A few weeks ago my cousin, Akriti, and I were showing off our moves while trying to follow the steps in our favourite Blogilates workout video. After all the kicking, stretching, panting and huffing, I made a few facial masks using stuff around the kitchen at home. After chugging some detox water, I began giving myself a facial. I had a big event to attend that evening, and I wanted my skin to glow. During lunch (that included cookies for dessert!) she told me that I should shoot a video on my how-to-get-glowing-skin-at-home-facial. Akriti is a makeup artist and told me that so many of her brides and clients ask her for DIY tips for getting healthier skin. So, she suggested that I document what I do to get radiant, even-toned skin. And there you have it, this video was born!

 

Step 1: Give yourself a quick facial massage using any cleansing oil or balm. I used Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm, in this video, and gave myself a quick and easy lymphatic drainage facial massage. This form of massage stimulates the body’s lymph nodes, that helps flush out hidden toxins, de-puffs the face and exercises our facial muscles. It also works as an at-home-free-face-lift. Wash your face when you’re done showing your skin some love and move on to the next step.

Step 2: Make a mask using-

Apply this mask all over your face and neck and leave it on till it dries. This should take about 20 minutes. Once dry, use your fingers to gently push the dried mask upward in circular motions. This process removes unwanted facial hair and promotes blood circulation. Wash the remaining mask off when done.

Benefits of this mask:

  • The Besan cleans and exfoliates your skin, while acting as a binding agent.
  • The lactic acid and live bacteria (basically the good stuff) found in yogurt, is responsible for promoting healthier skin. The yogurt removes dead skin cells, smoothens out fine lines, tightens pores, hydrates dry patches and even helps treat acne. Just make sure the yogurt is natural, and not flavored, preferably full-fat, homemade yogurt.
  • The Rose water’s function is to calm the skin and balance the skin’s PH levels.
  • Castor oil is actually one of the few natural products that can deal with several skin issues at once. It can treat sunburns, acne, dry skin, stretch marks, warts, boils, fungal infections, yeast infections and chronic itching.
  • The Turmeric powder is packed with antioxidants and is a great anti-inflammatory.

 Step 3: Make a mask using-

Leave on for about 20 minutes, till it dries, and then wash your face. We are really going all out with this facial, hence the double cleansing and double exfoliation.

Benefits of this mask:

  • Exfoliates the skin
  • Sucks out any remaining impurities that may be stuck in our pores.
  • Treats hyperpigmentation
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Brightens the skin

Step 4: Use Organic Honey as a face mask. Press the honey in while applying it all over your face. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash your face. You can also apply cucumber slices or cold tea bags to your eyes at this point, and relax while the honey works its magic.

Benefits of this mask:

  • It’s delicious, so feel free to lick your lips once in a while. #notgross
  • Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and calms the skin after all the cleansing and exfoliating we just did.
  • Heals the skin by encouraging cell turnover

Step 5: Ice your face! Wrap a few cubes of ice in a thin cloth and lightly press the bundle all over your face and neck. You can also take an ice cube and directly rub it all over your face if you prefer (I do this whenever I wake up with a swollen face #hangover).

Benefits of icing your face:

  • The ice acts as a toner by closing your pores
  • Depuffs your eyes and face
  • Tightens the skin

Step 6: Massage in your favourite serum and moisturiser, and you’re golden.

-For your convenience, by clicking on the underlined ingredients you will be redirected to the website where you can buy them or learn more about them.

-Video by Nithin Barath & BV Vishnu 

55 Comments
  • Clementine
    September 28, 2016

    I am a black girl with acne, acne scars and very oily skin. Will these remedies work for me. Thanks for your anticipated response and lovely videos.

    • Ishika Sachdev
      September 28, 2016

      Hi Clementine, hope you’re well. I am very happy to know that you enjoy my videos, thank you! These remedies will most definitely work for you. I suggest you do them consistently, at least twice a week for 4 weeks. In addition, I recommend reading up about derma rollers. I hear they work wonders for acne scars. Do keep me posted on your skin’s progress. Look forward to hearing from you again in a few weeks. In the meanwhile, feel free to ask me any other questions you may have. Wish you a lovely week. Best, Ishika

      • Clementine
        September 28, 2016

        Thanks Ishika for the prompt response. I will definitely update you on my skin’s progress. Thanks again!

