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A step by step method for doing an at home facial

Why a facial is beneficial

As a cosmetologist, I can say with confidence a facial is the quickest way of cleansing, reviving, and brightening faded skin, leaving the skin light, soft and glowing. A facial also does a thorough job of relaxing frazzled nerves so that you emerge not only looking younger but also feeling fresher and more relaxed! A facial once or twice each month will ensure rejuvenated and fresh skin for a long time to come!

If it is in your budget to seek out a spa or professional for your facial, find someone who uses natural products and pays attention to your skin type. However, if you do not have the time or cannot afford the luxury of regular salon treatments, you can give yourself a facial at home! Choose a time when you can be undisturbed and quiet, and get everything ready before you start so that you can relax and really enjoy it!

Kaolin clay powder in a small ceramic bowl. Ingredient for home made facial

Follow my recommended routine below for a quick, at-home facial:

First thing I like to do is tune into Pandora Radio and its Spa channel. Pandora Radio is free to join and easy to sign up, and you can listen through your computer, smartphone, Alexa device or other home assistant here is my favorite spa channel. https://www.pandora.com/genre/spa

  • Tie your hair away from your face and neck, using a headband to pull any remaining hair away from your forehead.
  • Begin by removing your makeup either using makeup remover wipes, coconut oil or another method to remove all residue from the face. Cleanse your face and neck with a good cleanser and thoroughly remove.
  • The next step is a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria allowing the  skin to best absorb the other products. We love using a simple, DIY exfoliant of organic coffee grounds, hot water, and warmed organic coconut oil but you can also find wonderful store-bought products to use.
  • Prepare a face mask suited to your skin type. On a thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated face, spread a fairly thick layer avoiding the mouth area and creating large circles round the eyes. Then, lie on your back and keep the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes or until dry. There are many options for creating an outstanding mask at home but the one I love the most for all skin types is a simple concoction of organic coconut oil, honey and fresh avocado. (see the recipe below) for oily or acne prone skin see my blog post on oily acne prone skin here.
  • When the mask is dry, wash your face and neck with lukewarm water, keeping your eyes closed. Dry your skin and apply your favorite toner that is best for your skin type. You can read more on that here.
  • Lastly, now that the skin is thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, and the pores are open, it is time to apply skin serum and/or moisturizer to the face. Spend some time massaging it in using upward, circular motions. I recommend a soothing serum and moisturizer for this post facial step I like Avon’s Green Goddess Facial Oil.

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Massaging your skin:

Massaging your face is another essential practice for healthy skin and can also be really relaxing! While being an effective way to counter wrinkles, massaging is a slow process and its results are obvious only if it is practiced regularly for an extended period of time. That said, there is no doubt that massage is highly beneficial for tightening facial tissues, increasing blood flow, stimulating nerves and thus, boosting collagen production.

Massage is most effective if the skin is thoroughly cleansed first. Do not forget to remove all traces of makeup, otherwise particles of dirt will end up blocking the pores of the skin. If the skin is oily, then remove oiliness by applying cleansing milk or some astringent lotion. Fresh lemon juice is also very effective in removing excess oiliness. If the skin is dry, use a good moisturizer before massaging it. Finally, apply Vitamin E cream using only enough to give sufficient greasiness to the skin so that the hands and fingers move smoothly on the face.

After having cleaned the skin, press it with light but firm fingers, putting a little pressure while applying a good moisturizer. Make sure to hold the skin firmly and apply even pressure. The massage should start from the neck and move upwards ending at the forehead or temples.  Veins and tissues get an increased flow of oxygen/ blood supply by this process. The skin around the eyes is delicate so it is advisable to apply cream on this part without pressing it in too deeply. Cream takes 15 to 20 minutes to get absorbed by the skin, so massage should continue that long. Gently wipe off excess cream when finished.

Woman massaging her face

The Art of Massaging

  • Slow Massage – This is the most common method of massage and the most relaxing. The secret is to massage slowly while patting the skin. Using the fleshy part of your finger tips, press the skin lightly with a slow, stroking motion.. The process starts at the base of the neck at a slow speed. Stroking gives rest to the nerves and the vibration is useful in subduing pain that might be caused over more sensitive areas..
  • Fast Massage – The front half of both the palms are used to massage at speed, taking care to make a circular motion upwards
  • Pressure Massage – This is a method when slow, deep pressure is applied by the fingertips and is very effective for removing pouches beneath eyes.

-Stroking Massage – Cheeks are stroked with the tips of fingers and strokes are applied from the nose to the temples on both sides

  • Pinching Massage – Effective for a sagging chin or wrinkles on the jawline, the skin is held, as in pinchers, between the thumb and fingers and gently massaged.
  • Friction Massage – This massage requires pressure on the skin while it is being moved over the underlying bone and muscle structures. Fingers or palms are usually best for this type of massage and hard movements are usually employed on the scalp while light movements are used on the face and neck.
  • Piano Playing Movements – This exercise develops facial muscles and makes them firm. It should be done with the fingers on the entire face, especially the cheek area.

Making your own Skin Products

  • DIY Face Scrub

In a bowl combine 1/2 cup of Organic Brown Sugar and 1/4 cup of Organic Avocado Oil. Mix well until combined. Scoop out a kiwi, muddle it down and then mix it in with the sugar and oil. Store the mixture in an air-tight glass jar and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

  • Handmade Massage Oil

Add  1/4 cup of your favorite carrier oil to a jar or container(almond oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil are all great options) Next, choose your favorite essential oil or combination of oils and add 1 tsp total to the carrier oil. Mix well and allow to stand overnight.

  • Anti-wrinkle Cream

Melt together 2 tablespoons lanolin or beeswax, 2 tablespoons almond oil and 1 tablespoon apricot oil. Then add 3 tablespoons lemon juice or lemon essential oil. Apricots are extremely rich in vitamin A and this mixture is great for helping to reduce wrinkles!

  • Anti-wrinkle Lotion

Mix together the following ingredients: 1/4 cup of shea butter, 1 tbsp coconut or almond oil, and 16 drops of your favorite essential oil (we love lavender, rosemary, frankincense, and lemon). Mix well by hand or in a mixer and add to a clean jar.

So, there you have it!

By following these simple tips, and being consistent with your routines, you can easily start having brighter, healthier, and more rejuvenated looking skin in no time at all right from your home! In Spa facials are a wonderful experience, but now you can enjoy one or two early visits without the time and money of a monthly commitment. You are now equipped to do your own at home facial without sacrificing the results of a professional skin care expert. There are so many wonderful products on the market today; serums, peels, masks gadgets etc…that you can get quality skin care results right at home.

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