Whether you belong to the beauty therapy crowd or simply wish to establish a new personal routine, learning to make a facial routine at home can be a worthwhile self-isolation exercise. The time and effort you put into planning and preparing your facial will be worth it. But even for people who don’t regularly go to the spa, participating in a facial at home or starting a facial routine from home can still be extremely soothing. It’s not like going to the spa where you spend hours soaking in a tub with hot water, putting on make-up and paying over the odds for their services. Facials at home usually involve little more than applying a fresh facial cream, perhaps picking out a fresh facial mask and perhaps using an exfoliating tool or two.
Routines for Oily Skin
The key to facial routines for oily skin is to use a facial cleanser that is designed for the care of oily skin. In many cases, these cleansers are also made for oily skin to combat the excess oil. Excess oil is one of the primary causes of acne for many people and removing excess oil can help clear up this condition. Oily skin can also benefit from exfoliation and a good exfoliant can do just this. There are plenty of facial exfoliators on the market.
A good skincare routine to maintain a facial routine for oily skin should involve exfoliation every other week or so. This process encourages the natural shedding of dead cells that can build up in the pores. This is done through scrubbing the skin in small areas to remove the outermost layer of skin cells that is above and around the sebaceous glands. Then a clean face is applied with a facial scrub and moisturizer to lock in the moisture.
A self-care facial routine can include washing with a loofah, using a daily moisturizer and exfoliating once or twice a week. These are all quite simple at-home facial routine tasks. However, it does require some extra time and energy if you have a busy schedule or are unable to get to a local spa to complete these tasks. But in the long run, they can be quite satisfying, as it helps to rejuvenate and tighten your skin.
If you do not have time or desire to make your facial routine for exfoliation then there are a few homemade face scrubs you could try. Ingredients such as ground sea salt and baking soda can help to exfoliate dead skin cells which can then be washed away. Sea salt has a reputation as being particularly effective. Some people have even claimed that exfoliation using sea salt on their faces improved their skin in the months following.
The other key ingredient to remember when creating a facial routine for exfoliation is that there should be sufficient moisture in the mixture to ensure your skin is properly moisturized. Another bonus is that you can add in ingredients such as papaya fruit to increase the effectiveness of any scrub or exfoliant you may use. One of my favourite combinations is made from ground papaya and honey and this has proved very popular with people who suffer from acne.
Exfoliating can also be beneficial as this removes dead skin cells that can clog pores and prevent the natural growth of new cells. A good exfoliating scrub should not include many abrasive ingredients such as crushed almonds or apricot pit. Try using products with mild ingredients such as baby oil. However, if you want to exfoliate your face weekly then scrub with coarse grains such as kaolin will also be beneficial. Kaolin absorbs oils without damaging the outer layer of your skin.
One ingredient I highly recommend is Gypsy cream. This all-natural skincare product is created from all-natural ingredients and is very gentle to use. It is a great alternative to harsher scrubs and exfoliating products. You can choose from a light, medium or dark toned Gypsy cream based on your skin tone and acne breakouts.