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BN Beauty: Treat Yourself to a Soothing At-Home Spa Facial with these 4 Easy Steps



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Your face is the most exposed part of your body. From air pollution to daily car fumes and other environmental airborne toxins, we are obliged to cleanse and detox our pours to regain our natural fresh, radiant skin!

Let’s face it, going for a professional facial regularly can cost you a pretty penny; so why not try and create your own spa facial that is 100% natural, costs less than your travel expenses to your beauticians clinic and is very effective?!

Simply follow the steps below at least once every 3 weeks and watch your skin blossom!

Step 1
Steaming your skin is not only wonderfully relaxing but is very beneficial. It controls acne and prevents blackheads, plus it softens your skin and opens your pores, ready to be cleansed.

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What you will need
Hot water
Oils or Herbs of your choice
A towel


  1. Boil a pot of water (Approximately 1L approximately)
  2. Pour over your chosen Essential Oils or Herbs
  3. Lean over the bowl, and cover your head completely with a towel so the steam won’t escape.
  4. Close your eyes and relax within the warm scented steam-like room for about 10 mins, coming up every few mins for bursts of cold air.

Recommended Herbs/Oils
I would recommend these oils for oily, dry and normal skin types;

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Oily/Blemished Skin: Chamomile, Lemon-grass, Lavender
Dry Skin: Peppermint, Rose, Fennel
Normal Skin: Lavender, Rose, Chamomile

Some of you are lucky enough to be in warm countries with warm climates. If this is you then I recommend steaming your face once every 2 weeks to remove excess oils, dirt and all the impurities that come with such climates!

However if you’re slightly unfortunate and are living in a much colder city (like London) then once a week is ideal.

Step 2
Cleansing your face daily is very important. Imagine anything you smell and breathe daily having tiny, microscopic particles that end up staying on your face all day long. Scary right? So all the car fumes, rubbish bins, fragrances, food etc take up residence on your beautiful skin 🙁 So you see why you need to get it off at the end of the day.

I like to use a combination of Tea tree Oil, Oatmeal and Green Tea Leaves daily as a cleanser. However here is one that’s easy and quick to make.

What you will need
Brown Sugar
Olive Oil
A small bowl
A towel


  1. Mix about 1 tbsp of each ingredient into a small bowl
  2. Using your fingers lightly rub this into your skin and leave on for about 15 minutes
  3. Wash off with warm water and pat dry with a towel

Step 3
I love this step. As you either sit back and relax for about 20 mins or have a cup of tea with a few snacks (healthy ones of course 😉 ) you can use a mask to draw out toxins or impurities and balance your skin’s natural toxins.

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What you will need
A small bowl


  1. Mash ¼ Avocado in the bowl using a fork
  2. Add 1 tbsp of Honey and 1 tbsp of Oatmeal with a sprinkle of warm water
  3. Mix together till you have a thick paste
  4. Using your fingers lightly place it all over your face
  5. Wait around 15/20 mins before washing off with warm water

Step 4
Moisturise! Every part of our skin needs moisture, especially the parts that are on display daily like the forehead, T-Zone & chin. However, after the treatments above, your skin may feel really moisturized so you may not need to moisturize again.

If you have dry skin you can just use a light moisturizer or an oil such as Coconut oil or Almond Oil. I only use Coconut Oil or Shea Butter on my whole face and body to moisturise.

However if you have oily skin, you may want to either use a lighter oil such as Almond Oil.


And that is it! Your 4 step at-home spa facial treatment to give you rich, nourished and well moisturized skin. Exactly what you would have received with your beautician, but just without the expensive price tag!

Do you currently do your own facials? Have you tried any of these ingredients before? What is your current facial regime? This could also be a great present to give a loved one or a friend too!

Rachael is an International Model based between London and New York. She came to fame after winning Miss Black Britain and is now one of the faces of the Lingerie Brand Nubian Skin! Rachael started her own Natural haircare and skincare line "Rachaels Joy" late last year, as she enjoys caring for her hair and skin in the most "Natural way possible". Rachael enjoys travelling, espceially throughout Africa; She loves to cook new cultural dishes and always has a book in her hand! She can be reached below: Instagram: @MsRJWilliams/@RachaelsJoy www.RachaelJwilliams


  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    We wey no gather money no fit engage in this type of thing bcos we get many things to worry abeout…..

    • Ama

      May 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Since when did honey, brown sugar, or avocado cost a lot?? There are like 3 or 4 different options. And its for like 10 mins only!!

    • Pretty girl

      May 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Are u minding these one he is just stingy to himself

  2. CEO

    May 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Girl, this is a lovely article and something I’m very passionate about. I do ALL of this on the regular, the weather is so harsh in Nigeria and you need to pamper your skin on a budget. I always get teased by people saying “are you living in this same Nigeria?”
    I also drink a lot of water with cucumber and lime/lemon everyday.

    • maureen

      May 21, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      How do u take water wit cucumber pls.i only know abt dat of squeezing lime or lemon but i stopped because of ulcer…..

  3. Ama

    May 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for this!!!

  4. Ndali

    May 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I appreciate this, thank you.

  5. Made

    May 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I have an extremely Oily skin on my face..where can i get these Chamomile, Lemon-grass, Lavender oils/herbs? i live in Lagos too..thanks

  6. Kay

    May 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I sooo love this article… For me though i have been using vaseline ever since but in order to maintain my skin, i make a paste using lemon, milk and honey and it works well for me

  7. Ijeoma

    May 21, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve a combination skin ad I live in Lagos, we’re can I get all these oil from? Including d green tea oil?

  8. classy

    May 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    will try these tips

  9. oreke

    May 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    BN.. please can i use Biooil

    • Self-Sufficient

      June 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      I prefer to use carrier oils and essential oils in their unadulterated state. Carrier oils like Almond oil and Essential oils like lemon oil, rosemary oil, e.t.c.

  10. girl

    May 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Please can I use the extra virgin olive oil used for cooking?

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