  • Agustina Putri
    March 17, 2016

    actually what is castor oil for to our skin? im asking this because i wanna find the subtitute of it, because it’s very hard to find it in my country, i could buy online but the shipping took so long so if possible can i subtitute it? and also what is the sub for garam flour (besan)?

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 18, 2016

      Hey! Just use jojoba oil or even a lil bit of coconut oil instead of castor oil. 🙂 Don’t worry about that. For besan, you can make it at home if you want cause I don’t know a sub for that. Basically if you can find bengal gram, you can powder that to make gram flour. Sorry if I’m not much of help here… Maybe check in a local Indian store if it is there in your country? They should definitely have it in any Indian store.

      • Agustina Putri
        March 30, 2016

        Cant believe you will reply this! Thank you so much girl!

        • Agustina Putri
          March 30, 2016

          how much in a week i can use this facial?

          • Ishika Sachdev
            April 6, 2016

            Once a week for oily-combination skin and once in 10 days for dry skin. 🙂

        • Ishika Sachdev
          April 6, 2016

          Most welcome dear. Of course I’l reply – it’s my duty! Have a great week.

  • sweety
    March 12, 2016

    Hi ishika.loved this post.can i replace castor oil with olive oil.:-)

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 15, 2016

      Hi Sweety, sure you can! Olive oil is much smoother so maybe reduce the quantity slightly since Castor Oil is much thicker.
      Let me know how it goes – keep me posted once you try it out. Have a great week! Best, Ishika

  • Anjali
    November 9, 2015

    Very nice post. I recently came across your post well written. I have an issue with skin pigmentation caused by Sun. I tried to apply this mask regarding this I have few questions.

    1.I am allergic to honey what could be the substitute.

    3.Do you know a good brand of Multani mitti or what could be the substitute for that I live abroad and I don’t get it here
    Thanks in advance

    • Ishika Sachdev
      November 15, 2015

      Hi Anjali, Thanks for your kind words! Glad you stumbled onto this post. In response to your questions:

      1. There is no exact substitute to honey that I know off, but instead of the honey step you could use a mask of oats and curd. Essentially honey soothes the skin which will help it heal itself. A combination of oats and curd will have similar effects.

      2. I’m sure you could find Multani Mitti online abroad by the name of ‘Fullers Earth’. I love the one by the brand Juicy Chemistry, but if that doesn’t work out then check on Amazon for any good pure Fuller’s Earth.

      Do let me know if you have any other questions and keep me posted once you do try out the facial. Have a lovely week! 🙂 Hugs

  • Elsa
    October 24, 2015

    Yes, Ishika, you are right, in a mask or eating it “Foods can Heal and Renew…Food can be your anti-aging medicine” Deepak Chopra
    Nutritional habits to nurture our body is essential for rejuvenating our mind and body and to acquiring beautiful skin; to reverse aging through eating wisely is not difficult- is it a matter of attention, focus and commitments. If we pay attention to a rutinary process of detoxification, exfoliation of our skin I suggest Baiden Mitten, is easy, gentile, you are in control of how much exfoliation you want, is fast and only need water)

    • Ishika Sachdev
      October 25, 2015

      Thank you Elsa for sharing your thoughts and for your suggestion. I agree, we are what we eat and our skin is a reflection of what we put inside out bodies. Hope you’re enjoying and have had a chance to check out the other blog posts on my blog. Please do give me your feedback and thoughts on those as well. Wishing you a lovely week and look forward to hearing from you again. Best, Ishika

      • mohammed faiz
        November 1, 2015

        hi ishika i want to know my face and hand color changes to dark and my body color is white. can you suggest me some good treatment for my skin.can i use Natural Bridal Facial does it give any benefit for me

        • Ishika Sachdev
          November 15, 2015

          Hi Faiz, as I mentioned on the YouTube comment, I believe this treatment will help you. Try it and let me know? Have a lovely day!

