As most of us are spending more time at home than ever before, treating ourselves to a good facial might seem like a distant luxury. But that doesn’t mean that you should stop caring for your skin. Rather, giving yourself a good facial at home can be a wonderful way to de-stress and to show yourself some love and compassion for getting through the difficult year.
Yes, we’re talking about bringing the salon facial experience to your home and converting your bathroom into your personal spa haven. Beyond relaxing your senses, a facial at home will help smoothen your skin and enhance your complexion.
Your at-home facial doesn’t need to be complex or involve too many tools or devices. Just follow these 6 steps recommended by our Ayurvedic beauty experts.
Even if you can’t go to a salon or a spa, you can re-create the best elements of the experience at home. A facial isn’t just about taking care of your face. When you take some time to unwind and relax completely, it brings out a different glow.
Different things work for different people. However, here are some suggestions that you can take inspiration from while creating the environment for your facial.
We are surrounded by so much noise of all sorts, so it is important to create an ambiance for oneself. When you’ve created the right environment for yourself you can move on to the next step.
Before you set out to do anything on your face, you must ensure that it’s completely clean and free from all dirt and impurities. If there’s any makeup or any residue left on the skin, it will result in a less effective facial.
We recommend that you use natural cleansers as they are gentle on the skin and do not dry out the skin excessively.
Some people prefer double cleansing - in which the skin is first treated to oil and then to a cleanser. Such a process leads to a more thorough cleansing. For oil cleansing, Coconut oil, Cleansing Milk, Olive Oil, Micellar Water, or Natural Make-Up Remover can be used.
The second step is cleansing with water-based cleansers. You can use them directly as well (without oil cleansing). Here are our top recommendations for natural cleansers.
|Skin Type||Recommended Cleanser by Kama Ayurveda||What it does||Key Ingredients|
|Oily and Acne-Prone||Anti-Acne Cleansing Foam||It dries out active acne, unclogs and tightens skin pores, and reduces the frequency of breakouts.||Neem, Tulsi and Tea Tree Oil|
|Dry and Sensitive Skin||Sensitive Skin Cleansing Foam||Calms distressed skin, removes impurities and excess oils without stripping away skin’s essential moisture.||Sandalwood, Aloe Vera, and Calendula|
|Any Skin Type||Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser||A gentle foaming cleanser with a rich blend of Ayurvedic ingredients to effectively cleanse and lift away makeup and impurities.||Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils of Rose and Jasmine|
The next step of your facial is to steam your face. Steaming your face will open up your pores and soften the top layer of your skin to prime it for exfoliation.
While steaming your face at home, make sure that you do not go overboard with it as it will result in dryness. If you don’t have a steamer at home, there are two alternatives to choose from. You can either lower your face near-boiling hot water and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam. Alternatively, you can soak a towel in hot water and place it on your face for some time. Just make sure that the water isn’t too hot as it may burn your skin.
You can make your facial steaming experience even better by adding certain elements to your water. Some people like to put slices of orange in it. You can even choose to put relaxing herbs like Chamomile or Rosemary. The essential oil of your choice will also work equally well.
After steaming, it’s time to use a gentle scrub to slough off the top layer of skin cells and excess oils. Exfoliation will instantly brighten your face and reveal the younger, healthier layers of your skin.
However, it’s important that you choose homemade or natural scrubs and not the harsh chemical scrubs. If the exfoliating beads are harsh, they cause micro-tears on the skin which can result in irritation or breakouts. Chemical exfoliation can also damage the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Our top recommendations for natural face scrub for gentle exfoliation is Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub for women and Himalayan Cleansing Deep Cleansing Face Scrub for Men. Unlike the chemical scrubs that have plastic microbeads, Kama Ayurveda’s herbal face scrubs are made with natural substances that give an exfoliating effect to the skin.
The Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub is 100% natural that adds radiance to the face and gives you a flawless complexion. It is made with a combination of 12 precious and rare natural ingredients. Apart from curing fine lines and other signs of aging, this natural scrub also promotes the growth of new cells.
The saffron threads in the scrub brightens the skin, vanishes pigmentation, and evens out any damaged skin patches with its antioxidant properties.
After the above-mentioned step, the skin is clean and prepped to absorb nutrients. This is the perfect time to apply a suitable face mask. We recommend using natural face masks. For better absorption of nutrients, you can massage the mask into your skin for a few minutes before leaving it on for about 15 to 20 mins.
Here are our top recommendations for natural face masks. Please note that these masks are in herbal powder form. They need to be mixed with Pure Rose Water (for normal skin) or Pure Mogra Water or Yogurt/Milk/Buttermilk (for dry skin) to form a paste prior to the application.
|Skin Type||Recommended Mask by Kama Ayurveda||What it does||Key Ingredients|
|All Skin Types||Suvarna Haldi Chandan Face Mask||It is a complexion-enhancing Ayurvedic Face Pack, for youthful vibrancies, smoothness, and luminosity.||Turmeric, Sandalwood, Orange, Multani Mitti|
|Acne-Prone Skin||Nimrah Anti Acne Face Pack||It is an anti-acne treatment that heals pimples and blackheads, reduces scars, improves skin tone and repairs inflammation.||Ashwagandha, Coriander, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Lodhra|
|Sensitive Skin||Lavanya Natural Plant Mask||It is a detoxifying and deep cleansing face mask that leaves the skin smooth, refreshed, and refined.||Mulaithi, Lodhra, Sweet Flag|
With this, we arrive at the final and one of the most crucial steps of a facial at home - a good massage with a suitable moisturizer. The facial massage helps in boosting blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage.
Not only this, deeply nourishing your skin with a rich moisturizer is important for locking in the nutrients and the moisture. After all the steps mentioned above, your freshly revealed and nourished skin will need hydration for lasting radiance. Moisturizing will hydrate your skin and lock moisture in so that your skin is less prone to damage.
You can even use natural oils like Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, and Jojoba oil for facial massage. Here are our top recommendations.
|Skin Type||Moisturizer Recommended by Kama Ayurveda||What it does||Key Ingredients|
|All Skin Types||Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream||It is a nourishing Ayurvedic cream that moisturizes, softens, and protects. Results in soft, smooth and clear skin.||Green Cardamom, Sesame seeds, Coconut Oil, Costus|
|Dry Skin||Extra Virgin Coconut Oil||It helps keep the dry skin soft and smooth, prevents premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin.||Organic Coconut Oil|
It is important to use nourishing, rich ingredients to massage your skin. To give yourself a good facial massage, begin at the chin and gently stroke outwards. You can use your fingers, a face roller or even a gua sha to further enhance your experience. Do not neglect the areas behind the ear lobes, around your nostrils, and the center of your forehead.
With this last and final step of a facial at home, you’ll now have the soft, supple and naturally radiant skin. You might be tempted to use extractions to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. However, we strongly recommend that you only get it done by professionals to avoid injury or scarring.
Pampering yourself with a relaxing facial at home isn’t hard. Follow the steps mentioned in this article to achieve naturally glowing, flawless skin. A little self-care is all it takes to release the stress from your skin and your body.
Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.