If you’re wary of going to the spa because of the Covid-19 epidemic, then head to the kitchen and whip up these DIY facials. Celebrity facialists share the best home facials which they actually use on themselves or their famous clients. (By the way, #3 will completely change the way you use sheet masks. BRB — getting an ice cube.)
Sunflower Oil Exfoliating Massage
San Francisco facialist Kristina Holey hates exfoliating, since her skin tends to get dry. Instead, she massages sunflower oil into her skin and then gently buffs it off with a warm, wet cloth. “The oil helps make my skin soft, smooth, and it thins the oil in the pores to remove debris, which could potentially lead to a blemish.”
Instant Blackhead Treatment
Ran out of nose strips? Georgia Louise, who runs a beauty spa in New York City, recommends adding a teaspoon of baking soda to any mask you already have. It can help clear blackheads and whiteheads, and even ward off the breakouts you get during your period.
Ice Cube Double-Hydrating Facial
Is your skin dull and dehydrated? Here’s a really easy DIY facial from Dallas spa owner Joanna Czech. Apply cleanser, toner, and a hydrating sheet mask. Then, wrap an ice cube in gauze or a thin handkerchief and rub it all over the mask for about two minutes.
The ice helps wake up your skin, and rehydrates the sheet mask so you can keep it on longer. After 20 minutes, remove the sheet mask and immediately apply moisturizer.
DIY Detox Facial
Celebrity facialist Mimi Luzon — whose clients include Gigi Hadid and Alessandra Ambrosio — loves this DIY treatment for congested pores. Just mix 1 cup of green tea, 2 cups of rice flour and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Apply to clean skin and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Turmeric Brightening Facial
Mimi Luzon has the perfect beauty potion for dull, uneven skin. Just mix one teaspoon of flour with a tablespoon of turmeric, a teaspoon of lemon, and a tablespoon of milk. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing. “It softens and brightens the skin,” she says.
Red Carpet Facial
Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas has carved quite a reputation for her premium salon and skincare line. While we can’t always afford her treatments, everyone can try her favourite DIY mask. Just mix 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cub milk and two tablespoons of olive oil.
“It will give you red-carpet ready skin at home,” she swears.
To get the best results, she suggests massaging the mask into your skin using downward circles. “This will stimulate the lymphatic system and help to rid the tissue of any impurities,” she says. Leave it on the skin for 10 minutes, so the lactic acid in the milk can break down dead skin cells. “Your skin will be perfect and glowing for days!”
Triple-Treat Turmeric Mask
Vargas says this is one of the best DIY facials for combination skin. Mix a tablespoon of Greek yogurt with a teaspoon each of honey and aloe, and half a teaspoon of turmeric. If you don’t have fresh aloe vera, use an aloe gel (like the one from Nature Republic, $6.80, Shopee). “The mask is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and super hydrating,” says Vargas.