  • Somi
    October 11, 2015

    Hi ishika!
    I hope you are doing great.
    My wedding is in December and I have acne issue can you please upload a video for daily facial routine for clearer and beautiful skin.

    • Ishika Sachdev
      October 25, 2015

      Hi Somi, Hope you’re well! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! I suggest the following natural remedies and products for your acne prone skin, and have also mentioned what you can do daily to help with your acne and overall skin health. There is no 100% magic potion, but the treatments I’m recommending should help greatly in improving your skin’s health and reducing acne.

      1. This natural bridal facial will DEFINITELY help. Do this facial atleast once a week.
      -> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/natural-bridal-facial-diy-facial-for-glowing-skin/

      2. The turmeric pack for acne skin, detailed in the post can also be applied once a week.
      -> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/turmeric-treatment-for-acne/

      3. Do oil pulling every day. Will help with overall detoxification and will reduce the acne. More details on that here.
      -> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/oil-pulling/

      4. Try drinking this everyday, if you have access to fresh coconut water. Will help with hydration and keep your skin plump and healthy.
      –>http://thebeautyreel.com/eat/fermenting-coconut-water/

      5. Do this face massage atleast once a week to promote cell turnover, so that the acne scars reduce.
      -> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/innocence-stems-effective-facial-massage-routine/

      6. Regarding products, I use a lot of Patanjali products. I use the aloe face cream and the orange face wash. They both help with brightening the skin, controlling oil production and with pigmentation issues. It is affordable and effective and great for all skin types. If you don’t have a Patanjali store near you then you can buy it online on Amazon India.

      7. I also use/love/am devoted to this serum. If you can then do purchase it as that will definitely help with healing your acne and evening out skin tone.
      –> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/review-estee-lauder-advanced-night-repair-serum/

      Remember, do the above consistently and then you will definitely see results.
      Hope I was able to help. Do let me know if you have any questions. Wishing you a lovely week and lots of love.
      Best, Ishika

  • Unnati
    October 6, 2015

    Hi ,
    I had posted a comment on 2 oct which is stil under moderation .. I hvnt recvd ny reply from you

    • Ishika Sachdev
      October 25, 2015

      Hi Unnati, Hope you’re well. Apologies for the late reply. I was in Tibet where I could not get a decent network connection to respond. Back in Chennai now so will be responding. Thanks for your patience and I hope you had a lovely week. Best, Ishika

  • Unnati
    October 4, 2015

    Hi Ishika,
    Im getting married in feb 2016 .can u suggest me a daily skin care routine for face hands and legs as all three get tanned very often

    Regards,
    Unnati

    • Ishika Sachdev
      October 25, 2015

      Hi Unnati, Hope you’re well. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! Unfortunately, I cannot prescribe products as I haven’t seen your skin in person, but I can suggest a few products and natural remedies for you to try and start with that will improve your skin’s health and as a result your skin will glow. There is no 100% magic potion, but the treatments I’m recommending should help greatly. Do let me know on the progress.

      1. Do oil pulling every day. Will help with overall detoxification. More details on that here -> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/oil-pulling/

      2. Try drinking this everyday, if you have access to fresh coconut water. Will help with hydration and keep your skin plump and healthy. –>http://thebeautyreel.com/eat/fermenting-coconut-water/

      3. Do this facial atleast once a week to help with the detanning process. You can also apply the turmeric pack, detailed in this corresponding post, all over your legs and hands as well. -> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/natural-bridal-facial-diy-facial-for-glowing-skin/

      4. Do this face massage atleast once a week to promote cell turnover. ->
      http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/innocence-stems-effective-facial-massage-routine/

      5. Regarding products, I use a lot of Patanjali products. I use the aloe face cream and the orange face wash. They both help with brightening the skin and with pigmentation issues. It is affordable and effective and great for all skin types. If you don’t have a Patanjali store near you then you can buy it online on Amazon India.

      6. I also use/love/am devoted to this serum. If you can then do purchase it as that will definitely help with evening out skin tone.
      –> http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/review-estee-lauder-advanced-night-repair-serum/

      Hope the above helps. Do let me know if you have any questions. Wishing you a lovely week and lots of love.
      Best, Ishika

  • Unnati
    September 24, 2015

    Does this facial work on inner layers of facial skin or just the outer layer ..?

