What is more relaxing and luxurious than pampering yourself with a skin rejuvenating facial? (Nothing, the answer is nothing.)
Often times facials are thought to be a luxury only to be experienced on special occasions. But if that’s what you’re thinking, you’re thinking wrong! The good news is facials are not only a treat but a necessity for keeping your skin beautiful and healthy. They improve the skin’s tone, texture, and elasticity by removing dirt and debris deep within the pores.
It’s important to remove this build up of pore-clogging debris at least once a week to make way for new skin cells to regenerate.
So, hopefully, I’ve convinced you of the importance of a facial but how are you going to afford a facial every week?
Luckily, there is a way to get much cheaper facial and you can do it in your jammies right from home. Facials should no longer be viewed as reserved for treat yoself days or only available to the rich and famous.
I have put together a few simple steps I take each week to revitalize and prepare my skin for a new week of skin success.
Step 1: Cleanse.
It’s important to start with clean, makeup-free skin. I use the double cleansing method to ensure both oil-based and water-based dirt is removed from my skin. Make sure to cleanse your neck and ears as well.
One of my favorite oil based cleansers is Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing oil, as its lightweight and effectively removes extra gunk without clogging your pores. Here you can learn more about oil cleansing.
My current favorite water-based cleanser is Osea Cleansing Mudd. This brown goop is a gift from above. It successfully cleanses the skin without leaving it dry and crusty. It also leaves a very refreshing tingle on the skin making you feel extra refreshed.
Once your skin is cleansed and free from all makeup and dirt its time to exfoliate.
Step 2: Exfoliate.
This step is important as it removes all the dead and dull skin cells laying on your skin so that your products can easily penetrate your skin.
There are three main types of exfoliation; physical, chemical, and enzymatic. You can learn more about each here. I personally love a chemical peel or enzymatic mask to when doing a facial. Pick a form of exfoliation that meets your current skin needs and follow the instructions on the product label.
After you exfoliate be sure to use a toner or facial mist to restore the pH of your skin and add hydration.
Step 3: Steam.
Facial steaming is very beneficial to your skin as it deeply cleanses pores, enhances circulation, helps remove toxins and makes your skin more receptive to other treatments. Not to mention its extremely relaxing!
There are many different ways to steam your face. A few popular methods are:
- Over a bowl of hot water
- Warm washcloth
- Using a steamer
I invested in an inexpensive facial steamer to make this process simple and effective. With this steamer, you just fill the little tank with water (ideally distilled water – I just use bottled water) and turn it on.
Hold your head about 15 inches from the steamer and let it do its thing – it lasts about 10 minutes.
If you do not have a facial steamer you can use the water bowl method where you lean your face over a bowl of steaming water and place a towel around your head and the bowl (this keeps the steam centralized around your face).
Or, the simplest method is running a clean towel or rag under hot water and pressing it to your face until it loses its heat.
Step 4: Mask.
Masking is the step that allows you to target specific skin issues. If you have oily acne-prone skin clay masks work well. Those with dry skin will benefit more from hydrating gel or cream masks. Apply the mask to your face and neck leaving it on for its suggested time and rinse completely with cold water. If you are using a clay mask be sure to rinse off before it completely dries, letting a clay mask dry completely can suck out too much moisture from the skin.
Side Note: Use a toner before you mask, this dampens the skin allowing it to easily absorb the nutrients from the mask.
Step 5: Sheet Mask.
This step is not mandatory but I like to add a sheet mask in to add some extra moisture and nutrients. Here is a tutorial on how I sheet mask.
Step 6: Hydrate.
Last but not least hydrate, again. You can use this time to add in serums and creams to lock in moisture and keep that skin looking fresh and glowy.
If you perform your facial during the daylight make sure to end with an SPF to protect that skin from the sun.
I perform these steps once a week to keep on top of my skins health and prevent any skin issues. If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times: investing in your skin is essential to your health and aging gracefully.