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Since most of us have been homebound for a long time without access to the usual pampering at our favourite spas and salons, here are ways you can give skin some love it deserves.

But before you start, do remember that an effective, elaborate facial calls for leisurely pace so set aside an hour and a half excluding prep time. Also, choose a late evening time if possible so you can sleep after finishing your facial. The sleep rejuvenation for the skin just after your facial can add to the efficacy of the treatment.

1. A hydrating facial for dry skin

Women with dry skin types often struggle with dull, dehydrated skin and dry, flaky patches, which is why we are looking to address the hydration concerns with this facial. Firstly, start with a mild skin cleanser such as cleansing milk to remove any traces of make-up (PureHeals Propolis Cleansing Milk, Dh80, Rinse your face with water after removing the cleansing milk but skip face wash altogether as that can cause excess dryness.

You should also skip the facial steam process at home because, if not done correctly, it can result in dehydrating the skin even further. But, of course, exfoliating with a cream-based scrub (Sukin Rosehip Rejuvenating Facial Scrub, Dh49, is an essential step towards getting rid of dead skin cells during this home facial. Rinse off the cream scrub with water and follow this step with the application of a sheet mask (Timeless Truth Snail Extract Revival Bio Cellulose Mask, Pack of 5, Dh360, Enriched with hydrating serum, sheet masks repair and restore the skin’s glow and elasticity.

Also, it’s vital that you pay extra attention to your lip and eye areas as these are prone to premature wrinkles. Use a good eye cream (Perris Skin Fitness active anti-ageing eye cream, Dh555.45, and lip mask (Kocostar Revitalizing & Luscious Lip Mask, Dh147, to ensure these areas don’t feel neglected.

Next, massage a dollop of facial oil (Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil, Dh110, onto the face and neck and leave it on 15 minutes for it to absorb. This extra dose of nourishment helps to rejuvenate dry, parched skin. Follow this with a hydrating gel cream (The Ritual of Namaste 24H Hydrating Gel Cream, Dh155, Rituals at 6th as your final step and you’re done.

If you wish to raid your pantry for some instant solutions, here’s what you can do:

First dip a damp cotton ball in 1 tsp of olive oil and swipe it all over your face and lips to get rid of any signs of make-up. Then rinse your face with warm water.

Then mix together 2 tsp of chilled raw milk and 1 tsp of rose water. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and dab it generously all over your face and neck. Let it dry for 10 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

Finally, make a face pack mixing 2 tsp glycerine and 1 tsp rose water. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture all over your face and neck area. Let it dry for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

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2. Detox facial for oily skin

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,, followed with a gel cleanser (Sukin Signature Foaming Facial Cleanser, Dh42, 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, to get rid of dead skin.

Follow it with a clay mask (Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Pore Purifying Clay Mask, Dh75, 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, The astringent properties of the toner control the excess sebum production and help tighten the enlarged facial pores.

As everyone is home-confined and you won’t be stepping out after this facial, skip the environment protection cream as your final moisturising step of this facial.

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, 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, to combat any issues of puffiness, dark circles or fine lines. Similarly, use a lip mask (Knesco Diamond Radiance Lip Mask, Dh100, 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.

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3. A glow facial for normal skin

Women with normal skin are at an advantage as they are neither faced with excess sebum concerns nor any excess dryness issues. Their biggest concern is loss in radiance.

So to restore your glow, start with a light cleansing milk formulation to cleanse the skin of any make-up residue (Collosol Eau de Lait Cleansing Milk, Dh125,, then rinse it off with water. Next, slough off the dead skin with a mild exfoliator (Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, Dh142, and rinse again with water. Even though normal skin doesn’t necessarily have dryness concerns, still don’t over-exfoliate the facial skin as it could do more harm than good. Use a calming face pack (Crop Purifying Calming Turmeric Mask, Dh115, to soothe the skin and tighten the pores. Spa facials call for an extensive massage step but it’s not practical to massage one’s facial skin on your own for long.

In the meantime, nourish the delicate eye area with an effective eye cream (Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Dark Circles Eye Cream, Dh115, Try a lip scrub (NCLA Sugar, Sugar Natural Lip Scrub, Dh66, to slough off the dirt and restore the natural rosy texture of the lips. Finally apply a brightening moisturiser (The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, Dh132, to seal off the goodness of this elaborate facial and leave it on. Regular use of radiance serum (Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Radiance Renewal Serum Dh463, will ensure your glow does not leave you.

If you wish to raid your pantry for some instant solutions, here’s what you can do:

While the dietary benefits of coconut oil are well known, did you know that it works wonders on your skin too? Massage a few drops on your face and neck and once it’s absorbed, wipe off the excess with a wash cloth dipped in hot water. This is perfect cleanser that keeps your skin moisturised as well.

Next, mix together 1 tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp honey. Apply this glow pack on your face and neck and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat the skin dry with a paper towel.

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