    • Ishika Sachdev
      September 24, 2015

      Hi Unnati, Hope you’re well. This facial cleans both layers as there are various steps involved that take care of different layers of the skin. This will thoroughly clean the skin and improve skin health. I suggest you do this facial in combination with this face massage – http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/innocence-stems-effective-facial-massage-routine/
      Do let me know once you try this out at home and if you enjoy it. Have a lovely day and keep in touch. Best, Ishika

  • Unnati
    September 22, 2015

    Hi Ishika ,
    Just wanted to know whether the bridal facial u have suggested clean the inner layers of facial skin or just the outer layer

    Regards,
    Unnati

    • Ishika Sachdev
      September 23, 2015

      Hi Unnati, Hope you’re well. This facial cleans both layers as there are various steps involved that take care of different layers of the skin. This will thoroughly clean the skin and improve skin health. I suggest you do this facial in combination with this face massage – http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/innocence-stems-effective-facial-massage-routine/
      Do let me know once you try this out at home and if you enjoy it. Have a lovely day and keep in touch. Best, Ishika

  • Shine Francis
    September 3, 2015

    Hi Ishika…. I am Very Happy to see ur Video.. Basically am so lazy in doing such stuffs.. Bt ofcourse love to have a beautiful Skin.. Bt ur Video tempted me to try this.. I ll definitely try out this weekend.. N am glad to knw dat u spend time to reply ur fans.. Thank u dr… 🙂

    • Ishika Sachdev
      September 4, 2015

      Hi Shine, so happy that you wrote to me and that you are interested in taking better care of your skin. Yes please do the treatment once or twice a week and your skin will definitely thank you! Keep me posted and let me know how it goes this weekend. Big hug. Have a lovely day! Best – Ishika

  • Ritu Dhalwani
    August 25, 2015

    is this is also useful for the oily skin..

    • Ishika Sachdev
      August 26, 2015

      Dear Ritu, Hope you’re well. Yes this is suitable for all skin types. Do try it and let me know if you enjoyed the home-facial and how your skin felt afterward. Keep me posted. Best, Ishika

  • Swati
    August 10, 2015

    I loved this post Ishika. I am trying this during the weekend. 🙂 I have a doubt, Can the castor oil be replaced with any other oil?

    • Ishika Sachdev
      August 10, 2015

      I prefer castor oil in this step as it is sticker and helps to remove fine facial hairs when the mask dries. Incase you do not have that then feel free to use coconut oil or jojoba oil.

    • Ishika Sachdev
      August 10, 2015

      Do let me know how it goes! 🙂 Have a lovely week Swati. Big hug.

  • Puja
    June 22, 2015

    omg!!! i was feeling fresh after seeing the video 🙂 definitely gonna try on me n my teen boy tonite 😉

    • Ishika Sachdev
      June 23, 2015

      So happy you liked it Pooja and that it worked well on you. Do ensure that your teeny boy’s skin isn’t too sensitive. If it is, since he is young, please skip the papaya enzyme step as that can be a bit excessive on young skin. Do let me know how it goes! Best, Ishika.

  • bani
    May 20, 2015

    hey ishi . this is amazing ! im gonna try this today and then send you a picture soon 🙂

    • Ishika Sachdev
      May 20, 2015

      Yes please do! let me know how it goes and I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. Big hug Bani. xx

  • Aiswarya
    April 19, 2015

    Hi Ishika,

    Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful skin care regime. Can you please share few remedies for dark circles also?

    Thank you.

    PS: I wear specs 🙂

    • Ishika Sachdev
      April 19, 2015

      Hi Aiswarya, I will soon do a post on natural remedies for dark circles but in the meanwhile it is important to remember that most Indian women get it as it is in our genes. It is then aggravated by factors such as the environment and lifestyle- stress, water consumption, sleep, nutrition etc. My best piece of advice is to try meditating for 10 minutes a day or atleast deep breathing, to control these external aggravators; also do ensure you are drinking 3 litres of water a day and eating nutritious wholesome food. Being healthy from the inside is more important than what you apply on the outside. Hope that helps and stay tuned for my external natural remedies. In the meanwhile, stay happy and beautiful. Have a great day!

