At Home Facials
Creating an at home facial, and knowing the most effective ingredients to use on your skin, can be very confusing. However, home facials can be a rewarding way to treat your skin - and they take little time and money. The pages in this section include some simple facial recipes that you can perform on your own at home for a variety of skin types.
There are three basic elements included in all facials:
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These steps must be incorporated into your facial; otherwise it won't accomplish the desired results. Additional facial steps include steaming, masking and exfoliating, but these are not required. In order for you to better understand the process of at home facials we've provided step-by-step descriptions below.
- Steam Treatment (optional) - Before using any product on your face, applying gentle steam will open the pores and prepare your face for cleansing.
How - Place a soft towel in a bowl of warm water (or herbal tea) and let it soak for 2 to 3 minutes. Wring out the towel out and place it over your face and neck for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Cleansing (required) - Cleansing your face will unclog the pores and leave the skin feeling revitalized and fresh. Cleansing will also remove any excess oil (sebum) that has been left on your face.
How - Purchase (or make) a homemade facial cleanser and smooth it over the face in circular, upwards motions. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a soft towel.
- Toning (required) - Toning helps balance the pH of the skin. It gives skin a firm, healthy, clean glow.
How - Apply toner to the face using a soft cotton ball or pad. Dab the face, but do not rub the face as pulling can damage the skin and cause wrinkles.
- Moisturizing (required) - Moisturizing softens and adds hydration and nutrients to the skin. Moisturizing is very important and disregarding this step can ruin the results of your facial.
How - Apply moisturizer to your skin while it's still damp from the toner. Gently apply the moisturizer to your face in dabbing motions. Again, never rub lotions, creams or oils into the face as rubbing can cause wrinkles. Let moisturizer sink into your skin, don't rinse off.
These are basic guidelines for at home facials. Feel free to add your own ingredients such as cucumbers or strawberries. Following these guidelines will ensure clean, fresh and healthy looking skin.