And we’re back, yet another treasure from the archives of yours truly. I am not in the mood to rant nor rave so here you go dusting up an old favourite.
Face it at home (smart person’s home facial)
Give yourself and your skin the TLC it deserves with this 1 hour professional home facial. Why? Because I say so! 😀
Everyone should have a facial at least once a month to deep cleanse, tone and improve the texture of their skin. One of the main advantages of spending time on a facial is that it improves your complexion so you don’t have to wear too much make up to cover up skin imperfections.
Pampering yourself also gives you time to relax and unwind, and that in itself is good for your skin. Take an hour out, maybe on a weekday evening just before you go to bed. Do not do it immediately before you go out as your face might look flushed after the facial and it’s best to leave a bit of time for your face to settle before applying make up.
Let’s say that you start at 20:00 (don’t write in and tell me you started at 21:00 the time is immaterial, you can do it anytime, but I said before bedtime so that’s the time I give!).
Cleanse your skin with your usual products, the ones specific for your skin, and finish off with a toner to remove the last traces of make up and grime, nothing too astringent mind you!
Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells (they may shift themselves eventually, but the process slows down as you get older, sad but true!). Exfoliating makes your skin appear smoother and more even in colour. Always go for a gentle exfoliate with small particles and never scrub too hard. If your skin is super sensitive try using honey as an exfolliant because it is simple to use. Apply a teaspoon of honey which you have wamred up in your hands apply to face, then tap with fingers lightly in a lifting motion, after that rinse in lukewarm water.
Steaming is still the best way to spring clean your pores, forcing all the impurities out. However if you have acne, eczema, really sensitive skin or lots of broken capillaries skip this stage and go on to the next because it can make them worse.
You will need:
- A bowl, half full of boiling water.
- A towel to put over your head.
- Essential oils like ROSE (for dry skin), LEMON (for oily skin), and GERANIUM (for combination).
Make a tent with the towel over your head to trap the steam and put your head over the bowl (like about twenty cm’s away from the bowl so you don’t scald your face). Steam your face for about 5 minutes, coming up for air whenever you need it.
Practise safe squeezing on any blackheads (do not force it if it doesn’t extract easily, then leave well enough alone). With a clean, damp piece of cotton wool, or a dry tissue around each forefinger gently press down on either side of the blackhead/clogged pore (I use the term clogged pore as personally I do not believe that blackheads exist) if its ready it will come out, if not do not force it you may damage the sensitive skin. Finally splash cold water to rinse and refresh your face, topping that up with a very mild astringent like Witch hazel.
Massage exercises your facial muscles and relaxes you. Use a rich or an essential oil (remember to use a carrier cream or Almond/ Grape-seed oil to dilute the essential oils, the pure essential oil can cause irritation and breakouts!) to help your fingers glide over your skin I like using a blend of citrus, mentholyptus, and peppermint oils. Pour a little oil in your palms, rub together and repeat these movements for about 10 minutes:
- Move your hands upwards from your neck to your chin.
- Carry on these long, smooth strokes up the sides of your face.
- Softly massage your temples using circular movements.
- Stroke across your forehead from left to right with one hand.
- Massage around your nose.
- Draw big circles around your eyes using your forefingers.
Make sure the mask suits your skin type and decide what you want it to do: invigorate, moisturise, cleanse. Some Modern masks stay moist and wash off with warm water easily. To soothe and brighten tired eyes, use an eye mask or a gentle hydrating mask on your eyes.
Wash off the mask with warm water, refresh your skin with a gentle toner and massage your regular moisturiser or treatment cream on to your face.
SNOOZE! Do your skin another big favour and get an early night! Lack of sleep is the archenemy of fresh clear skin.
This facial is modified, nothing really beats a truly professional facial where the choices of type are myriad, there’s crystal peeling (micro-dermabrasion), light therapy, and zillions of others you really are spoiled for choice. But make sure that the person is qualified to do them, Guinot, Amber Spa, the Spa at the 4 seasons, and Nirvana Spa are just a few of the places I’d recommend if you are tooooooo LAZY to do it yourselves, so kick back and relax it is after all your prerogative.