, and you are done.


  • Gentle cleanser
  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Warm water & a washcloth
  • Clay-based or cream facial mask (based on skin type)
  • Basic moisturizer

Some people even include an extraction stage in their facials process which means extracting black heads and whiteheads that are visible. This extraction stage can come in after the steaming stage, just before doing the mask process.

You can do this facial once a week or once in 2 weeks if you want to. Try it and your face will feel very refreshed.

Love always!


  1. Do I really need to bother with facials? Or can I skip some steps? I really don't like to have more than 2 steps in my beauty regime

    1. Oge, I have just one question.....Did u know that u shed skin? Frequently, there are dead skin cells on the surface of ur skin and not getting rid of dem culd lead to clogged pores and result in breakouts. That's one of the reasons why you should get a facial treatment done professionally or you do one yourself.

      Its your skin and it deserves to look beautiful, so dedicating just 40 minutes to it won't hurt. Once u cleanse and exfoliate and steam and use the mask and moisturize, you are done! Well, instead of putting your face over a bowl of steam, you could do the towel method (pressing it against ur face).

      I guarantee that once u start, u will even begin to enjoy it 'cos u will love the way your face feels alive after a facial, and u will even begin to look foward to it. I really hope I answered ur questions.

    2. Woooow! I hav learnt soooo much frm dis post. My face is ridiculously oily! Inshort,by 10am at wrk my face is already filled wit oil. I tot it was my cream to powder and so I stopd usin it, bt for where! Its stil vry oily! I rily hope dis will help oooo!!!! Its rily frustratin! Confession: I've neva done facials b4! Hehehehe!

    3. Hi Miriam, do you use any oil-based product on your face? if yes, please stop. Using products (makeup and moisturizers)that contain oil will only make your oily skin get worse. You should use water-based products.

      Also, please bear in mind that you can't totally stop your face from secreting oil, but you certainly CAN control it with the proper facials steps, and you wouldn't have the acne and breakouts that are usually associated with oily faces.

      I'll encourage you to maintain a facials routine if you can (every 2 weeks perhaps)...you can stick to sunday evenings if you want. Just do what you can ok?

      Thanks for coming by.

  2. I appreciate you for your good works. Please I wil like you to recommend a good facial cleanser for an oily light complexioned skin.I also don't know the work of a moisturizer. After scrubbing my face with a scrub and masking. I rub my normal body cream. I don't know if is a moisturizer or not. please recommend a moisturizer as well.thanks.

  3. I'll suggest that you try 'Clinique wash-away gel cleanser' It's for oily skin and would wash the makeup and oil off your face properly. Gel cleansers are the best for oily skin.

    A moisturizer hydrates your skin by giving it moisture and makes it soft and smooth. It prevents wrinkling and aging from showing on your skin. Get an oil-free moisturizer since you have oily skin. You will know if its a moisturizer, because it should be indicated somewhere on the bottle or jar.

    Try 'Clean & Clear dual action moisturizer' or 'Neutrogena oil-free moisture for combination skin' or 'Mary Kay time-wise age fighting moisturizer for combination to oily skin'.

    Hope tis helps.

  4. Yes it did. Thanks a lot chinazor.

  5. Wow, I really love your bolg and I hope applying these steps would help get rid of the "garri" on my face.

    1. Lool @ garri. I'm sure it's not that bad.
      Thanks for coming by.

  6. Thanx 4 dis lovely blog dear. Itz reali a blessing. Plz quick question, I use silka papaya cream nd soap nd I also use it on my face too. Is dat good? I v oily skin and do my facials almost regularly but I just use honey on my face. Can dat serve as a mask? Thankxx. Expecting Ūя̲̅ reply.

    1. Honey has antibacterial properties which helps in fighting acne and pimples caused by oily skin. It's also a good cleanser for skin and an effective moisturizer.

      Using just honey as a mask will bive you clear and glowing skin. Just wet your fingers and apply it so that it wont be so sticky. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse it off.

      If you mix honey with lemon and use as a mask, it will help you fight acne, pimples and scars and give you a fairer glowing skin.

    2. Ooooops! I meant *give* not *bive*

  7. Love ur blog. Plz I use silka papaya cream nd soap on my body and face. Is dat a wise choice? Especially 4 d face, can d cream serve as a moisturizer 4 d face. Thanxx.

    1. Yes you can use the moisturizer on your face as long as it's a good moisturizer that suits your skin type.

      If the soap is just a body soap and not a facial cleanser, then, i'll suggest you get a different cleanser for your face. Remember that body soap is harsh on the facial skin.

  8. Thanx Plenty plenty. Appreciate d response. Gracias


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