DIY: 5 Step Facial



I hope you enjoyed my skincare routine post. For me, facials are an important part to maintaining a healthy complexion. I typically get a professional facial every other month. While professional facials will cost you a pretty penny, there are plenty of spa-worthy products on the market that are perfect for giving yourself an inexpensive at-home facial.

Here’s how you can give yourself a lovely at-home facial in just 5 easy steps:

What you will need…

  • gentle facial cleanser
  • exfoliating scrub
  • washcloth
  • face mask (clay-based for oily skin, cream or gel mask for dry skin)
  • face moisturizer


  1. Clean. Remove all makeup and then wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser.
  2. Exfoliate. Using your fingers gently rub an exfoliating facial scrub in small circular motions all over your face. Make sure you focus on areas around your nose and forehead. If certain areas of your face are oilier than others, give that section an extra scrub. Go the extra mile and do a lip scrub too! Click here for my DIY lip scrub recipe.
  3. Steam. There are a few ways to steam your face (over the stove, using a steamer), but the safest way is to do the washcloth trick. Fill your sink with warm water and soak a washcloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.
  4. Mask. If you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely. (DIY Alert: Making your own mask is very easy. An orange and yogurt mask is especially simple. Mix 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt with the juice of about one fourth of an orange. Spread the mixture evenly over your face and rinse after 5 to 10 minutes.)
  5. Hydrate. Last by not least, moisturize! Smooth a nice, thick moisturizer over your face and neck.

Is your skincare routine working for you? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below (especially if you have any fun DIY face mask recipes). I will compile the best suggestions to share in a follow up post.

XO Lauren

P.S. Click here for a great recipe on how to make your own citrus infused facial refresher.

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Categories: Beauty DIY, Craft
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  • Carolyn Drover

    Great post! I will definitley be trying this.. :)

    Lauren, could you do a post on your favorite facial exfoliator?

  • Melissa Panici

    Excellent post! I have been wanting to do a different facial of my own! I have been using my SIRCUIT 7 Essentials kit for my skincare routine. I do this morning and night and absolutely love it!! I am going to try your orange and yogurt face mask recipe for my facial. Thank you Lauren!!

  • Melissa Panici

    Here is a recipe I found that was awesome! It’s a pumpkin mask.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin pulp 2 eggs 2 teaspoon almond milk (for dry or combo skin) 1 teaspoon honey (for dry skin) 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice (if you have oily skin) Preparation: Pur

  • Ida

    It sounds weird but olive oil soap is one of the best things I’ve found for my combination skin. It keeps the dry bits smooth and moisturised and the oily bits completely soft and matt all day. I get mine from Borough Market for about

  • Ayesha K

    Thanks Lauren! Can you please tell us what you favorite exfoliating scrub is?

  • Michela Garau

    Hi sweetie. I don’t ever much money so, everytime, I do facials myself. I’ve also bought the electric facial sauna and I do it one a month

  • Andry Paez

    what type of mask could be for mix skin? AMAZING POST!! kuddos!

  • Cat

    Ooooh, this is a good excuse to stay in tonight 😉

  • Sahara Rao

    Awesome post!!! Thanks for the tips. Will definitely try it this weekend…

  • Samantha Luciano

    I’m trying this at home.

  • Andrea Soto Veres

    My routine totally works for me: everyday sunscreen, no tanning whatsoever, gentle BHA exfoliator, loads of topical and oral antioxidants and gentle, gentle, gentle products. The best to do? Check Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia to see if what you’re using really works or if you’re just wasting your hard earned money.

    It’s going to sound self-centered, but I’m 32 and I’m frequently asked for my student card. No wrinkles!! 😀

  • Leah

    How often should this be done? I know you said you get a facial once a month but this one seems like it could be done more often. Thx!

  • Alice Almond

    Yay! Will definitely be trying this with my sister!

  • Carly yeo

    Hey Lauren :)!

    I stopped using the ‘Clinique 3-step skincare routine’ because it wasn’t working at all. My face was literally burning and it was so dry. It’s also very expensive ( €51 , around 50 dollars) and it only lasts for 2 months. I was so dissapointed. So no, it isn’t working for me :(


  • Glorietta88 post!!!I’ll try mask as soon as possible!!!! 😀

  • Khalid Azani

    The best mask I have ever used is as follows:


    – 2 Table spoon of mashed Avocado
    – 1 tea spoon of white honey

    – 1 tea spoon of lemon juice

    – 1 table spoon of Greek yogurt


    Mix all the ingredients together and keep them in your fridge for half an hour then put it in your face and lay down for about 10 minutes and rinse with cold water afterwards

    It’s Magical

    PS: White Honey is an organic raw honey from Hawaii

    XO Prince

  • sabasree pradhan

    i use fullers clay as my face pack.. really cleans all the dirt n unclogs my pores!

