If you're not already sold on the concept of having regular facials, please allow us explain how you're missing out.

Simply put, a facial is a spa therapy and massage that leaves your skin cleaner, softer, younger, and fresher. It helps reduce the impact of sun exposure and is also a great stress reliever. So refusing to have one done is denying your skin a world of good.

Now as beneficial as facials are, they don't come cheap and this is why you may want to consider having a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) facial at home. It is however important to use the right skin care products to achieve the desired results

So, what exactly is involved in a DIY facial? Here's a quick guide.

1. Cleanse thoroughly

The first step in this process is to clean your face thoroughly. Wash your face with a good foaming cleanser or soap and water to get rid of dirt, oil and makeup. Clean and Clear and Olay have some really great foaming cleansers at affordable prices.

Now, how you wash your face matters. Be sure to wash in upward circular motions while applying medium pressure. It's important you massage upwards in order to lift the face. Wash several times if you have heavy makeup on, once you're done, pat dry with a towel.

2. Exfoliate

The next thing you want to do is exfoliate. This will help open up the pores and allow the products penetrate properly. Exfoliation also helps with the appearance of the skin as it eliminates dull skin and creates an even tone.

Again, Clean and Clear and Olay have a range of affordable products you can select from. Once done, pat dry again with a clean towel.

3. Steam

Our favourite part no doubt has to be the steaming. Essentially, what this does is to fully open up the pores, and soften the skin for extraction.

To steam your face, simply boil water in a pot, or boil in a kettle and pour in a wide bowl. Place your head above the bowl, and cover yourself with a towel such that your face is directly over the steam (but not too close).

You may opt to add tea tree oil, rose oil or other essential oils for that extra zing. Steam for 10-15 minutes with breaks in between.


4. Extract

With your pores now open, it's time to get rid of all those blackheads but you need to be very careful. With a tissue wrapped over your index finger, squeeze gently and they should come off easily. Be careful not to squeeze too hard so you don't scar yourself.

The places to really concentrate on would be your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin).

5. Mask it

Haven done all the cleansing and extracting, it's time to get down to some treatment. You can either opt for a homemade mask made with honey, turmeric or aloe vera (to name a few options) or get a mask from your favourite beauty store that's ideal for your skin type.

Leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water (cold because you'll need to seal your pores back after opening them up with all that exfoliation and steaming).

6. Tone plus treatment

With the mask off, it's time to go in with a toner. A toner is a lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores. While some people skip this process, it's important for the overall well-being of the skin.

Once again, it's important to use a product that works well with your skin type. When applying remember to work in circular upward motions. 

After this, you can apply a serum according to your skin needs - either anti-aging and firming for wrinkles, or one for even skin.

7. Moisturise

Finally you're at the end of your facial journey. To round off, massage your favourite face oil or cream to seal it all in and just like that you're on your way to flawless skin.