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How To Give Yourself A Facial

I love at-home spa nights, but I’ve always been intimidated by facials. For some reason, I thought facials were all about expensive chemical peels, fancy exfoliating machines, or professional massage. But after a little bit of digging, I realized that a facial is just five simple steps that you can easily do at home! I asked a couple friends for help creating a simple set of instructions for all of us to use at home, and I’m so excited to share it with you all.

The 5 steps of a facial ::

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Steam
  4. Mask
  5. Moisturize


Cleanse

You’ll want to start with clean skin. (Make sure that you remove all your makeup!) Feel free to use whatever you normally use, but here’s our simple cleansing technique ::

  1. Using 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, gently massage your face, making sure you cover any areas with makeup.
  2. Using a warm washcloth, wipe away the oil and debris.


Exfoliate

Next, exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin and stimulate healthy circulation.

  1. Mix 1 Tablespoons of oatmeal with enough water to make a thick paste.
  2. Add 3 teaspoons of sugar.
  3. Gently rub the mixture in a circular motion over your face, concentrating on the forehead, nose and chin area (avoiding the eyes).
  4. Make sure not to do it for longer than 30 seconds, as it may overly irritate the skin.
  5. Rinse with warm water.


Steam

This important step will open up your pores for a deeper level of cleansing.

  1. Fill a bowl with hot water (as hot as you can make it).
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil if you have them. (See below for essential oil suggestions.)
  3. Bend your head over the bowl and drape a towel over the back of your head to contain the steam. Do this for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Make sure to take advantage of the steam to breath deeply and relax.
Frankincense :: anti-aging; cleansing
Lavender :: softening; soothing; hydrating; calming
Melaleuca :: blemish-control
Joy :: mood-boosting, brightening

Hot Tip :: Boil some extra water and make yourself a cup of tea!


Mask

Think of a mask like putting medicine on your face. Determine what your face “needs” and then apply one of these natural, healing combinations.

  1. Make a DIY mask and apply. (See below for mask recipes.)
  2. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse.
Acne-Prone Skin :: 3 teaspoons raw honey + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (be careful with cinnamon…it’s extremely irritating for some skin types)
Dry Skin :: 1 teaspoon mashed avocado + 1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt + 1 teaspoon raw honey
Sensitive Skin :: 2 teaspoons raw honey + 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Scars and Dark Spots :: 2 teaspoons raw honey + 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Anti-Aging :: 1/2 avocado + 1 tablespoon local honey + 2 tablespoons warm water (to dissolve the honey before mixing with mashed avocado

(Our model used honey and cinnamon and said her face felt silky afterward.)


Moisturize

Probably the most important thing you can ever do for your skin, finish off your facial with a good moisturizer.

  1. Apply a good face lotion or oil.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil if you’re using oil.

Isn’t her skin so bright and dewey? It has an amazing effect, and for best results, they say to give yourself a facial once a week. Make sure to take full advantage of the time by lighting a few candles and putting on your favorite relaxing music (I love Ray LaMontagne or Madeleine Peyroux).

My friend Eden, who put together these lovely photos, said that she couldn’t believe how easy it was to find and mix everything. She said, “Really, it was a simple process, and I like that I can do it with my daughters who have super sensitive skin and not worry about chemicals!”

I love the idea of doing this with friends! It’s relaxing, healthy, and you could have so much fun talking and sipping tea during the whole process. Although, I’ve just been doing it alone and that’s a pretty delightful experience as well. :) Let us know if you try it out and tell us what you think!

(Photography and styling by Eden Greer. Many thanks to the beautiful Phoenix Bemo for modeling. Also, I found lots of great facial tips here.)


Posted by Aanna on Friday, April 17th, 2015


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