Homemade facials versus beauty saloon facials- dermatologist opinion

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

By taking few facials, I have noticed a glow on the face, but sadly the effect doesn’t last for more than a week. Our skin needs consistent ongoing care rather than once a month facial. A beauty salon facial on every weekend is too heavy on the pocket while homemade facial can serve the same purpose and comes in our budget.  


So let’s understand all the steps of a beauty salon facial one by one, throwing light on the pros and cons of each step:

Step 1: Scrubbing

  • It is an excellent way of removing dead cells, but should be done gently.
  • Overzealous and prolonged scrubbing with a rough/harsh (nutshell based) scrub can be harmful.

Step 2: Massage

  • It hydrates the skin, particularly of people with dry skin types, and also increases blood circulation, giving that instant glow.
  • But excessive face massage can loosen your skin, and those who take regular facials may notice sagging of cheeks much earlier (no scientific evidence though).

Step 3: Steaming

  • It helps in cleaning the pores of the skin, especially good for oily skin.
  • A quick, gentle steam can be helpful, but exposing the skin to high temperatures by prolonged steaming can be damaging.

Step 4: Face pack

  • This is the step with maximum benefit in the complete process. Face packs are better than applying creams because a higher concentration of ingredients remains in contact with your skin for a longer time.
  • Temporary firming up of the skin is another desirable effect.

However, you should be extra careful while choosing the face pack. Here comes the role of dermatologist assisted skincare regimen tailored to your skin needs, want to try? Fill this Questionnaire!

So, what is the conclusion?

I do not see a great value of getting regular facials that provide a temporary glow but can cause more long term damage than benefits. Here is a two-step homemade facial which can be done once a week: (you can do quick steaming before the second step)

Step 1: Scrubbing

  • Use gentle scrubs rather than harsh nutshell based scrubs; as the latter can lead to micro-trauma of the skin.
  • Begin by washing your hands followed by splashing lukewarm water generously on your face.
  • Then massage the scrub on face gently for 1-2 minutes, giving more attention to areas around eye, nose and mouth.
  • Rinse well and always pat dry (rather than rubbing) your face with a soft towel. Scrubbing should be avoided when your skin is red, itchy, irritated or flaky, or if you have red pimples.
  • If you are under treatment for your face, always ask your dermatologist whether you can scrub your face or not.
  • For details read, How to scrub your dead skin?
  • Checkout, Dermatocare Review for the top scrub.

Step 2: Face pack

  • Choosing the right kind of face pack that suits your skin is very important. For example, people with oily skin should use a mud based face pack while milk based hydrating face pack can replenish lost oils in the dry skin.
  • You should apply a thick layer of face pack and leave it until it’s dry. For removing, splash water to loosen your face pack and then wipe off gently without pulling or stretching your skin. Dry your face with a soft towel. Put moisturiser only, if you feel a stretch or tightness in your skin.
  • For details, read How to make the natural face mask?

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