With the festive season around we all want to look gorgeous. But due to the tight schedule and yes, sometimes laziness we miss the parlor session. And the result is dull skin. But not anymore! Today we’ll discuss some super simple homemade facials that you can easily do at the comfort of your home and give your skin the much needed rejuvenation.
We have always told you that even simple ingredients like fruit pulp, honey etc. can work wonders for your skin. All you need to do is put in just a little bit of effort and voila you are sorted. In a recent post we talked about how to do a facial at home, which is a step by step easy guide for a facial. And today we’ll be focusing our attention on some easy home facials using natural ingredients available at home. Natural ingredients are pocket friendly and skin friendly too.
Cleansing and scrubbing are two important steps of a facial. Most of us use cleansing milks or toners, but replacing them with natural ingredients can be of great help.
- Take a thick slice of cucumber and rub it in circular motion all over your face and neck for 10 – 15 minutes. Remember not to peel it. Wash off with cool water. Cucumber is known to be your skin’s great friend and would leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated
- Take a tomato and slice it into half. Gently rub over your face and neck for 10 minutes and then wash off with cool water
- Rub your face with an ice cube for 5 minutes for an instantly refreshing look. Now what can be simpler than this?
Exfoliating your skin using homemade scrubs is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells and unclog the pores. A lot of times people don’t know how many times should they exfoliate or use a scrub.
Normal skin – 2 – 3 times a week
Oily skin – 2 times a week
Combination skin – 2 times a week
Dry skin – 2 times a week
Sensitive skin – Once a week
- Curd and Papaya Scrub
Mix half cup (small) mashed ripe papaya with 2 tbsp. hung curd. Add to it 2 – 3 drops of lemon juice and 1 tbsp. honey. Mix well into a thick paste. Gently rub your skin with this mixture in circular motion and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
- Sugar and Honey Scrub
Sugar is a very good exfoliating agent for the skin, and the best part- it is readily available.
Take 1/4th cup honey and mix it with 1/4th cup brown sugar (the refined sugar will give you a slight pinch on the skin). Add to it 1 tbsp. coconut or olive oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, tea tree, jasmine rose etc.) Mix them all well and gently rub the mixture on your face and neck in circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Banana Scrub
Mash two ripe bananas and add to them grinded sugar and 1 tbsp. honey. Gently massage this pulp onto your face and neck in circular motion for 5 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
Homemade Facial Masks
Two steps done, the next step is to apply a face mask or a face pack. And always do a patch test before applying a face pack, though natural masks are usually safe.
- Orange face pack
Get the spa at home with this heavenly curd and orange face pack. Take 1 tbsp. thick yogurt and add to it juice of one slice of orange, orange pulp and 1 teaspoon aloe vera (you can use gel or powder, whatever you have). Mix well into a thick paste and apply all over your face and neck. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Yogurt is a great cleanser and would also tighten the pores, thus giving you naturally radiant skin.
- Besan face pack
Gram Flour (Besan) is a commonly used ingredient in face masks and is known to give glowing skin.
Mix 1 tbsp. besan with 1 tbsp. lime juice and 1 teaspoon turmeric. Add a few drops of rose water for making a thick paste. Apply evenly over your face and neck and leave it to dry. Wash off with cool water.
- Sandalwood face pack
Mix 1 – 2 tbsp. sandalwood paste (it is easily available in the market, so no more excuses now!) with rose water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and neck, leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Pamper your skin with these easy and effective home facials. We are awaiting your feedback.
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