Those with oily skin are plagued with problems like clogged pores, blackheads and the tendency to breakout. This detoxifying facial is your answer.
Start with a cleansing routine. Firstly, remove any signs of make-up with a remover cleanser (Perris Skin Fitness Micellar Cleansing Milk, Dh288.75, Balmessence.com), followed with a gel cleanser (Sukin Signature Foaming Facial Cleanser, Dh42, Lifestyleshops.com) to clean the skin thoroughly.
After giving your skin this double cleanse, it is important to steam your face for a few minutes to prep it for a more effective clean-up. Once you’ve steamed your face, use an exfoliator (L’Occitane Radiance Scrub, Dh165, Namshi.com) to get rid of dead skin.
Follow it with a clay mask (Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Pore Purifying Clay Mask, Dh75, Lifestyleshops.com). These face packs are especially made to clean the clogged pores by lifting impurities and blackheads from the skin’s surface, a common problem among those with oily skin. It is also important that you use a toner (PureHeals Centella Reviving Toner, Dh105, Lifestyleshops.com). The astringent properties of the toner control the excess sebum production and help tighten the enlarged facial pores.
If you’re home-confined and won’t be stepping out after this facial, skip the environment protection cream as your final moisturising step.
Instead, slather on an aloe vera gel – a bit unconventional but this gel works great as a post-facial light moisturiser as well as a leave-in gel face pack (Himalaya Aloe Vera Moisturising Face and Body Gel, Dh15.75, Amazon.ae). Owing to their light texture, aloe vera gels provide just the right amount of hydration for oily skin while their anti-inflammatory and astringent properties help control excess sebum, which is the root cause of pimples.
A facial does not mean you neglect delicate areas of your face. Use an eye mask (111 Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask, Dh75, Ounass.ae) to combat any issues of puffiness, dark circles or fine lines. Similarly, use a lip mask (Knesco Diamond Radiance Lip Mask, Dh100, Ounass.ae) to ensure they look soft and nourished.
If you wish to raid your pantry for some instant solutions, here’s what you can do
First, remove any traces of make-up, then mix together 2 tsp low-fat yogurt, 2 tsp oatmeal and 1 tsp honey. Apply the mixture all over your face and neck area. Leave it on for 10 minutes. When ready to rinse, give your face and neck a massage using your fingertips. This process ensure the oatmeal granules reach all the greasy nooks of the skin, exfoliating it and rejuvenating it as well.
Once you have cleansed your skin, dab a cotton ball in chilled rosewater and apply it all over. This will help further soothe breakout-prone skin and tighten enlarged pores. It’s important that you do not rinse your face after this. Allow your skin to absorb all its cooling goodness.