Because of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as an effect isolating oneself to contain the virus, many were forced to make the big switch to the digital office and stay at home. As such, corporate and gig workers may have already been informed about the impending risk of too much computer blue light exposure called the digital eye strain but we may have forgotten or neglected the idea that the same light can potentially also harm and damage our skin too. Luckily, you are presented with this list of reliable DIY facials that you can incorporate into your skincare routine to spare yourself from that trouble. With these few steps, you can become your own esthetician in no time. Using your home products, here is your roadway to looking younger.
- Start your facial with some steam. Boil some water and pour it over a basin, be careful not to burn or hurt yourself. Now, allow the steam to kiss your face for a good eight minutes. This will give the facial skin enough time to open the pores and make it ready for the next few steps. If this is a lot of work, you can make a hot towel instead. Leave the towel on your face as you would a mask for ten minutes.
- Cleanse your face with your usual facial cleanser. Wash it with room temperature water to ensure the pores will not close right away.
- Use your fingers to exfoliate. Put a few dots of your regular facial scrub and apply it with your fingers making circular motions. While you are at it, massage the face and ensure all sides of your face have been scrubbed. Just like step number two, wash your face with room temperature water.
- Cap it off with a DIY facial mask. Face masks provide great additives to any DIY facial or skincare routine. Each facial mask is specifically designed to target various skin concerns. Face masks majorly help in hydrating your skin, removing excess oil, and help your pores improve their appearance while keeping you relaxed at home. It is highly recommended not to skip this step.
We have collated some of the best DIY facial masks you can lean on for days when you feel like your skin needs a personalized or customized touch. When your skin needs some calming relief and nourishment, you can always benefit from an oatmeal mask. Here is how to do it:
- Prepare the ingredients: 3 teaspoons of instant oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of warm plain milk, 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt.
- Plug your blender and add your oatmeal with warm milk.
- Add in the water.
- Pour it into a bowl then fold the yogurt in. You should be able to make a thick paste.
- Apply it on your skin with a facial brush or with your hands then let it sit there for 20 minutes.
- Rinse it with warm water.
For moments when you feel like your pores are huge due to too much screen exposure and to prevent yourself from having acne breakouts, especially now during this pandemic when people are more prone to having mask-ne – acne from prolonged wear of surgical face mask, one must find the traditional egg mask useful. It is the simplest facial mask recipe that does wonders. Here is how to do it:
- Prepare one egg. Yes, that is all you need.
- Break the egg and separate the whites from the yolk. Be careful not to break the yolk.
- Apply the egg white to your facial skin. Since this is raw egg, be extra cautious about getting any into your eyes and mouth.
- Let the egg white sit for 20 minutes then wash it with warm water thoroughly.
Although you can moisturize yourself with an over-the-counter product, sometimes it is more effective to use natural ingredients straight from your cupboard. This olive oil scrub mask can boost your face with antioxidants so you can strip five years off your age. Olive oil can provide for this as it can help your skin fight signs of aging while giving it a moisturized finish. Cocoa powder, as an addition, is also loaded with antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Prepare the ingredients: 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you form a paste
- Apply it directly to your face using your fingers while making circular motions for a minute. Mild scrubbing is the rule. Do not over scrub.
- Leave it on your face for 10 minutes then rinse with cold water to close the pores.
Continuing our DIY facial steps, after your facial mask time, tone the skin. A lot of people usually skip this step in their skincare routine or are not always committing to it. Skin toner temporarily minimizes the appearance of your pores and helps them look smoother. They also take off the dirt, oil, and other impurities that your regular facial cleanser cannot do alone. Lastly, hydrate your skin with a moisturizer, or an aloe vera if you would like, to ensure that your skin glistens, is plumped, and looks always fresh. These DIY facial steps and the facial mask recipes can provide you great results if you do it with commitment. Beauty treatments, like this one, are done in sessions. If you do it by the heart, you can be close to improvements.
About the Author:
Bash Sarmiento is a writer and an educator from Manila. He writes laconic pieces in the education, lifestyle, and health realms. His academic background and extensive experience in teaching, textbook evaluation, business management, and traveling are translated into his works.