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April 22, 2021 2 min read

If your skin is looking a little dull, tired or blotchy at the moment, you may be in need of an indulgent at-home facial. As well as helping you to relax, setting aside a little time to pamper your face is a vital part of any good skincare routine. If you’re new to the world of DIY skincare treatments and are wondering where to start, we’ve put together a quick guide below to let you in on the best creams, masks and African beauty treatments you should be incorporating in your routine.

 

1. Start with a little exfoliation

Exfoliation helps to slough away dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. This helps to uncover newer, brighter skin after every treatment. There are a number of different kinds of exfoliants on the market, however, and it can be difficult to work out which ones to use. If you’re a traditionalist, you may decide to opt for exfoliating scrubs that physical unclog your pores and smooth out the texture of your skin. Be careful not to scrub too hard, however, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Another option that is particularly effective on African skin is chemical exfoliation treatment. Chemical exfoliants include acid-based serums and masks that help to fade the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation, as well as effectively peel off dead facial skin. If you’re new to acids, try a lactic acid or glycolic acid with a low concentration to start out with. You can then build up to stronger acids as your skin becomes accustomed to your new routine.

 

2. Embrace the power of shea butter

Shea butter is a natural ingredient extracted from the shea nut. Shea nuts are grown in Africa and represent one of its best beauty secrets as shea butter comes with a host of amazing skin benefits. By far the most significant is its ability to moisturise skin, rendering it soft and supple in a way that you may not have imagined possible. Find a face cream loaded with shea butter and try to incorporate it into the end stages of every home facial session.

 

3. Try a DIY facial massage

Massaging your face is a great way to get the blood flowing and to release a significant amount of stress. Indeed, it is important to remember that you can harbour a significant amount of tension around your jawline, something which can worsen feelings of stress and can have an impact on your overall appearance. To drain away facial puffiness and to help yourself to relax, try investing in one of the many facial massage tools and beauty rollers on the market.

 

4. Attend to blemishes fast

Finally, remember to treat your spots as soon as they appear. Fortunately, there are plenty of effective acne-busting treatments out there suitable for a range of skin types. If you’re looking for a simple yet effective topical treatment, good ingredients to looks out for include salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Alternatively, you may want to try a specially targeted light mask to kill bacteria on your face and diminish spots fast.

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