  • Kellie Norton

    Love this! I’m definitely trying this tonight after all of my classes. Thanks for the tips!! Can’t wait to see how my skin feels afterwards :)

  • Bee Robinsegg

    Awesome reminder – getting closer to Autumn means the skin is going to need some TLC, what with the cold weather sapping all the moisture from the air.

    I love to add essential oils to the steam process, because they work wonders on your skin and for your heart and soul. Peppermint oil is good for invigorating yourself, and pepping up dull complexions. A few drops in the water, not too much or you might choke, and you’ll feel even more special than had you just used plain ole water.

  • Gemma

    This is sooo helpful!! I always start a skincare routine but never follow through with it, but this i will deffinatley keep doing!!

  • taylar powell

    this look fantastic… and so simple as well! going to give it a try tonight, and if i have time tomorrow i might try making my own facial mask :)

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I am so excited you did a post on this. I can’t wait to do this! Thanks!!

  • Kiwi

    I’m definitely gonna try this! Thanks!

  • carena klerkx

    I’m gonna do this! i can’t wait! thank you Lauren!


  • Lindsay Amos

    I have dry skin even in Summer, I find that any masque containing cocoa powder works wonders. Also I have tried two DIY masques that work great.

    For the first you mix 2 Tbsp honey w/ 1 Tbsp whole milk, spread on and leave for 10 mins, remove w/ warm water.

    The second is a mixture of Greek yogurt, strawberries and cucumber. Mix in a blender until smooth. Spread on face & let sit for 10-15 mins, rinse w/ warm water.

    Follow each w/ moisturizer. Hope these help!!

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I am in love with DIY recipes! I’ve done a few on my YouTube channel

    DIY Face Scrub for Acne Scars:

    DIY Lip Exfoliater:

    DIY Strawberry Acne Mask:

    Kindness is the best accessory,


  • Melissa Stehling

    Love skin care posts Lauren. Will definitly be giving myself a facial this weekend. First I want to buy this good night cream I read about in womens health from Origins. Its called Night-A-Mins and is supossedly filled with some great vitamens for your face.

  • lucy schafer

    my number one secret that isnt really a secret, is NOT to go to bed with make up on! and always wash my face before bed.

    I never used to think that it would make any difference, untill one day I went to bed with make up on, and the next day woke up with a RANGE of break outs.!

  • Lauren Sanderson

    I wanted to share a budget friendly place to get a facial: Aveda Institutes. I get a 30 minute facial for only $20! It is well worth the results and relaxation time. It is cheaper because students perform the facial, but they are supervised and use all Aveda products which I LOVE! Just look online and see if there is one near you! :)

  • tinamarie

    sweet post. i’m always looking for facials at home, they are a relaxing way to spend a free night. anyone have a diy solution for acne? my regular regimen is not helping anymore!

  • kristina foundoukopoulou

    i ususally use scrub mask by Garnie or i make 2 tbsp of sugar mixed with oil halph cup and i scrub my face and my body. it works very well .

    i also for my hair i use Laurel oil and i put a plastic bag for 3 hours before shower.

    but i am going to use and these recipe.

  • Finn

    i have combination oily skin and i use a skin care line from the body shop. its called the seaweed line. i love has every product you need for combination oily skin. they have a scrib called microdermabrasion from their vitamin c line and u use it once to twice a week and its amazing. :)

  • Lola

    Muslin cloths are my must have for facials and everyday cleansing. They are gentle yet they still leave your skin clean and exfoliated. The best part is that they are re-useable.

  • Katja Anni

    Love this post, Lauren!:)

    My personal favourite is green tea mask.

    I simply make a bowl with green tea (leave the tea bag in for 5-10 mins) let it cool down a bit and dab it on my face with a cloth or my hands. The skin get so soft after that! :)

  • nadine

    Thank you so much for this post! My facial is somewhat alike, though I love the way you do it, I will try it :) I use the clay mask and it works for me perfectly. As for moisturizing I love Vichy products.

  • Alexandra Ortiz

    This is so helpful! I was never someone that got acne, but my skin was never that soft and clear until I follow your tips, now it’s so soft and healthy! Thank you Lauren! <3

  • Elisee prummel

    love this tip, i have done it and my face is amazing!

  • Tiffany Avale-Eberspecher

    One of the most amazing things you can do for your skin is mask! What most people don’t realize is that even if you are oily (which, I am!) you can still lack hydration! So for you oiler ladies (& men), be sure and do what Lauren says… use a clay mask 1-2x a week to help absorb excess oil & unclog pores, but add a oil-free hydrating mask atleast once a week to help balance your skins hydration level. ESPECIALLY if you are using several treatment products for acne and such! <3

  • Mithra

    I love this post Lauren! It’s so helpfull! 😉
    I don’t use any skincare products. I make my facials at home and i love this yoghurt mask! It’s works amazing and your skin gets soft and clear in few minutes. It’s 100 % naturel and so cheap! Check it out girls! 😀

  • Anna Labiak

    love love love lips scrub!!!

