Studies show that a DIY facial can offer a person countless benefits, such as supple skin, premature wrinkle prevention, and tighter skin. Still, you should take precaution measures. The study also shows that using products with questionable ingredients could result in erythema and puffy skin. The following are a few steps to follow to ensure an effective DIY facial.
DIY Facial Massage – Main Steps
1. Use Safe Products
It is important to know the kinds of products that you can use and which ones to stay away from before starting your DIY facial. The study mentioned earlier shows that regular over-the-counter products could contain harmful ingredients like the following:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Triclosan or Triclocarban.
- Aminophenol or diaminobenzene.
- Polyethylene or PEGs.
- Retinyl or retinyl acetate.
- Petroleum distillates.
- Artificial scents and colors.
The ingredients that did not cause any negative reactions were natural or exotic ingredients like gold salts, herbs, witch hazel, orange essence, and other similar ingredients. In short, stick to natural ingredients as much as possible.
2. Cleansing Matters
You want to make sure that you clean your face thoroughly. There are a number ways to do this; for example, applying a thin layer of raw honey can prove helpful. This natural ingredient is exfoliating, and it helps your skin retain moisture, not to mention it is also antibacterial.
You can remove the layer after a few minutes with a simple rinse. Of course, you can just cleanse with a cleanser as long as it does not contain harmful ingredients.
3. Exfoliate the Skin
The next step in your DIY facial is to exfoliate the skin. This should remove any leftover residue and dead skin that might be sitting on the epidermis’ surface. You can use a simple exfoliator. Also, you should make sure that the entire exfoliating process is gentle enough for your skin.
A good example of a natural exfoliator is a sea sponge, which is gentle and antibacterial. Some also use volcanic pumice stones, but these are just a few options. The last thing you want to do is rinse and pat dry your face.
4. Getting Started on Your DIY Facial Massage
It is now time to get started on the facial massage. You want to use a natural cream that will not hurt the skin. Now, the massage is not as simple as one might imagine. The first thing you want to do is apply a thin layer of the cream on the face.
A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Facial Massage
#1. Massaging the Forehead
You want to place your fingers in the middle of your forehead and massage outward. You will be gently massaging the skin as you pull the skin toward each end of the forehead. Then, you will need to gently pull downward when you get to the temples of the forehead along the edge of the face.
#2. Nose and Swoop
The next area that you need to massage during your DIY facial is the nose. What you want to do is use the middle of the nose as your starting point and pull away in opposing directions. Massage toward the left or the right of the face depending on the side of the nose you are massaging at the moment.
You want to gently swoop down the side of your nose and move over the cheekbone, toward the corner of your eye. Pull downward when you finally reach the edge of the face. Now, you can say you finished this part of the facial massage.
#3. Upper Lip Massaging
Again, the middle of the upper lip will be your starting point. Use your fingers to gently massage your lip toward the corner of the lip where you will stop. You want to gently pull downwardly to the point that your lips make a slight frown. The downward motion should end at the bottom of your chin. You must do this to both sides of the upper lip.
#4. Attention to the Cheekbones
Place your index fingers right under the edge of your nose on both sides. Consider this your starting point. You want to pull towards the ears on each side while you massage the facial cream over the cheekbones.
#5. Focus on the Chin
You will also start in the middle of the chin. Then, you will need to pull toward the end of the chin. This area falls right under the edges of your lip where you should stop and pull downward.
Each massage must be done a few times or until most of the massage cream has been absorbed into the skin. Of course, you can remove any excess cream with a clean sponge should this be necessary.
Healthful Benefits to Consider
The reason it is important to follow these steps is because it helps stretch the skin and fights the stress that gravity puts on it. In essence, you are helping prevent premature wrinkles by following the guidelines provided above.
You should keep in mind that facial massages have plenty of benefits. For one, it helps stimulate circulation. This ends up making the skin look supple, radiant, and helps maintain a healthy glow. That excess blood flow is also important for invigorating the lymphatic system around the skin on the face. This means there will be more white blood cells to remove toxins and waste from the skin.
Stimulating the lymphatic system is important because toxins and waste stress the skin, which could lead to premature wrinkles or tired-looking skin. Those who suffer from blackheads or acne may benefit from this type of massage because it removes the waste that can lead to clogged pores.
That is all there is to giving yourself a relaxing, spa-like facial massage at home. Clearly, there are many benefits for this type of massage, but it is not absolutely necessary to visit the spa to get these advantages though you may still want to treat yourself every now and then.