Here is a simple step-by-step tutorial for doing an at-home facial. All you need are a handful of products you already own or can make yourself using the recipes below!
Before you begin:
Dampen a couple of hand towels.
Fold in half or into thirds, depending on the size you're using.
Roll them up.
Place the rolled towels onto a microwave-safe plate and heat them in the microwave for 30-second integrals, turning them over periodically, until they are hot to the touch. Remove the dish from the microwave and place a dry towel over the top to help keep in the heat. Have these rolled towels handy wherever you plan to carry out your facial.
**(You may also choose to steep two chamomile tea bags as you prepare the towels, which you can then drain and use during the mask step of your facial. See below.)
Using your fingertips or, if you own a fan brush (be sure to wash this thoroughly before beginning so you can use it to apply your product to your face.) It does not need to be fully dry to use during your facial.
One more thing: Remove makeup before washing your face so that your skin has no barrier between it and the ingredients in your cleanser. You can choose to use micellar water, a makeup melting balm, or even a plant-based oil break down your makeup and remove it.
Now with everything prepped, it's time to begin!
Start with a cleanser. Pick your favorite, Dampen your face at the sink with warm water, and if your product lathers, dispense about a nickel-size of it into the palm of your hand and lather it lightly. Massage the cleanser into your skin for 90 seconds, taking it down your neck about a third of the way to reduce dripping. Rinse with cold water at the sink, and pat dry with a hand towel.
Next, make your own gentle facial scrub or use your favorite facial exfoliating product. (For a bonus recipe on DIY facial scrub, see below!) Dispense a nickel-size amount of scrub or exfoliant onto your fingertips, rub your fingers lightly together to distribute onto both hands, and then massage the exfoliant into the skin for one minute, taking it down the neck about a third of the way to make clean up easier. Use gentle, circular motions, starting at the forehead and working your way down the face and neck. This is a great time to sing along to your favorite song as you scrub, and those two minutes will fly by! Rinse at the sink using hands or a washcloth to assist in product removal.
Next, select the facial mask of your choice or check out our suggested recipes below for using your own DIY mask! If using a sheet mask, follow the instructions on the back of the packet.
Pro Tip: apply your mask to one half of your face at a time, beginning at the forehead and working your way down to the neck. This application technique will ensure more even coverage of your mask.
Once you are satisfied with your mask coverage, you will then take one of your steamed towels, unfold it and test its temperature on your wrist, making sure it's not too hot. Drape the warm towel over your face while you sit back and relax for 10 minutes. The warm towel will not only help open pores, so they receive all the benefits of the mask, but it will also allow for easier removal.
**Pro Tip: Use your two tea bags and place them over your eyes (and underneath the warm towel) as you let the mask sit. This makes for a wonderfully soothing eye treatment!
After 10 minutes, remove the mask using the warm damp towels you prepared. If necessary, remove any stubborn bits of your mask at the sink with water. Pat your skin dry using a dry hand towel.
Optional: Sweep a cotton pad lightly soaked in toner or witch hazel (to balance your skin's pH and prepare it for optimal absorption of products.) all over the face and neck, and then pat the product into the skin with your fingertips.
Optional: use a serum of your choice and apply a dime-sized amount all over the face and neck with light, sweeping motions. Pat the product into the skin with your fingertips until it is absorbed.
Finally, use a moisturizer of your choice and apply a nickel-sized amount all over the face and neck with gentle, circular motions. Pat the product into the skin with your fingertips until you feel it is well-absorbed.
Now that your skin is cleansed, exfoliated, purified, and moisturized – you're ready to face the day with confidence! Enjoy a facial like this as often as once or twice a week, depending on your individual needs.
Pro Tip: with your skin in such excellent condition, skip the makeup for a day or two and savor the results for even longer. It's the perfect time to let your skin breathe!
Enzymatic scrub (not for sensitive skin)
1/4 cup diced papaya (blended)
1 tsp pineapple juice (not sweetened)
1 tsp honey (raw, unfiltered is best)
2-3 tbsp of brown sugar
Brightening Scrub (not for sensitive skin)
2 tsp cocoa (not sweetened)
1 tbsp coffee grounds
2 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp oatmeal (blended to a coarse powder)
1 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp milk (acidophilus if on hand)
2 tsp almond oil (or coconut or jojoba)
1-2 tbsp brown or white sugar
DIY Face Masks
For All Skin Types to Achieve a Healthy Glow:
Mash one-half of a banana in a bowl.
Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey (raw or Manuka).
Apply the mask to your face (lumps are totally fine!)
Soothing and Skin-Tightening:
Combine one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of olive oil with half a cup of oatmeal.
Stir well, then apply it to your face.
Be sure your drain is protected from oatmeal drips!
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