Getting a facial is not only healthy and rejuvenating for the skin, but it also supports your mental health by relaxing and calming you. Stress shows up as damage to the complexion, and regular treatments can help curtail this impact.

Facials can effectively cleanse your pores of dirt, oils, and dead skin cells, detoxify the skin, help you to get rid of blackheads, enrich and hydrate, and help repair the damage. Many estheticians recommend[1] that you get a facial treatment a minimum of 4 times a year, starting at the age of 25.

Once a month or two is the ideal frequency, but these treatments can be very costly to get professionally, so not everyone can manage that. Fortunately, you can easily learn how to do a facial at home using ingredients you may even have around the house.

Ingredients for A Home-Based Facial

To carry out your DIY facial, you’ll require some of the following organic ingredients. You may be surprised at how effective substances from nature are in cleansing, exfoliating, and enriching your complexion.

1. Honey

According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology[2], honey has antimicrobial properties, enzymes, minerals, and amino acids. You can use it as a facial cleanser in your DIY facial, mix it with oats to make a rich hydrating moisturizer, or add either milk or avocado for a delicious facial mask.

2. Plain Greek Yogurt

Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is high in lactic acid that brightens the skin, smooths, and may eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. It also exfoliates and eliminates dead skin cells, making it very valuable for a DIY facial.

You can use plain Greek yogurt in your at-home facial as a cleanser, or you can mix it with honey for antibacterial benefits. In addition, combine yogurt with fresh strawberries for a refreshing mask.

3. Tea Tree Oil

This essential oil is antibacterial, and it can help eliminate acne and kill harmful microbes on the skin. It can also block melanin production, so it has lightening properties. In addition, tea tree oil can soothe irritated skin and may eliminate dryness.

You can make an exfoliating DIY face scrub by mixing this oil with sugar. If you use it as a toner or cleanser, combine it with a carrier like witch hazel or olive oil.

4. Coconut Oil

This oil is great for an at-home facial because it has antibacterial benefits and can get rid of harmful microbes on the skin. It’s high in antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and decrease oxidative stress. It also protects the skin from UV rays and pollutants.

In addition, it’s a very hydrating substance that can serve as a moisturizer in an at-home facial. It eliminates dryness and can decrease redness, swelling, and irritation on the complexion.

5. Cucumber

This vegetable is rich in nutrients that are healthy for the skin. It contains beta-carotene, which promotes skin health and has antioxidants. They repair damage to the skin barrier and protect from UV rays and pollutants, making them ideal for your DIY facial.

Cucumber is also very cooling for the skin. In your DIY facial, you can cut it into slices and use them as a facial mask. A study in the African Journal of Biotechnology[3] found that cucumber had bleaching and moisturizing effects on the skin, and reduced sebum production.

6. Tomatoes

Rich in vitamins and minerals like A, C, B, potassium, and magnesium, they can potentially offer some great skin benefits for an at-home facial. Tomatoes have lycopene that can protect your skin from UV rays.

They can heal wounds and skin conditions, exfoliate, and provide a lot of hydration. Tomatoes can stimulate collagen production that tightens the skin and improves elasticity, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. There are a lot of options for your DIY facial, including combining tomatoes with cucumbers for a facial mask.

7. Sugar/Brown Sugar

Believe it or not, sugar is great for a DIY facial. It draws a tremendous amount of moisture that can be deeply hydrating to the skin. In addition, it has glycolic acid which promotes skin regeneration. It also has anti-aging benefits.

You can use sugar as an exfoliant by mixing it with tea tree oil. You may also employ it as a mask by combining it with coconut oil. In addition, it’s one of the most effective DIY face scrubs for cleaning your skin completely.

Instructions For A Natural Facial

Follow these basic steps to learn how to do a facial at home. We recommend carrying out a complete facial about once a month if possible.

1. Cleanse

Washing your skin of dirt, oils, and dead skin cells is one of the most basic facial steps. We recommend using either honey or Greek yogurt in your natural skin-care regimen. Rub either of them all over your face, leave the blend for a minute or two, then rinse off with warm water. The result should be clean, softened skin that is ready for the next step.

2. Steaming

Certainly another one of the basic facial steps, steam prepares your skin by opening up the pores and getting them ready to release toxins. You can do this by boiling a pot of water and putting your face in the steam with a towel covering your head. Stay this way for 10-15 minutes to open up your pores.

3. Extractions

When you’re learning how to do a facial at home, extractions may or may not be part of the process. It is fairly easy to damage your skin doing this on your own, which could cause scarring. If you don’t want to leave it to the professionals, you can use your fingers to gently squeeze the area on either side of the blackhead. Make sure you wrap a tissue around your fingers to not leave marks.

4. Exfoliating

There are several natural DIY face scrubs you can use to gently exfoliate your skin, unclogging the pores and removing dirt, oils, and dead skin cells. This process also evens out skin tone and smooths the complexion.

A mixture of sugar and essential oil, tea tree oil makes a powerful exfoliating formula. In addition, some of the best DIY face scrubs for exfoliation may include oatmeal, coffee grounds, sugar, cinnamon, and baking soda.

5. Mask

Facial at home
When you’re learning how to do a facial at home, making your mask is an essential part of the process. Once your skin has been fully cleansed and exfoliated, you apply a treatment mask to provide your skin with the rich nutrients it requires for optimal health. An example is a mixture of milk and honey.

In addition, you can try a tomato and cucumber formula for all their nourishing benefits. Peel and mash a cucumber and squeeze the juices out of the tomato. Mix them and spread them all over your face. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and you’re done with one of the basic facial steps.

6. Toning

The purpose of a toner is to seal the pores that are left open, so pollutants and toxins don’t enter. As such, it’s one of the most important of the basic facial steps. Tea tree oil is an excellent toner that should leave you with clear skin, smooth, and ready to be hydrated. Mix a few drops with a little olive oil or witch hazel and spread them on your face using a cotton ball.

7. Moisturizing

As one of the very basic facial steps, moisturizing is essential to skincare upkeep. It hydrates your skin, eliminates dryness, and may even provide anti-aging benefits by plumping the skin and smoothing wrinkles and lines.

Some very hydrating natural ingredients are ideal in DIY facial scrubs. For a moisturizer to close your facial, coconut oil is ideal for topical application.


Getting a facial is as important to the health of your skin as proper nutrition is for the body. However, not everyone wants to pay for a treatment every month or two. It’s very beneficial to learn how to do a facial at home, using natural ingredients.

There are many things you may already have in your fridge and cupboard that can lift and revitalize your skin, like sugar, cucumbers, honey, tomatoes, and Greek yogurt. You carry out the same basic facial steps as you’d get in a salon but use food products and essential oils as your tools.

Doing a regular DIY facial should keep your skin in excellent condition until the next time you can get to the salon. You may find the process so effective you could decide to start doing your facials at home permanently.