Did you know? The terms face clean up and facial are often used interchangeably but are quite different. So, then what is a face cleanup and how is it different from a facial cleanup at home? A lot of beauty enthusiasts often confuse the two and end up getting their skincare routines disturbed. Allow us to simplify it for you.
Here are a few easy to identify differences that will put all confusion to rest:
1. Massages are an integral part of facials. Face clean ups, not so much. Facials require specialist knowledge, whereas a face clean up requires ingredients that suit your skin type and target concerns that need to be addressed or get rid of.
2. Facials can be done at ease and approximately around once or twice in 40 days.
3. Face clean ups need to be much more ritualistic and should be a part of skincare routines every 15 days at the very least. Especially if your skin type is oily and skin barriers compromised.
4. A face clean up should not take more than 30 minutes as opposed to a facial which roughly goes on for 60-90 mins!
So, do you absolutely need to go to a salon or is a face cleanup at home good enough?
Yes, of course you can do it at home. There are obviously a few dos and don’ts that come with it. But, otherwise a cleanup at home is the easiest way to deeply cleanse your skin! All said and done, it need not be too different from your daily face care cleansing and exfoliation routines but there are a few dos that are completely non-negotiable when it comes to face cleanup at home. If you can’t find the time to visit a salon, you can do a cleanup at home. It is the best way to ensure that your skin gets the right amount of nurturing. Clueless about the process and steps?
Here’s a step by step guide to an at home face cleanup:
Step 1: Wash and Cleanse
Just like every effective face care routine, begin with a solid face wash that thoroughly cleanses the skin and prepares it for the next step. For increased effectiveness, cleanse with lukewarm water.
Step 2: Scrub and Exfoliate
The very purpose of a face cleanup is to get rid of stubborn dirt, dust, grime and most importantly dead skin cells along with anomalies like black/whiteheads. Scrubbing your face is serious business and it is best to use products that contain natural ingredients, rather than putting food ingredients directly on your face.
Step 3: Tone and Soothe
Protecting your skin barrier prevents a LOT of recurring skin problems like blackheads and acne. Use an activated toner that does not irritate supple, freshly scrubbed skin but rather tightens and tones it. If you don’t want to specifically invest in a product, rose water also makes for a great toner and works well with products that have natural active ingredients!
Step 4: Face Mask
Perfect for lazy skincare enthusiasts, a face pack is the perfect way to end an at home face cleanup. No matter what your skin type, using a face mask is a must. Applying a face mask with potent ingredients twice a week will balance the skin’s natural oils as well as extract deep set dirt. Face masks are a great, wholesome way to have an impactful cleanup routine.
Step 5: Moisturize and Hydrate
Be it any skin type, hydration is an absolute necessity. Finish off with a moisturizer that provides intense hydration that seals your skin for good. Massaging it in for a few minutes will activate blood circulation in the skin and make your skin look fuller.
So, now that you have the ultimate guide to do a face clean up at home, all you need to do is grab your favorite products and get going!