  • Koceva Tamara

    Thank you soo much for this post! I also tried your lip DIY scrub recipe, and it’s awsome! I hope you will do more posts like this!

  • Amy-Maree Heath

    Mithra … what type of yoghurt do you use for your mask? Keen to try it :)

  • Julie Rachafka

    Thank you Lauren for all of your posts :) I’d like to share something too: an easy way to do a bun, it’s simple and fast

    Des bisous de France!

  • Susie Hinchliff

    I like this! Lauren if you have any tips for making your make up look good the whole day if you’re on the move etc that would be good :) x

  • Becky Dickason

    Does think it’s ok to steal photos from people? I know the website of the girl you took that picture from. Did you ask her for permission? Or just took it?

  • Nichole Marie

    I loved the idea of a DIY facial at home. It becomes pricey getting professional facials but this is an excellent idea. I followed your instructions & gave myself the DIY facial & my skin felt amazing after. Thank you Lauren<3

  • Ellie-Paige Moore

    i love doing facials .. what i have recently come accross is oatmeal as a quick face mask/ face wash .. its simple and leaves your skin soft and smells lovely!
    i was also wondering if you could give tips on the best way to wash make up brushes. x x

  • Crystal Posner

    Never even thought about making my own mask! The yogurt and orange is so simple! Can’t wait to try!!

  • kasia swierzewska

    Great. I love home-made recipes. If you could provide more for hair and body too please? Thank you

  • Janine Paul

    this is great, im a firm believer in you must wash every night! My two favorite things I have tried recently are the OLAY Pro X Scrub brush, especially if you use a Biore pore strip right after scrubbing with that. As for an exfoliator I really like Loreal Deep Exfoliating Scrub with the scrublet, i usually alternate back and forth between them, and and the Biore steam cleanser. Trust me i used to have bad skin, and after being on a pill (Doryx) and Ziana topical ointment Im prescription free and have ZERO pimples.

  • ClauNeira

    Love this!

  • Jenna Yarbrough

    I have the mask on right now! I am using “”yes to cucumbers.”” I love it!! 1 more minutes to wait!

  • Thatswedishgirl

    Hello! I thought I might help someone with my own routine!
    Step 1: I wash my face with my facila wash from Neutrogen! The oil-free one and the pink grapefruit scented one!
    Step 2: I “”dry”” my face with a towel to be able to use the scrub! I scrub my face with a scrub from Neutrogena! Also the pink grapefruit scented one!
    Step 3: I then use two different toners and one is for eliminating blackheads and the other one is for acne or as they call it stress spots!
    Step 4: The last step of my routine is my stress spot gel! I put just a tiny bit on my acne or pebbles or whatever you would like to call it! All my products are from Neutrogena! Oh I use the moisturizing cream from Neutrogena, also the grapefruit one!(: I hope this works for someone else!(:

  • Courtney Pfligler

    I love the Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub. It’s not to expensive, only about $20 for a jar and it lasts a while. I use it about once a week, or whenever I have time to give my face some extra love. I also love using aloe vera gel as my moisturizer, it’s 100% natural and really calms the skin if you have acne. Which hazel is also a great toner and helps with acne.

  • fresh Jen

    Which is better? Steam or Washcloth compress?

  • Melmmahoney

    I just discovered this amazing mask for hydration. I love it because it’s not a messy, unpredictable cream. It uses my own “”built-in”” hydration system. It’s made out of this breathable silicon gel sheeting that gently adheres to my face. I left it on for a couple of hours while watching TV, and my face was completely hydrated. It is perfect for my combination skin. You’ve GOT to try this!

  • Melmmahoney
  • Ahad Ammar

    WOWW Very Nice Post! these are very easy and quick home made remedy for facial which you can do very easily at your own home without going to any parlour or other’s help.

  • Emma Tilton

    I just wanted to let you know that this article was included in my latest “Massive List of Links” post ( )! Thanks for sharing!


  • Marifer

    How often should I do this home facial?

    • Gabriella

      Every day, but only do the scrub and mask once or twice a week xo xo

  • [email protected]

    Great home remedies for keep skin glowing and fresh. use the best antibacterial body and foot soap for keep skin free from many skin infections and keep it healthy and fresh.

  • Kamilah Douglas

    So grateful for this article! I followed it and my skin feels better & hopefully after a while it’ll look better too. I’m glad that I won’t have to spend money on salon facials.

  • Sandra

    Great post, similar to the steps i do. I try to use all natural ingredients as I think they’re so much more beneficial.

    Check out my version of an at home DIY natural facial treatment at :)



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