No matter how often you clean your skin, you may find pimples or blackheads still cropping up. Your skin can often start to look dull and lifeless during cold weather, or even during warm weather if your skin tends to be dry. When these things happen, it’s time for a deep-cleaning. Not only does deep-cleaning your skin refresh your complexion, it’s like a mini spa day at home. Using everyday, natural products make the process inexpensive but effective.

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Boil a pot of water or fill a sink with steaming-hot tap water. Lay a bath towel horizontally across the back of your head, hold the upper corners, and lean over the pot. If you boil the water, set the pot on a hot pad on the counter. Be careful not to lean in so close that you burn your skin. Let the steam open your pores for five to 10 minutes.

Wash your face with a mild cleanser, working the cleanser into a foam with clean fingertips. Splash your face with warm water. Do not dry your skin.

Sprinkle a quarter-size amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand. Work the baking soda into your skin like you did the cleanser in order to exfoliate any dead cells. Pay special attention to areas with blackheads. Splash the baking soda off your face with cool water.

Apply the facial mask of your choice. Choose one containing clay if your skin is oily. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizing peel-off mask. Allow the mask to dry, then remove it according to the package directions.

Wash your face with gentle cleanser once more, removing the cleanser with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Wipe your skin with astringent applied to a cotton ball. If your skin is acne-prone, look for one containing salicylic acid. If your skin is dry, try rose water.

Apply a moisturizer formulated for your skin type, working it into your skin with your fingertips until none remains.


  • Deep-clean your skin once a week to keep your complexion glowing.

  • Add a few drops of essential oil or a handful of herbs to your steaming water if you like. Try peppermint or tea tree for oily skin or chamomile for dry skin.