  • Mary
    March 30, 2015

    Hi Ishika…..I loved ur tips,its too good…I m going to try all this…And can u help me to remove tan from hands… its too much.. i cant come out in sunny… it tans very fast to me…

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 30, 2015

      Thank you Mary for your kind words. Regarding the tan, I understand because even I tan easily- hence I avoid going out in the sun too much. If your hands tan easily outdoors, I suggest covering them with a scarf or gloves if you are directly in the sun. To get rid of a tan naturally, use the same mask that I recommended in the video- the one with besan, turmeric, yogurt, castor oil, rose water and yogurt; to get in of the tan. You can just use the leftovers, after applying it on your face, on your hands and rub off after it dries. Have a good day!

  • Anu
    March 22, 2015

    Hi Ishika,

    Love this treatment, made my face look so bright and soft.

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 24, 2015

      Anu, I’m so happy you tried it out and that it worked for you! Do continue doing it at least once in 10 days! 🙂

      • Anu
        March 24, 2015

        Planning to do it every few days. Skin feels supple & bright. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Akanksha Singh
    March 20, 2015

    u look like sonakshi sinha
    anyway the masks look really helpful cant wait to try them
    well, can u upload a video for detanning masks..please!!!

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 21, 2015

      Thanks for the compliment Akanksha! Shall definitely keep detanning in mind, but a mask yogurt, lemon juice and papaya powder is a great one to start with! Do let me know how it works for you.

  • Swagatika
    March 20, 2015

    Hey tbr….nice video…but I doubt whether the above skin masks can be applied on oily sensitive skin as I live in Bhubaneswar, Odisha & its very much hot & humid over here.
    Cheers

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 21, 2015

      Hi Swagatika, The masks can be applied on all skin types. If you do it one after the other as it is meant to be done, you will be left with clean, radiant skin. The oils will be removed through washing plus the besan and papaya powder/mutani mitti will absorb excess oils. I live in Chennai and it is SO hot and humid here too- but the masks work 🙂 Do let me know how it goes.

      • Unnati
        September 4, 2015

        Hi Ishika ,
        Im going to get married in jan 2015 . I just watched this video and I think it wil help me a lot. Can u suggest something to lighten the lips.. do u have ur own website ? ..
        Byee tc

        Regards,
        Unnati

        • Ishika Sachdev
          September 5, 2015

          Hi Unnati, Hope you’re well. Congrats on your marriage! 🙂 Yes do this treatment at least twice a week and it will really help your skin. Regarding lightening the lips you can use a scrub of sugar, lemon juice and little bit of olive oil and then follow up with a mask of turmeric, lemon juice and honey. Do that twice a week as well. I have a video on treatments to lighten lips and it will be out soon so stay tuned for that. My personal website is http://www.thebeautyreel.com and you can find all my natural home remedies in the GLOW section and nutrition tips in the EAT section. I also have a YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBeautyReelTBR – so please subscribe to both that and my website for updates. Keep me posted and let me know how your skin reacts to the treatments. Have a lovely weekend. Big hug. Best, Ishika

          • Unnati
            September 5, 2015

            Hi Ishika,
            Thx for the reply .. can u suggest some home remedies for hair also. As I have tremendous haurfall

            Regards,
            Unnati

          • Ishika Sachdev
            September 5, 2015

            Hi Unnati, Check out this treatment for hair fall and hair loss. Let me know once you try it! http://thebeautyreel.com/mind/chilli-oil/

            Best, Ishika

          • Unnati
            September 5, 2015

            Thanks Ishika for tht . Wil surely try.. one more thing I would like to ask u is how to do manicure and pedicure at home .. my nails r very brittle. .
            Once again thx a ton for ur replies and remedies

            Regards,
            Unnati

          • Ishika Sachdev
            September 6, 2015

            Hi, I’m not really sure about the mani pedi at home cause I usually go to the salon, but I’m for brittle nails you can apply Vitamin E oil or Castor oil every night, to strengthen them. 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. Best, Ishika

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